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Refugee Co-Sponsorship

In a time when refugees are being reviled and threatened daily for political gain, MPUC will be lighting a candle against that kind of gloom by cosponsoring a newly arriving refugee family, via our Mission & Social Justice Committee, plus volunteers.

Minnesota Council of Churches is the lead co-sponsor in this project.  They’ve given us a detailed Refugee Co-Sponsorship Guide. Members of their expert staff do the “heavy lifting” parts as we partner with them. We are adjunct to them throughout a 4-month period.

We welcomed Chantal, Semucyo, Eric, Yves, Nadine, Kevin, and Denise on June 22, 2016!

refugee team leadersTeam Leaders

The team leaders of the Macalester Plymouth Refugee Co-Sponsorship project met on Sunday June 12. Here are some of them. From the left: Don Christensen (project co-chair), Kathy Kerr (project co-chair), Melody Ward (Minnesota Council of Churches), and Rev. Adam Blons of MPUC.

Updates from our Volunteers

God Is Love – From Rev. Adam Blons

“Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8 This verse about love shapes my understanding of God. God is love! God loves, but there is also something of Godself in love. There is something of God in all love and we are invited as Christians to love in…

2018 Mission and Social Justice (MSJ) Donations Thus Far

Macalester Plymouth United Church empowers the Mission and Social Justice Committee with the duty and responsibility for distributing some $24,000 from the “general fund”, plus additional money from “designated funds” for ministries of mission and social justice. Thus far in 2018, MSJ has distributed approximately $18,000 of these funds in the following contributions: FEEDING THE…

Refugee Sponsorship Volunteer Update – Rachel & Don Christensen

August 8 – Rachel & Don Christensen At  L’Etoille du Nord School we found a shaded playground and four other little boys playing with their mother supervising. We brought along a Strider bike and helmet which Kevin eagerly practiced riding under Don’s patient eye, while the other boys gave him advice. We learned from their friendly mom that she immigrated eight years ago…

Refugee Sponsorship Volunteer Update – Stephanie DeFrance Schmidt

August 3 – Stephanie DeFrance Schmidt Denise went to the clinic with Chantal, so Kevin, Semuyco, Addie, and I went by car to the Mounds Park Playground. First we looked out over the Mississippi a little bit (the lookout near the park has very leafy trees this time of year! Later it would be fun…



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