Summer of Socks & Soul

Socks are among the most needed items at homeless shelters, yet among the least-often donated. Because of the shortage, the homeless population is constantly at risk of serious foot disease and, during winter months, in severe danger posed by the cold. Over the next few months, our church is collecting new socks to be given to the city’s homeless shelters and food banks for use this fall and winter. Let’s fill our sanctuary with socks this summer!

Bud’s Diner

Community United Methodist Church is hosting a hunger awareness charity event called Bud’s Diner and they would like our church to join them.

The idea is simple: Bud’s Diner is a charity dinner focusing on world hunger. Diners will feast on one of four different meals, each of which will make a statement about the plight of those who suffer from the simple lack of a proper diet. “Customers” to the Diner will not know what meal they will be served until they arrive for dinner.

Four types of meals will be served:

  1. What an average American family might have for dinner.
  2. What a single mother on a low income or an elderly person on Social Security would have for dinner.
  3. What a homeless person would find to eat.
  4. What a family from a developing country would eat for their daily fare.

The dinner is at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, at CUMC, 163 West 4800 South in Washington Terrace. The cost is $10, and we must send in our RSVP by April 1. Let Pastor Gage know if you are interested in attending.

CORC Annual Mtg

CORC’s Annual Meeting will have the theme, “Working together we can prevent children in Utah from becoming homeless.”

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski will talk about local efforts to reduce the number of families that become homeless; we can pick up a lot of pointers as we work toward starting our own Family Promise shelter in Ogden. We will also have a conversation with representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch and Gov. Gary Herbert about what Utah can do next on Medicaid expansion.

The meeting will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, 231 East 100 South, Salt Lake City. See Pastor Gage or Carolyn Somer if you are interested in carpooling.

One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing is an offering that makes the love of Christ real for individuals and communities around the world who suffer the effects of disaster, conflict, or severe economic hardship, and for those who serve them through gifts of money and time. We will be collecting funds through March for this ecumenical (multi-denominational) mission effort. Linda Smith and LaLonde Easter are coordinating our efforts.

One Great Hour of Sharing is the refugee, relief and development offering of the United Church of Christ. It transforms lives through health, education, agricultural, and emergency relief initiatives in 138 countries.

CORC @ Capitol

The Coalition of Religious Communities’ Faith Days at the Utah Capitol kicks off on Feb. 2 with United Church of Christ Day!

CORC will be hosting Faith Days at the Capitol every Tuesday and Thursday during February. Come learn how Utah’s legislative process works and help educate lawmakers about what our faith tradition has to say about helping people who cannot afford shelter. Be part of a multi-faith effort to get legislators to pay attention to issues of housing and homelessness. Together, we can have a cumulative impact that none of us could have acting on our own.

Those who would like to carpool to Salt Lake City can meet in the church parking lot at 8 a.m. Everyone will meet in the Aspen Room of the Senate Building at 9 a.m. We will be finished by 11 a.m. See Pastor Gage if you would like to attend.

The Coalition of Religious Communities (CORC) is a way for members of religious communities to unite in economic justice advocacy. There are CORC members from all over Utah, representing 16 faith traditions, who join efforts in eliminating poverty.

Building the Kingdom

CLOTHES FOR KIDS: Our January mission project was collecting clothes for children in Kelly Ferry’s third-grade class. As of Jan. 24, we delivered 33 pairs of pants, 16 tops, three hats, one scarf and 10 pairs of socks. As Marion Horna, who organized the effort, said: “Cheers for all these donations for Kelly’s kids from our congregation.”

PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Back in November, People Helping People’s office was robbed of all its hygiene kits. Elizabeth Dohrer suggested that we donate the hundreds of kits we had left over from the Community Meal to People Helping People. Here is the note we received in return:

“Thank you so much! The true value of a person is not measured in what they do, but in what they give. Thanks for sharing your resources with us. It means more than you know. Sincerely, People Helping People, Weber/Davis County, Judy Kasten Bell and LeAnn Dickerson”