July 8, 2018

Post date: Jul 05, 2018 4:35:46 PM

Prayer Vigil for keeping families together. Monday-Thursday 9a.m.-noon at First Lutheran and noon to 3p.m. at United Methodist.

Anyone is invited to come in for silent prayer. We pray that children will soon be reunited with their parents and better immigration practices will prevail. And pray for whatever is on your heart and mind for a few minutes, half an hour or whatever you have time for.

FISH Adopt a Shelf Program ….Soup…. This summer June, July and August, First Lutheran is participating in FISH Food Bank’s adopt a shelf program. If possible, these need to be pull-top cans of soup. This shelf holds all kinds of soups, from broth to hearty vegetable to meaty Italian wedding soup. Think of wholesome and filling soups, like barley or rice and chicken, lentils, bean soup and chicken noodle. Generic is fine, and bringing one or two kinds will also work. This shelf holds a lot! Please just bring them to church with you and fill our food bank box by the office door. We need to provide at least 50 cans a week.

Statement from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on executive order

6/22/2018 About two weeks ago, I joined more than 20 other faith leaders in raising concerns about the administration’s announced plans that it would begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. In line with that statement, I acknowledge that President Donald Trump’s new executive order, “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation,” does keep families together, but for how long and in what conditions? I am troubled by what the executive order does and does not guarantee. There is no provision for reuniting children already separated from their families, nor for children whose parents have already been deported. The executive order also allows for the possibility of future family separations.

The forced separation of children from their parents is unnecessarily cruel, further traumatizing families who have already suffered in their countries of origin and on the dangerous journey to the U.S. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and its predecessor church bodies have a long history of caring for children, families and refugees. It’s who we are.

This executive order will expand the detention of families. The ELCA opposed the detention of families policy during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, and we oppose the policy now. Detention centers are not designed to support families. Community-based alternatives to detention, like ones that Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has piloted, are cost-effective ways to ensure that children and parents can await their court case in a dignified setting.

In his explanation of the Lord’s Prayer in the Small Catechism, Martin Luther reminds us that good government is part of our daily bread. As Lutherans and as citizens, we can work with elected officials toward humane, just, and compassionate solutions. Through AMMPARO and LIRS, the ELCA is committed to walking alongside children and families who are seeking asylum. You can be part of a network that uses their hands and voice to ensure they feel welcomed wherever they go. We can also advocate through ELCA Advocacy (elca.org/advocacy).

By grace we are set free to love and serve the neighbor. Let us, through prayer and action, serve these vulnerable children and families.

Youth Activities

Youth Group (grades 6 - 12)

Thursday - Cool off at the Church 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ice cream, badminton, movies, games, etc.

Update on Boulder Cave Hike: I am keeping an eye on the wildfire in Naches. I will have alternative plans if the fire prevents our hike.

Moses Lake water park will be on July 31. Details are on the board.

Middle School Youth:

Black Diamond camp with the Wellspring Baptist Youth. Please contact Pauline Clyburn for details.

Cost: $200

Dates: August 5 - 8

This is not a FLC organized event, so transportation and chaperones are not provided.

I am in touch with the Wellspring Youth Leader to coordinate other future events.

Soup Drive is still on!

Back to school supply drive is just starting!