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On July 24, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth were among the more than 300 faith-based organizations represented by a letter delivered to President Barack Obama and members of Congress urging protection, care and legal counsel for the thousands of Central American children who have fled escalating violence, conflict and exploitation in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Forty national faith organizations alongside 269 regional and local groups from 42 states wrote:

“We strongly object to proposals to detain families with children and any move to roll back the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) in order to effect expeditious deportations. Forcibly and hurriedly returning people in need of international protection back to the dangerous situations they fled without adequate due process would undermine our obligations under international law and our position as a global humanitarian leader and would be a moral disgrace.”

The letter articulates clear policy recommendations for Congress and the Administration and calls for:

· Strengthening the humanitarian response in the United States.

· Legal counsel for all unaccompanied children.

· No roll backs to the provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 relating to unaccompanied children.

· Cost-effective community-based alternatives to detention.

· Adequate services for children, refugees and all groups under the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

In addition, the faith groups urge that the U.S. government must also address the root causes of the crisis faced by children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The letter calls for increased regional programs to reduce poverty, lack of opportunity and violence so that children and families can live free from fear in their home countries.

This letter follows a petition on unaccompanied children now signed by more than 4,400 people of faith that was hand-delivered to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
- From Therese Horvat, communications director, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth

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All Saints Catholic parish is planning a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 in St. Cyril’s Hall, 44 N. Mill St. Donations are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

Edwardsville United Methodist Church second Saturday supper on Saturday, Aug. 9, will consist of traditional picnic foods. Donations of $8 for adults and $3 for children are requested. The church is at 302 N. Fourth St, Edwardsville,

Judson Baptist Church, 8300 State Ave., plans a picnic Sunday, Aug. 3, at the fellowship hall.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

The Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Parkway Baptist Church classrooms, 12320 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

St. Patrick’s CYO will benefit from the annual John Beggs Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Painted Hills Golf Course, 71st and Parallel Parkway. Entry fee is $95 per person, including lunch and dinner. Pre-registration may be made to 913-645-5840. A marriage enrichment class will begin Wednesday, Aug. 6, at St. Patrick Catholic Church social hall, 94th and State Avenue. Classes will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27. Dinner will be provided at 5:30 p.m. The classes are in a relaxed small-group atmosphere where topics such as problem solving, decision making, communication, hidden issues and commitment may be discussed. Trained facilitators will lead the class. The class is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Pre-registration is necessary to www.KansasLoveLetters.com or 913-906-8925.

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All Saints Catholic parish is planning a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 in St. Cyril’s Hall, 44 N. Mill St. Donations are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

Members of Christ the King Catholic Church, 3024 N. 53rd St., are collecting nonperishable food items for the food pantry at Catholic Charities.

Grinter Chapel Methodist Church, 7819 Swartz Road, is planning an ice cream social from 1 to 4 p.m. July 19. Ice cream, a cookie or a brownie will be served. A donation of $4 for adults and $2 for children 10 and younger will be requested.

Judson Baptist Church,
8300 State Ave., plans a picnic Sunday, Aug. 3, at the fellowship hall.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

The Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City will hold a blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Parkway Baptist Church classrooms, 12320 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, is planning a rummage sale 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 16-18, and 9 a.m. to noon July 19. The sale may include clothing, household items and tools. Movie night is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in the Cole Activity Center. Those attending may bring a lawn chair. A nursery is provided.

St. Patrick’s CYO will benefit from the annual John Beggs Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Painted Hills Golf Course, 71st and Parallel Parkway. Entry fee is $95 per person, including lunch and dinner. Pre-registration may be made to 913-645-5840.

An honorary street name has been approved for the Rev. L.D. Sipple of Timothy Baptist Church. The street name was approved recently by the Unified Government Commission. Garfield Avenue from 22nd Street to 24th Street will be named after the pastor of Timothy Baptist Church. The request to change the name of the street was made by church members. According to church members, Sipple has a church at 2248 Garfield, which he remodeled. He owned several other properties in the neighborhood, and renovated them.

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