St. Paul’s to hold ‘Stand to Sup­port Refugees’

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — There are more than 65 mil­lion forcibly dis­placed peo­ple in the world to­day, the high­est level ever recorded; 21 mil­lion are refugees. Over half of all refugees are chil­dren. Epis­co­palian Mi­gra­tion Min­istries (EMM) is the Epis­co­pal Church’s refugee set­tle­ment agency, sav­ing lives and restor­ing hope for thou­sands of refugees that EMM wel­comes and helps to re­set­tle to the United States ev­ery year.

On Sun­day, June 25, St. Paul’s Parish in Cen­tre­ville will hold a “Stand to Sup­port Refugees” Sun­day. The ob­ser­vance will fea­ture a ser­vice with spe­cial mu­sic and prayers as well as a fea­tured speaker, Jenny Siegel.

Siegel is the refugee child pro­tec­tion co­or­di­na­tor at the U. S. Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops where she mon­i­tors the place­ment of refugee chil­dren sep­a­rated from their bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents in the USCCB af­fil­i­ated net­work across the United States. She has worked to pro­tect the lives and in­ter­ests of vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren both do­mes­ti­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally and is com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing just and wel­com­ing com­mu­ni­ties for these young­sters.

The ser­vice will be­gin at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Parish, 301 South Lib­erty St. Park­ing is avail­able in the lot be­hind the church, which is en­tered from South Com­merce Street. St. Paul’s is ac­ces­si­ble for those with mo­bil­ity as­sis­tance needs.

Ev­ery­one is in­vited to en­joy cof­fee and snacks fol­low­ing wor­ship and then to walk with the con­gre­ga­tion to the town’s Court­house Square for pub­lic prayer. Please join the St. Paul’s com­mu­nity and “Stand to Sup­port Refugees” at home and abroad.

For more in­for­ma­tion on “Stand to Sup­port Refugees Sun­day,” call Rev. Mary Garner at 443-988-8968. For more in­for­ma­tion on Epis­co­pal Mi­gra­tion Min­istries, visit www. epis­co­pal mi­gra­tion­min­in­tries. org.

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