Thanksgiving Meal with St. Joseph's - we served 1100+ free meals to the community.
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... is to live out our baptismal promise “to strive for justice and peace in all the earth,” by engaging the Trinity family in supporting the disadvantaged through education, advocacy, and organizing in our local and global communities.
Social Concerns is committed to sharing information, resources, and opportunities through educational opportunities for the whole congregation and community. These can include Adult School of Discipleship presentations, Youth Forums, newsletter articles, or educational events/programs. We believe that knowledge is power, and that with learning we might be better able to connect with the larger needs of the community and know better how to serve our neighbor.
We believe that God has called us to speak out and for those who are vulnerable and in need, those who cannot speak or act for themselves. By engaging the social structures, organizations, and governing bodies of our community, we work for changes that will enable people to live more fully as God has intended.
THROUGH ORGANIZED SERVICE, LOCALLY & GLOBALLY
We are also committed to using Our Hands to do God’s Work, reaching out to the vulnerable, poor, and afflicted. We understand that this kind of service is an important part of discipleship and faith development.
Exciting News from the Emergency Food Pantry! The Emergency Food Pantry (currently at 1438 10th St. N., Fargo) is fundraising to relocate to 402 11th St. N (formerly Cooper Tire Warehouse) where there will be more space for efficient food delivery to clients. Total remodeling costs are estimated at $700,000. After grants and other promised funds, the EFP requires another $200,000 in support from churches, individuals, and area businesses. The EFB Board is asking for our help to reach this goal. Please consider supporting this worthwhile project!
Emergency Sheltering Churches - Where we are today
On Wednesday, June 20th, the cities of Fargo and Moorhead celebrated the incredible contributions churches and volunteers made to supporting the homeless in our community this winter. Mayor Voxland even sent a Proclamation, declaring the day Church Sheltering Thank You Day in recognition of all the church volunteers who worked to insure that the area’s homeless had a place to be housed during the winter of 2012. The rain couldn’t keep the folks away, either. Over 100 people gathered, including a dozen Trinity members, to celebrate the work we did this winter.
Perhaps the highlight of the evening wasn’t the good food, or the jazzy music, or even the awards ceremony for some of the champions of the Sheltering Churches project, but it was when we heard from Randy, a gentleman who’d been housed in church-overflow. He told us that he’d hit hard times on unemployment in IL, and so came here to find work. Now his “biggest goal is to be a taxpayer!” As he struggles to get on his feet, he said he was incredibly impressed with the volunteers at the churches. He said he knew that they had spouses and kids and their own problems to deal with, but still they were there every night keeping the doors open for them. And he was grateful. He assured us that the work we did saved lives. We were thankful to have heard his story!
So, what’s on the horizon? The shelter staff informed us that for the first time ever they are currently doing summer over-flow. Churches United currently has 6 women and 3 families in overflow. This means that they expect numbers to be just as high or higher this coming winter. They will need our help again. Instead of just 3 months, the proposed goal is to look ahead to do 4 months—Dec thru Mar, to accommodate the great need. Keep the homeless and those who advocate for better housing in your prayers.
Information and Assistance
FirstLink—a link to F-M community resources.
http://www.myfirstlink.org (Home page)
Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota
Lakes & Prairies Community Action—community action resources for low-income persons and families
http://www.lakesandprairies.net/ (Home page)
Churches United for the Homeless—shelter, meals, and store options
FM Coalition for Homeless Persons
Dorothy Day Food Pantry & House
Refugee/New American/ Immigrant Resources
http://www.lssnd.org/newamericans/index.html (Refugee and New American support through LSS ND)
www.givinglearning.org (Giving + Learning; mentoring new Americans)
http://www.ndscs.nodak.edu/fargo/training/development-project/ (Job skills training for new Americans)
For more information or questions, please contact
Pastor Simon Fensom
Phone: 218.236.1333 Ext. 320