It feels like one of those weeks where I am really seeing the whole “Loving Your Neighborhood” mission being made real. First, I’m pleased to share with all of you that I have been selected to serve on the Lawrence Special Education Advisory Committee which is composed of parents of special needs kids. L-SEAC works with the school district to help the roughly 1,000 families of children with IEP’s and other special needs thrive in their schools. One of the many ways this happens is by informing families about resources in the community, and I was glad to be able to share Trinity’s “Alphabet Soup Parent’s Group” with the other members of the committee. The group will hopefully soon be featured on USD 497’s resource webpage.
I’m continuing to chat with the leadership at the Lawrence Community Shelter about how we can enhance the services they provide. Speaking of housing issues, this would be a great chance to talk about Family Promise. Theoretically Trinity Church is a participant in Family Promise, which provides transitional housing for families with children, but in fact our volunteer pool is rather small, and most of our efforts are done through St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, which actually provides the facility for the families in their parish hall. Right now there is a sign-up display in our parish hall about Family Promise, so please take a look.
Finally, I have a great meeting recently with representatives from Willow Domestic Violence Center and the Lawrence Anti-Trafficking Taskforce and Education Association (LATTE). They are seeking out churches in Lawrence because so often we are on the “front lines” of the human trafficking conflict, either by having people seek us out for assistance, or by predators skulking around our outreach programs looking for vulnerable individuals. I’m hoping to be able to schedule some training seminars to increase our own awareness of this issue soon.
As a church, we strive to be a place where the Lord can do work not only in our lives, but in the lives of the people around us. We seek to hold our actions, and our values, in front of God to be shaped and molded in the image of love, and I hope we can continue to explore ways for that to be a reality here in this community.
Yours in Christ,