Update: Hygiene Kits Campaign
Friends Church reached its goal of collecting 100 items for hygiene kits to be delivered to Back Bay Mission, a ministry of the United Church of Christ serving individuals and families facing homelessness and poverty.
Thanks to everyone for honoring Back Bay Mission for its 100 years of ministry on the Gulf Coast. These hygiene kits will bring welcome relief to our unhoused neighbors.
Update: Friends Youth Campaign to Forgive Medical Debt
The Friends Youth Group officially wrapped up their four-month long campaign to forgive medical debt in the Brazos Valley at the end of April. After continuing to increase their campaign goal, the official amount raised was $51,109.62! This amount is anticipated to relieve around $5.1 million in medical debt. Thank you for being part of their campaign and supporting the youth as they’ve continued to learn about the inaccessibility of health care and the injustices of debt. Here’s what happens next:
Because the youth greatly surpassed their original fundraising goal, they have an opportunity to extend relief to other parts of Texas. When the youth gathered to celebrate the end of the campaign, they took time to research other areas of the state with the highest concentrations of medical debt, while also taking into consideration the disparities between communities of color. Together, they decided to extend campaign contributions to other counties surrounding the Brazos Valley, including Limestone, Navarro, Freestone, Hill, McClennan, and Walker County. The other areas of Texas where the youth chose to extend relief were two counties in west Texas, Pecos and Reeves, and the Rio Grande Valley. Within the next few weeks, the debt relief beneficiaries will receive letters notifying them that their debt has been forgiven.
When the youth learned about RIP Medical Debt last summer, they put into action the parable that Jesus taught us about caring for our neighbors.
Led by the example of our youth, may we go and do likewise.
In order to truly share God's extravagant welcome with all, we must be open and accepting to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
We must also strive to make our worship services and fellowship accessible to all people of all abilities.
Our church is proud to be Open and Affirming, Accessible to All, an Earth Stewardship Congregation, and Verified Clear. To learn more about what that means to us, click here.
Want to be featured in our quarterly magazine?
Has your ministry or small group been busy? We would love to feature your church activities in the Winter issue of The Epistle! The Communications Committee wants to hear about the all of the ways our Community of Friends has been thriving over the last few months. Please submit your article and information by May 31st via the contact form on this website, or email the office. Publication is scheduled for June 25th, 2021.