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An Intergenerational Opportunity to Welcome the Strangers Into Our Midst

February brings an intergenerational opportunity to be part of a mission to welcome refugees to the Pittsburgh area. AJAPO (Acculturation for Justice, Access & Peace Outreach) is a non-profit organization that assists refugees in easing their resettlement and integration into American society for up to five years. Beginning February 4, members will be able to be part of this effort by donating items for welcome packets for AJAPO’s clients. We will bring it all together on February 25 during Adult Ed and Second Hour when we will assemble the welcome packets, and all ages will have an opportunity to add welcome cards to the packets. As much as we want to provide the actual welcome packets, we also want to show that our congregation welcomes those who are fleeing situations we can’t begin to image and to share the blessings into which we have been born.

To learn more about AJAPO, you can visit

Items we would like to have in our welcome packets:

2 Toothbrushes


4-pack Toilet Paper


Packet of Razors


Fleece Blanket

1 box Bandages

Bar Soap

Pair of Socks (adult)


Lip Balm


2 Cotton Washcloths

Liquid Hand Soap

Vaseline (1 lg. or 2 small)

2 Notebooks

1 pack of Pens

Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. (Exodus 22:21)

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