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Worship Schedule 

Blood pressure screening is held following the 10:15 service the first Sunday of the month. 

Saturdays:  5:00PM

Sundays:    10:15AM    

SUNDAY SCHOOL: 9:00 - 10:00

Elementary classes meet in the lower level conference room.

Intermediate group meets in the lower level conference room.

HS meets in the youth lounge. 

Lounge class is held in the lounge. 

 

  

B.R.E.A.D - Nehemiah Action on May 9

Mark your calendars for two important dates for the BREAD organization:

April 11 - Rally to prepare for the Nehemiah Action at Tifereth Israel, E. Broad Street, 6:45.

May  9 - Nehemiah Action held at the Celester Center the Ohio State Fairgrounds.  Bus wil be leaving Faith at 6:00.  Nehemiah Action begins at 7:00.  Please make every effort to join us as we join with other congregations to make our concerns known. 

BREAD'S 2016 Officers

Co-President:  Apostle La Fayette Scales, Rhema Christian Center

Co-President:  Rev. Eric Moehring, Faith Lutheran

Vice President:  Rev. Joel Miller, Columbus Mennonite

Treasurer:  Noel Williams, First Unitarian Universalist

Recording Secretary:  Ben Gibbons, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic

Corresponding Secretary:  Rev. June Wilkins, Gethsemane Lutheran


Bread Leaders

 www.breadcolumbus.com 

Over 400 network members attended the BREAD Assembly on  November 16th at Christ the King where we heard an update on the "Care, Not Crisis" campaign.  The Assembly heard personal stories which highlighted the top problem areas raised in our Listening Process: 1) Crime 2) Jobs/Economic Opportunity 3) Education 4) Youth & Family.  The Assembly voted to determine which area would be focused on in 2016.  Jobs and Economic Opportunity received the highest votes.

Thanks to the following Faith members who attended this meeting:  Rich Kuhn, Dorrie Mayer, Carol Barber, Alec McArthur, Jodie Martin Oiler, Jeff Cirelli, Herb Scholes, Leroy Pherigo, Angela Biller, Alice Appel and Pastor Eric.    

For more information, please read the accomplishments of BREAD during 2015 in the article below. 

 

    

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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Letter

In light of the events that occurred in Paris last weekend, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has distributed a letter expressing their concern for the Syrian refugees and the state of terrorism in the Middle East.   

Click on the link below for the letter.   

 

http://my.lirs.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=4603.0&dlv_id=7621


First English Meals

Faith Lutheran prepares and serves breakfast for people living in the central city on the fourth Sunday of each month at First English Church.  Please contact Dave or Mary Garvin if you would like to help out.

Pictured below is Mary Garvin with other helpers at a First English block party.

 First English - block party


Potlucks to End World Hunger

The first Lutheran Advocacy day was held in conjunction with Potlucks to End World Hunger, and it was a success!

The goal was to raise awareness about hunger within the Halls of the Ohio Statehouse.The day began grounded in prayer led by Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt during apress conference for media outlets that cover the Statehouse.

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Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning


 


Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Racism remains an enduring crisis in the United States. As Lutheran Christians, we must continue our involvement in and commitment to the important work of naming racism as a sin – a violation of God’s intention for humanity.

Please join me for another live webcast on “Confronting Racism: A Holy Yearning” –
Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. (CST). This conversation will focus on offering a variety of perspectives on the U.S. criminal justice system. As with the previous webcast, we will continue to ground the webcast by two commitments. One is this church’s proclamation of Christ and the confidence that this good news brings to set us free from the captivity of racism. The second is this church’s enduring commitment to address the complexity of racism and end discrimination.

Joining me once again for this conversation is host William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla. Together we welcome:

  • Judge Yolanda Tanner, an ELCA member and an associate judge for the Baltimore City Circuit Court. 
  • Leonard Duncan, an ELCA member who will share his experience of incarceration, poverty and homelessness. Duncan is a student at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and an ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarship recipient.
  • Charlene Guiliani, an ELCA member and former police sergeant. Guiliani is a student at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, and an ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarship recipient.

 
Through our church’s social statements “The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries” and “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture,” the ELCA collectively has expressed its calling to confront racism and advocate for justice and fairness for all people. You can access these social statements here. In addition, I have made several public statements on behalf of the church on the subject. Those statements are available here.

You may read more about this webcast at
www.ELCA.org/webcast, where a link to the live webcast will be provided. A live stream also will be available at www.Facebook.com/Lutherans. If you would like to submit a question to be considered during the live webcast, please send it to livinglutheran@elca.org and provide your name and your congregation’s name, city and state.

Join me for this important conversation.

God's peace,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton 
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  



Betty Brewer's Angels

Hello everyone!  Now that Thanksgiving Day if over, we have officially entered the holiday season!!!! But you knew that, right?     Maybe you have a loved one residing in a long-term-care-facility and are agonizing trying to think what you can give them for the holidays.  Last November I was honored to be part of the radio program "Journey Through Aging" where I give you some ideas on exactly how to give the best gift of all, the gift of you. Just click here  http://journeythroughaging.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/JTA-12-13-seg-4.mp3 to listen.   "Journey Through Aging" is a wonderful radio show in which the host, Joel Wrobbel covers a wide range of topics regarding aging.  The show airs every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on WRFD 880AM. I encourage you to go to their web site www.journeythroughaging.com to scroll through the list of topics they cover.  All the shows are online so if you miss a show when it airs, it is easy to just click on the one that most interests you.  You will be amazed at the variety of topics Joel covers.  Last Saturday one of the topics Joel presented was "10 Signs of Caregiver Stress". I know many of you are caregivers so this might be helpful for you.          And oh yes, Betty Brewer's Angels newest blog posting is ready for you to read by clicking here  Betty Brewer's Angels

We have some exciting news on two new ways you can donate to Betty Brewer's Angels without opening your pocket books and a heartwarming story about how one of our volunteers changed the life of a resident she visits.  Hope you enjoy!  Peace, Cheryl 

 

Cheryl L. Newman

President, Betty Brewer's Angels--

B.R.E.A.D.




JUSTICE MINISTRY UPDATE
    February, 2016



Mental Health
Because of BREAD, the ADAMH Board has established 3 new Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams that are currently at work engaging the most vulnerable people with mental illness.  They also allocated $200,000 for an accredited clubhouse in Franklin County!  The plan is to have a grand opening for the clubhouse this summer and to have 200 active clubhouse members by the end of 2016!
Crime

The "Violence Must Stop" committee continues to work with the department of Public Safety to ensure forward progress establishing a community-police relations initiative proven to reduce gang violence.  In November members of BREAD traveled to Akron with other key Franklin County officials including representatives of the judiciary, probation, prosecutor; law enforcement, public safety and social service agencies to observe the "Safe Neighborhoods" initiative modeled after Cincinnati's C.I.R.V. program.  The Columbus Department of Public Safety anticipates a similar initiative beginning in March of 2016.
Jobs
While the overall unemployment rate in Columbus is down, poverty is increasing.  Columbus is one of the most economically segregated cities with pockets of extreme wealth and extreme poverty.  Many people are working at low-paying jobs that don't allow them to support their families.  There aren't opportunities for people to progress from a job that pays minimum wage to one with better pay.  Blue collar jobs have disappeared.  People face transportation and childcare barriers.  Too many people have their resume thrown away because they have a criminal background and still others can't pass a drug test.  People who have never had a job struggle to show up on time, communicate well with their coworkers, and navigate the social aspects of their job.  The programs available to help people find jobs are uncoordinated and while there are some effective programs, their reach is limited.  There's a lack of accountability for programs to receive funding based on their outcomes.
Welcome Columbus
We found that there are many vulnerable groups in our county who need identification such as the undocumented, homeless, victims of domestic violence, the elderly with low-incomes, and others.  We are working with 5 other organizations in a collaborative effort to bring a municipal ID program to Franklin County.  This has been done in several communities across the country including New York City; Newark, New Jersey; San Francisco and Oakland, California; New Haven, Connecticut; and Johnson County, Iowa.  Our goal is to have this ID benefit everyone in our community through having incentives and discounts attached to the card and allowing people to open bank accounts with it.


FLINT MICHIGAN ARTICLE


02/17/2016

Flint, Michigan water crisis--How you can help

The following is the text from a letter from the Southeast Michigan Synod regarding the ongoing water crisis in their area. Please pass this along to your congregation and prayerfully consider how you may assist our brothers and sisters during their time of need.


Thank you to those making a national response to the Flint, MI water crisis. It is, and will be an on-going battle that is impacting the lives of children and adults, poor and not-so-poor and all of the people in between.

Following a visit to Salem Lutheran Church/Flint and Pastor Monica Villarreal, it was determined (at that time) that the community’s needs could be addressed in the following ways:

Financial donations to the Southeast Michigan Synod to support the purchase of:

• Water! Jugs are better than bottles, but any container is acceptable and distilled water is preferred over spring water, but, again, any is acceptable.

• Filtration Systems that are certified against NSF/ANSI standards 53, such as:

o Brita Faucet Mount Systems

o PUR MaxIon Advanced Faucet Water Filter - $35, for faucets

o ZeroWater 23Cup Pitcher - $40 for faucets

o PUR MaxIon Faucet Mount Replacement Water Filter, approx. $30 for 2

• Whole House systems for residents (estimated costs at $10,000 ea.)

• Hand Sanitizer – for basic hand cleaning

Water is currently distributed in local fire stations; in the Salem Lutheran Church zip code, there are no fire stations so the response is met by community organizations and churches. Additionally, some distribution centers have limits of one case of water per household/per day. Some residents may make daily trips to have enough water for their families or neighbors. This community’s partners serving as distribution sites include:

• Joy Tabernacle, 2505 N Chevrolet Ave, Flint, MI 48504

• Salem Housing Community Development Corp., 3216 M.L. King Avenue, Flint, MI 48505

• Salem Lutheran Church, 2610 M L King Ave, Flint, MI 48505

How can you help?

Contact your congressperson and urge him/her to take action to support the city of Flint. Visit the ELCA Advocacy https://secure2.convio.net/elca/site/Advocacycmd=display&page=UserAction&id=779

Online donations can be made at:

https://www.crowdrise.com/holytrinitylutheranc1/fundraiser/holytrinitylutheranc

Checks can be made out to Southeast Michigan Synod and mailed to:
8115 E Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48214, with a memo to Flint Water.

Up to date information is available at: www.semisynod.com.

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has created a long-term fund that will support the needs of kids now and in the future. Online donations can be made to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund or visit www.cfgr.org.


ELCA ADVOCACY

 


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My God vs. your God

By: John Johnson, Program Director, Domestic Policy

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:12-13

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those that are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! – Luke 13:34 

John Johnson HeadshotLast Sunday we heard Paul’s letter to the Romans proclaiming that there is “no Jew and Greek … under one Lord of all” and the story of the temptation of Christ in the wilderness. And this Sunday Paul invites his readers to remember that “our citizenship is in heaven” while Luke’s Gospel is the lament over Jerusalem. When I tune into the latest news about this year’s elections, I can’t help but think about the timing of this Lent’s readings and wonder, is God trying to tell us something?

What if we as Christians didn’t fall into the temptation to believe that my God is not your God? I wonder what would happen if we tried to change the conversation by rewriting the Scripture from Romans this way: For there is no distinction between Democrat and Republican; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. What if candidates began their stump speeches with recognition of the humanity and dignity of their opponent(s) and then began pitching their ideas for the future of our country?   

Ok … I know. This isn’t the way we do politics, and I don’t want to be Pollyannaish, but when the rancor gets as bad as it is, I think we are called as a church to speak up. More importantly, we are called to model the notion that we are all the children of one God; that God loves us each individually and has given us each gifts and skills to be in the world. Could we simply agree on this and model it in the world in the way we each exist in the world and to everyone around us?

I had an opportunity to visit the ELCA Southeastern Synod recently for an advocacy event in Atlanta titled: “Your Voice Makes a Difference.” What struck me about this meeting is the work they had done to form an advocacy network in their synod. Rather than concentrating on what divides us, they are seeking to give voice to issues they have found agreement on. In deciding their priority advocacy issues, the leaders asked, “Where do we agree?” This is what they came up with:

            ~ No one should go hungry.

            ~ No one should be a victim of slavery.

            ~ We incarcerate entirely too many people.

            ~ All children deserve equal access to education.

            ~ Our current immigration system is broken.

            ~ All people are of equal value.

I bet if we tried, we could add to that list in some simple and meaningful ways. But these six powerful concepts for that growing network brought unity that is turning into advocacy that will turn into meaningful change. 

One of the reasons Lutherans make such an impact on public policy, especially policies that affect our communities, is that we have found a common call to God through Jesus Christ. Our agreement on that makes possible more than we could ever imagine in a divided, broken, rancor-filled world.


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