As Christians we are called to Love God, Love Neighbor & Change the World.
Here are some ways that we can take action to change the world.
1. Participate in Vehicles Ending Violence for the Family Justice Center
St. Paul’s Church is hosting a Vehicles Ending Violence event on Saturday September 19 from 10 am until noon.
Vehicles Ending Violence is an awareness and fundraising event in support of the Family Justice Center of Erie County.
Everyone is invited to drive through and drop off a donation to support the work of the Family Justice Center and pick up some information about intimate partner violence and the resources available at the Family Justice Center.
The first 50 cars will get a gift bag including some treats. The first 10 cars decorated in purple (the color of domestic violence awareness) will get a special prize.
One in three teens, one in four women and one in seven men will find themselves in an unsafe or abusive relationships. The Family Justice Center serves more than 2500 new and return clients annually.
So hop in your car, drive through with a donation of any size and pick up a gift bag. If you want to help with the event, let Pastor Vicki know.
2. Participate in Walk Off Hunger for FeedMoreWNY
Walk Off Hunger is the annual Fundraiser for FeedMoreWNY. St. Paul’s is participating this year.
Walk Off Hunger is happening from October 3 – 10, 2020. People are being asked to walk around 2 miles to raise money and awareness about hunger in Western New York.
The suggested donation for walkers is $25 for adults, children are no charge. Once you have registered you can set up your own fundraising page to ask friends and family to support you.
The Clarence Clergy association has set up two routes for Sunday October 4.
The first route begins at the parking lot at the Farmer’s Market in the Hollow and goes to Town Park on Main Street and back. People will start walking between 2 and 2:30 pm. You can either walk along the sidewalks on Main or along the bike path. When you get to Town Park, find the Clarence Clergy space and get a sticker and a virtual high five. The route is about 2 miles long (a little longer on the bike path). It is up-hill to the park (but down-hill on the way back)
The second route begins at the parking lot of Clarence Presbyterian Church and goes to Town Park on Main St. and back. People will start walking between 1:45 and 2:15 pm. The route is along the sidewalks on Main St. When you get to Town Park, find the Clarence Clergy space and get a sticker and a virtual high five. This route is about 3 miles long. It is relatively flat.
To sign up, go to feedmorewny.org/walk-off-hunger. When you register select join a team and search for St. Paul’s, Harris Hill to join our team. If you are planning on walking one of the Clarence Clergy walks or one of your own, select DIY route. You can join one of the FeedmoreWNY meet ups if you want.
3. Address unequal opportunities
In the Buffalo region more than 50% of the children live in poverty. That means that more than half the children in our region don’t have the access to technology, educational opportunities and enrichment activities that most of the children in our congregation do.
The Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable issued a report in 2018 about the inequities in our region and what we could gain as a community if they were addressed. You can find the report here – https://cfgb.org/wp-content/
Say Yes Buffalo has started a drive to provide reliable technology to students in Buffalo. You can find the link to the drive here (https://sayyesbuffalo.wedid.
4. Write to your elected representatives and express your opinion
You can find information on the Erie County Legislature here – https://www2.erie.gov/
You can find information on the State Legislature here – https://nyassembly.gov/ & here https://www.nysenate.gov/
5. Volunteer for Hearts & Hands Faith in Action
This is a group of volunteers that help senior citizens in our communities. You can grocery shop, provide transportation to appointments, be a phone buddy to help someone stay connected or help with home repairs & yard work.
Find more information here – https://hnhcares.org/