Welcome to Christ Lutheran e-news, a weekly electronic newsletter which highlights programs and activities of our congregation. Feel free to .

At long last, the minibus is on its way to El Paso! Although the COVID-19 pandemic has put many of Cristo Rey's activities on hold, the vehicle may still be used for delivering food to folks who, due to immigration status, are ineligible for the economic relief offered by our government, and once the pandemic eases, it will be more important than ever to have a vehicle that permits physical distancing for riders.

Thanks to everyone who worked long and hard, and contributed so generously, to this project!

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
I hope you'll plan to join us on Thursday, July 30 at 7:30 pm for a Spiritual Sing via ZOOM.  Ross Petot's jazz trio will lead the music joined by some of our CLC singers for a program of African-American spirituals that you can sing and tap and clap along with!  

The program opens with "This little light of mine," a gospel song popularized in 1920 for children.  It later became a protest song in the civil rights movement and served as an anchor in the face of violence for the marchers.  The NPR show All Things Considered offered a wonderful show specifically on this song as part of its American Anthem Series a few years ago.  

Adult Formation

Book Group

This month's book group selection isn't exactly one aimed at spiritual or intellectual g rowth , but perhaps for the occasional disengagement necessary for both! The group will be reading what some call "beach chair" books: something light or humorous. The next virtual get-together will be July 27 at 7:30. Contact Marianne Swenson for an invitation:  mswenson10@comcast.net

Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Video Introduction to White Privilege: As we grapple as a country with the reality of systemic racism, The United Methodist has produced a 20-minute video with Dr. Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility, offering a clear and concise explanation of white privilege and how to dismantle it, and accompanied by resources for prayer and questions for discussion or reflection. 

You are encouraged to view it on your own, or with others in your household, and engage with the questions. Access the video and resources here:  https://www.gcorr.org/video/vital-conversations-racism-dr-robin-diangelo/#tab-discussion .
Call to Action

On June 15 the Trump Administration proposed an alarming new rule that will rewrite our asylum laws and completely gut protections for people fleeing life-threatening persecution.
This rule will be a death sentence for thousands of asylum seekers. It will also make it incredibly difficult for a future president to reverse the profound damage the Trump Administration has caused in its first term.
We need everyone speak out and  submit a public comment  opposing the rule by 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, July 15.
Your voice matters. The Trump Administration will be required to consider and respond to every  individualized comment  that is submitted. The more unique comments they receive, the longer it will take them to finalize the rule and begin using it to deny asylum cases and deport refugees.

Your voice matters. The Trump Administration will be required to consider and respond to every  individualized comment  that is submitted. The more unique comments they receive, the longer it will take them to finalize the rule and begin using it to deny asylum cases and deport refugees.

Over the past three years, the current administration has attacked our refugee protection system from every angle, working at breakneck speed to place one obstacle after another in front of asylum seekers.
They have rejected longstanding legal precedents on matters as basic as the very definition of a refugee, making it  nearly impossible  for people fleeing deadly domestic violence or gang brutality to find protection.
They have all but  shut down  asylum processing at our southern border, trapping tens of thousands of asylum seekers in extremely dangerous conditions.
This new rule will codify these hateful policies and more in a single, vast federal regulation that will completely dismantle our asylum system.

It is vital that as many people as possible speak out against the proposed rule.  If the Administration is flooded with comments from our communities, it will take longer for them to put the rule into action.
The government will accept comments only until July 15, 2020.  Your comment does not need to be long, but in order for it to be considered it must be in your own words.
Speak from personal experience if you can - as an advocate, as an asylee, or as a concerned community member Perhaps your family came to this country seeking protection, or you know friends or neighbors who have benefited from our asylum system. Make your voice heard!

Policing reform
In June, the House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, including votes from three Republican members of Congress. This legislation included most of the recommendations suggested in a letter to Congress from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which the ELCA signed
. The bill has currently stalled in the Senate, but advocates can still encourage lawmakers to pass important policies that would help improve just policing in our communities through the  ELCA Action Center
Looking Ahead

CLC has for several years hosted the Lutheran World Relief "ingathering" of quilts, health kits, school kits, and the like. The truck had been scheduled to arrive on May 17, but had to be delayed due to the pandemic. Watch for a new date, likely in August or September, and if your health permits, plan to volunteer to staff it for an hour or two. COVID-19 protocols will be observed. 

READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - 7 th  Sunday after Pentecost

July 19, 2020

The parable we hear this coming Sunday is about a field in which both wheat and weeds are growing-which is a way to describe the church, the world, and even ourselves. Come to worship, so that hearing the word and eating the supper of the Lord can nourish your "wheat" and stifle your "weeds."

                  First Reading                      Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
                    Isaiah 44:6-8
                Psalm 86:11-17                
Romans 8:12-25         
Sing For Joy
Enhance your understanding of the weekly scripture readings by listening to Sing For Joy  from St. Olaf College.  The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College , has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.
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