Dear Friends and Members of First United Methodist Church,
Perhaps you have seen the images of the refugees from Afghanistan leaving their homes. These people helped and served alongside our military while we were in that nation. Many were brought to safety in our country. Now comes the hard task of helping them get settled in their new homes, in a foreign land, under difficult circumstances.
Lutheran Family Services is helping 25 families get re-settled in our city. Lutheran Family Services has a long history of helping families in this situation. Our congregation has a history of helping refugee families from Africa, it is a part of the very heart of who we are as a church. The Prairie Campus has already recruited 21 folks willing to help one or more of these families. The Downtown Campus will be invited to find ways to help as well. Both of the campuses are going to be asked to make an offering to support at least one family for the next six months. For $18,000 we can help one family get settled over the next six months. Between the support of the church and Lutheran Family Services, we can help a family establish a new life in our midst.
We are setting October 10 as the day to collect that offering. We will help as many families as we can financially support. Enclosed is an envelope for your gift. You can mail it to the church or drop it in the offering plate when you come to worship. You can give online. You can drop your gift by the church during the week. Please mark any checks “Afghan Refugees.” We will announce on October 17, our 150th celebration, how much we raised to help our sisters and brothers from Afghanistan. I know you will want your gift to be included in that number.
This church has a long history of caring for those that are suffering. We have an opportunity before us now to make a difference in the lives of some the most vulnerable and hurting people in our world. Thank you, in advance, for you generous and faithful gift.
In Christ’s Service,