September 30, 2014
Like Christian churches everywhere, Plymouth traditionally asks a special offering on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday in October. At this time, we are reminded that we belong to the larger body of Christ in the world. This year’s special offering will be given during worship Sunday, October 5.
This year Plymouth’s Community Service and Social Action Board (CSSA) chose two recipients for the fall season special offering; each will receive half of the funds. The first is UCC’s Neighbors in Need program, which supports ministries engaged in advocacy efforts and direct service projects throughout the United States. Two-thirds is used by the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries, which include an array of justice initiatives such as voting rights, immigration, hate crimes and environmental justice. One-third of Neighbors in Need funds supports the Council for American Indian Ministries and the 20 UCC congregations on reservations. This ministry is particularly appealing to CSSA due to our recent efforts to increase Plymouth’s social justice advocacy by Plymouth.
The second recipient is Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS). This vital nonprofit came to our attention when CSSA made a comprehensive visit to the program during the Change Grant process last year. PSKS provides support and services to Seattle area homeless youth and young adults. It aims to provide “stepping stones” to transition youths from the streets to self-sufficiency and productive community. Many PSKS clients are squatters, have children, suffer from addiction or have other circumstances that make it difficult to find shelter. They often live under bridges, in cars or tents until they can secure housing. PSKS’s approach begins with prioiritizing safety, health and security for young people even when they live in abandoned buildings or struggle with substance abuse. Enabling people to complete their education is an important part of PSKS’s efforts.
We hope that on October 5, you will give generously and joyously to the work of your church here Seattle and throughout the nation.
In faith and gratitude, Jock Akin and Susan Jones,Community Service and Social Action BoardSubscribe