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Our Shared Offering for September 18 will go to Capitol Area CASA Association – CASA is Court Appointed Advocates for Children. Children need to do more than simply survive. They deserve to thrive in the safety and love of a family. However, some children have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care due to abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents or caregivers. CASA volunteers provide a voice, serving as advocates who speak up for the best interests of children in the foster care system. Capital Area CASA needs volunteers in order to continue serving every child in East Baton Rouge Parish who needs a voice. For more information, call (225) 379-8598 or email volunteer@casabr.org. Capital Area CASA Association 848 Louisiana Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Phone: 225-379-8598 Fax: 225-379-3362 Email: info@casabr.org.

 Mark this date on your calendar: TBR is having a Delegates Assembly, September 22nd. Location to be announced. We would like as many of our member to attend as possible. A big part of what can be done is being present.  Bobby Thompson, Social Justice Director, September 1, 2016

 

    The generous response to the appeal for cleaning materials helped the Weekday Warriors and Weekend Warriors in their efforts to help in the cleanup of our members whose homes were flooded.  Many thanks to all who made donations to the short-notice appeal, and to all the Warriors and volunteers who sprung into action to help their fellow congregants through this first step on the road to recovery, as members and Warriors move to the work of repair and renovation of homes.

 

     Because of the recent flooding at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank's warehouse, our service project scheduled for September 25 has been cancelled until repairs to the warehouse are completed. The flooding damaged 500,000 pounds of food that had to be destroyed, making the appeals for stapled food items even more urgent as the number of families and individuals who rely on the Food Bank is substantially increased during the current crisis.  We can help by filling the Food Cart with our donations of staple items like peanut butter, jelly and jam, canned items like green beans and other vegetables, red beans, tuna, and similar canned items; and packaged items like rice, pasta, beans, cereals, crackers, flour, baking mixes, and ready-to eat snacks like peanut butter or cheese and crackers.  Many thanks for your usual generosity as we assist the Food Bank during this critical time.

 

      Our attention has been drawn in many directions following the historic floods of 2016 as our members have reached out in countless ways in response to the many needs.  In addition to assisting fellow congregants, our members have volunteered at shelters, with the Red Cross, Together Baton Rouge, and in places and ways known only to those who helped wherever the needs existed.  Even so, some of these same individuals signed on to fill the needed number of servers for our week of service at the Holy Grill from August 29 to September 2.  Ours is indeed "The Church That Shows Up!"  You don't expect it, but boundless thanks to all volunteers for showing up whenever and wherever needed.

 

      The Annual Prayer Breakfast sponsored by Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will take place on Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 at Boudreaux's.   Part of the $20.00 ticket cost cover the Federations' programs, including the Holy Grill lunch time meal and Kids' Cafe, an after school program, both  in the Zion City community of North Baton Rouge.  See Becky Cureau or email rcureau@cox.net for your ticket to be part of our usual large number of UCBR attendees who join more than two hundred members of the community at this event that focuses on peace and goodwill in our community.    Becky Cureau, Outreach Director, September 1, 2016