Fencing Stances at the Kids Summer Cafe
Volunteers are needed at the Family Cafe at Second Congregational Church every 2nd Wednesday of the month.
Help is greatly needed in with clean up in the kitchen and dining area between 6:00-7:30 pm.
The Family Cafe offers families with children 18 years and younger along with their family’s a free nutritious meal. Fun activities are available for the children while the parents have a chance to relax. If you love to help, and are 18 years or older please call 508.222.2933 for more information.
Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation (BCSCF), recently awarded a $6,000 grant to the Attleboro Area Council of Churches during a ceremony at the Bank’s Attleboro branch. Rabbi Elyse Wechterman accepted the award.
Pictured left to right (besides Rabbi Wechterman!) are: Edward Pariseau, Jr., Board Member, BCSCF; Sue Withers, Board Member, BCSCF; Patrick Murray, President & CEO, BCSB and President, BCSCF; and Dennis Kelly, Chairman, BCSCF.
A letter in response to the Charleston, SC tragedy from the Attleboro Area Council of Churches
As people of faith, we reach out in love to the people of Charleston, South Carolina, and especially to the families and friends of those senselessly slain while attending Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Our response goes beyond that of grief and compassion. We honor the lives of Rev. Clementa Pickney, pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Church and a South Carolina State Senator; Cynthia Hurd; Tywanza Sanders; Sharonda Singleton; Myra Thompson; Ethel Lance; Susie Jackson; the Rev. Daniel Simmons, Sr.; and DePayne Doctor. All nine lives taken as they were gathered in prayer and reflection in their house of worship. An attack against any people in the sacred space of a house of worship is an attack against all people of faith and good-will everywhere. As one Charleston resident is reported to have said, “We must love our way through this.”
We are reminded of this quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “…there are certain things in our nation and in the world to which I am proud to be maladjusted and which I hope all men of good‐will will be maladjusted until the good societies realize. I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation and discrimination. I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry. I never intend to adjust myself….. to self‐defeating effects of physical violence….”
May we always be maladjusted to acts of racism, hatred and violence. The accused has been apprehended, and it is now in the hands of our justice system to give him his day in court.
Meanwhile, we must go about the business of loving one another through this. We must help to heal the horrible rend this heinous crime has ripped into the fabric of our very nation. We must be about the difficult work of building communities of friendship, love and hope – to bring an end to the systemic racial tensions and hatred that is tearing our communities apart.
The Attleboro Area Council of Churches is an interfaith network of congregations dedicated to building greater cultural understanding among people of all faiths in our region. We rededicate ourselves to the work of community building among people of all faiths, all cultures, all races and all socio-economic backgrounds. There have been too many tragedies of this kind. We must love ourselves through this, so we can get to the other side of these kinds of senseless violent tragedies — if we are to build communities of love and justice for all God’s children, here on earth.
Please join clergy and members representing a variety of religious traditions for a service in memory of the nine victims of last weeks attack on the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
This service is sponsored by GAIN: The Greater Attleboro Interfaith Network and area clergy. Rev. Phillip Kutta of Grace Episcopal will be hosting. Light refreshment will be shared after the service.
Overflow parking is available at the Sperry-McHoul Funeral Parlor on Grove Street.
Service of Unity and Hope in Solidarity with Emmanuel AME Church
Wednesday, June 24, 7:00 pm
Grace Episcopal Church, 104 Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA
The Attleboro Area Council of Churches is inviting you to participate in the annual Attleboro Area Interfaith CROP HUNGER WALK on Sunday October 18, 2015 to step out to make a difference in the fight against hunger and poverty in our Attleboro area and worldwide.
Create a team and register online now at: http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/site/PageServer?pagename=crop_main. Register your team under Attleboro Area MA CROP Hunger Walk.
Would you like to work towards ending hunger in the U.S. and around the world? You may do this by collecting pledges and walking in our annual CROP Walk. The date for the walk will be Sunday October 18 at 1:30 p.m. with registration and banner contest at 12:30 p.m. We are hoping to walk a new three mile route for 2015, details to be published later.
Our goal is to raise $30,000, which will support the work of our local Food n’ Friends Kitchens (25%) and the national and worldwide work of Church World Service in reducing hunger and poverty (75%).
If you would like to register for the walk and do some on-line fundraising please visit our Attleboro Area Crop Walk Page on the Church World Service website. If you have any questions about the walk please contact the Councils’s office at 508-222-2933 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign up to walk!
Calling volunteers for the Kids Summer Cafe. Current opportunities are available to help with weekly pre-organized activities. Volunteer positions are open to anyone 18 years or older. If you enjoy working with children come and join our team.
Please see the flyer for more info.
The Kids Summer Café offers children of low-income families free lunches at Attleboro inner-city playgrounds during the summer. Many children who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year are at a high risk of hunger when school is out.
The following is a list of needed items to help feed the children in our local area. All donations are appreciated.
Whole Grain Cereal
Individual Oatmeal packets
1 gal. Waters
Individual Unsweetened Applesauce
1% Shelf milk
Individual wrapped desserts
Individually wrapped straws