ELCA World Hunger – Go and Do News – September 2019

Congregational Action Guide
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Celebrate the excitement, anticipation and wonder of Christ’s birth with ELCA World Hunger this Advent! ELCA World Hunger’s new resource packet includes samples of the newest and most popular resources to share with your congregation. Included is an Advent study full of new weekly devotions, Advent calendarsto brighten up your home or congregation with a daily reminder of the reason for the season and aCongregational Action Guide with ideas and activities for your congregation. Order your free packet while supplies last.
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sanctuary church
OF COMMUNITY AND COURAGE: RESPONDING TO THE PUBLIC CHARGE RULE AS A SANCTUARY CHURCH
Even as voting members returned from the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly and the action declaring the ELCA a sanctuary denomination, the United States Department of Homeland Security announced changes to the “public charge” rule.

Set to take effect October 15, 2019, a new rule could mean denial of visas or permanent residence for immigrants receiving public support to pay for food, housing or health care. This will likely decrease participation in programs such as SNAP and may lead food-insecure families to rely more heavily on community resources, such as food pantries, to help meet their needs.

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“To be a sanctuary church is to offer a different model of community, one in which welcome is extended to all and one in which our vulnerabilities and dependencies are laid bare.”

––ELCA World Hunger blog on responding to the public charge rule

data and mapping
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: DATA & MAPPING
Data can help you and others know more about the challenges our neighbors face — and the assets that are available in a community.

This new guide provides suggestions for finding data related to several areas that impact food security: housing, employment and food access. Statistics, numbers and other data can help communicate the impact of your ministry, encourage supporters and identify possible areas for growth or change.

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2019 ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering
ELCA WORLD HUNGER LEADERSHIP GATHERING
The 2019 ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering was held July 18-21 in Minneapolis, Minn., uniting over 130 leaders from synods and congregations across the ELCA around the theme “Creative Congregations. Courageous Leaders.”

Participants heard from speakers about creative ways to address hunger and about the impact courageous leadership can make, and learned about Domestic Hunger Grants. The gathering also included visits to local congregations to learn more about their ministries. The next ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering will take place in January 2021.

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