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FROM MENNONITE PALESTINE ISRAEL NETWORK in partnership with Youth Vision Society (YVS) in Gaza ...
Greetings from YVS team.
Gaza is bleeding! On Friday 14th May 2021 Palestinian health officials in Gaza stated 109 people, among whom there were 31 children and 19 women, were killed in Israeli airstrikes. 830 other people were badly injured. Many residential apartment buildings were flattened to the ground. Women and children are dying on a nearly minutely basis from the bombing. About 2000 families are homeless so far and the number is expected to increase within hours. Those families don't have sustenance nor shelter. The UN reported one of two people in Gaza already need humanitarian aid.
Support Gaza aims to boost the resilience of people in Gaza by providing hundreds of families with emergency relief baskets that will include food, two blankets, two packs of diapers, and two cans of milk. One basket will put food on a family's table for two weeks. The blankets will be temporary comfort. Diapers and milk will help children stay calm in these frightening times. Your donation can bring relief to hundreds in Gaza.
In an April 29 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, 12 churches and Christian agencies stressed that “action is needed to ensure that all Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes, schools, and other property is ceased.” In addition to calling for the U.S. to take immediate action, the letter draws attention to H.R. 2590 introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum, which, if passed, would ensure that no U.S. assistance to Israel is used to fund the demolition of Palestinian homes, annex Palestinian land or hold Palestinian children in military detention.
Action: Ask Congress to urge an immediate cessation of violence in Israel and Gaza and to pass H.R. 2590.
Supportive Communities Network (SCN) is a program of the Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Interests. It is a network of Mennonite and Church of the Brethren communities who are publicly affirming of gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual members.
Earl Washington's (Larry Chambers' family member) Memorial Service in Saginaw, MI / Jan. 2
Earl was loved by most everyone with whom he came in contact; I considered him a dear friend in addition to a beloved family member. During the PMC Sunday Zoom Service on 1/17/21 I asked for traveling mercies prayers especially for my granddaughter Dasia Dean who is attending college in NYC and whom I will be picking up at the Detroit airport this Thursday morning to attend her grandfather Earl Washington's memorial service (he passed on Jan. 6) in Saginaw, MI. She must return the same date to LaGuardia Airport to comply with NYS 24-hour turnaround pandemic guidelines (she is tested weekly @ school and both of us will adhere to mask wearing both from and to the airport.) Earl's two surviving sisters will also be traveling from Chicago to attend the service with the immediate family which include Earl's surviving spouse Jacquelyn, stepson David Dean and our grandson David.
Hello Dear Friends, I hope everyone is doing well and made the best of what needed to be during this Christmas season. Thank goodness this won't last forever.
I wanted to let you know that Lin and I drove to Vida, Oregon, along the McKenzie Highway on that beautiful day we had on Monday to deliver the quilt that Alice had pieced and Virginia had machine-quilted and for which Mary had made a label that I sewed on for Nate & Melissa, my cousin's son and his partner. They were really delighted with it! They said one of the hardest parts of their place burning to the ground in the Holiday Farm Fire in September has been losing all of their mementos so they said this will be something great to start creating new mementos for them. Melissa said that her grandmother had made a quilt for her when she was a little girl and that, of course, was destroyed so this quilt would be special.
Nate is a science teacher at McKenzie High School so took us there to see his classroom and lab, empty now since March. Just outside his classroom was a greenhouse which burned to the ground where their Garden Club met in addition to other things. I've attached a photo taken from inside Nate's classroom showing the burned greenhouse just outside it. It is amazing that the school didn't burn but I imagine the firefighters battled hard to save it. It is being used as a temporary post office for one of the nearby towns which lost theirs and there is also a 'free thrift store' there for fire victims to come and get things they need that people have donated for their use. They said it was amazing how generous people can be when something like this happens. Nate's & Melissa's big hassle has been fighting with their insurance company, a non-major one designated specifically for teachers, which has fought them every step of the way.
Nate & Melissa had bought a new house just before the fire that needs a lot of work before they can move in. They were there working on it on Monday since Nate has school vacation so we met them there. Another photo shows just how close the fire came in the grass to that house. The burned stump is about 15' from the house on the other side where a shed also burned down. It was a miracle that their house didn't burn. He said he had been by the house a few days before the fire and watered the shrubs around the house really good since they hadn't been watered all summer. That probably helped.
We must have seen more than a hundred houses and businesses that had burned to the ground with only the chimneys standing. It was really sad to see all that destruction.
Thanks to all of you for your efforts in making quilts and comforters for those in need. It is a wonderful service that you are providing.
Giving presents is one way we celebrate the abundant goodness of God toward us. This year we are giving to Street Roots. Street Roots is a local nonprofit that publishes a weekly alternative newspaper sold by people experiencing homelessness and poverty as a way of earning an income.
Barry Frisby, a member of the PMC Outreach Core Ministry, dressed up as Santa and collected Street Roots gifts from PMC children. Enjoy!
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What are you listening to?
Music is one of our sacraments at Portland Mennonite Church. During this pandemic, we’re far apart from one another—let’s stay close in spirit through listening and sharing the music that speaks to our souls.
Our PMC Playlist is a place to listen to what other PMCers are listening to and to share the music that’s kept you going through 2020.
Hardest part: pick your top 5-10 songs, tunes, or sounds vocal and instrumental that speak to your soul.
Put those songs into a music streaming playlist (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Youtube, etc.)
In the comment section below post the link to your playlist OR if you don’t have access to streaming sites, just post the song titles.
Let others know what you like/are surprised by on their playlists!
Simple or complex, acapella or orchestral, traditional or contemporary, we can’t wait to see the songs that have moved you toward God. The variety found here will create harmony representative of our church family. ~Hosted by our Congregational Life Core Ministry Team
PMC Crafts was a church activity designed to foster creativity and connection. By signing up, you committed to making a craft for another PMCer, and in turn you received a craft from someone else. Here are some of the wonderful results: