Rapid Response Legal Observer Training

Mark your calendars!

Rapid Response Legal Observer Training

August 2 • 6:30 –8:30 p.m.

St. Mark’s
McMurdo Hall
2391 St. Marks Way

Sacramento Area Congregations Together has put together an excellent program and training with what everyone might need to know in the event of a raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The training includes what to do and what not to do if you are in the area of an ICE raid.

To join the Rapid Response Legal Observer team:

✓ You will be trained by a legal team to become a legal observer and moral witness during ICE operations, at workplaces or homes

✓ Be part of the team of “first responders” at the site of an ICE operation and connect affected families with the legal and social resources available to them in Sacramento County

✓ This training is the basis for learning how to respond to the needs of other communities who may be targeted by federal or local policies

**All rapid responders must be trained by legal experts before they can participate in response.

Please RSVP to Gabby Trejo at Gabby@sacact.org

This network, including a hotline, is organized by: Sacramento ACT and Sacramento Immigration Coalition.

Even if your faith community is not actively working on this, the information provided at this workshop is eye opening and might be of help to some one you know.

Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer
7 June 2017

St. Ignatius: Jeanne Anderson-West
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer: Jason Bense
St. Michaels: Mary Groesbeck, Julie Linderman, Dave Rickert
St. Marks: Kevin Jenkins
Grace Presbyterian Church: Linda Sweetman
Sierra Arden UCC: Tom Totora
First Church of Christ Scientist: Kristen Wakefield
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Jeanne opened with a devotional reading followed by self-introductions.
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Faith Whitmore from the Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center (FJC) spoke to the group.

In Sacramento County there are 40 to 60 different agencies who offer some services to crime, human trafficking, elder and domestic abuse victims. FJC brings those services together under one roof in a location close to the court. This lessens the trauma experience by those who have been victimized and makes it easier for them to receive timely assistance.

The FJC is modeled after a program begun more than 20 years ago in San Diego. There are now some 140 such programs in place, but the Sacramento FJC is the only one to actually be housed inside a court.

Intake is done by a social worker who also can help determine the current risk(s) faced by the victim. FJC can help get Temporary Restraining Orders for domestic and elder abuse victims. More critically, the FJC can help create a safety plan, as unfortunately victims are most at when abusers receive Restraining Orders.

FJC works in close collaboration with other agencies, such as WEAVE, rather than recreating services already supplied by other agencies. When needed the FJC can make use of two vans to help transport victims.

All FJC staff and volunteers take a 40-hour course on working with victims and their trauma.

The FJC also can arrange for children to attend Camp Hope, a program especially designed for young people you have experienced trauma from domestic abuse.

Faith is reaching out to the Sacramento faith communities in the hope that they will focus on abuse during the second weekend in October by offering awareness as to how common abuse is through all levels of our society and education on how the cycle can be broken, as well as refer to folks to resources.

The group discussed the possibility of AACFC hosting a training in October. Jason also noted that Gethsemane Lutheran has some funds left in a grant to combat Domestic Violence.

FJC contact info will be added to the next AACFC Resource Guide.
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Old Business:

The Resource Guide was updated and a cleaner version from Sierra Arden UCC has been made available. Click AACF Resource Guide May 31, 2017 for the PDF.
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New Business:

The group discussed the fact that so many of our congregations are aging and our sizes are decreasing.

There were questions and observations about how a few faith communities have reserved those trends, such as The Table. Many of us noted ways we interact with the local community, even if the interaction was not increasing membership of the parent church.

The question was raised if AACFC should hold a workshop on this topic later this year.

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Non-member Announcement

Capital Christian will host a Homeless Summit on 16 August, from 9 until noon.
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Member updates:

St Ignatius – Construction and remodeling will shift the office to mobile trailers by August.

St Michaels – will also have a major remodeling of its Sanctuary and office staring in three weeks that will last most of the summer.
Meals created at their Stop Hunger Now event (since renamed Rise Against Hunger) were sent to North Korea.
From the money raised at their February Crab Feed the church will be offer six grants of $1,000 to organizations focused on basic human needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, or education and who have church member actively working in the organization.
Their VBS will be the last week of July and first week of August.

St Matthews – there is a Community Meal planned for the 26th of June. Additional volunteers are welcomed.

Sierra Arden UCC – The church is considering offering free space to Volunteers in Victim Assistance. It is also in discussions with the International School about space rental.

St Marks UMC – Sierra Service Project counselors will be at the church training from the 11th through the 24th of June before deploying to their five summer sites.
St. Marks is still exploring becoming a “sanctuary church” but is also looking at ways it can aid Afghans and others once they time out of Opening Doors or IRC.
Their VBS will be the 24th through the 27th of July.

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer –  looking at starting an “open source wellness center”; offering yoga, followed by meditation, followed by a light meal.

Grace Presbyterian – More volunteers are needed for the Cal-Fresh Booth.

Respectfully Submitted,
Kevin Jenkins


Carnival! to raise funds for Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (DDSO)
Saturday, July 8 •  11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Short Center North
2331 St Marks Way

Face painting, craft booths, music, Blue Dolphin Shave Ice, North Border Tacos and more!Tell your friends!

Click here for the flyer

Kevin Jenkins
St Marks UMC

Updated Resource Guide and More

The newly updated AACFC resource guide is available for download on our Resources page.

The next AACFC meeting is June 7, 6 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 4461 Marconi Ave. Faith Whitmore CEO, Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center will be our guest speaker.



Would you rather build bridges than walls? If yes, you are warmly invited to meet your neighbors at a free Biography Workshop led by Karen Gierlach at the Carmichael Library, Sunday, June 11, 2:30–4:30 p.m.  We all have life stories to share. By listening to each other in small groups and with open-hearted interest we will discover how much we have in common, despite our seeming differences.
For more information download the Biography Workshop flyer.

May 16, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities
St. Marks UMC
16 May 2017


Greater Arden Chamber:  Shaun Dillon, Porsche Middleton
St Michaels:  Mary Groesbeck
St Marks:  Kevin Jenkins, Eva Martin, John McCormack
Sierra Arden UCC: Tom Totora

Click here to download the meeting handouts

Kevin opened with a prayer followed by self-introductions.


Jonique Walker, Family Resource Aid, and Molly Reagh, Coordinator, from the Mutual Assistance Network were the presenters. They are from the Arcade Community Center which is now located at 2427 Marconi. The main focus of their presentation was on the Black Child Legacy Campaign.

In Sacramento County, between 1990 and 2009, the death rate per 100,000 children was 53.2, however for African Americans the rate was 102.0. The Arden-Arcade neighborhood had the second highest rate (35% with Meadowview/Valley the highest at 41%) among all categories for African American children. Those categories included perinatal deaths, infant sleep related deaths, parent or care giver homicides, and third party homicides.

Sutter Health Foundation awarded a grant to their program to reduce this rate by increased education and community involvement.

Two key points of the program now are the Birth and Beyond Center (formerly housed at St. Matthews) and their Home Visitation program.

The staff of 16 (including AmeriCorp interns) is aided by volunteers.

They are seeking to education the community through outreach programs, to connect to families that can benefit from their parenting courses and/or home visitations.

They also have a Youth Leadership Intern program at Encina High, which they hope to spread to other campuses in the coming year.

Old Business:

Kevin reported on making a presentation about AACFC to the local Catholic “Call to Action” (CTA) group. CTA is inviting AACFC members to their 4 June event with Dr. VanAken (see the attachment).

The Resource Guide will be updated within the next two week. Please forward any new or corrected information to Kevin at kjenkins@stmarksumc.com as soon as possible.

New Business:


Member updates:

St Michaels – will have a major remodeling of its Sanctuary staring June 11th that will last most of the summer.

St Matthews – there is a Community Meal planned for the 26th of June. Additional volunteers are welcomed.

God’s Helping Hand – Mary noted that funds continue to come in from many source. Last month there were 15 families served.

Greater Arden Chamber – Shaun noted that SMUD has a new community grant program called “Shine”. Applications are accepted through June 26th. See the fliers for details.

Sierra Arden UCC – The church hosted Family Promise the week of 23 April and they received help from Jesuit High School volunteers. Tom provided a note from Sara Brabec and he encouraged others to reach out to these students for assistance that can earn them community service hours.

There was some discussion about how the Jesuit students might be of aid to community cleanup programs such as the one the Arcade Community Center was talking about.

St Marks UMC – John noted the church’s Social Justice Advocacy Team continue to monitor the County budget process and they will be at mid-June hearing to seek better funding for homeless related programs.
St. Marks is actively exploring becoming a “sanctuary church”.

There was a short discussion on the current status of Sacramento City and County homeless programs

Next Sessions:

7 June at 6 PM, host Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, presenter Faith Whitmore from the Family Justice Center.

Respectfully Submitted,
Kevin Jenkins

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid Training For the General Public 
sponsored by Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services
 An 8-hour training course designed to give members of the general  public skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
 Friday, May 26  •  8 am–5pm, lunch provided
Sacramento Native American Health Center
 2020 J Street
Space is limited so register soon.

April 1, 2017 Minutes

Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities
Meeting at
1st Church of Christian Scientists
18 April 2017

LC of Our Redeemer: Jason Bense
St Michaels: Mary Groesbeck, Julie Linderman
1st Ch Christ Sci: Rocky Jarvis, Kristen Wakefield
St Marks: Kevin Jenkins, John McCormack
Grace Presbyterian:  Linda Sweetman, Tom Sweetman
Sierra Arden UCC: Tom Totora
ATLAS of Carmichael: Scott Young

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Kristin opened with a devotional reading followed by self-introductions.
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Daniel Sederquist, a Recruitment Specialist from Stanford Youth Solutions, spoke.

The organization originally began as Stanford Orphanage in 1900 by Leland Stanford and his wife. The name was changed to reflect that they no longer operate an orphanage and that their mission now includes programs such as:

  • Crime Prevention – for youth
  • Mental Health – including integrated treatment and behavior services
  • Family Partnerships
  • Permanent Family Connection – for youth in need of foster care

Daniel’s role is with the Permanent Family Connection program. They attempt to find homes for some of the 2,500 youth in Sacramento County needing foster care. The greatest need is for homes for:

  • Teenagers – especially girls
  • LGBTQ youth
  • Pregnant and/or parenting teens
  • Sibling sets

They need parents who are

  • Over 25
  • Have space for a child
  • Have a vehicle and insurance
  • Have a source of income

It was also noted that a criminal history does not automatically exclude possible parents. These are looked at on a case-by-case bases.

Parents can be single, same-sex, or traditional couples.

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New Business:

Some suggestions were made about having an event in the fall, similar to the February event. At least something to draw representatives from other faith communities.

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Old Business:

God’s Helping Hand – Mary noted that funds coming from many source.

There was some discussion about finding a way for dry cleaning to be provided for job seekers.

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Member updates:

Sierra Arden UCC – The church will be hosting Family Promise the week of 23 April and they are looking for teenagers who need community service hours to come and spend are of the evening hosting. Call Tom at 214-1827.

St Michaels – completed ten thousand meals for the Stop Hunger Now program with the help of 50 volunteers.

The church distributed $1,200 worth of grocery gift cards for Easter via St. Matthews and River City Food Bank.

St Matthews – is expanding the ESL class. IRC is also to start a “Mommy and Me” class there. RCFB is still on track for an October opening at St. Matthews.

ATLAS of Carmichael and Christ Community Church – Scott updated us on HART program in Carmichael. It is getting a lot of faith community support and it plans on having its own Winter Shelter type program. It is also looking into partnering for transitional housing.

He also reminded the group that ATLAS does make clothing available for job hunters, via its partnership with other churches.

Christ Community Church had been active in the Citrus Height’s HART Winter Shelter program this year and it was an eye-opening experience for church members. They now are starting a Third-Saturday Outreach program at the church from 9:30 until 2:00. Homeless folks can get meals, clothing, showers and the hope is to expend to include some health services.

St Marks UMC – John noted the church’s Social Justice Advocacy Team toured the San Francisco Navigation Center. Click Visit to San Francisco Navigation Center – April 7, 2017 for the report.

Family Promise has been staying on campus this week.

St. Marks is actively exploring becoming a “sanctuary church”.

Grace Presbyterian – Linda is looking for more volunteers from any of the faith communities to help with the Cal-Fresh booth at the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

The church will be hosting a workshop on growing herbs on May 20th from 1:00 to 3:00. Attendance is limited. Click here to send a an email to reserve your spot .

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Next Sessions:

16 May at 2:30 PM, host St. Marks UMC, presenter Danielle Lawrence from Mutual Assistance.

7 June at 6 PM, host Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, presenter Faith Whitmore from the Family Justice Center.

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Respectfully Submitted,

Kevin Jenkins

Spring Treats

Passover and Easter have surely filled up everyone’s calendars this week, but next week you have two treats.

In honor of Earth day PBS is airing  “SEED: The Untold Story” as part of  their “Independent Lens” series.  This documentary  about the importance of heirloom seeds to the agriculture of the world, focuses on seed keepers and activists from around the world. The directors, Taggart Seigle and Jon Bets are also responsible for  the documnetaries “Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?” and “The Real Dirt on Farmer John”

Check your local cable or broadcast air listings for times. Below are some local service listings:

Wednesday, April 19, 4 p.m., channel 388

Monday, April 17, 7 p.m. channel 389
Friday, April 21 at 11 p.m. channel 6

Over the Air (if you receive the broadcast channels over the air rather than through a cable service)
Wednesday, April 19, 4 p.m., KVIE channel 6.3

Click here for  information on how you can engage via Thunderclap to spread the word via social media.
On Tuesday night (April 18) the Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities (AACFC) is hosting a presentation by Daniel Sederquist from Stanford Youth Solutions.
The meeting starts at 6 and will be held at Carmichael 1st Church of Christian Scientist,
4949 Kenneth Ave.
Everyone is welcome.