A Pastoral Letter from Harry Foockle, President of the International Council of Community Churches:
 
TO:    THE PEOPLE, CHURCHES AND MINISTRIES OF THE ICCC.

 

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. My prayer is for you to receive mercy and blessings from God for your local church, your family and you as well. Let me personally thank you for your gifts and support of our ICCC. Your presence of love, gratitude and giving sustain the ministry of the ICCC. I believe we are a movement sorely needed today. Every day we wake up to a world of violence and rancor. Resolution of conflict is often found in the pulling of a gun and shooting of another human person. Not far from where I grew up, another shooting has taken place (Odessa & Midland, Texas). Senseless killing of human lives and wounding of others and once again a young child. Lately, here in Kansas City, Missouri we mourn the loss of young lives. Teenagers who have access to guns and who resolve their issues by shooting each other. Our world is plagued by violence, killing and racial injustice. We cannot agree on the issues surrounding sexual orientation. Of course, there is the ongoing debate, with no or little resolution over immigration. We witness those with ideas that pull us apart. They separate us into opposing groups rather than unite us into acceptance of our differences. But, it is not all doom and gloom. We have our ICCC. I believe we are needed today as much as we were in the 1950’s. We are the religious offspring of a movement unlike any others in our lifetime. We are living examples of how “right” and “needed” this ICCC movement is and continues to be. We are living proof that we can live and work together.  Sure we have our differences, but at the end of the day we come together with love and care for one another. Our ICCC provides us with resources to use for ministry in our local church communities. We come home from Annual Conference with hopeful ideas and workable gifts to carry out our Lord’s ministry. But we cannot sustain our ICCC without your support. That’s why I believe our last Business session at the recent Jacksonville Conference reaffirmed the $1000.00 membership fee/dues. I prefer to call it a membership gift of love. Therefore, I write to thank you for your support. We all know it is a struggle for some, while others make the $1000.00 figure with effort. We are also blessed with those who support the ICCC above and beyond the minimum figure of $1000.00. I personally see it as a heart issue. How important is the ICCC to you, to your church and as a living example to a world that needs our vision?  I ask you to join me today looking into the eyes of Jesus and hear him say to each of us:                                  
  “Give and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed    
                                 Down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your         
                            Lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”                                                                                                                                   (Luke 6:38)
 
God gave Jesus, pressed down on the Cross of Calvary. The running over of His blood was the measure of God’s love for all of us. God gave all there was to give. Can we not do the same? Give our gifts of support and let God’s redeeming and reconciling love bless our churches, communities and world. We are making a difference by your continued support of the ICCC.
God Bless you,
President
 
 
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The ICCC has 6 Regions, and each will soon have their own Facebook Group.  Keep up to date with your regions news and activities! 
Eastern Zone, Region A (Regional Trustee Doris Marsicak)
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Eastern Zone, Region C  (Regional Trustee Rev. Bruce Jones)
Central Zone, Region A (Regional Trustee Rev. Sharyon Cosey)
Central Zone, Region B (Regional Trustee Janet Burch)
Central Zone, Region C (Regional Trustee Elder Glenn Clay)
Western Zone, Region A (Regional Trustee Charles Addison)
Western Zone, Region B (Regional Trustee Chaplain Ken Young)
 
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with the support of the ICCC and others, has released the following:
 

FAITH LEADER STATEMENT ON FAMILY SEPARATION 

Recently, the Administration announced that it will begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. As religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, united in our concern for the well being of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives, we are deeply disappointed and pained to hear this news. 

We affirm the family as a foundational societal structure to support human community and understand the household as an estate blessed by God. The security of the family provides critical mental, physical and emotional support to the development and well being of children. Our congregations and agencies serve many migrant families that have recently arrived in the United States. Leaving their communities is often the only option they have to provide safety for their children and protect them from harm. Tearing children away from parents who have made a dangerous journey to provide a safe and sufficient life for them is unnecessarily cruel and detrimental to the well-being of parents and children.  

As we continue to serve and love our neighbor, we pray for the children and families that will suffer due to this policy and urge the Administration to stop their policy of separating families.  

His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Diocesan Legate and Director of the Ecumenical Office, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

Mr. Azhar Azeez, President, Islamic Society of North America

The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, PA, Chair, Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Affairs

Senior Bishop George E. Battle, Jr., Presiding Prelate, Piedmont Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Bishop H. Kenneth Carter, Jr., President, Council of Bishops, The United Methodist Church

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop, Episcopal Church (United States)

The Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister & President, United Church of Christ

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Rev. David Guthrie, President, Provincial Elders’ Conference, Moravian Church Southern Province

Mr. Glen Guyton, Executive Director, Mennonite Church USA

The Rev. Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism

Mr. Anwar Khan, President, Islamic Relief USA

The Rev. Dr. Betsy Miller, President, Provincial Elders’ Conference, Moravian Church Northern Province

The Rev. Dr.  J. Herbert Nelson II, Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

The Rev. Don Poest, Interim General Secretary, The Rev. Eddy Alemán, Candidate for General Secretary, Reformed Church in America

Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick III, Presiding Bishop, The Eighth Episcopal District, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

The Rev. Phil Tom, Executive Director, International Council of Community Churches

cuic-logoChurches Uniting in Christ, a gathering of 11 communions in a covenantal relationship, affirm and support the dignity of all people and to the care for the gift of the earth that God has entrusted to us.  It is, for this reason, we join with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the dozens of tribes standing in support of their efforts to protect their sovereignty, water, culture, a way of life, and their sacred sites.

To view the entire statement, recently signed by Abraham Wright, ICCC Secretary and other ICCC officers, click here.
 
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“I hope we can all reach out to member communions in Greenville, MS and offer our prayers, our resources and our buildings, if necessary.” – Vince Gonzalez, CUIC
 
For information, click here.
 

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Do you pay for all your “things” online?  Why not make your donations electronically as well?
 
 
We want our members to contribute when and how they want.  The ICCC offers an electronic giving option… Give by Text, as a convenient alternative to checks or cash.
 
 
In less time than it takes to write a check, you can make weekly offerings or respond to special appeals by simply sending a text message from your smartphone.  Sign up today and be liberated from your checkbook!
 
 
Simply send a text to 815-506-9017 with the amount you would like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount. Example: $25. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email.
 
 
 
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      Direct Thrivent Choice Dollars®.

GIVE THANKS.
During this special time of year, we pause to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. Family, friends, faith …

We are pleased to announce that the ICCC has recently been accepted into the Thrivent Choice program. 
One way eligible Thrivent Financial members can show their thanks is by directing Choice Dollars to the ICCC. If you’re a Thrivent member who has designated Choice Dollars

®, please take this opportunity to recommend where Thrivent distributes some of its charitable grant funds by directing them to the ICCC.  Thrivent Choice grant funding will be used for Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations, and for our three missions: Agape, Creating Community, and Feeding the Hungry. 

To learn more about Thrivent Choice, visit Thrivent.com/thriventchoice.  Or call Thrivent at 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” when prompted.

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Please support the ICCC today and get shopping!  Go to https://smile.amazon.com and select the ICCC as your charitable organization.