by Kathy Merkle-Raymond
A sermon by Kathy Merkle-Raymond, Director of Communal Care (preaching texts: Leviticus 19: 1-2, 9-18 and Matthew 5: 38-48)....Download
Social Justice Ministry at First Pres is a group of individuals committed to acting out our faith by working for positive change in our community and throughout the world. Micah’s call is our core theological affirmation, providing a framework for all that we do.
We take seriously the call of Jesus both to “feed the hungry and clothe the naked” and also to identify, make visible, challenge, and change the systems of injustice in our world.
Our work and our giving focus on maximum impact toward achieving our mission. Our primary commitment is to work with and support well-managed nonprofit groups that are effective in working toward justice and social change.
We sponsor numerous events so that our congregation can engage in Hands-On Social Justice Ministry. Please take a look at “What We Do” below to find fun ways to help out weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly…
Our committee meets monthly, usually after the main service on the 3rd Sunday of the month. We’d love to have you join us. If you have questions, please contact one of the Session members on the Social Justice Ministry team.
News and Announcements:
On the Fifth Sunday of January, ~70 people gathered after church to eat a quick pizza lunch and then pack 10,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now.
Many thanks to all of those who helped with setup and cleanup, and to all of the hard-working hair-net-wearers! For many more pictures of this event, visit the First Pres Facebook page.
On December 21, 2016, Session voted unanimously to become a Peace Church. Please read the resolution here. Many thanks to the members of the Peace Church Task Force for shepherding this process over the last 3 years. Their Adult Study Sessions and Luncheon Discussions were informative and collaborative, and they were very responsive to feedback from the community and from Session. Watch for future news about how we plan to live out being a Peace Church.