Even in these dog days, your fellow Miami Shores Community Church Missions and Social Justice Committee members are keeping busy. After a spring expanding our church community’s efforts to protect the environment, deliver nourishing food to families in Miami-Dade, and standing firm in faith with our LGBT community, we are launching its third annual “Back To School Plus One” drive for deserving families in Miami-Dade public schools.

When you’re shopping for school, add an extra supply or two or three to deliver to the church. School supplies of all kinds are welcome, including backpacks! We’re scheduling a blessing of the school supplies August 12, for delivery to the Education Fund August 13, one week before the August 20 school year starts. The Education Fund delivers those supplies straight to the Ocean Bank Center for Educational Materials, which since 1992 has stocked them free at the Ed Fund’s warehouse for teachers to give to students in the greatest need. The drive will run through September 9, with a final delivery September 10.

Let justice roll! Since 2016, some of our fellow MSJ members — and our general church community — have lent time, talents and treasure to Miami PACT, a network of 40 congregations in Miami-Dade County dedicated to creating a more just community. We have tentatively scheduled an August 26 visit and presentation by Miami PACT to the congregation. This year, the group is focusing its initiatives gun violence, affordable housing, and immigration., culminating in the great Nehemiah Action Assembly next spring, when elected officials will make specific pledges for action in the coming year. For smaller congregations like ours, Miami PACT is a great way to band together in common cause with like-hearted churches, synagogues, mosques, and schools. Check it out at www.miamipact.org. For more information, seek out Mark Sell, Gaspar Gonzalez, Marilyn Coronado, Roseanne Greaves, and Harold Marrero.

Mark Sell
Chair of Missions and Social Justice Committee