On Sunday, October 1, our congregation will join with our sisters and brothers in Christ across the country and around the world celebrating the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ who fed the hungry, walked with the poor, healed the sick, welcomed the strangers, spoke truth to power, and modeled how to love and live in peace with our neighbor.
In the Communion Service, we will highlight the Presbyterian Peace and Global Witness Offering and receive contributions to the Peacemaking Program and our Global Mission partners around the world. A total of 65.3 million people worldwide, the highest ever recorded, mostly women and children, have fled their homes to escape violence and economic, political, and religious persecution. Our gifts help provide relief, shelter, and safety. This year, the 25% collected in our offering to be used locally will be given to the Long Island Council of Churches Multi-Faith Forum which encourages dialog between people of diverse faiths on Long Island.
After the service, we will meet in the Fellowship Hall during the Coffee Hour to take part in the Bread for the World Offering of Letters to our New York Congressional legislators and to visit the Bread for Bread table with homemade loaves of bread to buy and share with our family and friends.
The 2017 Bread for the World Offering of Letters focuses on the proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2018 that includes steep cuts to domestic and international programs that serve poor and hungry people. The cuts include $1.7 million including SNAP (formerly food stamps), Medicaid, and refundable tax credits for low income American working families and the elimination of the International Food for Peace, which funds emergency food aid and development programs in countries suffering poverty, famine, and disasters around the world.
The 2017 Bread for Bread sale proceeds will be sent to the Bread for the World inspired Charlotte Cheatham Hunger Relief Fund to provide needed supplies to local food pantries across Long Island. Their July 14, 2017 grant was given to food pantries in three divisions of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness including dedicated programs for homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. We invite everyone to roll up their sleeves and bake loaves of bread or favorite homemade cookies, cakes, cupcakes, or muffins, to bring them to the Fellowship Hall before the 9:30 service and place them on the Bake-In table.
Thank you for sharing your bread, your concern, and your faith.