Children and Youth Ministry Update
from The Rev. Cara Gilger
Dear Park Parents,
We started summer Sunday School this past Sunday by reading the passage from Matthew 13 about rest, reading I Am Peace by Susan Verde and practicing a rainbow meditation to learn about resting in God’s presence. It was fun to move and learn together.
This upcoming Sunday we will be exploring the Isaiah 55:10-13 passage the adults will be reading in worship. We will be learning about God’s joy and celebration. We are asking the kids to bring their favorite homemade instrument--spoons, shakers, a pot to drum--for our lesson or if they have an instrument they play, they can bring that too!
Continuing in our July Summer Photo Challenge to Inspire, this week we are challenging the kids to send a photo of something they have drawn or something they have done that Inspires JOY. You can email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org to share. I will be sending a little surprise in the mail to each kid that participates to keep things fun!
The Trump Administration continues to separate refugee families and to detain refugee children. Children have the right to education, to healthcare, to food and water, and to the love of their families. In November, we will end refugee child detention and family separation. Join us and give so others do, too.
On July 12, the Don’t Look Away Pact will air this video on Fox affiliates in targeted markets nationwide the evening of Sunday, July 12, 2020. Donations to the Don’t Look Away Pact, will purchase additional TV ads in targeted markets to further bond voters together in support of ending family separation and child detention.
The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many others are the tragic and unsurprising results of a racist and broken system — the same system that fueled Charlottesville, Charleston and the litany of other white supremacist attacks.
Integrity First for America, in partnership with a world-class legal team, is uniquely taking on the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups at the center of this violent movement, holding them accountable in federal court for the violence they brought to Charlottesville in 2017.
IFA’s lawsuit — scheduled to go to trial this fall — details how these extremists conspired to orchestrate a weekend of violence, which resulted in Heather Heyer’s death and extensive injuries. It provides a tangible way to take action against extremism that’s poisoning this country and has the potential to bankrupt and dismantle the leaders and hate groups at the center of this movement — which is key, given their disturbing connections to the broader cycle of white supremacist violence.
Taking on, and taking down, these violent extremists is all the more critical as we see them try to exploit recent protests to spread disinformation, hate, fear, and violence.
Join Pastor Kaji Douša and Rabbi Felicia Sol for a conversation with co-lead counsels Roberta Kaplan and Karen Dunn and IFA Executive Director Amy Spitalnick for an overview and update on this landmark case and the fight against white supremacy, anti-Semitism, racism, and other forms of hate.
Integrity First for America (IFA) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to holding those accountable who threaten longstanding principles of our democracy—including our country's commitment to civil rights and equal justice.
Pandemic of Love is a mutual aid community of care that was started in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. It humbly began on March 14th, 2020 by one person and was intended to help her own local community. But, like an epidemic, the act of love and kindness spread quickly and is now a beautiful movement helping those in need throughout the world.
What is a mutual aid community? It connects people in need with patrons who can help with that need. This is a tangible way for people to give to each other, quickly, discretely and directly.
What’s the catch? There is none. Kind people are introduced to kind people which results in an act of kindness and human connection.