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This January, our Here Anchor Team invites you to join us for the Knowing and Loving Our Neighbors series. Throughout the a weekly hot meal, Vespers is served at First Baptist and we partner with local nonprofits who are providing space for folks to stay during the cold days and nights of the winter. Our Knowing and Loving Our Neighbors series will equip us for our work individually and collectively as we follow Jesus’ command to love our neighbors as ourselves. Please plan to join us!
January 12th: Knowing our Neighbors
Sarah Kruszka, Operations Director for Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, housed at the Delonis Center, will be our Second Hour guest on January 12th. In Washtenaw County, 5000 people are experiencing homelessness. Sarah will help us understand the challenges of being homeless, specifically for our community in the winter. We are one of the sites for the Delonis Center’s Rotating Shelter; our week is March 16th through the 23rd. Please join us, and bring your questions as we explore how to better serve these neighbors. You can signup here to be an overnight host or to shadow a host during the Rotating Shelter.
January 19th: Loving our Neighbors
What a wonderful feeling when a stranger acknowledges our presence by introducing themselves or even just smiling and saying hello. That acknowledgement by another human allows us to see that we are alive, that someone sees us as like themselves. God sees us all, not as rich or poor, black, brown, or white, nice new clothes or old scruffy ones, Christians or not.
Sometimes it is hard for us to act that way, connecting with those who may seem different from us. Are they really different? We have many friends and neighbors on the outside, both physically and metaphorically; they need our help!
On January 19th during Second Hour, Sheri Wander, who runs the M.I.S.S.I.O.N. Warming Center with FBC and a professional in communication, gives a brief workshop on who our neighbors are and how we can connect with them in a meaningful way. Please do come! We will host the Daytime Warming Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays in February. You can signup here to contribute snacks, provide and serve lunch or host an activity during the day.
January 26th: Undie Sunday!
Undie Sunday is coming! Our goal is to collect 200 pairs of new men’s underwear and 100 of women’s in January. Any size, style, or brand is useful. Women’s feminine hygiene products are all welcome. These sorts of items are rarely donated and are in short supply among our Vespers, Rotating Shelter, and Warming Center guests. So find a good price on those boxers, briefs, hi-cuts, or bras and bring them in January. You can signup here to indicate what you plan to donate! Thank you!