[Note from Kevin Jenkins:
I am out of the area until late this week and there are several fliers that I would have attached to the minutes. I will send those once I return … including the revised Resource Guide.
Norma Niekamp from St. Johns the Evangelist is also getting some information for us about the Clothing Closet run by SJUSD at Encino High School. Blessing to each of you and your faith communities.]
Arden-Arcade Carmichael Faith Community
Meeting at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
17 January 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
St John Evanglist Norma Niekamp
Grace Presbyterian Linda Sweetman
Sierra Arden Tom Tortora
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Kevin offered an opening prayer followed by self-introductions.
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Resource Guides – Kevin reported that the Resource Guide has been updated. No partner is offering gas vouchers currently, but there are two new food closets on the list and Sierra Arden has added an additional zip code to its service area. Jeanne from St. Ignatius has offered to have the new edition redone in a clean format. Click here for the latest edition
The Resource Guide has been translated by an Afghan into a handwritten set of pages. Jason and Julie both are taking photo copies of that version to see if one of their contacts is able to create a printed copy.
Stronger Together Event – The members of the Board of Directors updated the group about plans for the February Sixth “Stronger Together in Service to Our Neighbors” event. The goals are to increase awareness of AACFC and the programs it supports, to get more active representation at monthly meetings, and to bring new faith communities into the group.
The format for that event was presented and it was suggested that we also invite some of the former presenters, so that that could be thanked and so that new comers could see the type and caliber of presenters. Kevin will send out those requests.
Kristin and Linda volunteered to help Tom hand address the invitations that are being mailed to the other faith communities by Priority Mail to increase the attention to those letters.
There will be an RSVP so that there is a good estimation of the need for help with food. Julie said she would help if needed.
The suggestion was made that Kevin contact Congressman Bera’s office to get help in moving the 501c3 through the IRS.
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God’s Helping Hand – Mary sent a “thank you” letter to Star Bucks at Watt and Kings Way on behalf of their support for the laundry day program. Currently there is an average of 10 to 14 families coming with the max capacity being 20.
Funds are running down. Representatives are asked to request donations from their faith communities. The program will also accept liquid detergent again.
Cal-Fresh Booth – Linda reported that 75 to 79 families are now making use of the Cal Fresh Booth at the Famers’ Market each week. Even in last Saturday’s heavy rain, there were 35 new clients.
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Sierra Arden UCC – The church has made ten kits for IRC to be used for Afghanistan refugees. The items needed for these kits can be found at:
The church is thinking of handing over its community garden space to IRC for use by local refugees.
The church is also offering free use of its facility with the upgraded AV system to AACFC related groups.
St Michaels – the church gave out over 200 Angel Bags at the Community Meal at St. Matthews before the holidays. About 280 attended including many refugees whose children now attend the elementary school across Bell Ave.
Eight agencies will benefit from grants being issued by the church totaling $25k.
It will host a Crab Feed on February 25th at 6 PM. Click here St. Michael’s Crab Feed Flyer for flyer.
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer – Jason noted that the two churches had a joint Christmas event.
He is leaving his role on the Opening Doors Board of Directors, but reported that at least through 2017 that Sacramento will continue to receive large numbers of refugees. The need for our collective support of them will remain strong.
Jason also noted there has been a strong uptick in requests for help with housing. This uptick was confirmed by several of the other faith community representatives and there followed a long discussion about trying to uses the former Mike’s Market location for a shelter or warming center. Jason will continue to reach out to the property owners.
St. John the Evangelist – Norma noted the parish continues to support its food closet and rental help programs.
Norma is also working with the Carmichael H.A.R.T. startup.
1st Church of Christian Scientist – Kristen continues to focus on the needs of those recently coming out of prison.
Rocky has been working with elderly at a facility on their fears associated with recent political events.
The Thursday night Men Group continues to evolve.
Grace Presbyterian – Linda noted that the Cal Fresh booth is now so busy that it now requires three volunteers for staffing, instead of just two.
Planning for the next “Farm to Every Fork” in the fall has already started.
St Marks UMC – John reported that the committee on homeless issue has been attending every County and Sac City meeting in its effort to increase funding for homeless related programs. There will be a visit to San Jose to inspect the new homeless sites that city is sponsoring.
The church will host Winter Sanctuary on 6-9 March and 21-24 March.
They are hosting its Crab Feed on the same night that St. Michaels is doing theirs, February 25th. Click here St. Mark’s Crab Feed Flyer for a flyer.
St. Ignatius – Via an email from Jeanne.
They are hosting a “Spring Blessing on Our Communities” on March 20th at 11 AM. (Details to follow.)
“Feed-A-Family at Easter” will be April 6 through 8. (Details to follow.)
“Power of One Dinner” by the Interfaith Council of Sacramento will be on May 17th at 6 PM. The location will be at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish. (Flier soon.)
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6 February at 6 PM, host Sierra Arden UCC, “Stronger Together” event.
14 March at 2 PM, host Grace Presbyterian, presenter (tentative) Danielle Lawrence on the Black Child Legacy Campaign
18 April at 6 PM, host 1st Church of Christian Scientists, presenter to be determined.
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