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Fall Gathering, Saturday October 20
at Valley Community Presbyterian Church, Portland
8060 SW Brentwood St.

"Becoming the Beloved Community: people of faith working toward eradicating racism" 
John 7:24 "Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment."

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Cost: $10, includes lunch. Price after October 15 and at door $15.

Send completed form and check(s) made out to Cascades Presbyterian Women to
Mary Lou Williams, 14601 NW 26th Ave,  Vancouver WA 98685 (360-576-5364)
By October 15, 2018

Presbyterian Woman and friends (thousands of them) come to aid of towns in Puerto Rico

Forty-six-year-old Lara Richardson spent her high school years in Puerto Rico while her dad was in the Coast Guard. Hurting from the knowledge that her friends in Puerto Rico were suffering following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Lara led an effort to fly into a somewhat forgotten town in Puerto Rico with 18,000 pounds of supplies on September 29, 2017.

Operation Puerto Rico Care-Lift began, Lara says, with one email asking friends to help people in Puerto Rico, one small charter plane (a flight that fell through), and a $10,000 goal on GoFundMe. She turned to Spirit Airlines, who agreed to take the supplies to Aguadilla. To date, there have been 12 relief flights. 

On October 9, Lara wrote on her GoFundMe page: “Seventeen days ago I sent an email to 25 friends to figure out what I could do to help Puerto Rico. In these last two weeks, we have established a full-blown operation that is getting relief supplies directly into  Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and the surrounding areas and directly into the hands of people who need it. What has happened I can only descibe as the power of friendship, human spirit and dedication by individuals working toward one cause.”

Lara returned to Ft. Lauderdale with 220 citizens-turnedrefugees. Since then, she and Operation Care-Lift have helped 500 people evacuate. Many have family with whom they are staying until living conditions improve in Puerto Rico. 

Operation PR Care-Lift has raised over $200,000 in cash and supplies. On November 1, Lara told PW “We are continuing to raise money and send flights. We are planning a Christmas Care-lift where we take toys over for children.”

Lara grew up with the PC(USA) a part of her life. Her mom Marianne is a ruling elder and a close college friend of mine. Lara is a graduate of Washington State University and an executive with Discovery TV. I am proud of her and the efforts she has made as a Presbyterian woman.

Learn more on Lara’s GoFundMe page: www.gofundme.com/operationPRCareLift and the operation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/operationpuertoricocarelift. 

From Quarterly Newsletter, November 2017-January 2018, page 2

Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA) condemns the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and supports all efforts to end racism and promote justice and peace.

James 2:9 tells us, “If you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.” If we truly have faith in Jesus we will not treat some people better than others, but we will strive to love one another equally through the love of Jesus Christ.

Presbyterian Women works toward building inclusive, caring communities. We condemn all forms of violence, particularly violence that tears at the fabric of God’s beloved community. The rhetoric of the “alt right” has no place in a civilized society that is built on principles of equality and God-given human rights. We condemn the racially motivated violence of white supremacy and the resurgence of neo-Nazism, with its bigotry and assumptions of privilege.

We urge all people to find ways to bridge the issues that divide Americans rather than widening the gap of distrust and misunderstanding. We support our brothers and sisters in Charlottesville, Virginia, who are standing up for justice and peace. We encourage everyone to be steadfast and immovable in the fight against discrimination, prejudice and hatred.

We lift our prayers to God, and pray particularly for those immediately impacted by the violence.

God, in your mercy,

Carol Winkler, Moderator
Judy Persons, Vice Moderator, Mission Relationships
Wanda Beauman, Vice Moderator, Justice and Peace Concerns


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