Service and Missions
We—Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors and the entire Justice for Our Neighbors network—are extremely dismayed by President Trump’s cruel decision to revoke Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the entire Trump Administration, announced yesterday morning that he will end DACA by March 5th, 2018, essentially giving Congress six months to take action on DACA and pass legislation.
This decision will not only affect the 800,000 young people currently with DACA status, but many more DACA-eligible people whose applications filed after today will not be considered.
DACA recipients are not only our clients, but our board members, staff, partners, friends, and family. Our future is intertwined with theirs, our country and lives enriched by their many contributions. We stand in full solidarity with immigrants and our allies and will lift our voices unequivocally in opposition to this decision and in full support of the Dream Act of 2017.
In the meantime, our attorneys will identify any other avenues of relief for clients with DACA and help these individuals to apply for immigration benefits. We will stand together and fight for justice!
Here is what you can do now:
Call your Representatives.
Tell Congress to enact the Dream Act of 2017 and protect immigrant youth. Use this call-in script and information provided by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.
Support the work of NIJFON.
We have 112 DACA clients whom we will help renew their work permits, if they are eligible and pursue other avenues of relief where possible. Please donate
Each of us is called by God to be God’s hands and feet out in our communities sharing love with our neighbors, especially those in need. At Northbrook UMC we strive to find ways to glorify God through our service with others.
We have much to celebrate as we reflect on our active missions ministry at NUMC. Several of our members serve regularly at Feed My Starving Children, Hilda’s Place Soup Kitchen, Connections for the Homeless clothing closet, Interfaith House, Inspiration Cafe, and Bernie’s Book Bank. Several others tutor, serve on non-profit boards and participate in civic organizations like Rotary. We at Northbrook UMC enjoy using our gifts and passions to serve others.
The focus for our Missions Program at NUMC is to be hands-on and engage as much as possible directly with the people were are supporting. We also combine with our North Shore Missions Cluster Group made up of 3 other United Methodist Churches to be able to do larger scope projects such as our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day.
Martin Luther King Day
January 15, 2018
On January 16, 2017 NUMC and its partners hosted our annual MLK Service Day. Beginning at NUMC, 1190 Western Avenue in Northbrook, we had close to 180 people participate in a service and then move on to projects in the building as well as in the community. Projects at church include making dog treats, military bracelets, place mats, blankets, health kits and gift baskets. Out in the community projects include Gidwitz Place, Feed My Starving Children, Wings Warehouse, Wings retail store, The Boulevard and Bernie’s Book Bank as well as a day full of projects at the Northbrook Public Library.
If you are interested in Missions projects, call the church office at 847-272-2442 or email Sharon Noha at firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch for postings for the 2018 MLK day events and sign up early.