Season of Service

January 16th - April 23rd 2016

The Refugee and Me

Tomorrow, March 15th, marks the 5th anniversary of the Syrian Conflict. In the past few years alone, around HALF of the 22 million people that make up this country have been displaced or killed. Refugees are in desperate situations and Christians around the world have been challenged to consider what it means to engage and assist these “neighbors” whose lives have been devastated. Right here in Sacramento, the Church has an unprecedented opportunity to respond very specifically as hundreds of families are relocated to neighborhoods in the Sacramento region each year. Please take a few moments to view the video below by World Relief Sacramento's church mobilizer Joy Justus, followed by the words of Kirt Lewis, Director of the Sacramento Field Office of World Relief. Please pray for refugees and ask God what you can do to serve a people desperate to know the hope you have in Jesus.

Serving with you,

Megan McCleary

Director, Serve United

A strategic organization of the ACTS Group

The Refugee and Me by Joy Justus

Since my colleague Joy Justus shared at this Convergence Conversation, much has happened and much has stayed the same. Violence in Paris, Beirut and San Bernardino has awakened (or re-awakened) deep fears. Refugees are still in desperate situations searching for home and hope in their uncertain journey. How do we as followers of Christ unite as One Body in the redemptive mission He has entrusted to us? How do we overcome the fear and the uncertainty to faithfully represent the gospel, both lived and spoken? The wisdom Joy shared in this video is just as relevant now as it was before she spoke. Because, I believe, she reminds us of both the nature of the gospel and the humility we all need to embrace as we consider our fellow image-bearers with no home to call their own. As we do so, we begin to understand more fully what it was like for Christ to leave so much behind to reach towards us as loving friend and powerful Savior.

Kirt Lewis

Director, Sacramento Field Office of World Relief

View volunteer opportunities with World Relief HERE!

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Stories of Service: Roseville's Run for Freedom

On Saturday, March 5th eight teenage girls coordinated the second annual Roseville Run for Freedom. The Roseville Run for Freedom (RRFF) is a 5K charity fun run formed and led by teenage girls that donates its funds to The Grace Network, an organization that fights human trafficking locally. About 278 people participated in the race and raised over $13,000 to personally impact trafficking survivors and urban youth in our communities. Serve United honors the efforts of these eight young ladies who spent hours of preparation to bring awareness to human trafficking and provide hope and freedom for their peers.

View the Roseville and Granite Bay Press Tribune Article about the efforts of Roseville Run for Freedom.

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Upcoming Event: The Missing Man: Fathering and its Generational Impact

Shoulder To Shoulder (STS), in partnership with the School of Education at William Jessup University, is proud to announce a no-cost event that is designed to address the transcendent social issue of our time: FATHERLESSNESS. On March 21st, at 6:30 p.m., STS will be holding its second “Waking Up To Fatherlessness” presentation in the Lecture Hall at William Jessup University, 2121 University Avenue, Rocklin, CA 95765. The evening will include personal testimonies, messages from Christian leaders in Northern California, hearing what God did to break this destructive cycle and learn what God's church needs to do.

Please join us for a night we hope you’ll never forget! RSVP HERE!

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