“…We will endeavor to minister to all who suffer, looking for ways to enable peace and justice within the Church and in the world.”
Join the Justice and Peace Action Network!
The Justice and Peace Action Network (JPANet) is the arm through Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ, and it is our denomination’s grassroots advocacy network composed of individual members and local UCC congregations across the country. The JPANet both educates and engages its members in shaping public policy in keeping with God’s vision of a just and loving society.
JPANet members collectively advocate issues for social change that promote the Common Good. The Global Concerns issue area is shared with staff of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the UCC’s partner in global ministry. This creates a powerful collective avenue to stay on top of critical issues and to act—through phone calls, letters, and emails to key decision-makers.
Here’s how to join: go to http://www.ucc.org/join_the_network and sign up today! (Scroll down past the photos to find the sign-up form and information).
The FCC Literacy Group continues to be active, most recently supplying two new Habitat homes with bookcases and a large variety of books selected by and for family members. We’ve also provided a substantial amount of reading material to Lane County Adult Corrections, commonly known as the jail on 5th Street.
FCC has given the jail Reader’s Digest subscriptions, large-print Bibles and paperback Qurans. Joe Pishioneri, Special Services Deputy of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, expresses great appreciation for FCC generosity. “The new books and magazines just fly out of my office.” Joe says Westerns are in high demand, especially Louis L’Amour. Joe’s office is always in search of books in Spanish.
Helen Jackson, chaplain and education volunteer at Adult Corrections, follows in the footsteps of the beloved late Sister Margaret Graziano in seeking to uphold the human dignity of incarcerated individuals. Helen says, “We have to remember these men and women are confined 24/7. Providing them with simple things like books and magazines gives them input of stories and events and tales of ‘real life,’ the life they will return to at some point.”
Helen’s office operates solely on nontaxable dollars, making donations valuable. She often fields requests for Bibles and spiritual books. The materials below are appreciated for engagement of the mind and help in passing time. This in turn helps with inmate management.
Please bring any of the following items to the FCC library to donate to the Lane County jail. Label the items “jail.”
- Western paperback novels
- Spanish language paperbacks
- Bibles or Qurans in paperback
- Reader’s Digest
- Word Search
- Crossword books
Literacy Committee meetings are open to all. Watch the bulletin for second and fourth Monday meeting times.
FCC Stand for Children – Education & Advocacy Team
The Stand for Children team at FCC works to provide accurate information about educational issues in our local school districts and state, opportunities for action, and engagement with others who care about vibrant public education for all children. For more information, please contact Robin Detmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Amy Potter (email@example.com).
To learn more about Stand for Children or possible ways to assist in supporting productive learning environments for children’s success, please visit stand.org.
Be SMART and Read to a Child
Like kids? Like to read? Like to turn kids on to reading? The FCC Literacy Committee recommends volunteers to the SMART program at Camas Ridge Elementary School, 1150 E. 29th Avenue, as well as other sites in Eugene and Springfield. SMART is a terrific way to spend 60 minutes a week with children who need you. Volunteers read with each of two children for 30 minutes, and relationship is the key! Each child receives a free book every week to build a home library.
Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) pairs adults with children who need support in early reading. Time commitment is small, impact is great. Contact the SMART area office (541-726-3302) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about SMART at www.getsmartoregon.org .
St. Vincent de Paul Donation Barrel in Fellowship Hall
There is a St. Vincent de Paul donation barrel for our use in donating clothing, shoes, accessories, books and other small-size donations that are so very important to their mission of assisting the poor. If you are clearing out those cupboards and closets this summer, please consider depositing your donations in the St. Vincent de Paul donation barrel in Fellowship Hall.