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From Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

“He shall judge between the nations and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall no longer take up sword against nation, neither shall they train anymore for war.” — (Isaiah 2:4)
The current Russian invasion that started on February 24 follows eight years of conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country are enduring bombings and assault by Russian military forces; and have lost power, been cut off from water and fuel. The UN anticipates that as many as 6.7 million will be displaced internally. Likewise, Ukrainians are fleeing to neighboring countries, primarily to Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, while others have moved to other European countries.
In the midst of the chaos, there are sibling churches and ecumenical partners who are already providing assistance with basic items for survival. Initial assistance being provided includes shelter, food, clothing, blankets, baby food and diapers, other hygiene supplies, flashlights and candles, generators and fuel.
Our first priority is to provide funding to these partners on the ground. While the scale of this crisis is new, receiving refugees from Ukraine and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe is not, which means we have trusted, established partners with the knowledge and expertise to carry out this important work. Our response to the situation in Ukraine will include both financial and technical assistance as the network of faith communities providing humanitarian assistance grows in the months ahead. The needs for the response will be great. God’s people are called on to stand in the “GAP”! GIVE. ACT. PRAY.
GIVE: Gifts can be made online (click here) , by calling (800) 872-3283, or by check made payable to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. with “DR000156-Ukraine” on the memo line. Mail to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 743700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264

ACT: Urge the U.S. government to support generous aid for refugees and civilians suffering in Ukraine, and call for engaging a diplomatic solution to the conflict.
PRAY: Heavenly Father, you are a God of mercy, a God of justice, and a God of peace; we turn to you with heavy spirits, filled with sorrow. We are shocked at the abrupt and stunning violence, the offensive assault on Ukraine by their neighbor, Russia. We pray for lives trapped in the clutch of war, who hear the bombs in the night, the menacing movement of troops on the road into town, the shriek of incoming missiles, the cry from a frantic neighbor or a scream of warning. For those who crowd together in subways and basements or flee for the borders, clutching their children’s hands. We pray for families separated from fathers, brothers and sons who must remain to fight and protect their homeland. We pray for neighbors in Eastern and Central Europe as their hearts and doors open to these refugees. We pray that strained resources will become a wealth of hope, that communities of faith within Ukraine will be protected from harm and sustained in their efforts to feed and shelter their neighbors. We pray that peacemakers in Russia will be heard and their lives preserved. Guide us as we seek to undergird our prayers with tangible resources of help. May we reach deeply and give generously. May we all, even as we breathe in grief, breathe out mercy, hope and peace. And in this Lenten season, as we walk the way toward death and resurrection, may we repent of our silence in times of violence and renew our efforts toward Your lasting peace. Amen.

Next Distribution: The Cupboard’s next distribution will be on Monday, June 27th, 2022.
~Joyce Records, Cupboard Director

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LITTLE DRESSES FOR AFRICA 

The Mission & Outreach Team is promoting “Little Dresses for Africa” and is asking those who have the ability, to make dresses and/or pants.
Various sized patterns for dresses and pants can be downloaded from this site, just click on the name below:
Little Dresses for Africa
If need be, we can print off patterns for you in the church office (see Mary Jane or Pastor George).
They will ship another box load when we receive at least 10 dresses or pants or combination. Thank you for bringing joy to these children with your gift of time and talent. 

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For those of you who either love to put puzzles together, or those who want to give it a try, please remember we have a wide selection of themes and puzzle pieces (ranging from 125-1000), and various ages to choose from to check out.  We are fortunate to have such a selection and are grateful to each person who has donated to this “library”!  Recently, 24 newly donated puzzles have been received-22 single puzzles and 2 multi-pack puzzles (one has 10 puzzles, one has 8).

So come check out our “library” and try your hand at a creative challenge. Puzzles are located in the “Explorers” Sunday school room on the south bookshelves. Check out instructions are posted. If you have puzzles to donate, please place all puzzle pieces in a zip lock bag to prevent lost pieces, and place in the box outside my office door. I’ll prepare them for checkout. Returned puzzles go in the same box and I will prepare them for the next person.                                                  

 ~Joyce Records

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Common Threads

There is nothing “common” about the ladies in Common Threads. They are all unique individuals that share their talents with people that are suffering or are in need.