Message from the Program Director
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May this year of 2012 bring you peace, joy and prosperity!
I am pleased to share with you that I have been a part of the ELCA churchwide organization for five years. Thanks be to God! I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you for the warm welcome, continuous cooperation and support that I have received as a Palestinian immigrant. Your continuous help and support to immigrants and immigration is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your endless support to the Arab and Middle Eastern community. Please keep us in your prayers as we continue to serve and reach out to the Arab and Middle Eastern community and to the neighboring areas.
Peace and blessings,
Kholoud KhouryProgram Director for Arab and Middle Eastern Ministries Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries Congregational and Synodical Mission unit
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Editor: Kholoud Khoury
Editorial Commitee:Ryan LaHurd and Fuad Nijim
Message from the Association President
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!During this Christmas season, we launched ALAMEH's first fundraising and donations effort and were delighted to get a positive response from so many people. While donation amounts varied, the significance is valuable and gives everyone on the executive council more energy and a strengthened faith in ALAMEH's mandate of outreach and ministry.If you haven't done so, you might want to visit ALAMEH's website at http://www.elca.org/ALAMEH. As you can see, we incrementally add and improve our website as we are able. So read through it, and contact us with feedback and ideas.ALAMEH's next General Assembly will be on October 5-7, 2012. Let us know if you did not receive our "reminder" postcard and we will make sure that your name and address are on our mailing list.
Fuad Bassim NijimALAMEH Association President
St. Elias Christian ChurchSaturdays 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.: Bible studySundays 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.: Sunday worship serviceEvery two weeks on Thursday 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.: Confirmation class
Christmas Eve at Mother of the SaviorThe Christmas celebration this year at Mother of the Savior was truly special! With a youth program, children's choir, young adults gathering, family fellowship after worship, and Santa himself showing up (all the way from the North Pole) to give gifts to the little ones, the Christmas Eve service turned into quite an event. The gathering and fellowship continued through the night and well into the morning hours of the next day. The presence of the Word incarnate in our midst was truly felt. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continues to bring us together. To him be all thanks, praise and glory!
ELCA Peace Not Walls Campaign Six Palestinian youth will be attending the ELCA Youth Gathering in July, where there will be a whole section called "The Wall." This area will have stories of different kinds of walls, like the Palestinian wall, the Berlin Wall, the Great Wall of Mexico, etc. The Palestinian group hopes to make stops and presentations on the way from Minneapolis to New Orleans and back to the area of Southeast Michigan, the synod who is hosting them and has sponsored several youth exchanges in the past. Dina Tannous and Pastor Elly McHan are working with them now in Palestine to tell their stories and be part of an interactive game that might simulate a home demolition, checkpoint or home eviction. The plan is to have an actual-size replica of a part of the wall and a checkpoint on the floor of the interactive center at the Gathering. The area will provide an opportunity to tell stories and see more about each wall. There will also be a place for the youth to interact with their learning and one another around the role of the church in peace and justice-making.
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ELCA 2012 "Glocal" EventsGod's work in mission always propels us to encounter the neighbor, particularly in the stranger. ELCA "Glocal" Mission Gatherings equip us for God's work in today's global and local realities as well as their "glocal" intersections. What is mission? Who is the neighbor? How can we be rooted in our communities to live out God's call for us? Consider these questions with other participants. How do these questions relate to our migrating and immigrating world? Come, join us for mission conversations around the realities of the world we live in today. To find out more or to see what events are in your area, visit www.elca.org/glocal.
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