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