Archives for September 2016
As a community of faith built on the shoulders of witnesses who stood for equality in many historical moments, we are called to STAND in solidarity with people of color as we all call out the current sins of racism. [Read more…]
What might you find in the October PullenNews? Here are just a few items to pique your interest:
- A Pledge to Stand Against Racism
- Job Description for new Youth Minister
- Info about our new Coffee (Half) Hour on Sundays
- The Joys and Concerns of our Community
- Insights into the Life of a Youth Experiencing Homelessness
- Wednesday Evening Programming
- Upcoming Forum on Islamaphobia (October 6!!)
- A Welcome to our new Wiley Tutoring Coordinator
- An Invitation to Artists
- News from the Hope Center at Pullen
I hope, as always, that you will enjoy this newsletter and use it to feel connected to the community that surrounds you. Have a wonderful start to the Fall season!
The Hope Center needs your help!
The Hope Center at Pullen hosts Life Goals Classes every Wednesday for young adults who have aged out of foster care. The young people benefit from lessons that focus on healthy relationships, financial skill building, mental and physical health, communication skills, and everyday life skills such as cooking and cleaning. We provide wholesome meals for the youth who come to these life skills classes. That’s where you come in! We hope you consider adopting a Wednesday by providing a meal, paper products, and beverages for the youth to enjoy.
By Jeff Cherry and Lloyd Jones
Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
We have all seen homeless people on the street. It is so easy to step around them and to avoid their eyes, or give them a dollar or some change and go about our day feeling like we’ve met our social obligation. In August of 2015, Pullen was given an opportunity to enter into a ministry of relationship with a group of homeless, young adults who turned up literally on the doorstep of the church. Most of these young adults are young enough for us to think of them as children, and it is easy for us to see resemblances of our younger selves or of other kids we know in our family and our neighborhood. But these young adults do not meet the image we had of the face of homelessness when we began this work. Some have been on the street just a short time and each one has a story. Here is the story of one such young man. We’ll call him Christopher. [Read more…]