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 15, 2018 NUMC and its partners will host our annual MLK Service Day. Beginning at NUMC, 1190 Western Avenue in Northbrook, we will participate in a service and then move on to projects in the building as well as in the community. Below are the projects we are offering with all the pertinent information as well as sign up link.
Bernie’s Book Bank: Facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infats, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. Volunteer from 9:15 to 11:30. Located at 917 North Shore Drive, Lake Bluff. 847-780-7323
The Boulevard: Provides a healing environment and resources to help ill and injured homeless adults restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self-sufficiency.
Maximim group is 8 and you must be at least 14 years of age. You will cook and serve a meal and play bingo with the residents.
Leave church and carpool at 8:30 am, returning to church by 2:00 pm. Located at 3456 W. Franklin Blvd, Chicago. Phone 773-533-6013.
Wings Warehouse collects and sorts clothing for their retail stores that serve those in need. Here you will be sorting clothing and children must be 10 years old. Between 10 and 13 requires an adult be with them. Work as many hours as you like from 9 am to 5 pm. Located at 1265 Oakton Street, Elk Grove Village.
Feed My Starving Children provides meals for malnourished children in third world countries. We can take up to 40 people who will pack meals. This is fast paced, family friendly and team oriented. Minimum age of 5 and please, no jewelry. Individuals with specific foor allergies may not be able to work here.
Work from 2:20 to 4:30 at 1072 National Parkway, Schaumburg, 847-519-9614.
PROJECTS AT NUMC
Dog treats: Providing healthy treats for dogs at Orphans of the Storm. We will use dough for dog biscuits, rolling it out, cutting it with cookie cutters and baking them. This is lots of fun for all ages and fills up fast. We can take up to 25.
Military Bracelets: We will make survival bracelets for the military using Paracord. We will be weaving to make bracelets. Most appropriate for ages 9 and older. We can take up to 10.
Place-mats for Meals-on-Wheels: Decorate place-mats for local elderly to brighten up their meals. Activity is coloring and decorating and we can take up to 20.
Project Linus: We will make blankets for critically ill children. This activity includes cutting and tying fleece fabric into knots. We can take up to 20 and request that you bring a sharp pair of scissors to use. (please label with your name)
Love and Peace Project: We will be painting flower pots and planting tulip bulbs for delivery to people in our community later in the spring.
Baskets for Mary Lou’s Place: We will fill gift baskets and write cards for residents at Mary Lou’s Place, a battered women’s shelter in Evanston.
Community Art Creation: With the guidance of a local artist, we will all have a chance to participate in creating an outdoor art piece that will rotate out to participating churches for display. All ages are welcome, you only need to know how to color with a crayon.
A local Cub Scout Troop will be making lunches for The Night Ministry. They are providing all the volunteers and the funding for this project.
If you wish to make a donation to one of these places, please see the list below.
The Boulevard: NEW items for homeless adult men and women for bingo prizes – gloves, hats, sweatshirts, warm socks, toiletries.
Bernie’s Book Bank and Bookfriends: new or gently used books
The Night Ministry: toiletries