PACE September 2017

 

Photo: (c) iStock.com / marekullasz (#484416138)PACE Monthly Newsletter for September 2017

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UCC A Just World for All MissionOn July 3, General Synod 2017 overwhelmingly declared itself an Immigrant Welcoming Denomination and called on all settings of the United Church of Christ to do the same. Delegates voted 96 to 3 percent in favor of the Resolution of Witness, which was brought by the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northern California Nevada, Massachusetts, and Central Pacific conferences.

The Central Pacific Conference made the same declaration at its September 2016 meeting. Since that time a small group of KMUCC members has been exploring what it would mean for us to become an “Immigrant Welcoming Congregation.” Macy Guppy and I also participated in a six month program called Sanctuary Cohort Initiative offered by IMIrJ (Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice), to learn about immigrant issues and the variety of responses faith communities are making.

Starting on October 1, we’ll invite the whole congregation to join the conversation. Your homework, between now and then, is to identify, as nearly as you are able, where in the world your ancestors came from. Whether they belonged to one of the indigenous nations who were engulfed by European settlers, were brought to this continent as indentured servants or enslaved persons, signed the Mayflower Compact, or came in one of the great waves of immigration from across the globe, where did your earliest known ancestor start from?

RoofWorkSept17They have started work on the roof!

On Friday Aug. 25th, a crew from Bliss Roofing started covering the skylights on the east side of the sanctuary and building some deflectors to route roof debris from the roof.  Several roofing crews are going to start tearing off the old shingles on the eastern two faces of the roof (opposite the parking lot).  There are actually two layers of the shingles to be removed, one that you see, and an older hidden layer of wooden shake shingles. After removing the old shingles, they will put down a layer of plywood and then a waterproof underlayment and then the new shingles.  They will be nailing wooden ledges to the roof every 5 feet that the workers will stand on and they will also have safety ropes.  They expect these two faces of the roof to take 1-2 weeks.

When they are done with those 2 eastern faces of the roof, then they will do the two faces of the roof facing the parking lot.  These 2 sides will take another week or two.  So the whole job will take 3-4 weeks. 

The workers that I have talked to seem excited about the project and its challenges.  They are working at figuring out the best way to do things so the job gets done safely and done well.  That makes me feel good.

We will have some inconveniences while the work is going on.  There will be equipment and supplies around the church, on sidewalks, and in the parking lot.  The skylights will be covered so the church will be darker (a blessing on hot days!).  If you have to park on the street, please be careful approaching the church.

March on Washington Commemoration in PortlandMonday August 28, 2017 was the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famed “I Have a Dream” speech.  In honor of that date one thousand clergy of all faiths and traditions convened in Washington DC to reaffirm their commitment to the social justice movement and to stand in solidarity with the spirit and legacy of Dr. King.  Here in Portland, several hundred clergy and people of faith gathered to recommit to being at the forefront of justice and civil rights and to call local and national public officials into accountability. Kairos-Milwaukie was represented by Robyn Crummer-Olson, Macy Guppy, Michael Hall, Kathy Anderson and Pastor Jeanne.

ShineLogoWe have our new curriculum, enthusiastic teachers, and lots of fun activities planned for our youth.

We’ll be going with a monthly plan, with teachers committing to the same Sunday per month for a season. That means continuity and a chance for our kids to get comfy with our adults on a regular basis.

Our curriculum is focused on the idea of “Being God’s People”; beginning Sept 3rd with Pentecost & pondering the life and growth of the first church. Then, in October & November, we go back to Genesis & relive the early Bible stories – Adam & Eve, Noah, the tower of Babel, Abraham & Sarah, Jacob & Esau, Joseph & his coat of many colors. One of the beauties of this “Shine!” Curriculum is learning all of these familiar old stories with perhaps new perspective… through the lens of Love, Choice, Peacemaking & Forgiveness. The publisher is Brethren Press, of the Mennonite path. UCC endorses this curriculum in their Christian Education offerings.

2017 NIN Final Poster largeNeighbors in Need Special Offering 2017

To be collected on September 24, 2017

The Neighbors in Need offering supports the UCC's ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. 

Two-thirds of the offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries to fund a wide array of local and national justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects.  These include: the federal budget, voting rights, immigration, health care, hate crimes, civil liberties and environmental justice.

One-third of the offering supports the UCC's Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM).  Today there are 20 UCC congregations on reservations and one urban, multi-tribal UCC congregation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Your support is appreciated.

 

 

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