FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
A Community of Faith. Join Us in the Journey
During the month of March the Outreach Board financial recipient will be Compassion International with emphasis on the Philippines. The Sunday school students at First Congregational Church sponsor a child, Jayrald Arnigo, who lives in the Philippines. Compassion International has confirmed that he does not live in an area of severe destruction and was not affected by the storm. We are so thankful for this good news! However, many others were not so fortunate.
Typhoon Haiyan was an exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone that hit Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Haiyan has affected thousands of children and families. Arlynn Contreras, Compassion International Church Partner Program Manager in the Philippines, reports: "In the communities where the typhoon hit, homes have been destroyed and most roads are still not passable. Electricity and communication facilities have been cut. Food and water supplies are scarce. In the midst of this, our partner churches have continued to minister to our registered children and their families, providing relief goods, prayer and comfort. In the Compassion office, our team has mobilized funds, volunteers and goods to support our church partners." Families continue to be in urgent need of food, water, and shelter.
Compassion works exclusively in partnership with local churches in developing nations to deliver a holistic child development program. Only the local church is uniquely qualified to understand the real needs of her community and reach the children in poverty who need her care. Through the efforts of dedicated country staff members, relief goods — including canned food, hygiene supplies, mats, blankets and clothes — have been supplied to children and their families in affected areas. Medical teams were sent in to assist injured children and family members.
Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. Compassion's work in the Philippines began in 1972. Currently, more than 66,400 children participate in 339 child development centers. Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Filipino children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all that God has created them to be. Please continue to pray for people in these areas as they recover and rebuild from this disaster.
Our Newsletter titled "Congregational Clarion" is published once a month. Please click HERE for a pdf version of March Issue 2014.
You will find a current calendar and many upcoming activities going on at First Congregational Church. If you would like a copy emailed to you please contact the church office at (801) 487-1357 or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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