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"The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don't, the parts we see and the parts we don't. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance. You are Christ's body—that's who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your part mean anything."
~ 1 Corinthians 12:25-30 (The Message)
~ 1 Corinthians 12:25-30 (The Message)
PACEM 2018: Thanks to everyone who helped!
To our friends at Peace Lutheran Church:
Thank you for once again hosting PACEM’s women’s shelter in our 14th winter of helping people who are homeless in our area. We want you to know how truly blessed this community is to have congregations like yours to help in our mission to provide shelter for our neighbors in need. We greatly appreciate your willingness to prepare and serve dinner, to work with partner congregations, and for all the movies, pedicures, art supplies, and hospitality you provided for the guests in a warm, welcoming, spacious, and compassionate environment each night.
In addition to shelter, Peace Lutheran also provides generous financial support for PACEM every year. Your financial help supports the cost of PACEM’s shelter staff in your church. The graciousness of the entire PACEM Family makes it possible for us to remain open throughout the winter.
Thank you for hosting PACEM’s women’s shelter again this year, for the hands of all your volunteers, the graciousness of opening your doors, and your willingness to work with other congregations in our community to address the immediate needs of our neighbors.
People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry
JUSTICE MINISTRY: October 2018 Update
Listening sessions are scheduled for Sunday, October 21 after each worship service. IMPACT will continue our efforts around affordable housing in the next year. Please join us for a listening session and bring your experiences concerning finding/not finding and keeping affordable housing in the Charlottesville area.
The Virginia Synod publishes a bi-weekly online newsletter, DO JUSTICE, lifting up God’s call and command that we, God’s people, do justice. You will find helpful info about justice ministries in congregations, around Virginia, and through the ELCA. To read it online click here. To subscribe or send in stories of justice contact The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick, Assistant to the Bishop at firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2018 Update
Since the IMPACT Assembly in October 2017, the research committee working on affordable housing for seniors in Albemarle County has met with private and public agencies and narrowed their solution possibilities down to four. Next they will encourage county supervisors to honor their commitment to create affordable housing for seniors. They have interviewed a half-dozen agencies and will meet this week with two more.
Since 53% of non-student households in the city of Charlottesville rent their homes the committee is focused on people struggling to pay their rent.
Key facts: 1. The average cost to rent a two bedroom apartment in Charlottesville is about $1,200/month, meaning that people working for minimum wage would have to work three full-time jobs to afford the rent.
2. 50% of Charlottesville households pay more than 30% of their income on housing, making them "cost-burdened".
MARCH UPDATE: The IMPACT Research Committee (25 members from many churches) met recently to define issues and plan solutions, focusing on three areas: housing zoning which greatly limits the areas for affordable housing, a very low rental vacancy rate which signals a very tight market, and the 5 - 7 year long waiting lists for public housing and public housing vouchers. After more interviews and thoughtful discussion, the committee will propose actions to address these problems. Attendance at IMPACT’s Nehemiah Action Rally on April 24 will directly impact the ability to make the proposals reality. Please join us!
MARCH UPDATE PART 2: JUSTICE MINISTRY RALLY
The Justice Ministry and IMPACT held a well-attended rally on Tuesday, March 20, to share information and call for better, more affordable housing for seniors. Peace members attended and returned energized to continue their advocacy. The next event is Nehemiah Action Assembly, where 1500 people from 27 houses of worship will gather to press for just and equitable policies. Nehemiah Action is an exciting event. Plan to join us on April 24 at the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center in Charlottesville. Doors open at 6pm; the program begins at 6:30.
You can be part of IMPACT 's efforts. Contact Vicar Melissa or Bob McAdams (email@example.com) to learn more.
Hunger Ministries - Hungry Hearts no More, Salvation Army Meals,
Loaves and Fishes
For more information or to learn how you can get involved, contact Jennie Carter (Hungry Hearts), Katy Wessel (Salvation Army Meals) or Ruth Poole (Loaves and Fishes)
Featured Ministry: Adopt-a-Family
For more information on the Adopt-a-Family Ministry and how you can be involved, contact Ministry Team Leader Joyce Lawrence.