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

Announcing Our Speaker for the September Meeting

The next AACFC meeting will be:
Tuesday, September 12, 6 p.m.
St. Marks United Methodist Church
2391 St. Marks Way 

The Reverend Dr. Rob Jennings-Teats o will give a presentation on the NETworX Program (also know as the “Circles Initiative”) used to help individuals and family break out of the poverty cycle.

Rob will speak to the success of this program in Carson City, Nevada where various faith communities, the business community, and local government agencies have been employing this program for eight years with good results.

Rob recently helped to establish the same program in Loomis and Elk Grove.

Click here for the NETworX brochure

A brief AACFC business meeting will follow.

All Faiths Invited to First Ever Event

First Community-wide Guided Temple Tour
and Communal Vegetarian Meal for 500 
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 6pm
No Charge, but on-line registration necessary. See below for details

The Sikh community has been targeted since 911 because of their appearance and also misunderstandings about their faith tradition. Because of this, they want people to come to meet them, experience their beautiful temple, ask any questions and share a communal vegetarian meal with them. This is an event meant to build bridges of understanding and peace between the Sikhs and people of all faiths in the Greater Sacramento area.

In conjunction with the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento (ICGS) all faiths are invited to this first community-wide event. An announcement about this event was posted in the ICGS August Newsletter and will be posted in the September Newsletter as well.

There is no charge for the event, however, on-line registration is necessary in order to track numbers for food. For ease of registration, one person from a church or organization can register up to 50 people at once (by  entering only their name and email address—no other names are needed.) The deadline for on-line registration is September 24, 2017. To register please go to Spiritual Life Center (SLC) of Sacramento’s website at www.slcworld.org. SLC is hosting on-line registration.

For important temple etiquette and driving directions please download a flyer by clicking here click here. If there are any questions or anyone needs assistance with registration please have them contact me.

We hope to see many groups from the Arden-Arcade Faith community there to meet their Sikh brothers and sisters in a show of peace.

In peace,

Rachel Lyman
COO, Interfaith Explorers
2014-15 Co-Director-Interfaith Connection Program, SLC
(916) 531-2905

Community Updates

Health Services for Women and Children
Well Space Health is distributing a new flyer promoting their prenatal programs for disadvantaged women,  plus a list of their locations and services.
The AACFC Board is working to have a representative from Well Space speak at our meeting on November.


Opportunity for Community Input
Shaun Dillon, our contact with the local business community, asked me to share this note from the new 7- Eleven opening on Hurley and Howe:
“We are having a soft opening on 8/21,  5pm-6:30pm to thank everyone and show the community the store before we open. I would love to have you and your team come out and grab a goodie bag, eat some food and take a look at the store before we open. We will not be open for business but we want to get all of your input on the store. We also have a mural going up so we’d like to reveal it on that day.”