Refugee Project - Update for May and June

The Benedictine Monastery is full of men, women and children brought there by officers from Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They crossed the border seeking asylum, hoping to escape violence and poverty. When the Monastery opened its doors in January, it housed around 100 individuals each day – at the present time, the number is 300+. Since that time, many have been released to sponsor homes and relatives who already are established in the U.S. There has been an outstanding response to this effort by local churches and organizations, as 150 volunteers staff the Monastery and see to the needs of these visitors. Most migrants are mothers, children and pregnant women from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and they have traveled for days or weeks, according to Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona. A week ago, the decision was made to keep the Monastery open until the end of July. Other facilities are being identified so that the city of Tucson can continue to provide help to those seeking asylum in the months to come.

The Monastery continues to need help in preparing, delivering and serving lunch and dinner. And, there is a need for many other items - good used clothing (men, women, children and infants), paper goods and food items. Please see the flyer for a listing of all items needed at this time. LOG has committed to preparing/delivering either shredded chicken or homemade vegetable soup on May 18th, June 22nd and July 13th (all Saturdays) – sign up sheets are in the Narthex along with two collection boxes. Items donated will be delivered to the Monastery each week.

This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to be involved. You can help prepare food, or donate needed items, or donate used clothing – there is something for everyone! Please contact Linda Merritt at linheavenonearth@aol.com) with questions and for additional information.

The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things.

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February Donations for Marana Food Bank.

We are collecting items for 18-20 home-bound food bank clients.  Many do not have family in the area and rely solely on the food bank for food and incontinent supplies. Needed items include Ensure (chocolate or vanilla), cereal, soup, powdered milk, peanut butter, pasta/sauce and incontinent supplies (bed pads, men’s size large depends, and women’s size medium or large depends).    

During 2018, LOG donated 412 pounds of food – thank you everyone who helped feed our neighbors in need!

Please place donations in the Narthex cabinet.

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Donate to California Fire Relief

Wildfires are raging across California, destroying thousands of homes and wiping out the town of Paradise, located north of Sacramento. Multiple deaths have been confirmed and large-scale, mandatory evacuations are in place for multiple communities across the state’s impacted areas as first responders work to gain control of the fires.

Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated for "U.S. wildfires" will be used to help those affected by wildfires until the response is complete. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support. Please give today.

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Hurricane Michael Relief

The 2018 hurricane season continues to produce strong storms with potentially devastating impacts to the United States and across the globe.

The latest storm, Hurricane Michael, is threatening our neighbors in the Gulf with dangerous winds, heavy rainfall and storm surge. Lutheran Disaster Response is monitoring Hurricane Michael as it develops and is coordinating its response with Lutheran Services Florida, the Florida-Bahamas Synod, as well as our partners and affiliates in other potentially impacted areas. As a church, we’re ready to stand by our neighbors in the Gulf as they recover from this storm.

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Your gifts designated for “Hurricane response” will be used entirely (100 percent) for direct response until it is complete. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support for those whose lives have been impacted by hurricanes.

To give - click here.

WET PAINT 3 - Graffiti Expo Nov. 3

Open Space Church, the newest ELCA church plant in Tucson, invites you to a live graffiti expo on November 3rd, from 12noon-8pm.

It will feature live graffiti art painting, marker drawings, sticker and black book tables. Also, several DJ’s and hip hop artists have volunteered, including Aske and Native4Lyfe. Includes original work by Open Space members Citizen Klown, Arsin, and Ivan.

Family friendly. No charge.

At 4648 E. Speedway (the SW corner of Speedway and Swan).

Pastor Lars

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Nicaraguan Coffee for sale

Help Support the Corner of Love Mission Trip

Interested in supporting the Corner of Love Mission trip and like coffee?  The Corner of Love Mission group and the Outreach Team are selling Nicaraguan coffee to support the Corner of Love Mission Trip! The cost is $15/bag. We have a table in the Narthex (lobby of the church) with the coffee and a basket for money. Anyone on the Outreach Team can also accept money. Questions? Contact Chris Kollen at 419-7475.

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