“Three things cannot be long hidden: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth.” Buddha
~ Congratulations to Pr. Elizabeth Felts who has received a call to serve The Beneficent Congregational Church, United Church of Christ – in Providence, Rhode Island! She will transition there at the end of this month.
~ November is Stewarding Month at Peace. Pam Lane, Financial Secretary, and our Council are asking members who have been making EFT (Electronic Funds Transfers) to Peace through Vanco to discontinue the Vanco Service and make arrangements directly through your own bank. No need for us to pay unnecessary fees anymore. Materials on how to sign up for EFT at Peace will be disseminated soon. KEEP IT FLOWING!
~ Dance to World Music with DJ Kaleo Ching this Saturday from 4 – 6 pm!! A Fundraiser for an Afghan Refugee Family too. Only $10/person ++ Raffle!
~ Undermining Asylum Laws: Today (11/9) the Administration took steps to prevent asylum seekers entering the U.S. between ports of entry from protection in the U.S., thus undermining national and international laws. Asylum laws in the U.S. were formalized after World War II, which had shown the world the consequences of turning back people who were seeking safety. Through our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) strategy and our global ministries, the church connects to churches and organizations in the countries from which people are fleeing. We know that children and families who have faced trauma must be evaluated for protection by professionals.
“As a church, we cannot remain silent as our asylum laws are unilaterally changed and our nation’s door is shut to people fleeing dire humanitarian situations. From our companion churches in Central America, our church knows many people leave to escape grinding poverty, violence or persecution and to seek a better life for their children,” said the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA. “As Lutherans, we have long advocated for reliable and consistent implementation of laws governing asylum-seekers and urge the Administration to continue to ensure broad protection for all who need it and due process at the border.” As a Christian church familiar with immigrant origins, the ELCA firmly stands against policies that hinder immigrants’ legal right to claim asylum. As we pray that the Lord keeps them safe on their journey, we call on people of faith to look with compassion on members of the human family fleeing violence and persecution.
~ The Annual Thanksgiving Eve Service is on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7:00 pm at SRV Methodist Church.
~ The Pure Delight Christmas Celebration will be on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5:00 pm. It’s a Benefit for CCIH (CC Interfaith Housing). Here is a beautiful 5 minute video about their work. https://vimeo.com/265639388
Keep in your prayers: June, Bernie, Margaret, Marshall, Danny, Drew, Sue, those recovering from the Fires, the community of Thousand Oaks, our Council, the Seminarian Committee, the musicians and artists of Peace who bring such incredible gifts and experiences to all of us!
At the conclusion of the Chromatica Concert this past Saturday at Peace, the choir sang the Quote at the base of the Statue of Liberty. How remarkably more prophetic this poem has become in our time in light of November as Homeless Awareness month, the fires, the immigrants seeking asylum and those inside the terror of mass shootings (the huddled masses yearning to breathe free):
Give me your tired, the poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
They received a Standing Ovation.
Think of a Bright Moment you might share this Sunday!