Immigrant Welcoming: The Basic – Facts about Refugees and Immigrants

Immigrant Welcoming:
The Basics – Facts about Refugees and Immigrants
Do you know the difference between refugees, immigrants, undocumented persons, and asylum seekers? Here are very brief definitions of people who fall into these categories:
  • 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.
You Can Help By Helping to Dispel Myths about Immigrants
As our congregation discerns whether to become an Immigrant Welcoming Congregation, it is important that we are able to counter some of the many myths about immigration with the truth.
  • Myth #1:

    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.
Source: Adapted from the Anti-Defamation League, 2017

Immigrant Welcoming: The Dreamers and DACA – Why This All Matters

Who Are the Dreamers?
The Dreamers are about 800,000 undocumented youth and young adults whose parents brought them to the U.S before the age of 16. They have been living here uninterrupted since at least 2007. A great majority of these young people do not remember what it was like to live in their country of origin.
What is DACA?
DACA is an executive order President Obama signed. It provides the Dreamers with some protections from being deported and gives them a work permit. It does not give them any legal status, and it does not offer them a path to citizenship.
Can President Trump Get Rid of DACA?
Yes, he can. It appears President Trump is going to phase it out over the next six months.
What Impact Can We Expect on Dreamers After DACA Is Phased Out?
Many Dreamers have seen new opportunities open to them after they got their work permits. Those will no longer be available. These families will face more economic pressure as they return to less stable, lower paying jobs. This is not good for anyone.
We can expect an uptick in suicides once the deportation protections are lifted. Studies tell us that the DACA repeal will have serious impacts on Dreamers’ mental health and the mental health of their children. See these two articles for more information:
What Can I Do?
Contact your congressperson and tell them that you want them to pass the Dream Act to give the Dreamers legal status and a path to citizenship. Only Congress can fix this. President Trump, by delaying the end of DACA for six months, is giving Congress a chance to come up with a solution.

Summer Story Adventures for ALL Ages!

Gods Paintbrush book cover

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

But God Remembered book cover



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!

Wellness Night Fundraiser ~ Saturday, April 29, 5pm-9pm

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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).


The Labyrinth Journey – Everyone is Welcome!

Welcome to the RUCC Holy Week Labyrinth experience:

labyrinth in FH 2017

The Labyrinth will be available in the Fellowship Hall during the following days and times:

Wednesday, April 12th: 12pm-8pm
Thursday, April 13th: 12pm-5pm
Friday, April 14th: 12pm-7pm
Saturday, April 15th: 12pm-5pm

The Labyrinth journey has been used for hundreds of years as a walking prayer/meditation. There is no wrong way to use the labyrinth. Picture walking a path that has 36 turns as you make your way to the center. Think of all the things you can let go of every time you turn. It is an amazing walk to the center where you are held in the safety of Love. It is a powerful thing to walk the labyrinth and find yourself at home. You may stay in the center as long as you need. And then you walk out the same path, turning 36 more times as you take on all that you have learned. We have made this experience possible for you to prepare your heart, soul and mind to experience Easter in a new way.

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