We are delighted to be mentioned in the #40for40 Refugee and Immigration Ministries celebration! As a congregation, we have a long history of reaching out to our neighbors, near and far. There is so much work to be done. #loveyourneighbor #lovekindness #DoJustice #walkhumblywithGod
Both in its heritage & present, Heights Christian Church, OH has offered a “Wall of Kindness” to its neighbors!! DHMDisciples & DisciplesNews thank you for your hospitality thru the decades!!
Pictured here is the Wall of Kindness from Heights Christian Church, together with the Latvian Viburs family of refugees they assisted in 1949! The ministry of Heights CC in 1949 makes it one of the earliest images of our Disciples connections with refugees.
Even though this is the 40 year anniversary of the US Refugee Act of 1980, which established the processes of refugee resettlement and asylum which have guided our nation for the past four decades, the work of Heights CC demonstrates that Disciples were engaged in partnership with refugees since the years following the end of WWII. #ActionForRefugees #WeAreWelcomers #RefugeesWelcome
Beginning Sunday, September 13
9:30 am on Zoom (use the Sunday morning worship link)
“How do we find common ground on the issues that divide us?” Using Mark Feldmeir’s book “A House Divided” we will explore how a politics of compassion can help us find shared values on today’s most divisive issues and inspire us to find practical solutions. This study will be led by Pastor Roger, Kate Gillooly, Carolyn Troha, and Lloyd Ackerman. Books available online (Chalice Press or Amazon) from the church (please call first).
September 13 – Climate Change
September 20 – Racism
September 27 – Immigration and more in October
Watch a video about the book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=5o4HFnisrw0&feature=emb_logo
Our Community Scripture Study begins on 9/15 with a 7 week exploration of the first part of Isaiah (chapters 1-39). All are welcome – invite a friend! Contact Kate Gillooly at email@example.com for details, including the Zoom link. We’d love to have you join us!
Needed: Volunteers to sort food in preparation for our next Unity in Community Food Distribution (9/14). We’ll gather a few people for each of 2 shifts tomorrow (Wednesday 9/2). Physically distancing and masks will be required. To sign up, click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ba4a62ba6fc1-unity
Our next Food Distribution is Monday, 9/14. Please sign up to help if you can.
We need your help! Sign up here to serve with the Unity in Community Food Pantry – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ba4a62ba6fc1-unity
This statement was drafted by the Anti-Racism/Pro-Reconciliation Team of the Ohio Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and signed onto by nearly 60 Disciples clergy in Ohio! It is in support of #BlackLivesMatter and #DefundThePolice. Please take a moment to read and reflect.
The video from Sunday’s Annual Meeting is available on Youtube!
Click here: https://youtu.be/6020n1bHvuU
Here’s an opportunity for neighbors to help neighbors during the COVID-19 crisis. To help slow the spread in our community, the City is organizing a weekly face mask donation drive in order to improve access to masks in Shaker. Residents are invited to donate homemade or store-bought masks on Fridays outside the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Building (3450 Lee Rd.) anytime between 9 am and 5 pm (the Community Building remains closed, but there will be a bin near the main doors). Masks will be distributed to Shaker-based organizations to provide to residents who need them.
You are invited to the HCC grounds for a self-guided prayer walk anytime! There are 5 stations set up with signs, themes, and sample prayers. You may visit one or all in any order, whenever you want to pray. Pictures of each station are posted on our RenewalWorks page (under the “Grow” tab). Enjoy!
If you meet others on the Prayer Walk, please be mindful of social distancing. Thank you!
If you have questions or comments about the Prayer Walk, contact Kate Gillooly at Kate@HeightsCC.org.
There is a lot going on with the Poor People’s Campaign in preparation for the big national event June 20. Head to our Doing Justice page https://www.heightschristianchurch.org/doing-justice/ to find out more and get involved.