URGENT:  Readers and Candle Lighters Needed
We are looking for folks to light the Advent candles in worship each Sunday of December. This is a great opportunity for friends, a family, or 2-3 people to be a part of this special worship tradition together. We are also looking for several people to read during the Christmas Eve 9pm service. Please let Pastor Liz know if you are interested and available for either of these opportunities.


CALENDAR
Wednesday, Nov. 28
6:00 p.m.: Dinner, Homemade Soup!
7:00 p.m.: Program, Edgewood faith community nurse, Leah Cohen MSN, RN 
Leah will present an open discussion on advanced care planning. Advance care planning is the process that lets individuals make plans about their future health care. An Advance Care plan provides direction to families and healthcare professionals when a person is unable to make decisions or communicate their own health care wishes. Come learn how to make your wishes known. 

THURSDAY, November 29
9:00 a.m. Coral Gables Breakfast (moved from last Thursday)
 
JOYS AND CONCERNS CARDS
Prayers for Jean Brickman that she will be accepted into a clinical trial at U of M to treat her leukemia, which is no longer responding well to chemotherapy.  Submitted by Pam Sisson

 
Individual Action Needed before December 10th - Help Immigrant Families
A change to the Public Charge Rule proposed by the US Department of Homeland Security will make it much more difficult for low-income immigrant families to get permanent resident status.  Before this rule becomes final, the administration must by law review and respond to every unique public comment received. Edgewood as a congregation has sent a comment, but our individual comments are still needed.
 
Three ways to learn more about the issue and writing a comment:
1.   CLICK HERE for links to materials to help people write public comments about the change to the "Public Charge" rule.
2.  After Church on Sunday, December 2, 11:15-12:00, take 45 minutes in the Community Room  to  learn more and consider what you might do.  If you can't stay, stop by and take written information.
3.  What Would Jesus Comment? Public Charge Informational Meeting on Sunday, December 2nd from 1:30-2:30, at Cristo Rey Parish, 201 West Miller Rd., Lansing, MI.
 
You can make a difference.

 
 
START READING NOW!
RACIAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE
ALL CHURCH BOOK READ & DISCUSSION
It's a very short book and not too late for someone to start reading!
   Wednesday, December 5, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Community Room
Join us in reading I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness  by Austin Channing Brown. The book is available at your local libraries and bookstores (call ahead), online purchases,  and RJTF members can share their personal copies! Please contact Diane Thompson,  localfoodadvocate@gmail.com for details. The RJTF has given careful thought in recommending this book; we hope you will make time in your busy lives to read, reflect and discuss! Austin Channing Brown, will be coming to Edgewood for a workshop in March 2019.
 

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Erica Schmittdiel will be our guest speaker for the evening program. Erica is the MSU Safe Place CARE Advocacy Coordinator. In her position she provides direct support for victims of domestic violence and stalking.   Safe Place is located on the campus of MSU and serves students, faculty, staff, and non- affiliated members of the Greater Lansing Area. MSU Safe Place is a program that addresses relationship violence through community education, outreach efforts, expert witness training, professional training, and consultation. We hope you will be able to join us.

 
Warm Hats, Gloves and Mittens Needed
As you may have read, the Lansing homeless shelters are full. The Lansing City Rescue Mission currently houses 80 men and 85 women and children.  We can help by donating men's, women's and children's hats and gloves.  Please place your purchases in the service bin in the church hallway during the month of December.  Thank you.  The Outreach and Mission Team. 

Heifer International
Looking for a gift for someone who has everything or a thoughtful gift for your children?  Through the Heifer Project you can purchase an animal that will be sent to help poor families around the world.  Christmas cards are also available to explain that you've sent a Heifer gift in honor of this person.  Animal gifts begin as low as $10.  Stop by the Heifer table in the social hall during the month of December.  Outreach and Mission Team.  
 
Thanksgiving Basket Project
The Hunger Task Force thanks all who donated money, purchased food, packed the baskets, and/or delivered them.  If you purchased food, please submit your expenses -- even if you did not ask for reimbursement. Forms can be left in the main office.

CHECK IT OUT!
Are you having an event, meeting, or special occasion at Edgewood?  Let us know so our staff can help publicize it via social media & Edgewood's website, and reserve it on the church calendar!  All you need to do is send us the (Who, What, When, Where, and brief description) of your event, meeting, or special occasion to: publicity@edgewooducc.org.  For the Edgewood Communication Vehicle & Deadline Sheet  CLICK HERE !

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