Other Updates: March 3, 2017

 Sanctuary Information Sessions
First Universalist Church is one of the congregations joining in the effort to provide sanctuary to individuals or families threatened by deportation. They are sponsoring information all sessions and all are invited. Please consider attending -- Pastor Eliot.

"Build a wall." "Register Muslims." "Deport criminals." "Refuse more refugees."

These are the headlines that have dominated recent public discourse. But for immigrants and refugees residing in the U.S., these issues are just the most recent developments in a long struggle to live freely in a nation that has yet to provide liberty and justice for all.

As part of First Universalist's Sanctuary and Resistance movement, we invite you to listen and learn from some of our immigrant and refugee neighbors as they discuss their lived realities in our community and in our country.

An Immigration and Refugee Panel will take place on Sunday, March 5 - 1 to 2:30 p.m. First Universalist is located at 3400 Dupont Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Presented by members of Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia and Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee(MIRAC)

Prayer for Our Nation

Friday Mornings, 9:30AM-10:30AM

Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church is hosting this time for prayer Friday mornings in the sanctuary.  The gathering is a time for pause. A pause for quiet.  Focus. Perspective. A place to bring  your longings, fears and concerns to God. A chance to lift up the needs of our country and find hope.  Lake Nokomis is located at 1620 E. 46th Street in Minneapolis.





Donations Needed

Avenues for Homeless Youth is a program providing emergency and transitional housing to homeless teens and young adults. It also offers a wide array of services to help youth gain stability in schooling, employment and health.We were recently contacted by Craig Freeman, Faith Community Engagement Manager at Avenues about the need for some household goods. 

Currently needed are the following items:

  • Double or queen beds (preferably queen)
  • Twin beds and/or cribs
  • Dressers
  • Kitchen tables and chairs
  • Living room furniture
  • Kitchen supplies / set-up kits (pots, cookware, dishes, glassware, etc.)
  • Bedding

If you have extras of these items (in good condition) taking up space in your home please contact Craig Freeman.  He will make arrangements for these items to get to those in need.  You can contact Craig at  cfreeman@avenuesforyouth.org  or  612-844-2005 .


TRUST Builders

TRUST BUILDERS Housing Initiative works with Urban Homeworks to provide affordable housing within the Twin Cities.


Just bring some work gloves and a great attitude.  You don’t have to be a carpenter. All levels of experience are needed. Job supervisors and TRUST BUILDER site coordinators will assist in organizing and deploying volunteers on various projects at the jobsites.  Below are the work dys for 2017:



Work Days are always on a Saturday

January 14 July 8

February 11 August 12

March 11 September 9

April 8 October 14

May 13 November 11

June 10 December 9


We also need church crews to provide food support.  Lunch will be provided.  Just bring some work gloves and a great attitude.

You don’t have to be a carpenter.  We will be working with job supervisors, and each week we have a TRUST Builder site coordinator who will assist in organizing and deploying volunteers on various projects at the jobsite.  All levels of experience are needed.

To sign up, email John Corlett, TRUST Builders Coordinator at jrcorlett@comcast.net or call him at 612-839-6566 (only in the evening).  




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