Mission & Outreach
The committee for Mission & Outreach meets on the second Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Fireside Room, January through May and then again August through December. The group does not meet during the months of June and July, but outreach activities continue year-round. You may contact our Mission & Outreach team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see what we have planned for our 2018 Adult Mission Trip, visit here. And maybe for 2019, Sonoma Country will be ready for our help!
Who is Dayani Cristal?
West County Rapid Response Network is proud to host a free moving showing of “Who is Dayani Cristal?” thanks to the generosity of the Rialto Cinema. Please join us to see this powerful movie on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6:30pm at the Rialto Theater.
Reservations and tickets (free) are required, so please contact Joyce Cox by September 20.
The West County Rapid Response Network is part of the North Bay Rapid Response Network organized in recent months to provide assistance to the estimated 38,000 undocumented immigrants living in Sonoma County.
This Sundance Film Festival documentary winner retraces the steps of “Dayani Cristal” who walked from his home in Central America into the Sonora Desert “corridor of death” while attempting to immigrate to the United States.
Join the People's Climate March
Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice - A Global Day of Action September 8
The North Bay Organizing Project is providing free buses to the People's Climate March on September 8th in San Francisco. Meet at the Park and Ride at 1350 Maple Avenue in Santa Rosa, the parking lot under the freeway in front of the fair grounds. Free tickets are necessary and can be obtained from eventbright.com. Choose Santa Rosa Events, Scroll to see Free Events and click on Rise for Climate.
contact Joyce Cox for further information.
Court Accompaniment Support Training
Would you be willing to accompany someone to court? The Faith in Action Team is looking for people who would be willing to go to court with immigrants for cases not related to immigration. People without legal status are afraid to appear in court for other issues which increases their risk for deportation. We are looking for people who would attend a training, and be willing to accompany people to court in teams of 2 or 3.
Training; Sunday September 9, 2:00-4:00 in our sanctuary. contact Joyce Cox for further information.
Bag Lunch Preparation
Bag lunches for the homeless & hungry are prepared Mon - Thu by Sebastopol Christian Church and we are happy to report we have volunteers from the Community Church to aid in that project. If you are looking for a way to volunteer, check in with Mission & Outreach - send us an email!
Rapid responses in support of people targeted by ICE raids include serving on an Accompaniment Team or as a Legal Observer. Trained teams from Community Church are forming and you are invited to join. Contact Joyce Cox to learn or or the church office at 707.823.2484.
Help for those without shelter
Our Mission & Outreach team has spearheaded a number of services that members of the Community Church have continued to provide through their volunteer efforts and donations. As the homeless population in Sebastopol has grown, so has the involvement of our church in serving our neighbors in need. An average of 15 requests for help are received each week.
We are able to help with:
- Showers, with a clean towel, soap and shampoo
- Bus tickets on Sonoma County Transit
- Warm jackets, sleeping bags as available
- Warm socks, underwear for men
- Snack bags
- Hot meals served at our 2nd Saturday Lunch
Alternative Gifts - give the gift of hope
The Alternative Gifts program collected more than $2,500 to provide families with everything from clean water to a flock of chickens. Each donation makes a world of difference in the lives of families who otherwise struggle daily just to survive. Learn more here about Alternative Gifts International.
This past Christmas we gathered 115 wrapped shoeboxes filled with items of necessity for homeless men and women - 56 of those boxes were contributed by Hillcrest Middle School, coordinated by church member Josephine Nirmala. On December 20 members of the Mission & Outreach Board delivered the gifts to the Homeless Services Center in Santa Rosa.
Gift Cards for Displaced SRJC Students
The recent wildfires consumed the living spaces of almost 1000 SRJC students and some lost jobs when their place of work was also destroyed. Our congregation generously gave gift cards to a variety of services and store in the amount of $695 to be distributed to the students.
Thank you for your generosity!
Sock and Underwear Tree
Your generosity is amazing! Thanks to your help, more than two cases of men's new socks and underwear were collected and delivered to the Homeless Services Center. . Thank you!
All of the items were gratefully received and we know they will be put to good use.
Eye glasses collection
Eye glasses that are no longer suitable for your wear can make a world of difference in someone else's life. Donating your old eyeglasses can save someone in a developing nation from unemployment - recycled eyeglasses can be the difference between a blacksmith continuing his work or closing up shop, or the factor that enables a woman to support herself by doing embroidery rather than becoming destitute. Glasses can be dropped off at the church at any time - look for the collection box in the church entry. Hearing aids that are no longer in use are also a welcome donation.