Sept. 23, 2018 – Shower Dedication

On April 9, 2017, members of our congregation voted overwhelmingly to join the growing movement of faith and immigrant communities working to protect immigrants facing deportation by literally offering sanctuary to people at risk of being deported. Since then our Sanctuary Team (Immigrant Ministry) has been working to add a shower to our building so we can provide shelter if necessary.

On Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 between worship services, Rev. Molly Housh Gordon led us in a dedication blessing of the completed shower built through the generous donations of members and friends and the significant work of volunteers. Rev. Molly’s words of blessing were:

May this shower and this congregation be a space of warmth, shelter, and care for bodies and spirits alike.

May each one who bathes in this shower also know themselves bathed in compassion and care.

As this shower washes dirt and grime from bodies, may every force of dehumanization and fear in our world be washed away by our commitment.

May all who use this shower be refreshed, cleansed, renewed, in whatever way their bodies or spirits desire.

The worship services on Sept. 23 were led by the Sanctuary Team. The team provided a handout titled “What Can I Do to Help Create Sanctuary in our Community and in our World?”

In this and the following photo, observers gathered in the hallways and
kitchen to listen as Rev. Molly, at right, talked about our decision to become
a sanctuary congregation and the work involved in installing the new shower.

Larry Lile held the microphone for Rev. Molly as she blessed the new shower with her touch and her words. Larry and Kevin Fritsche, along with several other volunteers, were instrumental in installing the new shower.
The finished shower is located in the unisex bathroom on the main level across from the kitchen door.