Comunidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad
From the General Presbyter
June 27, 2019
Brothers and Sisters,
All around us, we are hearing news of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raiding homes of suspected undocumented immigrants and taking them into custody. The news outlets reported that the current US administration identified ten cities across the country for these raids: Baltimore is one of them. 
There are congregations and communities in our Presbytery deeply impacted by this policy. Members of these churches have served, worked and prayed alongside of those affected and may be seeking resources for those who find themselves seeking to support their immigrant neighbors. We would like to offer these resources listed at the bottom of the page.
Regardless of your political stance, I believe we all can affirm the words from our Book of Confessions: “We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community.” 
(From the Brief Statement of Faith, PCUSA Book of Confessions)
In these trying and uncertain times, may we remember to treat all people with dignity and respect, love as Jesus loved and foster communities free from fear promoting hope and justice.
Jackie Taylor
General Presbytery
Below you will find a few different resources that have been developed specifically to help congregations in their discernment and provision of immigrant support ministries. We know that congregations within Baltimore Presbytery have different levels of connection and relationship to immigrant members of their community. So if you have questions or need resources that aren’t included below, please feel free to contact Susan Krehbiel, It is never too late for you and your congregation to consider what you can do to learn more and to be better neighbors to our immigrant brothers and sisters.
Initial Thoughts
Talking about your immigration status is not always an easy thing, especially in our current climate. There can be a lot of fear, shame and even confusion about one’s own immigration status. For these reasons and more, most undocumented people live in the shadows and it is not uncommon for children to not know their parents’ status (or their own), much less friends, neighbors, pastors or fellow church members. 
When widespread threats are made against the immigrant community, they are not just felt by undocumented immigrants. Other immigrants, particularly persons of color or whose first language is other than English, can feel particularly vulnerable. You can’t tell someone’s immigration status by looking at them.  Indeed, large scale immigration raids often pick up people who are “legal” – lawful permanent residents, refugees, US citizens, who may be held for several days before they are released.
Please consider prayerfully how you might be able to support someone within your congregation or your community in a time of fear and uncertainty.
-Susan Krehbiel, Social Justice Consultant
Know Your Rights and Legal Services
1.     Basic Know Your Rights Instructions in English is available for download.
2.     Know Your Rights in other languages is available from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.
3.     Know Your Rights Workshop by Catholic Charities in Baltimore City, on June 30th at 9:30 a.m. flyer (in Spanish)
4.     List of Local Legal Service Providers in Baltimore Presbytery
PCUSA Resources
  1. General information about Presbyterian Church (USA) policies related to immigration
  2. A Family Care Plan helps parents organize important information about themselves and their family that may be needed in the event of detention, including how to make arrangements for the care of their children. Plan Familiar en Español.
  3. Some questions for immigrants to ponder when faced with potential detention or deportation.
  4. If you want to go deeper, read how one church in East Iowa developed a response to their immigrant neighbors which has grown into a whole new ministry, Iowa WINS

Comunidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad

CPT GARDEN PROJECT - NEEDED ITEMS & FARM PREP DAYS Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad has started a new, multi-acre farming project, just outside of Annapolis, designed to provide healthy, organic food and self-sufficiency to its member families.

It’s planting season, and they’re looking for a few folks to help work the farm THIS SATURDAY: volunteers will be preparing the land and planting some seeds/plants for a few hours. Come enjoy beautiful vistas at the finca, situated on a beautiful spot of land in St. Margarets. Rendezvous at 9 am at the WaWa off Exit 29a of route 50 on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, the finca project is also looking for donations of tools and organic fertilizers. Can you provide any of the needed items? Follow this
LINK to see what’s needed and sign up. 



We are in the season of Advent, a time of preparation. One way we can prepare is by being intentional with our holiday spending. Some of you may have finished your Christmas shopping; others may not have begun. Instead of focusing on procuring only material items this year, I would encourage you to try out an alternative gift, perhaps a donation to the Christmas Joy offering. This offering benefits not only PCUSA programs for current and retired PCUSA church workers and Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges, but also two local programs as well. This year, Comunidad Presbiteriana la Trinidad (CPT) and our Refugee Mentoring ministry will be the recipients of the funds you contribute.
Rev. Migde Lucas of CPT ministers to the Hispanic community members of Anne Arundel county with the goal of building a new PCUSA worshipping community directed at this underserved population. This community celebrated its one year anniversary this fall. The Solano family, whom we have been supporting, was connected to us by CPT. Laura Willoughby and Cheryl Schafer continue to coordinate the ongoing needs of the Solanos, especially their financial needs. The Christmas Joy funds will help us to meet our church’s portion of contributions that support CPT, about $1,250.
Koko, Rose, and Htet Htoo are a Burmese refugee family we’ve been mentoring in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Each week, members of the team spend two hours with the family, helping them with English and become more acclimated to the American culture. They even celebrated their first Thanksgiving this year at an IRC event. Funds from the Christmas Joy offering will help us continue to support our team’s activities and to meet our financial obligations to the IRC.
It's easy to give to the Christmas Joy offering. You may use the special envelopes that can be found throughout the sanctuary; designate "Christmas Joy" on your check; or donate securely through our website at (perfect to share with friends and family!).
Our goal is $4500 and as of this writing we’ve received just over $930. We can meet our goal with your help!

When you give to the Christmas Joy offering, you not only provide financial support to important programs, but you also take a step towards refocusing on what is really meaningful about Christmas. You may find yourself being able to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, & Love All (

Peace in Christ,
Christine Caufield-Noll
Mission Elder,
OUR FAMILY The Solano family needs our support. The Solano family is continuing to struggle making ends meet and providing enough food for the family. After they pay rent and bills at the beginning of the month, there isn't enough left for food. In addition, all it takes is one interruption to cause an even bigger hardship. For instance, last month, Bernabe fell and hit his head, and missed a week of work from the ensuing concussion (he is on the mend now). We have developed a plan that can help bridge these gaps and provide assistance in a more long-term, on-going way that provides dignity.
We are currently building up an emergency assistance fund for the family that could help them bridge the gaps whenever they do have the inevitable hardships occur, as well as assist them to buy fuel oil for the winter heating months. And, perhaps most importantly, we would like to provide grocery/gift cards that would allow them to buy fresh food, staples and even diapers for the baby without constantly have to ask for help.
We know the family could use $100 to $150 at the beginning of each month to bridge the gap, and we would like to provide an additional gift card or two in smaller increments during the rest of the month. Knowing there was a gift card for the beginning of the month would go far in easing their financial worry and stress.
Here's how you can help:
  • Write a check to the church or make an online donation and mark "Solano Assistance Fund" on it to go into the overarching emergency assistance fund
  • Drop off gift cards/ grocery store cards to Ark and Dove: there will be a steel lock box with a slot marked "Solano Family" on top of the printer in the admin office. If providing store-specific cards, best ones are Walmart, Shopper's Food and Aldi. General gift cards would allow the family to shop at the Hispanic food markets in town.
  • An additional request: We are looking for the donation of a half-sized cello for Rosemari, who is in the school orchestra She has a cello she uses at the school, but we would like to find one so she can practice at home as well. If you know any musicians, can you help us spread the word?
  • And coming soon: a Christmas Santa gift list for the family, to provide things they need, but do not yet have (warm-weather clothing, learning-oriented toys, gifts for the parents, etc).
If you have any additional questions--or ideas--about the Solano family and their particular situation, please feel free to ask Cheryl Shafer (csscas(at) or Laura Willoughby Perry (laura(at) Thank you for your ongoing support and love for this family.
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,
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
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 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

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 for more information. Thank you, Christine Caufield-Noll, Mission Elder, *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, 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 or 410-507-7129



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




* 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);




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.



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.