Do Justice: September 24, 2019

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Welcome to Do Justice, a semi-monthly newsletter of the Virginia Synod, 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. If you have stories of justice to share from your congregation, please share those with me at bayerderrick@vasynod.org so I can share them with others in the synod!

The Rev. Kelly Bayer Derrick
Assistant to the Bishop

As we strive to respond to God’s love for us in Jesus Christ, we call upon God to strengthen us in our spiritual life:
Direct us, O Lord God, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and extend to us your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name; and finally, by your mercy, bring us to everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. (From “Additional Prayers” in ELW)

Tapestry Book Study: Dear Church

Join Tapestry this Thursday night at 7:00 PM for our second of six weeks of conversations on “Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US” by Lenny Duncan. We’ll be having this six week conversation via Zoom (video chat). Join us for some or all of the sessions as you are able.
Login to the Zoom Chat Here: zoom.us/j/574971266
For more information on this event, click here.

Climate Crisis and the Bible

Just in time for the U.N.’s Climate Action Summit (Monday), as well as the climate strikes planned all over the world on September 20 and 27, here’s a brief, action-packed overview of what the Bible has to say about the climate crisis, from Genesis to Revelation.

Timberville Ministry Association Food Pantry

Submitted by Pastor Angela Dunn of Rader LC

In August Broadway Timberville Ministry Association (BTMA) began investigation what it would take to come together as a church and community and house a food pantry possibly in the former Broadway Supermarket building. Sunset Drive Methodist volunteered Joe Adolph as head of the project.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB) Director, Robin Swecker was available to answer questions for the pastors and volunteers gathered at the Supermarket. Ms. Swecker also took some of us to tour local pantries – Hope Inc. in Harrisonburg and RARA in Rockbridge Co./Lexington. Ms. Swecker is hoping to make our community pantry the size of those coming together in other counties. A possible name for our pantry would be Tree of Life (from Revelation 22).

Belonging to BRAFB costs $50/year. We would pay $.05 per pound for food delivered by trucks. We hope we would also be able to make available pork/cheese/milk surplus items through USDA.

The rent and upkeep of such a building requires a start-up cost.

We hope as a coalition of the community, we will alleviate hunger and address poverty. We will check census data, but we believe if we have Title 1 schools in the area then the Food Pantry is a necessity. We hope school, Pilgrims, and Walmart among other employers will support our efforts. If we are successful, we will try and work on other needs like utilities, housing and transportation.

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About the Author:

Emily is the Director of Communications for the Virginia Synod. She is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington where she earned her BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and a minor in Digital Studies. If you have an announcement, upcoming event, or news story idea you would like to share, get in touch with Emily via email or by phone at (540) 389-1000