As a part of our Parish Council, we are putting together Foster Care Kits! We are aiming to provide 10 for kids aging out of the system!
Let's come together to CREATE the hope we want to see in the world today!
From Kate Thoreson, via the Faith Communities Coalition for Foster Care newsletter
During this time of universal crisis, may the wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt inspire us to find that something we can do to promote the well-being of others and all of Creation:
"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home-so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood they live in; the school or college they attend; the factory, farm or office where they work. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."
-Eleanor Roosevelt, United Nations, March 1958.
Agencies reported on current needs of the children and youth they serve. Please consider contacting them directly to contribute to their children in need-now, more than ever:
Mentors-especially males (asking for a 1 year commitment) includes outings, help with homework, phone calls
Foster and Adoptive Families; Mentors; Items that are necessary for families to be licensed (Carbon monoxide detector, Lock boxes for medications, Smoke detectors, Car seats, Beds and linens).
WAYNE COUNTY MEDIATION:
Support and advocacy for special education services and IEPs
RUTH ELLIS CENTER:
Foster families for youth with LGBQT identities
THE NEW FOSTER CARE:
Support for the Transition to Independence Program (Resources, Treatment support, Legal services)
FOR THE SEVENTH GENERATION:
Goal is to connect those with a need with the resource to fill the need such as Clothing, Housewares, Furniture, Appliances, Professional Service
Jeans of all sizes; Birthday boxes
OAKLAND FAMILY SERVICES:
Foster and Adoptive Families; Child care for training sessions
There have been a regular flow of babies aging out and new ones joining the Baby
Basics family, but we try to maintain 18 at a time. The buying and storage of diapers means we cannot really handle more.
However, each baby that comes on board must wait until we have funding for 3 years’ diapers for that child. Thanks to the donors who support this program – we could not continue doing this without you!
Foster Care Mission 2020
The letters of invitation for applicants for the Borchardt Memorial Fund grants have gone out to workers dealing with foster teens in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties. We have a deadline of mid-April and will review the applications and make a recommendation to Session for their May meeting. Thanks to Jim Hoogstra for spearheading this effort!
The Pentecost Offering results in 40% being retained by Northminster - and this year, we will be using that amount to partially pay for a scholarship to Camp Skyline for a foster youth. Your generosity in the past has supported this same project, and we know you will be supportive once more. The other 60% also goes to programs at the Presbytery and PCUSA levels for children at risk.
Troy-area Interfaith Group
UPDATE: All meetings postponed until further notice.
Rather than have a meeting in March, TIG volunteers will work at Gleaners, 24162 Mound Road, Warren, on March 28 from 9-11 a.m. Last year, there were a total of 14 members - including Dave Love, Charlotte Sommers, Christy, Dylan and Tyler Cook & Ruth Turner - who, along with other volunteers, packed 1,357 lbs. of food to serve 1,229 people!
As we may be working in refrigerated areas, dress in layers & closed-toe shoes and bring work gloves. Register directly at the Gleaner’s website: http://www.troyinterfaithgroup,gcfb.volunteerhub.com/
On March 1st at 4:00p.m., join InterFaith Leadership Council (IFLC) for the Annual World Sabbath at North Congregational Church of Farmington, 36520 W. 12 Mile Road in Farmington.
It is a wonderful interfaith service for peace that involves prayers, singing, and dancers in many traditions. For details, check the flyer on the bulletin board, or speak to planning committee member Ruth Turner, 248-835-5101.
Northminster is hosting the May 7 Annual National Day of Prayer is the 16th event and also marks the 15th anniversary of TIG! Northminster hosted the first time, and again on the 10th anniversary.
If you would serve on a planning committee along with Ruth Turner and a couple other TIG members, it would be very appreciated! The planning committee meets 2-3 times total, so it’s not labor-intensive. But having others from our church serve is evidence of how much we support this organization. Please speak to or email Ruth, 248-835-5101.
The Church, Society & Mission Committee was pleased to receive over a dozen applications – along with glowing letters of recommendation – for the Borchardt Memorial Grants. All of the applicants were hardworking students who had stories of very difficult hurdles to overcome, which made it even harder to select the candidates to recommend to Session.
Using a grid rating our choices in order, we were able to agree on one candidate for the $1,200 grant. We have two candidates for half grants of $600, if we receive enough For further information, contact Jim Hoogstra at firstname.lastname@example.org in the next few weeks. Our nominated candidates will be presented for Session approval at their meeting in June, and we look forward to announcing them!
Also, please remember that 40% of the Pentecost Offering is distributed directly by Northminster, which has been approved for adding to the Borchardt Grant Fund this year. In this way, we can ensure that we will minimally be able give one full and one half grant to two deserving teens in foster care who graduate for academic year 2018-2019.
Northminster Presbyterian Church
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