- Refugees – Persons who are outside the country of their nationality, and who are unable or unwilling to return to, and unable or unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of the country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. (from The Refugee Act of 1980)
- Immigrants – Foreign-born nationals who come to the US with an intention to settle here permanently and usually for reasons other than fear of persecution.
- Undocumented persons – Individuals who enter the country without permission and those who enter legally but violate the terms of entry by overstaying their visas.
- Political asylum applicants – Individuals who have requested refugee status having already entered the US, but whose applications are still pending.
Immigrants are overrunning our country, and most are here illegally.
- The Facts: It is true that there are more immigrants living in the U.S. than ever before. However, the percentage of immigrants in the overall population is not much different than many other times throughout our history. Today, immigrants make up approximately13% of the total U.S. population. More than 60% of immigrants in the United States today have lived here for at least 15 years, and a large majority of immigrants have lawful status. Today, the net migration from Mexico (the number of people entering the U.S. from Mexico minus the number of people leaving the U.S. to go to Mexico) is around zero. Undocumented immigrants make up about 3.5% of the nation’s total population.
- Myth #2: Immigrants hurt our country financially by taking jobs and services without paying taxes.
- The Facts: Though some people claim that immigrants are taking job opportunities away from people born in the U.S., immigrants actually help to create new jobs. In addition to buying American and local products, which helps create jobs, immigrants often start their own businesses. In fact, immigrants are twice as likely to start businesses as citizens born in the U.S., and companies owned by immigrants are more likely to hire employees than companies owned by native-born citizens. States with large numbers of immigrants report lower unemployment for everyone. Immigrants collectively pay between $90 and $140 billion each year in taxes, and a recent study found that undocumented immigrants alone paid more than $11.8 billion in taxes in 2012.
- Myth # 3: Immigrants are coming to the U.S. to obtain welfare and other benefits.
- The facts: Most immigrants who come to this country work hard to take care of their families and themselves. Many studies have shown that on average immigrants pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits, meaning the taxes they pay more than cover the cost of things like public education and healthcare. With very few exceptions (such as access to medical care for victims of human trafficking), undocumented immigrants are not eligible for federal public benefits such as Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and food stamps.
This summer we are exploring our understanding of God through children’s books! In children’s sermons, Summer (Bible) Adventures, pulpit sermons, and Summer Story Adventures!
One Monday night each month we gather ALL AGES for a meal, story and activities related to the book.
Come join us for food and fun!
Bring a friend or make a new one!
Mondays, July 10th and August 7th, 5:30-7:30pm
INTERGENERATIONAL ~ At RUCC we continue to experiment with ways to engage multiple generations at the same time. If an event is advertised as “intergenerational” you can be sure that it will actively engage lots of different age groups. But sometimes within one event the young people will need to be patient as a portion of the event relates more to adults, or adults might need to engage their inner child in order to enter into the opportunity. Know that when engaging multiple generations – sometimes what is happening is tailored to you, other times you must work to tailor yourself to engage well with what is happening. Be prepared to enter in!
Everyone, men and women, are invited to an evening of pampering.
Silent auction, gift bags, door prizes, food, drink, and great company will fill our event. Invite your friends and family. This will be an incredible event.
This is a fundraiser for church, so donations are welcome!
- Dr Matt from Robin Center Chiropractic will be available to talk about the benefits of Chiropractic care and total wellness.
- Lynda Jones, esthetician from Rocco Altobelli, will be providing mini facials and skin care/makeup consultation.
- Ali Runyon, a hairstylist from Rocco Altobelli, will be providing hair services and consultations. Ali is going on a mission trip so a percentage of the evening’s proceeds will benefit her cause
- We will be doing yoga, so bring your yoga mats if interested in participating.
- Massage therapy by Cheryl Nordquist.
- Jen Hawes will be providing manicures (including gel polish) and express pedicures.
- There will be a quiet room equipped with adult coloring books and utensils (feel free who bring your own) with soft music playing in the background.
- There will be a wellness presentation from Melaleauca with a focus on essential oils.
- Dale and Sheryl Fisher will be providing Reiki treatments
We will have child care available , provided by our youth (donations also welcome for the child care, as a fundraiser for the youth mission trip this summer. Dinner and snacks will be provided for the kiddos, too).