Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God”

Matthew 5:9

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God desires peace and justice for all individuals, families, communities, and nations. Founded by members Mary Buck and Ann Seufert, our efforts include the pursuit of justice and peacemaking locally, nationally, and worldwide. The Grace First Peace & Justice Ministry team engages in two main initiatives in order to serve others – raising money for worthy causes and educating the congregation and ourselves.


What We Do:

Raise Money:

  • Equal Exchange – we sell coffee, tea, and chocolate, plus Zatoun olive oil monthly at Fair Trade prices to benefit farmers and their families
  • Alternative Christmas Fair –  we have sold a variety of items ranging from books to vitamin packets to soup in the name of raising money for a plethora of causes
  • Bread for the World – we donated money to fight hunger at home and abroad and encouraged others to get involved by writing letters to US representatives
  • CROP Hunger Walk – members of our team have walked to support local organizations, including COA, while also raising money for Church World Service for hunger projects such as water purification systems and food packets
  • Rising Tide – we spearheaded school supplies drives, focusing on backpacks, for the after-school program at Covenant Presbyterian Church in downtown Long Beach

Educate:

  • Adult Education classes – topics have included environmental conservation, foster care, trafficking, mental health and will address the issues of the Middle East, including Palestinian Christians
  • South Coast Interfaith Council (SCIC) – SCIC provides the opportunity to learn about other faiths by interacting together in an casual environment, promoting tolerance and understanding between faiths
  • Movie outings – went on a field trip to see the National Geographic film depicting Jerusalem as seen through the eyes of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim teenage girls
  • And more!

This Week’s Reading: I Am A Palestinian Christian, by Mitri Raheb, examines what it means for him to be a Palestinian and a Christian at the same time. He articulates the gospel’s commitment to justice and human renewal, challenging Christians with fresh insights into the cultural diversity of Christian faith, and inviting a trilateral dialogue among religions.

Available in our church library or through Amazon. This book is being recommended by our Peace and Justice Ministry team.

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Want to learn more about the Peace & Justice Ministry? Contact Liz Wood or Karen Brooks for meeting times and upcoming projects.

Liz Wood: (562) 420-6211

Karen Brooks: (562) 429-4046