Opportunities to Make a Difference

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Ministering to the Homeless

Pacific Presbytery’s Homeless and Housing Task Force is co-sponsoring a one-day course on how to effectively and compassionately minister to the homeless at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church in Lomita on Thursday, March 14, from 9:30am to 4:30pm.  Main topics will cover challenging behaviors and motivational interviewing. Cost of $80 includes lunch with payment required by January 15. See flyer in narthex for registration information and contact Jan Gardner (310-378-1953 or jangardner3@cox.net) to carpool.

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Urgent Need in Venezuela

Venezuela is facing an unprecedented economic crisis.  For the next 30 days, The Outreach Foundation, working with the top leadership of the Presbyterian Church of Venezuela, will be collecting gifts for the church to assist with providing those in need with nutritious meals.  Donations of $140 provide 100 nutritious meals for those in need.  See the attached flyer for ways to give or visit:  www.give.theoutreachfoundation.org/venezuela-appeal

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Action Alert

Sign a petition to free Isaac Rojas from detention: Isaac was a medic in Nicaragua who helped care for the student protesters who were injured by paramilitary and government forces--and he was then targeted for caring for them, and shot twice. He escaped to San Ysidro port of entry to ask for political asylum and was sent to Mississippi to the detention center there where he is having many health problems. Please sign the petition to ask that he be released while he wins his political asylum case (called an "alternative to detention"). Pacific Presbytery has had a partnership in Nicaragua for twelve years and we know the political situation in Nicaragua and the threat to his life. Now we get to advocate for this wonderful young man to treated humanely here in the United States. Please sign the petition at matthew25socal.org