GREAT NEWS - raised almost $11,000 for AIJN Legal Fund !!

 Annapolis Immigration Justice Network

The Sandy Point Park Restaurant held a Fundraiser yesterday. It was called "Fastest Server on the Bay", and involved teams of six Servers from several Area Restaurants who had to carry a Tray of Soda, Glass of water and other containers over an obstacle course that ended at a bowie marker in the water without spilling or dropping it while being timed!

It was a riot, and a totally laid back race - loads of fun to watch, great food beer and other drinks... There was an auction and a silent auction.

AIJN received almost $11,000 for this event - all of it going to the Legal Fund!

If you want to support the restaurants who each contributed $250.00 to the cause =here they are.

Deep Creek Restaurant, Arnold MD

https://www.deepcreekrestaurant.com/

Federal House, downtown Annapolis

http://www.federalhouserestaurant.com/

Ketch 22, North Beach

http://ketch22.net/

Lures Bar and Grill, Crownsville

http://luresbarandgrille.com/

Main and Market, Forest Drive, Annapolis

http://mainandmarket.com/

Mother's Peninsula Grill, Severna Park

https://mothersgrille.com/peninsula-grille/

O'Loughlin's Restaurant and Pub, Arnold

https://oloughlinspub.com/

The Point Crab House and Grill, Arnold (event organizer)

http://www.thepointcrabhouse.com/

 

 

AIJN FUNDRAISER - OPEN TABLE - IAF ACTION - POOR PEOPLES MARCH

-  AIJN FRUNDRAISER  -  OPEN TABLE PROGRAM  -  IAF ACTION  -  POOR PEOPLE MARCH  -

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Please come to the ANNAPOLIS IMMIGRATION JUSTICE NETWORK FUNDRAISER - Monday June 25 from 1-5pm at the Sandy Point State Park Flounder Pavilion - There will be obstacle races by teams of waiters from 20 restaurants to see who makes it without spilling water from the glasses on their trays, 6 Local Bands, beer, food & drinks. And of course there is the beach to hang out at….

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“OPEN TABLE” – A New Light House Initiative

This new program offers us a chance to ‘Walk alongside one person or family for a year’ to help them manage their (re)entry independent living. It requires 5-8 participants each of whom would be helping in various areas (finance/budgeting, job search and interview skills, spiritual life, healthcare, housing, insurance, transportation etc. Dividing up these areas will mean not one or two people will do the work, but work will be shared by many. Over-arching this program is the idea of building trust and relationships with the person or family by sometimes getting together and sharing time and meals etc. A lot like what we have been doing with Yasir and Noor’s family. A personal walking with someone who often has had very little of this in their life.  The people will be vetted and have been through a year’s worth of rehab and training in the Lighthouse program. Our partners will have back ground checks and up-front and continuous Training and guidance from the National Open Table Organization. Please contact Hildy Cardaci or Monica Rausa Williams to discuss if this might be a program you want to help with! I think this could be just OUR TYPE of program!

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One month away!

NEXT AACo IAF ACTION:

What We Heard

&

What We Will Do About It

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 7-8:30pm

Asbury United Methodist Church

87 West St.

Annapolis, MD 21401

FREE PARKING

in Whitmore Garage from 6:15pm until 9:15pm

Parking Validation provided at the Action

FREE CHILDCARE PROVIDED

Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early.

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This Saturday June 23rd at 10am, in Washington, DC, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis  (Co-Chairs of the Poor People's Campaign: A National for Moral Revival) will be joined by America's poor and impacted for

a massive call to stand against systemic racism, systemic poverty ecological devastation, the war economy/militarism, and the distorted moral agenda of religious nationalism.

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YASIR CAR, LUNCH- REFUGEE FARM HELP- AIJN & OUR BEACH PARTY

Below is a request from the pastor in charge of the "Community Farming Ministry" - Hopefully someone would like to help with this?  Maybe our newly freed from school young people?? You could make it a fun group outing?

Please email Hildy at hcardaci@gmail.com I'll get you the directions. ==========================================================

Pastor Migde has asked for volunteer assistance at the community garden.                 Please disseminate as you find appropriate among your congregants.

Every Saturday, weather permitting, volunteers are needed and welcome at the farm. Volunteer activities include weeding, staking plants, spreading topsoil,  mulch, wood chips, etc., cutting bamboo,  general ground maintenance as well as participating in laying irrigation systems, assembling shelving or hanging system for the shed, and other special projects.  Volunteers can come anytime between 10:00 and 3:00 and volunteer a long as they want. I suggest they wear shoes appropriate for muddy conditions and bring their own work gloves, sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks.  Anyone wishing to bring personal hand tools for weeding should label them with their name. Parking is limited so carpooling is recommended.

I will be using SignUp Genius to schedule volunteers and will get that link to you as soon as I have it set up, For this coming Saturday, I ask that you just get the request for volunteers out and ask that they respond to me if they plan to show up at the farm and to get the address/directions if they are needed.

Thanks for your assistance in getting the word out!  More info to come soon!                                                                                                                                       =================================================================

Dear Friends:

Your support of our MISSIONS have accomplished so much this year! Here are some of our major Help Projects this year:

Yasir Abed with his new (used) car. The smile says it all! ($5,000)

The Shed and Shade tarp ($2,300) we funded for Pastor Migde’s Project: He received permission to use some farmland to plant and grow food for their families and for Sale at the various Farmers Markets. YOUR generosity provided the money for the shed as well as a Tent Tarp for shade for the families to have a service and talk. There are 10 plots planted by 10 families and groups. I understand that the various countries represented grow in different styles and different types of food.  

Thank You – Thank You – Thank You !!                                                            

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DATES TO REMEMBER: 

June25-1:00-5:00pm                                                                                                                                      ANNAPOLIS IMMIGRATION JUSTICE NETWORK                            Fundraiser at the Sandy Point Beach Park- 20 plus restaurants                will have their waiters compete in a race not to spill their water!               Games, Food, Drinks &  Beach fun! Bring the kids and enjoy.                     All proceeds donated to AIJN !!

July 8 - after church service  Yasir Family Lunch "Bring Your Favorite Summer Dish" -contact Lee Dotson at leelyn2@verizon.net 410-267-0717 or Hildy Cardaci at hcardaci@gmail.com or 443-603-8787

July 16 -  "Picnic at the Beach for Children from Refugee Families" - please contact Kathy McFaddden at kmcfadden@comcast.net  or 410-330-8432

 

 

Fundraiser and Family Reports

**  MONDAY, JUNE 25TH, 1-5PM  **  BIG AIFN FUNDRAISER AT SANDY POINT PARK  **

ANNAPOLIS IMMIGRATION NETWORK IS ORGANIZING A SILENT AUCTION TABLE - PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO DONATE (GIFT BASKET, TICKETS TO AN EVENT, AN ART PIECE, GIFT CERTIFICATE, ETC.). This is going to be a HUGE event with up to 20 area restaurants participating. Huge thanks to the "Point Restaurant" - specifically the owners and the manager, Kristen, for organizing this huge event for us!!! 

Please plan ahead for this Party at Sandy State Park - should be a lot of fun for Grown-Ups and kids (beach to play at) with lots of food, brewery samples and 6 bands! Of course the "Waiter Races" should be really fun to watch and we look forward to cheering the winners who will get some very generous prizes (and AJIN will get $1,000 of that!)  The Entry Fee of $250 for each restaurant (approximately 20 restaurants will participate) and all proceeds from food will be donated to the AIJN - this is going to be huge!!!  So please plan on coming and eat a lot of food! Thank You!

ABED FAMILY  -   Yasir just bought their NEW CAR!! Thanks to YOUR generosity and his tax return funds he was able to buy a used NISSAN that only has about 100K miles on it. Jim Nowe who delivered our check  ($5,100) to the car dealership said that Yasir was as happy as can be. It amazes me that they were able to save money and their tax refund to contribute 1/3 of the price when he makes so little money! They are so committed to make their lives here work and they are so grateful for your generosity!! Thank You!

We are planning on a "BRING YOUR FAVORITE SUMMER DISH LUNCH" for them to come and visit us again. It is planned for SUNDAY, JULY 8 - after church! We hope that many of you will be able to attend even if you can't bring a dish - Yasir and Noor and the children want to come and thank you in person and let you know how well they are doing this second year of their life in the USA :-)

GUILLERMO'S FAMILY - we distributed a lot of baby clothes and furniture to his two daughters: one has a 1 year old, the other is about to have her first baby. He is working and has settled back into his life in Annapolis.

FARM in Severna Park area: we contributed $2,300 towards putting a Amish-built Tool Shed at the farm area for people who are refugees here in Annapolis area and need help with food. They will be growing their own food and hopefully be able to sell any overage for some income. Approximately 10 families participate in this Program

Hildy, Cindy Nowe and Monica participated in a forum at the Annapolis Lighthouse to see if we can participate in a new program they are starting, called "OPEN TABLE" . We are evaluating the program to decide if this is something we could participate in. Info will follow after we look into it some more...

Hildy Cardaci, Missions Chair

 

LOTS OF EVENTS !! Please read...

From Suzanne Martin, President of AIJN

Hi Everyone,

This is a busy month so please read:

1. NEXT THURSDAY, JUNE 7th - 6:30pm-8pm - General meeting at Calvary Methodist Church - 301 Rowe Blvd

Guest Speaker - CHARLIE MARTEL

Charlie is a human rights lawyer with Advocates Abroad, a legal aid organization that assists refugees from the Middle East and Africa seeking asylum in Europe. He just recently worked with refugees on the Greek Island of Samos in late 2017 and has also supported refugees with remote research. Charlie has also worked as investigative counsel with the U.S. Senate and taught national security law. Charlie has recently joined our group and has offered to help us out in our legal assistance fund which I am very thrilled!!  

2. SATURDAY, JUNE 2ND -  "VOLUNTEER DAY" at the gardens on the farm! ALL are welcome! The work is not in the family plots, but more about cleaning up, setting up and improving the appearance of the entryway and open areas. Pastor Migde could use six or seven folks for 2 to 3 hours each. If you are able to volunteer this Saturday for a short time, please contact Stephanie Anderson at  sjacape@gmail.com. This is an amazing program where immigrant families can come together to grow plots of fruit and vegetables. Through the generous help of the UU Church and the UCC Church of Annapolis as well as private citizens like Tracey B., a beautiful new shed and many tools have recently been donated. 

3. SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD -  "Dedication of the Garden" Pastor Migde has invited all of us to a ceremony/service next Sunday at 5:00 to dedicate the garden and would love to have some people from the churches attend. 

4. SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH - Immigration Forum - I will be part of a panel discussion at Arc and Dove Church in Odenton, MD about the current immigration crisis and how it is affecting our communities. Lunch - 1-2pm. Panel Discussion- 2-4pm. See attached. All are welcome - please RSVP if you can make it!  (EVENT FLYER below)

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=bd8bbc02dd&view=att&th=163b6bf060c8a3bb&attid=0.1&disp=safe&realattid=f_jhrtpptq0&zw

5. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13TH - St. Philip's Episcopol Church - "Now that You're Here"- 730 Bestgate Road- 6-8pm. How to assimilate non-English speaking newcomers into Anne Arundel County including how to help them navigate our language and cultural barriers. Panel Discussion with Marc Rodriguez (City Aldmerman), Maria Casasco (Office of the County Executive), Gaston Gamez (AACPS) and Waleska Casiano (local immigration attorney). Register here:

https://givingtogether.wildapricot.org/event-2810233

6. MONDAY, JUNE 25TH - OUR BIG FUNDRAISER AT SANDY POINT PARK. 1-5PM!!!! OUR GROUP IS ORGANIZING A SILENT AUCTION TABLE - PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO DONATE (GIFT BASKET, TICKETS TO AN EVENT, AN ART PIECE, GIFT CERTIFICATE, ETC.). This is going to be a HUGE event with up to 30 area restaurants participating. Huge thanks to the Point Restaurant - specifically the owners and the manager, Kristen, for organizing this huge event for us!!! 

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Yasir Abed is working with Mr Shankshaft from First Presbyterian Church to find and buy a new (used) car. Lee Dotson and the Missions Committee are planning a Special meal with the Abed Family where the family can get together with all of us as we did last year. They are very excited to come! 

Hope everyone had a great weekend. 

Hildy Cardaci, Missions Chair

Shed is purchased and ready for duty.

 We did it!! We collected enough to purchase the shed for the Latino Church who are growing food for themselves and possibly sell any overage for income! Hopefully I will have some pictures to share next week, since the shed will be delivered to the farm later this afternoon, past the deadline for the Missions Blog.

Suzanne and Kelly from AIJN are now vetting a family whom we can ‘adopt‘ to help. Next AIJN Meeting is May 10 at 6:30 pm at Calvary Methodist church on 301 Rowe Blvd. Please come and see what they re up to… it’s amazing!

I am planning on a Missions Committee Meeting on Sunday, May 13 after Service. Please let me know if you are interested to join our committee. No requirements for participation… just a willingness to participate with ideas and action when required.

Lee Dotson is planning an International Dinner for our church and our Iraqi Family later this month. Please contact her to offer help with fixing different National foods! 410-353-5923

Remember we will be doing another Beach Picnic for immigrant children later in the summer. Please contact Kathy McFadden with ideas and help at 410-330-8432

Thanks again for all you are doing for the Missions committee! I have definitely enjoyed getting you all to participate. You have stepped up again and again – wow and AWSOME!

Any questions, suggestions?

Please call Hildy at 443-603-8787

Hildy Cardaci, Missions chair

"THE LITTLE CHURCH THAT COULD" . . . . AND DID !!!

“THE  LITTLE  CHURCH  THAT  COULD” ….. AND  DID !!!

Our people are AWSOME!!

As you might remember, this past Sunday Pastor Ryan and the Missions Committee asked for help to provide money for a Latino Pastor and his people to fund a shed for their tools and a tent for meetings and for selling the produce they are growing. A wonderful person has allowed this group to use some of their farmland to grow produce for healthy food for the group and the possibility to earn some money by selling their vegetables at the farm and the Farmers Markets.

When we counted the money at the end of our service, you had contributed about $900 to add to our previous amount of $1,220 which brought us very close to our goal of the full need of $2,500. And then, by Wednesday, with additional online contributions, we had reached $2,500!!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

We will go out with them sometime this week to purchase the materials for the shed and order a tent. This will be such a wonderful gift for our Latino friends, because it will give them the possibility of working and getting something in return that they earned or made happen themselves.

I am also working on getting us a family again from the AIJN that we can help as a one-on-one type situation. This time it may be not babies but kids about 10-12 years old.

We are also planning to have some summer help for some of our families’ children who are left at home when parents are working. The plan is to pay for Annapolis City sponsored summer camp. Apparently it’s really inexpensive and is for the whole summer.  We may need help with logistics on this program, but I think this will be a wonderful way to help! I also delivered some diapers and baby food from our church to Kelly who is collecting and dispensing them from her home. Thank you all so much for what you have been doing to help our friends.

Anyone interested to join us at AIJN ? Our next group meeting is Thursday, May 10th, at 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Calvary Methodist Church on 301 Rowe Blvd.

Questions, Suggestions? Please call me at 443-603-8787

Missions Chair Hildy Cardaci

Rolling Along......

Thank you to all who contributed to one of UCC’s  5for5 Missions. “One Great Hour of Sharing” helps victims of disasters and war in the USA and around the world with much needed first response and aid. Anyone who was not there and still wants to contribute, please go to the ‘Contribution Button’ at the bottom and indicate that this is for One Great Hour of Sharing. And thank you!

The Yasir Abed family has now received a Green Card for each member of their family!! Great news and we welcome them as fully approved residents in our country! Please know, that our little church has been very instrumental in this happening, and Yasir and Noor are so very thankful to all who have made this possible for them.

Don’t forget Saturday we will assemble at Lawyers Mall for to support student who want our country to enact better gun safety regulations. See you there at 10:45 am!!

Hildy Cardaci

Missions Chair

Report from Anapolis Immigrant Action Night / IAF Night / Yasir Dinner

(Letter by Permission from Suzanne Martin, President of Annapolis Immigration Justice Network)

I have to tell everyone about an emotional night I had at the Immigrant Action Night 2018 in downtown Annapolis last night. When I arrived, there were hundreds of Hispanic and immigrant families - I met up with Barbara Thomas from the Quakers and we moved into the MD State House. We went into a room for just the "Annapolis" contingency. CASA de Maryland organized the entire night and they did a great job. There were probably 30 Hispanic people and then Barbara and me in the room. What touched and inspired me SO much was when I started witnessing Hispanic men break down crying describing how scared they are that they will be ripped apart from their families. Their stories crushed me --- Barbara and I stood up and told them about our group. I saw one man begin to cry as I talked and he realized that a group of us in Annapolis cared about their situation. At the end, several of us exchanged our contact information. I was moved to tears by listening to them. I was happy to see Speaker of the House, Mike Busch, walk into the room and tell us all that he is behind the Hispanic families in Annapolis and that he understands that they are working very hard. He seemed adamant that he will pass the Maryland Dream Act (which strengthens the current Dream Act). We have about 8 area families we are now helping - but we need more active volunteers!  

Best regards,  Suzanne

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IAF LISTENING CAMPAIGN REMINDER

We need your support !! Please come to our  LISTENING CAMPAIGN  on                                                                          TUESDAY, MARCH 6,  from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at                                                                                                                  TEMPLE BETH SHALOM ,  1461 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Arnold, MD 21012 (right off Rte 2 / Balt. Annap. Blvd)

We will meet in larger groups this time (nor on-on-ones) to exchange ideas and concerns, so we can find out what we might put on the Agenda for our FIRST ACTION on OCTOBER 4TH.  Please come and bring your ideas, concerns and suggestion, so we can discuss them with people whom we may not know or would never meet in our ordinary circles.  I am very excited to hear what the residents of our County want to present and work on!! SEE YOU NEXT TUESDAY !!

Yasir Family

The Missions Committee is working on planning an International Dinner for us to enjoy. And We will ask Noor to do a lot of her type of cooking, but others will be able to bring dishes from countries they have been or come from!                                                                                                           If you are interested in participating, please contact Lee Dotson at 410-353-5923 or at leelyn2@verizon.net

 

 

MISSIONS - MISSIONS - MISSIONS

MISSIONS – MISSIONS – MISSIONS

2018 will allow us to continue the awesome work of last year for our various Mission Projects

We will continue with UCC 5for 5, Lighthouse shelter, etc (see Annual Report) and we will apply a lot of energy and work to our Refugee Projects and IAF Work.

Yasir and Noor’s family will receive our continued help. They finally have the long awaited Green Cards and Ysir is receiving help from several of our congregation to find a better job with higher than $15./hr  pay. Please keep him  in mind if you have any ideas or her of any job opportunities for him! We are also again looking to help with getting him a newer lower mileage car. We have some seed money for this, but we hope you will find it in your heart to give some money towards this – please designate any moneys for Missions/Yasir. By the way I saw him last week and he is so very grateful for all we have done for him and his family. He can’t stop thanking us!!

Annapolis Immigration Justice Network: a lot of you came to the Fundraiser last month! It brought in a little more than $4,000 – Thank all of you who contributed and helped make it a success.

We will be doing a Skating Party on March 4th right after the service at Quiet Waters Park with our refugee families, who we got to know at the beach picnic last fall. Please come out and join the fun and make friends with our refugee families and their children.

IAF Work: We are now close to launching our group in Anne Arundel County on October 4th at 7PM – this will be a big event. We will keep you informed…

In the meantime, we are busy getting ready for this event by holding Group Listening Events. Please be on the look-out for your invitation! We will find out what is close to YOUR heart for Actions to be taken by what we believe will become a powerful voice in our County and State Issues, so we will be able to decide what our first Action in October will be!!

This is so exciting- but we will need your participation and I am so impressed with what this “little Church” has done over the past couple of years, I am sure we will be able to pull this off!

Easter Eggs are being made and we need you to sell them to all your friends and neighbors…. Raise $$ for the youth group for their Missions trip.

Thank you ALL for your help and work for Missions!

Hildy Cardaci, Missions Chair

Winter Relief coming Jan 4,5,6 - a little help needed...

SHIFTS FOR WINTER RELIEF:                                                                                                                            still needs 2 people for a  Shift with on Saturday night 10:30 pm to 7 am shift -  How about some guys??

FOOD FOR LUNCH  NEEDED:   1 loaf of bread 3 X 1 pound packages of cheese.

Please sign up with the links provided or Call Hildy to let her know if you want to help.

Food can be brought to church on Sunday or anytime during Lisa's office hours. Or on Friday before 3pm at the church kitchen inside or at the door (if you don't know the door code). Sherrie Crumbaugh will make sandwiches with the kids sometime after 3pm. 

GUILLERMO UPDATE                                                                                                                                             He came home the day before Christmas as a wonderful Christmas present for himself and his family. Pastor Ryan and several of our own people and members of the Immigration Justice Network were at BWI to welcome him at 12:30 AM! The family asked us to tell all of you thanks you so much for all the help you gave to them to make this return possible. WE WERE SUCCESSFULL TOGETHER !! WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR PRAYERS ANSWERED AND WRONGS RIGHTED!!

                                                                                                                                            

Homeless week at St. Phillips & updates

UPDATE HOMELESS WEEK  -  Jan. 4,5,6 at St Phillips at 730 Bestgate Rd

1.  there are 3 SHIFTS to be covered: Thurs Jan 4 10:15 pm to 7:00 am  -  Sat. 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

    FOR SHIFTS PLEASE go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0444aeaf28a7f94-winter

2.  several FOOD ITEMS -  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0444aeaf28a7f94-winter1

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UPDATE ON MARELYN :

The Annapolis Immigration Justice Network (AIJN) has now assigned teams to each person we are supporting. I took my team to meet Marelyn and the children. We had a very nice time getting acquainted, reading and playing with he children. We delivered diapers and babyfood and books for the children in English and Spanish. Marelyn asked to tell you thank you for your contributions and help. Any contributions in diapers (size 4) or baby formula ( Similac Advandtage or a store brand of that type) can be brought to church and Hildy will bring it to them. Money of course can be made out to UCC - byline should say AIJN. Thank you for all your help and support.

 

HOMELESS WEEK AT SAINT PHILLIPS

DEAR FRIENDS:

Guess what?? Our Winter Relief help has moved from Asbury UMC to Saint Phillips Episcopal church on 730 Bestgate Road in Annapolis on January 4, 5, and 6 2018.

When I asked you to sign up for the first dates I was floored when I looked at the sheets:  You covered every shift and most of the food!! Awesome!

So I know you will be happy to click on the links below to sign up foe the couple of shifts open and some food, right?

" SOMETIMES I WANT TO ASK GOD WHY GOD ALLOWS POVERTY, FAMINE AND INJUSTICE,  WHEN HE COULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT BUT I'M AFRAID GOD MIGHT ASK ME THE SAME QUESTION "

Time Slots: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0444aeaf28a7f94-winter

Food:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0444aeaf28a7f94-winter1

ANNAPOLIS IMMIGRATION JUSTICE NETWORK:

Some of you have asked to help with our work immigrants in our Network. We are almost complete with our streamlining of the organization. BUT I could use some help for a young woman who had to flee the aggressive attacks by a gang in her country. She has a 4 year old daughter and six month old boy who was born here. We are in serious need of diapers (No 5) and formula (Similac Advantage). You can also order from Amazon (could be delivered at my house or you can drop off at church on Sunday).

Thanks for all your help!

Hildy Cardaci, Missions Chair

 

WINTER RELIEF with Asbury United Methodist on West Street

Dear Fiends:

As mentioned last Sunday, we will again be participating with Asbury United Methodist Church on West Street in Annapolis in their Winter Relief Week.

Our Missions Committee and our church members have done this now for the past two years, and all who participated felt that it was a wonderful way of reaching out to our less fortunate Annapolis neighbors during the Christmas Season. It helps us remember that the true meaning of Christmas is that we help, feed and clothe those who are in need. This event is also really good for your children to come and participate! (the dinner and breakfast for children 6 and up, other later shifts are good for 14 nd up - a real eye-opener for many!)

I encourage you to participate in this effort - you will not regret it, I promise.

We will need food prepared nd brought to our church or to Asbury AND we will need people to take shifts to be at the church with the Homeless folks spending the night there. This is a very interesting time because you will be talking with the people who are there, and it will surprise you when you see who is there for you to sit and spend time with!

Please sign up when you receive the Sign-Up Genius for this event. Monica will send it out to all of you  now that we have the shifts and meals that they want us to cover.

Thursday Dec. 14  -    We will be doing Dinner  Shift 4-7 pm,   7-10pm,  9pm-2am

Friday Dec. 15        -    evening & night shifts Shifts:  9pm - 2am, 1am - 7am

Saturday, Dec. 16  -    Breakfast Shift  6am - 10 am & 9am - 12 noon

I already have one Lasagna offering! Please consider which shift you want and can take. and sign up as soon as you get the Sign-up Genius! Thank you all for your help with our Missions Projects!! Let us make it a success for the homeless folks at Asbury!

Hildy Cardaci,  Missions Chair

Food and Clothing Help for Marelyn & family

At the last Annapolis Immigration Justice Network Meeting I was given the Name of a young woman who, together with her children and her younger brother escaped last year from gang violence in El Salvador. Her mother is already here in Annapolis, so she, the brother and her children are able to live with her mom and her partner and a young sister.

However, she had an immediate need for warm clothes for the baby, her daughter and herself. So (it was getting so cold!) I contacted her - BUT she speaks no English! So I called Carolyn Parr ( one of our newer UCCA members) and she was willing to act as my translator. She and I went to pick up the mother and took her shopping at Goodwill, where we were able to get some great buys!! I also bought pampers, wipes and baby formula. Not having had to buy such items for 45 + years, I was quite shocked at how terribly expensive they are! Wow!

Our little lady was really pleased and grateful.

Carolyn offered to take her to buy new winter shoes this week. Of course the baby food & diapers will have to be replenished... If you are moved to help with this, please let me know at church or call or text me 443-603-8787.

If you have winter shoes for a girl size 10, or Warm Baby clothes at size 12 months (boy)  left over from your or a friends' kids, please contact me.

I also want to ask for prayers for Yasir: he had to have an endoscopy (of stomach)  this week. Biopsy results to come back in ten days. Let's pray for easily treatable results please!

Thank you for all you do for our Missions projects!

Hildy Cardaci, Missions Chair

Our Iraqi Family

YASIR FAMILY LUNCH AT UCCA

Last Sunday we hosted our Iraqi family, Yasir, Noor, Fatima, Mahdi and Zainab, when they came and joined us at our Church Service, Children's Sunday School and a Luncheon in their honor after services.

I want to join the family in thanking all our Mission and church members who brought and cooked food! It almost all disappeared... so it must have been very good! Even Noor brought a tasty chocolate cake and some cookies.

The children enjoyed their Sunday school time and Noor was singing with me all our hymns and following the service outline. She said she would like to come again for services with the kids (Yasir works on Sundays and Noor does not have her drivers license)                                                     Is there anyone who lives nearby who could give her a ride sometimes? They live in the Arnold area - I will give you their address if you can help. I would love it if they could come and be part of us at UCCA!!

Noor still needs 7 hours of driving time. Anyone who could help with this?

Again THANKS TO ALL who made this visit and lunch for them a success.

  • NEED WARM CLOTHES                                                                                                                                            I have agreed to help a young woman with 2 young children. She needs help with food, clothes etc. She is currently getting Asylum Status because of having to flee with her brother from the gangs' violence in El Salvador.

  • Needs: Similac Advanced baby formula.

  • Warm coats and clothes:   Boy clothes 12 months.    Girls size clothes 4T.   Woman's size 9

GOOD NEWS FROM MISSIONS

We all want to hear some good news, right? Well here goes:

Since I have come back from Austria (a three week visit with my brother), I have seen some amazing happenings within our own church, UCCA, and in the congregations of our friends.

First the newest news:  The Yasir family is coming for lunch after our worship service on Sunday, October 22. This is only two Sunday's away.

Please make an effort to greet them. They are very excited about visiting us and telling us about their life since we last saw them.                         

If you can bring some food please sign-up here: 

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0444aeaf28a7f94-missions

1.  ACTION MEETING

On September 28th, we were part of a group of 15 plus churches who came together after many weeks of training and work, to be a part of our new (as yet nameless) organization's ACTION in Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties. We wanted to see if we could bring together enough "People Power" to be effective for, if and when we need to work with or against the "People in Power." 

We had hoped to reach our goal of 250 attendees - and we did that!! PLUS: we got 170 more than that - for a grand total of 420 people showing up on a Thursday evening for a group without a name. Those of you who attended this meeting will remember how well this "Action" was organized and built up to a better and better place as the evening went on! We got 100 plus people sign up to go to workshops to become Community Organizers and to help us build up the Action Group and its finances so that this group will be effective over the long haul! 

Pastor Ryan deserves a huge amount of credit for this! He was the one who persuaded all the pastors and imams of seventeen regional faith groups to become Community Organizing instruments in their congregations. He also helped gave encouragement to move forward. He has been instrumental in keeping us on track, getting us a teacher from IAF, taking us to an Action in other areas to show us how powerful this organizing can be or become. Then, he was more or less the main person for getting this Action group organized for September 28th's set up and working out!! Many thanks from all who were there, and to Ryan - We are blessed to have you be our pastor!!

Of course, we must not forget all the members of the churches, including ours, who gave so much time and effort to actually get it off the ground. Thank you, thank you, thank you ALL!! 

The best news for all who worked so hard to make this happen is that we got it right and that we showed that we can bring together a lot of people to do great work in our region. We are now officially an IAF group in this region!!

Still working on a name.... So far the most popular name is AACT: Anne Arundel Coming Together. But there still time to find the appropriate name. If you have any suggestions, please contact Ryan, Monica or Hildy.

2. Annapolis Immigration Justice Network

The Annapolis Sanctuary Network was renamed the Annapolis Immigration Justice Network to keep the churches who belong to the Network from having trouble because of the use of the word Sanctuary. The Network has been integrated into the Annapolis Immigration Justice Board and is now under the UCCA umbrella in the same way as our Cornerstone Ministry. We hope to keep working to help make this a successful endeavor under the leadership of Suzanne Martin and the members of various churches and organizations, who are now Board Members. Monica and Hildy are co-treasurers. Please help to support this work if you feel called to do so. We do need You!

3. Beach Side Picnic for Immigrant Children and Parents.

Saturday, October 7th, some of our newest members, Kathy McFadden and Lora and Jake Bleacher organized the best Beach Party I've ever been to! Our church invited the Yasir family and three other Immigrant families from South America to come for a fun afternoon at the Hillsmere beach. There were about 55 people - half children and half adults. We had great BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs, halal chicken for the Yasir family and ALL the fixings that go with a fun picnic.

All the kids including Yasir's youngest daughter, who is 2 1/2 years old had a blast with the Rope pull and the sack hop. Did you ever see a 2 1/2-year-old sack-hop about half a field length behind the other children, but very happily persistent? It was hilarious and she got a big hand for her efforts. She will grow up your best American Girl - not afraid of anything.... There was volleyball, a corn hole toss game and, of course, playing in the sand and water at the beach. Every child was wet and needed to change clothes before getting into the car to go home.

The best part was seeing everyone, children and adults, interacting, talking with each other, getting to know one another and building relationships and trust!

Thanks to all who put this Fun Beach Party together and all those who brought and cooked the hotdogs and hamburgers and brought games to make this such a fun event!! We are thinking about a party at Quiet Waters Skating Rink in January! Anyone ready for more fun??

Had enough good news? Please join us in further Missions work. We can use all the help you can give. Please call Hildy, (443) 603-8787.

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UPDATES ON REFUGEES AND SANCTUARY WORK

1.  UPDATE ON THE REFUGEE FAMILY

As you know, Yassir has a full-time job with the Coca-Cola Company on Riva Road. Anne E. was extremely helpful in getting him up-to-speed with applications in our country. He seems to be very happy with his job and grateful for his opportunity.

Their Green Card Applications are still in process and no news on them so far.

We just paid for their car insurance for the next full year ($1,026) and he asked me to tell everyone that his family is so grateful for the help we have given them, especially as he knows not every refugee family has been as lucky as they have been. I told him that we were glad to do it! He told me that his family would like to have another visit to our church so they can personally thank us.  

We have set the date for October 15th following the worship service.  We will have a potluck luncheon at this time with halal food (no pork or shellfish). Fruit, vegetable, couscous, rice dishes would be great.

Noor and the children are doing well and looking forward to the new school year. They were able to extend the lease on their home, so the kids are able to continue in the same school. 

2.  UPDATE ON GUILLERMO'S FAMILY            

(We have to be somewhat vague with this information for obvious safety reasons). Guillermo was flown by ICE to his home country in handcuffs (!) which made the flight safety announcements rather a joke...  He had to remain in hiding the whole time and after two weeks the gangs showed up demanding money or else. Our Annapolis network flew him to one of the islands for safety where he can remain for a few months. The Washington Lawyers Group in DC is helping Suzanne M. to see what can be done to help him either return to the US and apply for asylum, or to apply for asylum on the island or maybe Canada. He told us that all he wants is to be with his wife and the younger kids again.

Our Missions Committee is working on various ways we can do more for other folks in our area and have more of our people participate in this work. To start with: Monica has set up a Sign-In program for both Food and other needed items, as well as for helping to drive people to appointments with legal help, with ICE in Baltimore or the ICE detention center in Frederick. LOOK FOR LINKS ON MONICA'S UPDATE.

Tricia P. and I drove to Frederick to visit the ICE detention center and meet with Sheriff Jenkins and several of the guards in charge of the Undocumented Immigrants. We learned some interesting information provided by the Sheriff and his crew, and went on a tour of the jail. Unfortunately the ICE part was not allowed for us to visit. It was quite an eye opener to see the facilities and meet the people who run it for Montgomery County Jail part (not as I said the ICE part or ICE agents and guards, who are completely separated).

3.  UPDATE ON "ANNAPOLIS IMMIGRATION JUSTICE BOARD"

As you can see we have removed the word Sanctuary from the title of our group helping immigrants and their families to better describe the breadth of our ecumenical ministry. We are proposing setting up a formal ministry under the auspices of our church, but in partnership with other area churches. All other member churches affiliated will be under this umbrella. There will be a separate financial arrangement for this Board to keep better track of incoming funds, also under the umbrella of the UCCA. Monica W. and I will be Co-Treasurers. We are planning on creating a Board of 9 to 11 members from the various churches and groups involved. All of this will be done after our UCCA Council formally votes on approving this arrangement.

Our Missions Committee is working on various ways we can do more for other folks in our area and have more of our people participate in this work. To start with: Monica has set up a Sign-In program for both Food and other needed items,  as well as a list for helping to drive people to appointments for legal help with ICE in Baltimore or the ICE detention center in Frederick.

Tricia P. and I drove to Frederick to visit the ICE detention center and met with Sheriff Jenkins and several of the guards in charge of the Undocumented Immigrants. We learned some interesting information provided by the Sheriff and his crew, and went on a tour of the jail. Unfortunately we were not allowed to visit the ICE section. It was quite an eye opener to see the facilities and meet the people who run the jail for Montgomery County (The ICE detention has its own ICE agents and guards and is completely separate from the Montgomery County Jail.)

Thanks again for all your help for our neighbors in need of help in these very serious situations!! You have been marvelous !!

Hildy Cardaci, Missions Chair

Missions Report for Council Meeting (July 22, 2017)

1.  The Yasir Family:  

     Yasir has accepted a job with the Coca Cola Company on Riva Rd, Annapolis as a forklift driver. This is a full time job that will allow them to have reasonable income. ($15.00/hr) with health insurance. 

Their car insurance will need to be renewed, and we have the funds to do this again. The car also needs extensive repairs again and the Goodyear/Bay Area garage on Defense Highway did the needed repairs immediately for safety reasons for $847.00 which we were able to pay. It seems that maybe he should begin saving for a car down payment for a newer car. It still needs new shock absorbers because the tires are wearing very unevenly because the absorbers are shot. This will be another $1,500. If we have any money left when that time comes, we could maybe add some to help out.

2. Participation in the Sanctuary Movement of Annapolis

     Hildy, the Missions committee and several other members of our church and other groups, have been attending meetings with the Annapolis Sanctuary Movement to become familiar with the movement and the possible actions we, as a church community, would be able to undertake.

The Missions Committee held a meeting on May 31, 2017 atthe Hanauer's house to discuss the idea of making participation in the Sanctuary Movement our "Main Mission" this coming year. The group voted to pursue this and we discussed various ways of participation and the need to check into the legality of these actions, so that we, personally and as a church, would not have any serious adverse legal experiences.

I will have another meeting to go over the various items so we can begin to act on and at least research actions, to be ready in the fall with some actual help going toward our neighbors in need.

 

UPDATE ON GUILLERMO RAMIREZ

Update on Guillermo Ramirez:

As of Wednesday 2 pm, we know that Guillermo had been sent to Louisiana for deportation very soon to El Salvador.

Our own Tricia Pletcher made a personal visit to Senator Cardin's DC office and was able to recruit one of his assistants to get in touch with Suzanne of the Sanctuary of Annapolis Coalition for some more action. We are hoping ... and a great big THANK YOU to Tricia!! The woman is fearless :-)

Senator van Hollen's office also is working to help. 

Thank you all for making so many calls to the Senators' offices!! You are wonderful to assist our Missions Committee try to help Giullermo's family as much as you have. When you say you are calling for Giullermo, they say "Oh, we know about him ...."

We are now hoping for some good news for the family by helping his daughter Astrid pay the tuition at AACC to become a court translator ($1,200.00), and to finance a green card application ($1,100.00). Astrid now has "Asylum Status," which makes her a legal resident.  We all think a green card would make her status more permanent and secure.

We are asking all of you to help us reach this goal by making a donation, using the contribute button on the website or your Weekly Update, or of course by check (designated: "green card for Astrid" or "college for Astrid"). 

THANK YOU!!  Hildy Cardaci, Missions Chair