Pope Francis, 50th World Day of Peace: “At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic, and community leaders. I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity. Especially in situations of conflict, let us respect this, ‘our deepest dignity’, and make active nonviolence our way of life.”
Warming Center: Thank you to the Congregational Church, United Way, and generous volunteers for providing life saving shelter for the homeless on nights below 20 degrees. Although volunteers are rising to the occasion, the donations which make it possible for United Way to support the Warming Center are down. Last winter the Center was open 21 days, Nov-Feb, with heating & supplies at $4,400. So far this winter with much colder nights, the Center has already been open 13 nights, and expenses will be higher. Please help keep the Warming Center alive by contributing to United Way, PO Box 1134, Walla Walla, WA. Checks should be written to United Way, designating Warming Center.
Also welcome are snacks: hot chocolate mix, decaf coffee, oatmeal packets, cookies, crackers, fruit, esp. bananas & oranges, etc. Please deliver to door off parking lot at side of church, Palouse & Alder, on nights when the temperature dips below 20 degrees/25 with precipitation. The homeless folks, men, women, young, & old, some residents of the GOTR tent camp, are very grateful for your generosity.
Catholic Charities: Please be generous in your yearly contribution to Catholic Charities, a major force in the effort to provide long term solutions to poverty and homelessness, in Walla Walla & the Spokane Diocese. St. Michael’s Haven, recently opened apartments at the VA, are providing high quality housing for previously homeless vets & their families, as well as single vets. WW Catholic Charities also provides counseling, and is helping build a new health center for youth across from Lincoln High.
Crisis in Aleppo, Syria: Hundreds of thousands of innocent families, including Christians, have been driven from their homes and are struggling to survive. Please pray for them. The IRC, International Rescue Committee, www.rescue.org/country/Syria needs donations to provide critical support.
Feed the hungry: Please don’t forget to bring nonperishable food items every week. Need is especially great in the winter.
We wish you all a peaceful and blessed New Year!