COMUNIDAD PRESBITERIANA LA TRINIDAD

  COMUNIDAD PRESBITERIANA LA TRINIDAD  
MUCHÍSIMAS GRACIAS FROM THE SOLANO FAMILY The Ark and Dove community turned out in force for the Solano family, the church’s refugee family, on Saturday April 8, for a baby shower to welcome the newest member of the family, Raúl. The family was beaming from the love and the support of the congregation, and had a wonderful time celebrating. In so many ways, the baby marks a new start for the family in the United States, and your donations of needed baby items helps set the family up for success.
 
The image here is the family’s thank you note to all: they wrote it in English to thank the congregation for all the support.
 
Thank you to all those who helped make the shower possible: Erin Quigley for decorations; Paula Griggs and Kim Young for flowers; Jennifer Roman for gift organization/wrapping; Lillian Van Rompay at Prince of Peace for helping organize the sign-up sheet and registry; and all who brought food, gifts and well wishes. Laura Willoughby Perry, ljwilloughby@gmail.com
 
CO-ED BABY SHOWER FOR THE SOLANO FAMILY Celebrate the newest arrival for Ark and Dove’s Refugee Assistance Family, the Solanos, with a co-ed family celebration designed to make the family feel welcomed, while preparing for its newest member, and helping them stock up on needed baby items and essentials. Please join us Saturday, July 8th, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Ark and Dove for a family-friendly, co-ed baby shower. View details and RSVP at http://evite.me/ESjT4vGWbB
 
Griselda is due to give birth July 24th to a baby boy, Raul, who will join the couple’s two girls, Melanie and Vanessa. Bernabe, the father, is excited to welcome a son into the family. However, because Griselda fled to the US with the girls, and very few items, they have little resources available to outfit their family with baby items for the new arrival. If you cannot attend, but have gently-used baby items you’d like to donate OR would like to help the family by purchasing something on their registry list, visit
http://popchurch.org/sheet/solano-nestor-baby-shower/ for details and the sign-up form (Prince of Peace member Lillian Von Rompay has volunteered to help with this project). Kindly drop off items in Calvin Room beginning this Sunday.
 
Want more details, want to help with planning or day-of set up, or have questions? Contact Laura Willoughby Perry at 410-507-7129 or
laura@laurajanewilloughby.com.


OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS the Ark and Dove community has connected with the Solanos, a refugee family from Mexico. Laura Willoughby, with the help of Rev. Migde Lucas from Communidad Presbyteriana la Trinidad (CPT) in Annapolis, has formed a group dedicated to working with this family on a variety of needs. One of the largest needs was safe, stable, affordable housing for this family of (soon to be) six. I am happy to report that such a home has been found in Eastport and the Solanos are now moved in, and a housewarming party was held on June 3 to celebrate this wonderful event. So many people contributed to making their new townhouse a home, especially Rebecca Bell Echols, who used her redecorating talents to find and refinish furnishings and to stage their home (and it was a surprise to the Solanos!). Other members helped to move and set up furniture and other household items, including plenty of toys for the girls! This was truly an impressive act of service and love that made an enormous difference to a family who is learning to make a new life in a different country. Our next event will be a baby shower for Griselda on July 9* after the 11:00 service. Contact Laura Willoughby at ljwilloughby@gmail.com for more information. Thank you, Christine Caufield-Noll, Mission Elder, ccnmission@outlook.com *Please note the date has been changed from June 18 to July 9.
IMMIGRATION & MISSION FORUM The President's Executive Order on Immigration and refugees changed, overnight, the reality of life in the USA for immigrants -- both documented and undocumented. Please join Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad for a special forum -- in English and designed for church members -- on immigration changes with lawyer Waleska Casiano. Waleska has been the volunteer at our monthly free immigration clinics for the local Hispanic community. A local immigration attorney, Waleska has witnessed first-hand the immediate changes that have come.  She will cover the long-reaching implications of the order's changes and how it has already impacted the immigrant  community, with an eye for how the Presbyterian congregation's mission committee and members might be able to help. The Immigration Session will be held on Friday, April 7, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Harundale Presbyterian Church. Questions? Please contact Laura Willoughby, 410-507-7129, laura@laurajanewilloughby.com. Thank you!
 
CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD DONATIONS NEEDED The Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad is in need of a few items for one of the families the mission has been assisting. The family are refugees, who arrived in Annapolis this past fall, and all of the family income is only enough to provide modest food and shelter. If you have any of the following items, please drop them off in the Mission Zone (across from the coat rack) in the last bin on the left or, if a larger item, please leave in the cribbery.
 
  • A set of full sheets and a comforter
  • Pots/pans for cooking (the family has only one pot currently) 

Spring and summer clothes:
  • Size 32 pants (men’s); small or medium shirts (men’s)
  • Size 5/6 and 7/8 clothes (for two girls)
  • Maternity clothes (size 4/medium/petite women’s)
  • Spring and/or rain jackets and umbrellas 

Shoes (each member of the family currently has one pair of shoes):
  • Water-resistant shoes with tread for work (9.5 men’s)
  • Tennis shoes (6 women’s)
  • Girls shoes, sizes 1 and 13

For questions and clarifications, please contact Laura Willoughby Perry at ljwilloughby@gmail.com or 410-507-7129
 

 

COMUNIDAD PRESBITERIANA LA TRINIDAD


Hispanic Mission Update

Migde Lucas, pastor of Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad (Presbyterian Community of the Trinity) mission, visited Ark and Dove on Jan. 29 to provide an update on the mission’s first four months in operation. The mission is a joint project of the six Presbyterian churches in Anne Arundel County, created to serve the growing Hispanic population in the county.


As of a 2014 county study, 18% of the population in Annapolis and 14% of the population in Glen Burnie was Hispanic, a number that has since grown: an estimated 20 to 25% of the population today is Hispanic, statewide.

Migde spent the first several months “listening” to the Hispanic people of Anne Arundel County. Many Hispanics in the county are scared, a feeling deepened by campaign season rhetoric. And despite several non-profit organizations designed to provide services to the Hispanic population, many gaps still remain.

The Hispanic mission was designed to help a range of families, from those who have just arrived in the states to more established community members, by providing a range of services not already covered in the community. These will be small groups, with a prayer opening and/or closing each gathering – a sort of church without walls.

Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad has already been hard at work.

* In January, it hosted an immigration question-and-answer session with a lawyer in Annapolis with around 60 people attending;


* Beginning Feb. 4, the mission will host monthly one-on-one meetings – for free and in Spanish--  with an immigration lawyer in Glen Burnie, to answer one of the top identified needs;

* Also in February, a cancer support group in Spanish will begin meeting monthly in Annapolis.

 

* Other groups and efforts will launch in coming months.


Stay engaged and up-to-date on the “Comunidad Trinidad” by visiting and liking the facebook page.

For questions on how the Hispanic mission works, what’s taking place and how you can help, please contact Laura Willoughby Perry at church, via phone at 410-507-7129, or via email at ljwilloughby@gmail.com.

 



HOW YOU CAN HELP

 

* A micro-loan project will launch soon, and we will need funders AND small business advisors;

* The mission is looking for a large plot of land in Glen Burnie and Annapolis for a Community Garden Project;

* Be allies of the Hispanic Community in Anne Arundel County: advocate for or against legislation that would impact the Hispanic population (keep an eye on future Arkives for upcoming opportunities);

* Provide transportation for individuals and families;

* Do you know someone who has a cost-effective used car to sell? We have a family in need!

* We are looking for additional immigration lawyers to donate pro-bono time the first Saturday of each month;

* Consider the role as a “Sanctuary Church,” providing a safe haven for Hispanic immigrants.

Near-term needs:
* Providing transportation for families.

*Identifying someone who wants to sell a used car.

*We need additional immigration lawyers who can donate a few hours each month at the Glen Burnie immigration workshops (the first workshop with just one lawyer filled up in a matter of days);

 


 

THE LIFE OF THE GARCIA FAMILY -- OUR NEIGHBOR

Rev. Migde Lucas told the story of the Garcia* family, in the United States for three months, brought to the country by human trafficking. A return to their home country of Mexico could mean death. The Annapolis-based family of four applied for and received refugee status, but navigating the intricacies of the government to set up a new life when they didn’t speak English had left many gaps.

They live in one room (with a shared kitchen) of a home in Annapolis, where rent takes up half of the family’s monthly income. Despite the father working full time, the family only has an extra $80 each week – for food, transportation and other needs. They often didn’t have enough food and the two children went hungry. The wife is pregnant but had been unable to set up health insurance to visit a doctor.

They attended a January seminar presented by the Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad, and since then the family has been able to apply for and receive basic services, from health insurance for the family to food stamps. And they have dreams for the wife to open a tortilla-making business, selling tortillas to area restaurants, a service that’s not yet offered in the area.

This is the reality for many Hispanics in the county, Migde said.

*Alias used to protect family’s identity.

 

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THE PRESBYTERIAN COMMUNITY OF THE TRINITY




The Bay Area Disciples Ministry Group is delighted to announce the hire of The Reverend Migde Lucas of El Salvador to develop a new Hispanic Worshiping Community in Anne Arundel County. BAD and the Presbytery of Baltimore's Commission on Thriving Congregations have partnered to create a new Hispanic ministry in the Reformed tradition with a social justice-social service component. The ministry is part of a nationwide movement within our denomination to start 1001 Worshipping Communities - an effort to redirect our churches from an inward focus and membership maintenance to creative engagement with the larger world . Cont.