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 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.”

2017 Point-in-Time Report on Homelessness Available to Download

Every two years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires local communities to conduct a census of all individuals experiencing  homelessness in their region—called the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count—during one night at the end of January. This extensive countywide effort to estimate the local homeless population provides a sshot of nearly all individuals and families staying at emergency/transitional shelters in the county, as well as those sleeping outside, in tents or vehicles and under bridges. In addition to fulfilling a HUD funding requirement, the PIT Count is a detailed and timely information source for local stakeholders and the broader community to assess the state of homelessness in their region.

Sacramento Steps Forward  (SSF) is the lead agency of the Sacramento Continuum of Care, and has held the responsibility of conducting the PIT Count for the past several years. In December 2016, SSF commissioned researchers at California State University, Sacramento  (CSUS) to supervise and enhance the methodology of the 2017 PIT, as well as provide a thorough analysis of the data collected. This report summarizes some of the key findings and recommendation from the 2017 PIT Count.

Click here to download the 70-page report: 2017 Sacramento Point-in-Time Report

Rapid Response Legal Observer Training

Mark your calendars!

Rapid Response Legal Observer Training

August 2 • 6:30 –8:30 p.m.

St. Mark’s
McMurdo Hall
2391 St. Marks Way

Sacramento Area Congregations Together has put together an excellent program and training with what everyone might need to know in the event of a raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The training includes what to do and what not to do if you are in the area of an ICE raid.

To join the Rapid Response Legal Observer team:

✓ You will be trained by a legal team to become a legal observer and moral witness during ICE operations, at workplaces or homes

✓ Be part of the team of “first responders” at the site of an ICE operation and connect affected families with the legal and social resources available to them in Sacramento County

✓ This training is the basis for learning how to respond to the needs of other communities who may be targeted by federal or local policies

**All rapid responders must be trained by legal experts before they can participate in response.

Please RSVP to Gabby Trejo at

This network, including a hotline, is organized by: Sacramento ACT and Sacramento Immigration Coalition.

Even if your faith community is not actively working on this, the information provided at this workshop is eye opening and might be of help to some one you know.

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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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


Carnival! to raise funds for Developmental Disabilities Service Organization (DDSO)
Saturday, July 8 •  11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Short Center North
2331 St Marks Way

Face painting, craft booths, music, Blue Dolphin Shave Ice, North Border Tacos and more!Tell your friends!

Click here for the flyer

Kevin Jenkins
St Marks UMC

Updated Resource Guide and More

The newly updated AACFC resource guide is available for download on our Resources page.

The next AACFC meeting is June 7, 6 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 4461 Marconi Ave. Faith Whitmore CEO, Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center will be our guest speaker.



Would you rather build bridges than walls? If yes, you are warmly invited to meet your neighbors at a free Biography Workshop led by Karen Gierlach at the Carmichael Library, Sunday, June 11, 2:30–4:30 p.m.  We all have life stories to share. By listening to each other in small groups and with open-hearted interest we will discover how much we have in common, despite our seeming differences.
For more information download the Biography Workshop flyer.

May 16, 2017 Meeting Minutes

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


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.


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 as soon as possible.

New Business:


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