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AACFC Meeting at
St. Marks UMC
12 September 2017

Attending:
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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Presentation:

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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Handouts

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

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

Attending:
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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Presentation:

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

May 16, 2017 Meeting Minutes

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

Attending:

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.

Presentation:

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:

None.

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

April 1, 2017 Minutes

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

Attending:
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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Presentation:

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

Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities
Meeting at Grace Presbyterian Church
14 March 2017

Attending:
St. Ignatius: Jeanne Anderson-West
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer: Jason Bense
Sierra Arden UCC: Megan Brooks
Greater Arden Chamber of Commerce: Shaun Dillon
Sierra Arden FC: Delores Forkey
St. Michael’s Episcopal: Mary Groesbeck, Julie Linderman
St. Marks UM: Kevin Jenkins, John McCormack
Grace Presbyterian: Linda Sweetman,Tom Sweetman
1st Church of Christ Scientist: Kristen Wakefield

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Linda read two prayers “Stretch Our Sympathies” and “Stretch Our Energies”, followed by self-introductions.
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Presentation:

Jasmeen Kairam, Outreach Manager, from My Sister’s House gave ane overview of their organization.

My Sister’s House originally began to serve the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander women and children who were impacted by domestic violence, at a time when that population was not well served by existing agencies. It now offers it services to women of all backgrounds.

It has a 24/7 Help Line (916) 428-3271 which provides help in multiple languages to women in crisis. They can do intake as well as refer to other agencies and programs.

Their three shelter programs are:

  • Emergency Shelter – for women and their children faced with domestic violence. There are six beds available for 30 to up to 90 days. They offer counseling and legal assistance.
  • When funding is available and the six beds are full, they can offer motel vouchers.
  • Transitional Housing – a six bed extended housing for up to two years for women requiring a longer period to resolve their issues and gain needed life skills.
  • Sex Trafficking Victim Housing – a new program offering six bed to women who are escaping sex trafficking.

My Sister’s House also has a Women to Work Programs. This programs offers life skill training, help creating resumes, job interview skill development, healing programs and therapy programs, as well as mentorships.

My Sister’s House operates My Sister’s Café a volunteer based breakfast and lunch café located at 455 Capitol Mall, #110.

Other funding comes from grants and donations.

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New Business:

Shaun shared information about the County’s TOT Grant  for community organizations, funded by revenue from the County Transient Occupancy Tax. Julie Linderman will check details, but all are encouraged to look at the attached flier (Click here for flyer) and follow up with local non-profits they know who might benefit.

There was most discussion about the movie “Seed: The Untold Story”. (Click here for more about the film) Grace Presbyterian may be arranging a viewing of this, the third film in the series, at Sierra Arden UCC and using the AACFC to share information on this with member congregation.

The Sac Bee article with the Produce For All Schedule  (http://www.sacramentofoodbank.org/produce-for-all/) was shared. Jeanne has a pdf copy that she will forward for distribution.

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Old Business:

God’s Helping Hand – Mary  noted that funds are running down. She will check with St. Michaels’ book keeper to tap into the Spiritual Life Center donation.

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Member updates:

1st Church of Christian Scientist – Kristen noted the VOA operated homeless program at 904  11th Street at I Street that house 50 people each night. There are cages available for pets.

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer – Jason has offered to host the June meeting.

St. Ignatius – Jeanne noted three items:

St. Ignatius will host the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento’s “Spring Blessing on Our Communities” on March 20th at 11 AM. (Click here for flyer)

“Feed-A-Family at Easter” signup continue. Distribution will be April 8.

They are looking for a Notary for a special project.

Grace Presbyterian – Linda said planning for the next “Farm to Every Fork” in the fall will be resuming.

St Michaels – Their Crab Feed on February 25th has generated funds for various outreach programs.

St. Michaels sent 35 volunteers to St. Marks to help with the Winter Sanctuary program on the 8th.

They will have two Easter Egg Hunts, one for younger children and the other for older kids.

Sierra Arden Food Closet – Delores noted they have been giving out pillows supplied by Target, as well as toilet paper and pet food. They are considering expanding their operation and increasing the food issued from a three-day supply to a four-day supply.

The six churches backing this Food Closet are: Good Shepard Lutheran, Sierra Arden UCC, Grace Presbyterian, Arden Christian, Cottage Community, and Congregation Beth Shalom

Sierra Arden UCC – The church continues to make kits for the International Rescue Committee to be used for Afghanistan refugees. The items needed for these kits can be found at:
https://www.rescue.org/announcement/how-can-you-help-create-welcome-kits-refugee-families.

St Marks UMC – John note that the church will hosted Winter Sanctuary on 6-9 March and it will do a second round on the 21st – 24th March.

Kevin noted Boy Scout Troop #53 did a huge food drive for the Food Closet.

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Closing:

Linda closed by re-reading one of the opening prayers.

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Next Sessions:

18 April at 6 PM, host 1st Church of Christian Scientists, presenter Daniel Sedequist from Stanford Youth Solutions.

16 May at 2 PM, host St. Marks UMC, presenter Danielle Lawrence from
Mutual Assistance Network (MAN).

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

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Respectfully Submitted,
Kevin Jenkins

[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

Attending:
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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New Business:

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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Old Business:

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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Member updates:

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:

https://www.rescue.org/announcement/how-can-you-help-create-welcome-kits-refugee-families.

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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Next Sessions:

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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Respectfully Submitted,
Kevin Jenkins

Arden-Arcade Carmichael Faith Community
Meeting at
First Church of Christian Scientist
19 October 2016

Attending:
St Michael: Mary Grosbeak, Sharon Guilford, Julie Linderman
St Marks: Kevin Jenkins, John McCormack
Grace Presbyterian: Linda Sweetman
Sierra Arden: Tom Tortora
1st Ch Christ Sci: Kristen Wakefield
ATLAS of Carmichael: Scott Young

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Kristen offered an opening prayer.
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Presentation

Mahsea Evans from St. Marks presented on a new program for local teens co-sponsored by El Camino Fundamental High School, Sierra Service Project (SSP), Sacramento Area Youth Speak (SAYS), and St. Marks. Currently this after school program has no name.

The program seeks to address the needs of teens from the community, including immigrants, Afro-American, Latino, and students from lower social-economic households. Many of those being targeted would be “hanging out” after school, not wanting to go home, and possibly getting into trouble.

The program looks to provide an after school experience that helps youth:

  • Develop their abilities to safely explore their feelings and provide out lets for expressions of those emotions and thoughts via poetry, music, story, and other creative channels.
  • Build their sense of community thought shared experiences including service projects in the greater community.

The “Program with No Name”, meets at El Camino High of Tuesdays from 2:50 until 4:00 and on Thursdays from 2:00 until 4:00 at St. Marks in Grace Café (its old youth building).

San Juan Unified School District has provided some funds (routed via SAYS) as well as staff for the Tuesday sessions. The District is looking at this as a pilot program.

SAYS, out of Davis has had experience with many school district in this area, but this program represents its first efforts within San Juan Unified. It provides staff for both Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SSP has a long history of doing service projects with high school age youth. Their partnering will allow for local service in communities where, or near, the youth live.

The youth are being empowered to establish their own rules and expectations of behavior and respect. They will be encouraged to make plans for remodeling Grace Café into their own space, but will be expected to provide the labor and upkeep for what they create.

The program also includes the parent. An every second Thursday evening event is being funded by a grant from Pepsi. This will be a cooking class and meal with a focus on diabetes prevention. That event is also receiving support from Ysreal Urban Farming.

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Member updates:

1st Church of Christian Scientist – Kristen noted that there will be an event in support of women’s empowerment at the Bonnie Pannell Center on the 22nd. Please RSVP to Kristen at 290-2756. The program focus is on women with children under the age of 12 who are homeless or recently coming out of prison.

ATLAS of Carmichael – Scott noted that Carmichael Times will be running an article about HART looking to establish its presence in Carmichael. They are still in the organizing phase.
Click here to see the article.

St Michaels – The St Matthews community meal had 214 attend. The next one will be on December 5th. They are empting the old clothing closet there, so there was much distributed at the meal.

St Michaels has over 200 Angel Bags ready for distribution.

The church is holding an October Fest this Saturday.

It is also doing a Trunk or Treat on Halloween..

Grace Presbyterian – “Farm to Every Fork” kicks off this Friday.

The Cal Fresh booth had 78 last Saturday.

Their Christmas Reflections service will be on December 4th. It starts at 5:30 with the meal afterwards.

St Marks UMC – Has a Trunk or Treat on the 31st.

The church will host Winter Sanctuary on 6-9 March and 21-24 March.

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:

https://www.rescue.org/announcement/how-can-you-help-create-welcome-kits-refugee-families.
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Old Business:

There was some discussion about the need for other faith communities to post their resources and/or to be active in this group or in similar efforts. The Board will meet to review this.

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New Business:

There was a long discussion about the issue of homelessness and what the County’s Board of Supervisors has done/not done. All of those present have noticed an increase in local homeless population, while support services still remain centered in down-town and mid-town locations.

There were also remarks about the increase in numbers of refugees coming for aid.
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Next Sessions:

Rev. Jason Bense has been in contact with the GraceCity facility about a tour for our November meeting. Their suggested time was 2 pm on the 10th, which conflicts with the SRAH summit (click here to see flyer). The group asked if a different day that same week can be made available to us.

There will be no December meeting.
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Respectfully Submitted,
Kevin Jenkins

Arden-Arcade Carmichael Faith Community
Meeting at
St Ignatius
13 September 2016

Attending:
St Ignatius: Jeanne Anderson-West, Mariano Jauco, Linda Parreira
LC of Our Redeemer: Jason Bense
St Michaels: Mary Grosbeak, Julie Linderman
St Marks: Kevin Jenkins
Grace Presbyterian: Linda Sweetman, Tom Sweetman
1st Ch of Christ Sci: Kristen Wakefield
Atlas of Carm’l: Scott Young
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Jeanne shared an opening reflection

Self introductions were made
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Presentation

Sacramento Sheriff’s Community Relations Unit 

Sergeant Nick Goncalves from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Community Relations Unit (CRU) gave the main presentation.

The CRU is a relatively new and small unit within the Sheriff’s Department. It was formed just over a year ago with the three-fold intent of building trust between the community and the Department, strengthening the relationship between the community and the Department, and increasing the transparency of what the Department does.

It has one supervisor, who reports directly to the Sheriff. There are also two deputies assigned to CRU and two records officers who provide media support.

The CRU does not replace the work of Crime Prevention Specialists, such as Sherrie Carhart from the North Division, whom many of us have worked with. The role of the Crime Prevention Specialist is more focused on helping set up neighborhood watch groups, looking at specific crime patterns in a local area, much like the officers assigned to the Problem Oriented Policing sections within each of the four divisions.

The CRU has the main job of explaining to the community how the Department’s policies and programs work. They go to groups in the community and also field phone calls from the public. This is an especially vital role when media reports show police shootings and racial incidents, including those outside the Sacramento region.

CRU also works with IRC and other refugee agencies to help new arrivals to the United States understand that the culture of our police agencies is much different that what they might have experienced in Afghanistan or elsewhere; that is to say police here seek to truly protect and serve the population, and they do not accept bribes or cover for criminals.

Homeless individuals, and how the Department interacts with them, remains a big concerns. The Department wants to treat everyone, including homeless, with respect for their persons and their rights. The Department is also aware of the rights of property owners. And the Department is aware of the amount of homeless suffering with mental health issues and they have had to accept changes resulting from Prop 47. There are no easy answers, but they partner with many organizations in handling homeless-related calls.
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Second Presentation:

Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree Christmas Program Signups”
Martin Ross and Elizabeth Hudson from the Salvation Army talked about how they are doing signups for this year’s Christmas program. Instead of a six-week long period for signups, the Salvation Army wants to reduce the time to three weeks. They are hoping to partner with a few churches with large parking lots for signup to be done on Saturdays during October. This should make signing up more convenient for families.

They are offering to share their data base with churches what do Christmas giveaways to prevent double dipping.

More details and a flier will be following soon.

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Minutes and Reports

Minutes from July were approved.

The bank account remains at $1,387.14
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Old Business

Sacramento Steps Forward announced what agencies will run the Winter Sanctuary program. There was a brief discussion that people in need and the churches are having a difficult time contacting Navigators and/or getting positive results.

There was also a brief discussion of the HART program, who had presented to AACFC in June. As was noted in July, the HART team was looking to set up separate programs, one in Arden and one in Carmichael. There have been some meetings in the Carmichael area and HART is getting some traction via the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce, but for now an Arden area HART is not being actively pushed.
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New Business

Please check your faith community’s listing in the “Resource Guide”. Kevin will be doing an update to the “Resource Guide” since it has not been updated since February. [You can download a copy by clicking the link at the bottom of this post]
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Updates

St Ignatius – reminds all that the “A Night of Music and the Spoken Word” event on the 22nd of September is open to clergy and lay members alike. This is the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento’s fifth time for the event. It is at 7 pm at St. Francis located at 1066 26th Street.

The “Food Distribution and Resource Fair” schedule was shared. [Download the flyer

Grace Presbyterian – there are two “Farm to Every Fork” events coming up:

Friday, October 21st there is a 5:30 meal followed by the movie, “What’s on Your plate?”
Friday, November 4th there is a 5:30 meal followed by a talk by Monique Stovall, Director of Nutrition at San Juan Unified School District. (See the attached flier for more details on both events.)

Seventy-nine people were served at the Cal Fresh booth at last Saturday’s Farmers’ Market.

St. Michaels – The church met its goal for preparing 120 backpacks for low income students. They were distributed at Star King Elementary. It is now working on having 200 Angel Packs available by early October. Their “Blessing of the Animals” will be on the 2nd of October.

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer – “Mommy and Me” groups continue to meet on Tuesday and Thursdays.

The church is expanding it Community Garden.

First Church of Christian Science – Kristin noted there will be an anti-bullying event on Wednesday on the Capital steps at 8 am.

She also noted the state is changing its policies regarding prison and jail ministries. The new policies should open up opportunities to a wider range of faith communities.

Gethsemane Presbyterian – Jeanne noted she will be attending their day-long training sessions for clergy (and staff) on Domestic Violence. (See the July minutes and attachments for details on that.)

St Marks UMC – The Moon Lecture Series returns, starting 16 September.

St Marks is working with Sierra Service Project, Sacrament Area Youth Speaks (SAYS), and the San Juan Unified School District on a new program of community service, self-growth, and expression for high school students.

Congregation B’nai Israel – is hosting a “Dessert Havdalah for Unity” on Saturday from 7 to 9. (See the attached flier for details.)

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral – is hosting a Service of Remembrance on October 16th at 4 PM. (See the attached sheet for details.)

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Jeanne and those present shared St Ignatius Loyola’s “Generosity” for a closing prayer.
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Next Sessions:

19 October, 2016 – 2 PM – at 1st Church of Christian Science – presenter to be announced.

10 November, 2016 – 6 PM – location and presenter to be announced.

There will be no December meeting.

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Respectfully Submitted,
Kevin Jenkins

Follow the Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities on the web at:
www.aacfc.us

Click on the titles below to download the attachments to minutes and the resource guide:
September 13, 2016 meeting attachments
Current Resource Guide

 

Arden-Arcade Carmichael Faith Community
Meeting at
St Marks UMC
21 July 2016

Attending:
St Ignatius, Jeanne Anderson-West
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Jason Bense
St Michaels EC, Mary Groesbeck
Gethsemane Presbyterian, Vern Holmes
St Marks UMCS. Kevin Jenkins
NAMI Sacramento, Larry Liseno
Sierra Arden UCC, Tom Tortora
1st Ch of Christ Science, Kristen Wakefield
ATLAS Carmichael,Scott Young

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Kevin asked for community concerns.
Self introductions were made
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Presentation
Scott Young spoke about Attaining Truth, Love, And Self-control (ATLAS) of Carmichael.

ATLAS was established as a 501 about four and a half years ago. It reaches out to people who are experiencing addictions, broken relationships, anxiety, homelessness, or who may have recently been released from prison. There is no one single issue of focus for who ATLAS will help.

ATLAS has three missions:

  • Help those who are hurting.
  • Equip followers of Christ to serve.
  • Unite the community.

ATLAS connects people to local resources. They can also supply bus passes for the people to reach support services and can help people complete forms. All services are at the ATLAS Thrift Shop location at 6634 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael 95608.

The ATLAS Thrift Shop is at the location once used by WEAVE. It has been open since May of 2012 with volunteers and clients as its work force. It operates as a “hand up” rather than as a “hand-out” organization, although they will give out sleeping bags and jackets on a case-by-case basis. ATLAS accepts used clothes and household items as well as monetary donations.

ATLAS is focused on the Carmichael area. It is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce, providing a faith-based voice at the business table.

ATLAS has a voucher program that several churches participate in. The churches can give out $25 vouchers to folks with needs, but only have to pay when and if the voucher is redeemed. Folks using a voucher are free to shop for whatever is needed.

The program also partners with several other NGOs, including programs helping new mothers and folks recently released from prison.

ATLAS currently has six mentors assisting about eight folks in need.

Click here:  ATLAS brochure to view and download.

Old Business

Sacramento Steps Forward has released a RFP seeking a 501 that will contract to take over the former Winter Sanctuary program. This would change the program from one rotating between faith communities to one with a fixed location, but which still look to faith communities to supply meals.

There was a discussion of the HART program, who had presented to AACFC in June. HART is looking to set up separate programs, one in Arden and one in Carmichael. The Carmichael group will be meeting at Christ Community Church at 6 PM on 4 August.

Minutes and Reports

Minutes from June were distributed for review.
The bank account remains at $1,387.14

Updates

Salvation Army – A new Veteran’s Transitional Housing Program, funded by the VA is available through the Salvation Army’s unit in Lodi .Click here: July Meeting Fliers to view and download the flyer.

There are free GED classes and tests with bus pass for those attending available through the Alhambra office. Click here: July Meeting Fliers to view and download the flyer.

St. Michaels – The church is preparing 120 backpacks for low income students. It is also working on having Angel Packs available by early October.

The Community Dinner at St Matthews’ campus continues to be well attended by those in that neighborhood. There will be no July diner, but the program returns in August.

St Michael’s will host an October Festival this year. Details will be released soon.

St Ignatius – They have a new team running their Clothing Mission.

Their “Sharing God’s Bounty” program continues to see a growing number of people.

The Furniture mission still has not found a new location.

Sierra Arden UCC – The church continues to work with IRC and its mission to aid refugees. It is exploring holding ESL classes on its campus, being an orientation site, and hosting “Mommy and Me” groups.

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer – The church is exploring partnerships with several other faith communities to provide faith services for Spanish speakers.

The church is also seeing how it can help survivors of torture.
It continues to host “Mommy and Me” groups on Tuesday and Thursdays

First Church of Christian Science – Kristin noted the issues around prisons being released at the county jail without adequate support networks and how easy it is for them to quickly get into trouble again.

There was also some discussion of bringing back the artist who did the “You are Loved” mural.

Gethsemane Presbyterian – the church and A Community for Peace are offering day long training sessions for clergy (and staff) on Domestic Violence. There are three dates and locations:

July 28 at Gethsemane Lutheran
August 25 at St Johns Lutheran
September 15 at St Luke Lutheran
Click here: July Meeting Fliers to view and download the flyer for more details.

NAMI – There will be a Pathways workshop on Saturday, the 23rd from 10 until 2 at the Hagginwood Community Center. The workshop is one that seeks to educate the public and break down cultural myths and prejudices associated with mental illness and treatments.

St Marks UMC – The Moon Lecture Series returns, starting 16 September. More information can be found at the church’s web site www.StMarksUMC.Com.  Click here: July Meeting Fliers to view and download the flyer.

St Marks will host “In the Face of Occupation” telling the story of the occupation of the Palestine village of Wadi Foquin and the results of that occupation.

“God’s Helping Hand” laundry had 13 show up last time. There is still interest in finding a second location and lead volunteer for this mission.

Those in attendance offered up their own concerns and Kevin offered a closing prayer.

Next Sessions:

There will be no August meeting.
13 September 2016 – 6:00 pm – at St Ignatius – Presenter, Sac Sherriff Outreach Team
19 October 2016 – 2 pm – at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer – presenter to be announced.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kevin Jenkins

Follow the Arden-Arcade and Carmichael Faith Communities on the web at:
www.aacfc.us

Arden-Arcade Carmichael Faith Community
Meeting at
Sierra Arden UCC
9 June 2016

Attending:
Mosaic Law: Marilyn Bargman,Jack Zorman
Sierra Arden UCC: Ginny Curinga
St Michaels: Mary Groesbeck, Julie Linderman
St Marks: Kevin Jenkins, John McCormack
1st Ch of Christ Sci: Kristen Wakefield
Atlas of Carmichael: Scott Young
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Ginny shared an opening prayer.

Self introductions were made
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Presentation

Lauren Juskelis and Ken Bennett spoke about the Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART).

HARTs are locally governed groups, made up of local people and organizations that provide resources and assistance to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

There are currently three local HARTs; Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, and Citrus Heights.
Each HART is independent of the others, although they do share information.

The oldest of the three local units is the Elk Grove program, which was started in 2010 as a very minimal effort. It grew out of a group of volunteers who had been working in the Elk Grove Food Bank who were providing mentoring services.

The Elk Grove HART worked with their city council, Sacramento Self Help Housing, the SRHA, and other programs to get a transitional living group home for single adults. About three years later it added a family transitional living home.

There are counseling services and mentoring services available in both homes.

The Rancho Cordova HART was an out growth of the Sunriver Church’s involvement with Winter Sanctuary and its own outreach. Seeing a local homeless individual being told that they would have to go to Loaves and Fishes to sign up for Winter Sanctuary and be bused daily from there to Rancho Cordova, where they already were, made no sense.

The Rancho Cordova HART is working with the city counsel in that community to secure its own transitional housing.

Citrus Heights is the newest of the three. It began with a veterans’ “Stand Down” event that made more money than it needed. The Citrus Heights HART has it own navigators similar to those used by Sacramento Steps Forward.

There was interest expressed by people at last year’s Day of Hope event in doing a HART programs in both Arden-Arcade and in the Carmichael areas.

Ken and Lauren are currently looking for local groups and churches to explain the HART concept to and to assist local people in creating new HART programs in those areas if there is local interest.

During the Q and A period it was noted that both unincorporated Arden-Arcade and Carmichael are under County control and both lack a local city council to partner with.

The two are looking for a location for a 28 June community presentation.

Email contacts are:
Ken Bennett kbennett@sacselfhelp.org
Lauren Juskelis ljuskelis@sacselfhelp.org

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Old Business

St. Matthews – The building improvement are moving forward. The food bank, clothing closet, and most other service programs, except the ESL adult school are still closed. There are discussions with River City Food Bank about a partnership and there is hope for starting a grass roots organization there. (It was noted in a needs survey at the last community dinner that the need for street lights and local children’s activities were the two most frequent needs cited.)

“God’s Helping Hand” laundry had 19 show up last time, which is near its maximum of 20.

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Member updates and other news:

Sierra Arden UCC – is considering hosting a “movie night” for the local community, now that the new AV system is in place.

Atlas Carmichael – Scott Young explained that Attaining Truth, Love, And Learning Self-control (ATLAS) had been operating in Carmichael thanks to the efforts of Christ Community Church at the old WEAVE thrift store location. ATLAS is a 501 and about half the current staff are former clients. There are a number of Carmichael churches it partners with.

St Marks UMC – the church will be co-hosting an Iftar meal with the Turkish Muslim faith group on 29 June at 7:30 pm to mark the end of Ramadan. See the flier for more details.
The Moon Lecture Series returns, starting 16 September with Barry Scheck from the Innocence Project as the first speaker. Other speakers are Clint Smith (14 Oct.), Eugene Robinson (11 Nov.), and Laura Nirider (2 Dec.). More information can be found at the church’s web site www.StMarksUMC.Com

St Michaels Episcopal – The next community dinner at St. Matthews will be on 27 June at 6 pm.
St. Michael’s “Indoor Yard Sale” will be on 18 June from 8 until 2. (See the flier.)

Mosaic Law – Continues to actively support the SSF Winter Sanctuary program and has been seeing great success with the Thanksgiving meal program it runs in South Sacramento.
The faith community now has a reverse food truck in operation.

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Ginny offered the closing prayer.

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Next Sessions:

21 July 2016 , 2:00 pm  at St Marks – Presenter, Sac Sherriff Outreach Team

There will be no August meeting.

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Respectfully Submitted,
Kevin Jenkins