Welcome to another edition of the
For this Sunday, November 18, 2018:
Rev. Mark Granfors-Hunt is the Preacher.
Jill Satterfield will lead Worship.
Emily Chen is the musician.
All are welcome!
Service begins at 10:00 a.m.
“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
–Soren Kierkegaard, 19th century
Everyone is welcome. This group meets on Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. hosted by Dr. George Crossman in a meeting room at his residence at the Woodlands Retirement Community, 4320 Forest Hill Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. The next meeting is Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. The topic is Jon Meacham’s new book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.” For more information, please call George: 703-865-5830.
On-call person for November is Myra Flemister, MFlemister@earthlink.net. Myra is available for pastoral needs, including illness and prayer requests, and outreach to visitors.
UCC CHURCHES, CONFERENCE IN PHOENIX OFFER HOSPITALITY TO MIGRANT FAMILIES RELEASED BY ICE
A United Church of Christ congregation in Phoenix that provides a safe space for migrants seeking asylum in the United States has been extremely busy since Monday, offering an extravagant welcome to more than 100 people. Busloads of immigrant families who have been released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are routinely dropped off at Shadow Rock UCC for a meal, clothing, supplies and a place to stay while they try to connect with relatives and friends around the country.
“Hospitality is one of the ideals we hold as people of conscience in this country,” said the Rev. Ken Heintzelman, Shadow Rock pastor.
Scores of immigrants waiting to have their cases heard have come through Shadow Rock, bussed in by ICE, since 2016 — but never more than a few dozen at a time. And not with a lot of advance notice.
“We got a call on Friday that they wanted us to take 100 people,” said Abeth Spencer, the church’s director of communications. “We had a weekend to get organized before they arrived Monday night, and they all stay here until we take them to the Greyhound Station.”
SET-UP & REFRESHMENTS!
If you can arrive about 20-25 minutes early or stay a little later, we are in need of volunteers to SET UP and BREAK DOWN. Set up consists of placing the seating, bulletins, hymnals, preparing the social hour area, etc. Break down is the reverse. We also NEED REFRESHMENTS each Sunday for the Social Hour after church. Please bring what you are willing to share and we will do the rest.