February at FISH
There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex during January. Any help you can give is appreciated. If you have any questions, you may call Betsy Luckam at 253-1919.
Dear People of St. Martin’s
During the month of February, St. Martin’s sends volunteers to work at FISH, an emergency food and clothing resource for those in need in the Williamsburg-James City area. (This organization is run completely by volunteers.) The volunteers check and size clothing to be ready for FISH clients. The hours for working are 9 a.m. to 12 noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each Tuesday of the month. You may choose your time and work as much is convenient for you. It is a chance to get to know some of your fellow parishioners and help the community.
Dear People of St. Martin’s
January is the month to familiarize ourselves with the work of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. The Diocese of Southern Virginia and our parish belong to this organization that does well- informed public policy work on behalf of politically weak and marginalized Virginians. Two ways to learn about the organization and the issues are to 1) check out their website http://www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org/ and click on the issues links, the blog, and the newsroom link, and 2) participate in the Annual Day for All People described below. We would like to send a group from St Martin’s to this informative gathering on January 18th. If you are interested in knowing more about it or attending, please contact Rev. Rickey Richard@stmartinswmbg.org or 757-561-0133 or Diane Langhorst at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-258-0922.
VIRGINIA INTERFAITH CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY
Our Vision and Mission: The Virginia Interfaith Center empowers Virginians to create social justice for all by advocating for systemic change. We envision a world where people of all faiths cooperate to create compassionate communities that are just, peaceful, equitable and sustainable. The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy is Virginia’s oldest faith-based advocacy group. We're a nonpartisan coalition of faith communities working to create change through advancing progressive public policy. We engage people of faith, and educate the public about social issues, the legislative process and the call to advocacy.
The Annual Day for All People: The Annual Day for All People on Tuesday, January 18, offers an advocacy experience at the General Assembly for social justice minded Virginians of all creeds. Our presence at the Capitol conveys the seriousness with which we take issues of justice and makes an impact with legislators. We start with coffee and bagels at 8 a.m. at the Virginia Holocaust Museum; hear a brief context-setting welcome and overview from special guests, break into briefing groups then head to the General Assembly to engage in impactful citizen lobbying. After we're introduced from the floors of both houses of the legislature, we return to the Holocaust Museum for lunch, a keynote address and session debriefing. Join us! And make your voice heard!