Dear Friends and Supporters of Refugees in Lancaster and in the US,
Currently, the Trump administration is looking to set the refugee admissions goal at a drastic new low of 25,000 for fiscal year 2019. This reduction would follow this year's already historically low goal of 45,000. In large part due to systematic backlog and reduction of staff in overseas processing areas, less than 20,000 refugees have been resettled so far as we approach the end of this fiscal year, and if next year's goal is set even lower, actual admissions will continue to drop.
Right now, discussions are pending regarding national refugee admissions for the upcoming fiscal year. That means that RIGHT NOW, your voice can make the most impact with congressional and senate leaders. Next week, representatives are back in office. They will be preparing for the upcoming week when consultations on this issue will take place.
Tens of thousands of lives hang in the balance. Refugee resettlement saves lives, encourages other countries to keep their doors open to people needing protection, and promotes regional stability and global security. With over 28.5 million refugees in the world, we are experiencing the worst global refugee crisis in history. As people who care about refugees, we must make sure that our Members of Congress do everything they can to see the administration commit to resettling at least 75,000 refugees—and then provide the financial and staffing resources required to reasonably accomplish this-- next year.
CWS in Lancaster is looking for individuals to lift your voice in solidarity with our refugee neighbors from all over the world.
We have easy, tangible ways for you to be involved. Please email Stephanie Gromek or Christine Baer and we will strategically push action items to you. You don't have to be local, no meetings will be required if you can't make it, and you won't only have to call your representatives-- we have plenty of ways for you to engage.
In the meantime, here is the quickest way for you to be heard!
Call Congressional Offices 1-866-961-4293-- call the same number three times to connect to your 2 Senators and 1 Representative.
Here is an example of what to say:
"I'm your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to protect the refugee resettlement program from another drastic cut by the administration. The White House is considering setting the refugee admissions goal at 25,000 for next year, which would be a new all-time low. Please do everything in your power to see that the administration commits to resettle at least 75,000 in 2019. Resettlement is a core American legacy that allows refugees to rebuild their lives. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement."
We want to hear from you. We want our congressional leaders to hear from you.
Together, we can make a difference.
Sheila Mastropietro, CWS Lancaster Office Director
CWS Lancaster Immigration and Refugee Program 308 East King Street Lancaster, PA 17602
Good morning Phil, and greetings from Ephrata ReUzit!
We are excited to announce that construction of our new facility is ready for "lift off!" After Labor Day, construction fencing will be placed between the Furniture and Books building and adjoining buildings. Demolition of adjoining buildings will begin soon thereafter.
This project has been in the dreaming and planning stage for many years. We are grateful support of Ephrata Re-Uzit's mission remains strong and anticipate a consolidated facility will better serve customers and increase financial donations to Mennonite Central Committee. Please accept this invitation for yourself and a guest - or two others in your congregation who would enjoy celebrating this "lift off" event. An RSVP (acceptance or regrets) is requested by Tuesday, September 11. Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>
I am also inviting you to share several urgent volunteer openings with your congregation via a Sunday bulletin, congregational newsletter, or a bulletin board note. Thank you!
[NEW logo]Ephrata Re-Uzit has multiple opportunities for volunteer cashiers and donation processors at the Ephrata Shop, and book sorters at Booksavers. Flexibility is available regarding days, shifts, and frequency. Please contact Sue Shirk, Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>, or phone 717-733-4934, x109.
Sue Shirk Ephrata Re-Uzit Stores 1054 S State St Ephrata PA 17522 717-733-4934, x109
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Newlyweds, young families, empty-nesters, or grandparents? Regardless of your season in life, Friends of EMM will help your family explore ways that you can move in mission locally and globally through EMM. These twice-a-year gatherings feature missional inspiration and resources, along with a delicious brunch. Child care is available for children who are registered in advance. If your family would like to find out how to get involved in God's transforming work, join us!
Your Invited to Attend our 2018 Fundraising Banquet
Shady Maple Banquet Facility
129 Toddy Dr., East Earl PA 17519 This is a free event. A donation offering will be collected.
Doors open at 6:00 PM
Meals starts at 6:30 PM
Please join us for an evening of wonderful food, fellowship and a chance to hear about TNT Youth Ministry. We want to let you in on how our year has been and give you a chance to meet our staff.
For reservations please visit our webstie at tntyouthministry.com and click on the "banquet" tab at the top of the page or click the button below, which will take you to eventbrite. Please note, unless you have sponsored a table, your seat WILL NOT be assigned. Please choose a seat upon arrival. To ensure that your party of 8 or 10 is seated together and assigned, please sponsor a table by visiting our website at tntyouthministry.com and clicking on the "banquet" tab and then the "sponsor" link.
This year Walt Mueller, founder of The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, will be our speaker. Dr. Walt Mueller is the founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding, a non-profit organization serving schools, churches, and community organizations across the U.S, Canada, and worldwide in their efforts to strengthen families by helping those who know and love children and teens to understand today's rapidly changing youth culture. Mike was also honored to have Walt write the forward in his book, Mission Possible.
There is still time to sponsor this event. For more information visit our website at tntyouthminsitry.com and click on the "banquet" tab and then the "sponsor" link or by clicking the button below, which will take you to our sponsor form.
GOLD SPONSOR: $1,500
Reserved PREMIUM ROUND table for 8-10 people
Verbal recognition at banquet
Name & Logo on website, program & Screen at banquet
SILVER SPONSOR: $950
Reserved ROUND table for 8-10 people
Name & Logo on website, program & Screen at banquet
TABLE SPONSOR: $400
Reserved RECTANGLE table for 8 people
If you sponsor a table for $500 you can have 10 seats reserved