A Sunday of SOLIDARITY FOR SUFFERING CHILDREN was observed on June 30th. The information included in the June 30th announcements is available in two PDFs: Solidarity Sunday June 30 2019.pdf and Hygiene Kit Assembly Instructions.pdf. In summary, in light of the recent news about children in U.S. government holding facilities along the U.S.–Mexico border, UMCOR has received numerous requests to respond. The facilities in question are managed in such a way that precludes even UMCOR’s assistance. While this case is in the U.S., migration is a global issue, and the breadth and depth of our Global Migration programming at UMCOR and Global Ministries reflects that. As a church that is united on the need to care for children, we can be in mission together. We can:

PRAY

ACT – We encourage you to act on behalf of children. UMCOR is distributing hygiene kits at transitional shelters all along the US–Mexico border. To assemble hygiene kits, see the attached “recipe”—you may bring completed kits to the church.

You can also act by calling your U.S. elected officials. Some suggestions on issues to raise with these officials: umcjustice.org/what-you-can-do/advocacy/take-action/stand-with-immigrants-and-refugees

GIVE – Give on behalf of children. Through the Global Migration Advance (advance.umcmission.org/p-525-global-migration.aspx), UMCOR provides grants to organizations along the U.S. border and elsewhere around the world that are working to fill gaps in the needs and rights of migrants. To give through Sewickley UMC, indicate “migration” on your gift to include with your regular offering or on your EasyTithe donation.

Jesus implored his disciples to welcome the children. This is our mission: to make sure the children are welcomed. Thank you for your prayers, your actions, and your gifts.