We’re glad you’re our neighbor

Refugee Support Community Sheboygan

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As an integral part of the Refugee Support Community Sheboygan, we work in concert with many other organizations and individuals to support recently arrived refugees. Our goal is to provide a warm welcome. In the past year, 10 families were identified and assigned an advocate that determines what is needed and how best to help. Four Syrian, two Somali, and four Rohingya families received assistance. Four additional families and six individuals were helped occasionally.

Refugee Support Community Sheboygan is action-oriented, flexible and fluid, respectful of cultural diversity, reaching out to identify and organize resources able to help. Support for refugees takes many forms: housing and housekeeping, education and tutoring English language learners, medical and dental needs, resume writing and getting jobs, transportation and learning to drive, food and nutrition, socialization, and administrative assistance, including help with Green Card applications. “Rolling up our sleeves,” working together, sharing our knowledge, expertise, and resources, we have made a difference.

From our new, dear refugee friends, we have learned much about profound strength, dignity, courage, resourcefulness, resilience, and gratitude. We thank you. We’re glad you’re our neighbor.

Give, and it will be given to you…

Like warm hugs…Made-by-hand prayer shawls and throws recently were donated by Ebenezer’s Sonshine Stitchers to Sheboygan County’s Fresh Meals On Wheels to be distributed with daily meals.  “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  Luke 6:38 NIV

prayer shawls for Meals on Wheels

The work of Christmas is begun

 

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When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone,

When the sages and the shepherds have found their way home,

The work of Christmas is begun:

To find the lost and lonely one, to heal the broken soul with love,

To feed the hungry children with warmth and good food,

To feel the earth below, the sky above!

To free the prisoner from all chains, to make the powerful care,

To rebuild the nations with strength of good will,

To see all God’s children everywhere!

To bring hope to every task you do, to dance at a baby’s new birth,

To make music in an old person’s heart,

And sing to the colors of the earth!

“I Am the Light of the World”  – J. Strathee, in response to a Christmas poem by H. Thurman

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Celebrate Earth Day

“We believe that it is our calling as people of faith to respond to the God who loves us, and who loves the earth and all its creatures, by protecting our planet and all its inhabitants.  I don’t know what effect it will have, but my hope and my faith tell me it’s important for all of us to raise our voices.” …Barbara Darling, chair of Environmental Ministries for the Massachusetts Conference

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A Rainbow of Prayer Shawls and a Bounty of Thanksgiving Baskets

Today, we dedicated Thanksgiving food baskets and prayer shawls and blankets: “May we, and these gifts, serve you, Loving God.  May they bring comfort, change, and hope.”  The photos show only two of the many, beautifully-made prayer shawls, throws, and blankets.  Thanks to all who lovingly crafted them.  And thanks to those who purchased items for the food baskets and those who del20161120_112326ivered them today.20161120_101153
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our faith, our voice, our vote

voteLiving in a democracy is a precious gift, and as Christians we understand ourselves to be stewards of the gifts God has given us. With the right to participate in the political process comes the responsibility to exercise that gift on behalf of the common good.

Helpful Information for the 2016 Elections

  • Go to the Wisconsin Voter Information site at https://myvote.wi.gov, select your “Voter Category” and enter your name and birthdate to check your registration status, find your polling place and municipal clerk contact information, see a sample ballot, and find additional voting information. You can also find out how to register to vote or re-register if your address has changed. To register to vote, you will need to bring a photo ID as well as some proof of your residence.  You can also register at the polls.
  • Photo identification is now required when you go to the polls to vote. To find out what forms of photo ID are allowed, how to obtain a free photo ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles if you don’t have one, exceptions to the requirement, etc., call your local elections official or visit the Bring It to the Ballot website, bringit.wi.gov
  • Early Voting has started – and will continue to Friday, November 4th. In Sheboygan, you can vote Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm at the City Clerk’s office in City Hall (828 Center Ave.).  If you live in another municipality, check with your municipal clerk for location and hours.
  • Absentee voting – go to http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/voters/absentee for deadlines and other information needed if you need to vote absentee.

Made available by Wisconsin Council of Churches

Wisconsin Council of Churches website-www.wichurches.org/resources/voter-resource