“Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~Francis of Assisi
The first day of spring…an end and a beginning, the edge of death and rebirth. I don’t think any other season holds so much promise and hope for renewal. We clean our houses, buy new clothes, admire the budding new birth around us and refresh our spiritual life. Marveling at the ability of buttercups to push through the snow and shine always reminds me that I too can push through adversity and the world will renew itself. Seeing the tragedies and injustices of our world sometimes makes it hard to believe in renewal and keep hoping. But spring is a wonderful reminder that we must believe. And more than that, we must act to help it along. Tonight you have an opportunity to support hope and renewal in a powerful, promising way by supporting the work of the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Relief Project. They are doing what is necessary at our southern border to keep hope alive for hundreds of people fleeing the violence of our world. Our support can help them do more . Your presence can be their hope. And I can promise you that the voices of the Congolese Choir, the Montana Women’s Chorus from Missoula and the Pura Vida Chorus raised in song and celebration will fill your hearts and make you proud of the difference you make. I look forward to seeing you at St. Paul’s tonight (details below). But if you can’t make it, you can still make a donation that helps (https://firrp.org/donate/) Let’s celebrate spring and send some hope to our southern border…Betsy
Thursday, March 21, 7 pm, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (202 Brooks). The Montana Women’s Chorus of Missoula, Pura Vida Community Chorus and the Congolese Chorus preset a benefit concert for those seeking asylum on our southern border. Proceeds will go to The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project. founded in the 1980’s in Florence, AZ, the 501(c)3 non-profit provides free legal and social services to immigrant men, women and children under threat of deportation. Suggested donation is $15/person and $25/family. Additional donations are welcome. Please join us for an evening of music and solidarity for migrants at the border.