Dear SCAPC Community,
Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing humanitarian crisis there, and as refugees seek shelter in Europe, we want to be supportive of these efforts in and through this congregation and beyond. Our church has an ongoing partnership with Bob Gamble, Executive Director of This Child Here that seeks to support vulnerable youth and children in the Ukraine. We hope to have Bob come and visit SCAPC soon or join us for Zoom conversation, but in the meantime he reminds us that because of this war, he has added an additional line in his budget to support families in need for food, travel, medicine, and other needs. All funds given go directly to the person or family. No funds will be used for military purposes. This additional effort is called ‘Give2Ukraine’ and Bob asks to write that on any check, email, or paypal donation.
In addition, part of being an ecumenical and connectional church has always been a commitment held by the Presbyterian faith, meaning that we have ecumenical church partners on the front lines of this crisis who are already providing food, offering temporary shelter, and making plans to care for refugees. Presbyterian Disaster Relief is providing funding to partners in central and Eastern Europe who are already on the ground carrying out this important work. To give directly to this work you may do so by clicking here or by writing a check to SCAPC and marking it DR000156—PCUSA International Refugee Programs.
Watching these events unfold is both heartbreaking and can make us all feel helpless in the face of brutality and lack of concern for human life. We will continue to explore other ways to support the people of Ukraine and those who need shelter and care in the midst of this needless war. In the meantime, we encourage you to support these efforts that will provide support and relief over the long haul of whatever is to come next.
--SCAPC Ministry Staff