Vigil to stop the deportation of Susana and Sayra
Dear Friends- Please see the attached flyer announcing the vigil scheduled for this Thursday, April 21st at Scarlett Middle School in Ann Arbor. I am thrilled to tell you that the school community is rallying around this family. You may not all know that Susana and both of her daughters traveled to Washington DC for the rally today at the US Supreme Court and then on to a face-to-face meeting with Sens. Peters and Stabenow. Please, please, please get this information out to everyone you know; post on Facebook and send to your listserves. And then come to the vigil on Thursday, 7:00 PM. Scarlett MS.
Here is the Flyer:
Help Alexis Stay in Our Community
Alexis Ramirez Arano was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in January of 2016 while dining at a local restaurant. An openly gay man who has been subject to varying degrees of harassment and abuse in Mexico, Alexis is seeking multiple forms of legal relief including asylum. US immigration courts recently set his extremely high bond at $12,000 because the court does not recognize his deep roots in the community as family or social ties. Here is the Gofundme page to help WICIR raise the $12,000
Kindly remember in your prayers our members and friends who are sick and/or shut in.
Pastoral Care Emergencies
If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact Glenda Horvath, 734-482-5619.
Immigration Ministry (WICIR)
For information about what's happening and if you are interested in learning ways to help with this issue, please contact Margaret Harner at 734-483-3464 or through WICIR, Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, www.facebook.com/WICIR.
Press statement urging the President to use his authority to stop deportations until CIR has a humane path to citizenship in place.
Michigan Open & Affirming Coalition
For information about what’s happening with Michigan Open and Affirming Coalitions of United Church of Christ churches, or if you are interested in joining us, please contact Wayne Burling at 734-377-0696. More information can be found on their website http://www.mi-ona.org or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/onami/
Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition (WEROC)
"First Congregational is a co-founding institution of the new local "organization of organizations" WeROC (Washtenaw Regional Organizing Coalition). In many ways, WeROC is a larger illustration of the values and mission we try to live out at First Congregational. The diverse faith congregations and labor and community organizations that make up WeROC are, at our core, focused on intentionally reweaving the frayed fabric of community -- at a time when forces are at work every day to keep us fragmented, suspicious of each other, feeling isolated and on our own. We are showing by example that people from many backgrounds and perspectives can, even today, come together in powerful ways around our common values and actually change unjust public policies. WeROC is a part of the S.E. Michigan organization MOSES and the national Gamaliel Foundation. See Tad Wysor (email@example.com, 734 883 3225) for more on how First Congregational is connecting with current WeROC issues and actions.
Mentor 2 Youth
Mentor2Youth is a non-profit organization that provides educational services and programs to at-risk youth ages 8-18 in Washtenaw County. Since its inception in 2011, Mentor2Youth has served more than 450 youth by taking a wholistic approach towards their well-being. Our mission is to ensure these youth have a promising future through educating and empowering them to excel in life, academics and work. We envision developing a school-to-career pipeline for at-risk youth as our organization continues to become more sustainable and expands over the next five years. Contact Alex Goldsmith (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or visit their website (http://www.mentor2youth.com ) for more information.
Chior singing "Prepare Ye"
No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
Our church is a small congregation of determined and open-minded individuals committed to honoring God and the presence of God in each of us (All of Us). If this is your first time here and you would like to know about us: who we are and what we believe, get to know us through our news, worship, prayer and Missions.
We trust that you will find us to be warm and inviting and a community open to people of different cultures, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identity and religious beliefs. If you are looking for a place to worship, join us for our Sunday morning service which begins at ten o’clock.
Open and Affirming Covenant of
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Ypsilanti.
First Congregational United Church of Christ, Ypsilanti celebrates everyone, including people of all ages, races, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, family configurations, economic circumstances, physical, cognitive or emotional abilities, education or spiritual or religious traditions. All are welcome to participate fully in the life, leadership, ministry, and missions of this church as we seek to grow together in a safe andnurturing community of faith. We strive to demonstrate in all ways that “NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHERE YOU ARE ON LIFE’S JOURNEY, YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!”
Worship Place & Time
218 N. Adams
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Sunday (10:00 AM)
Fellowship time after service.