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Literacy

Photo of booksThe 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
  • Sudoku
  • Word Search
  • Crossword books

Literacy Group meetings are open to all. Watch the bulletin for second and fourth Monday meeting times.

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 lmnichols@getsmartoregon.org. Learn more about SMART at www.getsmartoregon.org .

What's Happening?

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  • Intergenerational Sunday School — November 26
    Intergenerational Sunday School — November 26
    On Sunday, November 26, all generations are invited to gather in the Fellowship Hall for Sunday School from 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. This will be an opportunity for children and youth to join with parents, grandparents,...
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  • Order Christmas Wreaths by Nov. 26
    Order Christmas Wreaths by Nov. 26
    This is the 19th year FCC is supporting the sale of fresh, hand-tied Christmas wreaths made by the women of Mujeres Luchadores Progresistas (MLP), a Woodburn-based women’s cooperative.  This wreath project provides needed income for farm...
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  • Advent Festival Work Party Thurs. Nov. 30 ~ helpers needed!
    Advent Festival Work Party Thurs. Nov. 30 ~ helpers needed!
    Help is needed!  There are many church elves working behind the scenes to ensure the success of this event.  This year’s festival on December 3rd will include many favorites such as crafts, cinnamon roll wreaths, greenery...
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  • Fair Trade Event on Dec. 3
    Fair Trade Event on Dec. 3
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  • Be a Part of Our Annual Advent Pageant!
    Be a Part of Our Annual Advent Pageant!
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  • Hosting Interfaith Shelter beginning Jan. 2
    Hosting Interfaith Shelter beginning Jan. 2
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  • Letters to Our Children/Grandchildren
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Upcoming Events

  • Advent Festival Work Party!
    November 30, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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  • FCC Koffee Klatch
    December 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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  • Graham Cracker House Assembly!
    December 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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