Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Social Concerns Notes

Help for SAMARITANS - Sunday Sept. 11th.

In February Social Concerns agreed to supply food packs for migrants in distress twice a year, to be distributed by Samaritans - and it's time!

The plan: prepare 150 ziplock packs of durable, nutritious stuff during Coffee Hour after 10 AM Mass. Last time we did 130 packs in less than 1/2 hour!

Bring in any of the items listed below. There'll be a box in the back of the church. Social Concerns will also buy in bulk to round out your donations, just get good buys.

Advance purchase - Bargains only!
  • granola or nutrition bars
  • small packs of nuts
  • tuna, beans, Vienna sausage pull top cans
  • individual packs of fruit or applesauce
  • small nutritious candies (ones that don't melt)
  • other durable, nutritious snacks, small packs

You don't have to have a final opinion on border issues to feed the hungry - and some of these very humble people, including women and children, haven't eaten for days.

You know the heart of a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.- Exodus 23:9

Part of the proceeds of the English Faire will go toward building houses in Haiti, through a Food for the Poor program carefully researched by Joel Williams. We'll supplement with the Special Collection Oct. 22nd. A generous parishioner overheard plans last Sunday and offered a $500 match. The modest block houses cost $2000. Let's try for two - or more!

Campus Ministry Meal Sunday evenings - Social Concerns will cover one of St. Michael's September dates. Call Ila if you'd like to help.

ER-D rep (formerly Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief) The Rev. Lucie Thomas of St. Andrew's in Nogales is the new Diocesan coordinator and wants to elevate the important work of ER-D. Any volunteers to be Parish rep? Call Peggy Van Norman for details.

Advent International Bazaar Dec. 3rd & 4th. Call Ila to reserve a spot OR to help.


Prayer Vigil at El Tiradito shrine Monday, August 29th, 5 p.m., with national religious leaders coming for a border "plunge" at Rick Ufford Chase's invitation (Rick is Moderator of the Presbyterian General Assembly and also a founder of BorderLinks). The visitors include Jewish leaders and representatives of the World Council of Churches. They'll join us for prayers for migrants at 5 p.m. El Tiradito is on Main Avenue just West of Cushing Street, close to Carrillo school.

Presentation August 31st - "The Effects of Free Trade on Indigenous Communities," with Miguel Pickard, visiting from Chiapas. Potluck 6 PM, Armory Park (enter, 220 S. Fifth Avenue. Bring a dish to share, $5 suggested donation. Pickard is Co-Founder of the Center for Economic and Political Research for Community Action [CIEPAC], lives and works in Chiapas. He is bilingual. Derechos Humanos sponsors. Why attend? Economic and cultural impacts of "Free" Trade affect migration, and many Mexican migrants are Maya from Chiapas, one of the poorest states in Mexico. A new Free Trade Treaty has been approved with Central America and could affect the Mayan communities with whom we collaborate in Guatemala.