What’s new?

January AACFC Meeting: Sergeant Nick Goncalves, head of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Community Relations Unit and and two deputies will be our speakers on Thursday, January 18, 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 4641 Marconi Ave.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) volunteer workshops
January 13 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Please contact Missy Orr at 473-5946 for details.

Hearts on Fire Novena of Grace
February 15-23, St Ignatius Loyola Parish 3235 Arden Way
Nine consecutive days of Masses and special reflections given by presenters around the theme Lead Me Along Your Ancient Path
Hearts on Fire 2018 flyer

Kevin Jenkins is retiring from St. Marks on the 15th of this month and will be stepping down from the AACFC Board and well as his regular involvement, to spend more time with out-of-area family. “It has been an honor to work with so many loving souls who do such amazing work for the people in our community,” says Kevin. Thank you, Kevin, for all your hard work and dedication.

Don’t Miss I Am Family Choir Saturday, December 23

The Ugandan youth choir  “I Am Family”  will be performing at:

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church
5057 Cottage Way, Carmichael
Saturday, December 23, at 6 p.m.
(This was incorrectly posted as Thursday, 12/21. Saturday is the correct date)
They are a wonderful group of youngsters, part of the I Am Family Ministries, with an important mission to help children in vulnerable situations in their home country.

If you missed the choir at the Eventide Community worship at Grace Presbyterian last Sunday here’s your chance to see and hear this wonderful group.

Happy Holidays

This is a busy, and hopefully blessed season, but there is life after the holidays…
Please mark you calendars for the new two meetings of the Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities (AACFC):
Thursday, January 18th, 2 pm at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemers.
Tuesday, February 13th, 6 pm at St. Marks United Methodist.
Also note Nadia Bolz-Weber will be at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Friday, February 23rd, at 7:00pm (Click the photo below to download a flyer.)

PC(USA) Offers List of Resources to Help With Issues Facing Immigrants

Dear Worshiping Communities and Leaders,

Immigration is an issue that Californians are dealing with and will deal with as an immediate issue. Our immigrant congregations know firsthand the insecurity of wondering what will happen. Many of our churches are in agricultural communities where the labor force now lives in uncertainty daily.

We published a list of resources offered by the PC(USA) to help discuss, work with people affected, and to form our own ministries as we meet issues of immigration directly which you may find useful.

Sacramento Presbytery

River City Food Bank Opens New Branch in Arden Arcade Area

In partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Northern CA, River City Food Bank will act as the main pillar in what is to become a full-fledged human services campus at St. Matthews in Arden Arcade. Launched with an open house last Saturday (October 21), starting Saturday, October 28 food distributions will be held every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an additional distribution day to be announced in December.

Out of  92,976 residents in the Arden Arcade area, 37,523 are living at 185% of the poverty level, 21,480 are food insecure and 13,166 are not receiving andy food services.

For more information visit: http://rivercityfoodbank.org/rcfb-st-matthew

River City Food Bank Open House This Saturday

You are invited to the River City Food Bank Open House
Saturday, October 21, 1–3 pm
The Center at St. Matthew’s
2300 Edison Ave, Sacramento

RSVP at Eventbrite if possible to help us plan for enough refreshments





We’re ready to share a first look at our second location with you, our valued partners, volunteers and friends.

Please join Eileen Thomas, Executive Director, the staff, Board of Directors and honored guest Bishop Barry Beisner from the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California for an afternoon Open House at our new location, The Center at St. Matthew’s.

Come as you are, anytime between 1-3pm for a warm welcome, tour of our new facility and light refreshments.

We hope you can make it!

River City Food Bank

Willing Souls Needed

St. Marks is hosting Family Promise the week of October 8–15.
There are currently some open nights needing a some willing soul(s) to help by spending a overnight with the families.

I know many of you and your faith communities have been active with this wonderful program. Family Promise allows homeless families to remain together as they work through their issues and move toward permanent solutions.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Joyce Estes at 481-0418.

No October Meeting, We Suggest These Events

Common Prayer 500th Commemoration of the Reformation
Monday, October 9

Breakfast , 7:30 a.m. St. James Catholic Church, Davis
RSVP Joe O’Donnell 530-574-2900

Luncheon, 12:00 Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church
RSVP Jason Bense 916-915-7320

Evening, 7:00 p.m. St. John Lutheran Church
RSVP Gina McAdams 916-733-0202

6th Annual Interfaith Night of Music and the Spoken Word
Thursday October 19 • 7:00-8:30 p.m.
St. Ignatius Loyola Parish

The next AACFC meeting will be on November 9.

Kevin Jenkins
St Marks UMC
cell 916-533-4309

AACFC Meeting at
St. Marks UMC
12 September 2017

St Michaels, Mary Groesbeck, Julie Linderman
St Marks, Kevin Jenkins, Alan Jones, John McCormack
Faith Legacy, Maria Muich, Elaine Owen
Grace Presbyterian, Linda Sweetman

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Kevin opened with a prayer followed by self-introductions.

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Rob Jennings-Teats spoke about the Circles Initiative used in Carson City to help people break out of the cycle of poverty. About 80% of those going into the program have been able to meet their established goals within two years of completing the program. In the last 8-years they had had 250 graduates.

The program receives referrals from agencies and partners such as the local welfare department. Candidates must be drug-free and not in a domestic violence situation.

There is and 18-week basic life skills class. Classes are held in one of four partner churches. Child care and a meal are provided.

After the basic life-skills segment the participants begin a two or three-year relationship with an assigned “ally”. The ally is to work on a weekly bases with the individual and their family to motivate change, to assist in introducing them to business, education, or other community contacts.

Participants are encouraged to assist each other and develop networking skills.

The estimate is that graduates save the state about $40,000 in support, by becoming less dependent on government aid and assistance.

Rob has help establish programs in Elk Grove and Auburn. They also have programs in Fresno, Reno, Watsonville and Napa.

Elk Grove had a $52k grant to help start the program. Carson City needs about $120k for a full-time program coordinator and a half-time job coach.

There are two opportunities to see the program at work in two-day training sessions. The first is November 1st and 2nd in Carson City. The second will be April 18th and 19th in 2018.

Click here for the NETworX brochure

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Old Business:

The Board is trying to host a refugee forum this fall. Details to be announced

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New Business:

We are still working on the schedule for the balance of 2017 and start of 2018. November 9th will have a presenter from Well Space.

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Non-member Announcement

The film “And Then They Came for Us” will be presented Saturday, 23 September at 2pm at the Crest Theater.

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Member updates:

St Ignatius – the 6th Annual Interfaith Night of Music will be hosted at St. Ignatius from 7:00-8:30 on October 19th.

St Michaels – will continues to have a major remodeling of its Sanctuary and office.

From the money raised at their February Crab Feed the church will be offer eight 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. Those receiving the grants will be at an event on October 8th.

St Matthews – there is a Community Meal planned for the 25th of September. Additional volunteers are welcomed.

River City Food Bank will open a Friday and Saturday branch at the church starting 20 October.

Grace Presbyterian – New focus on seniors in the neighborhood. Thinking of workshops for seniors and computers and other senior related speakers.

More volunteers are needed for the Cal-Fresh Booth.

Faith Legacy Church – The clothing store starts it 3nd year

Wednesday breakfast, from 6:30 to 8:30 attracts many youth and a number of adults. Last week there were 85.

St Marks UMC – The first Moon Lecture is Friday.

The church will host a DACA and immigration legal workshop on September 30th at 8 AM.
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Next three meetings:
October – to be announced
November 9th at 6 pm – Well Space – location to be announced
January – to be announced

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Urban Cow 5k run/walk participant sponsorship form, sponsor former Family Promise clients to raise funds for Family Promise.

Prayer Breakfast and Prayer Luncheon details
Common Prayer, Lutheran-Catholic 500th Commemoration of the Reformation, October 9

Prayer Service and reception invitation
Common Prayer, Lutheran-Catholic 500th Commemoration of the Reformation, 7 p.m., October 9

The Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program
For additional details contact Salvation Army Family Services, 3213 Orange Grove Avenue, North Highlands. (916) 678-4010.

6th Annual Interfaith Night of Music and the Spoken Word October 19

Life of Unity Festival hosted by the Bahá’í communities in Placer County
October 22, 3-5 pm
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Respectfully Submitted,

Kevin Jenkins