Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento Newsletter
ICGS Monthly NewsletterMay 2016
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Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento
ICGS / Sacramento Faith TV
PO Box 15246
Sacramento, CA 95851
In This Issue
From the President's Desk                   
In my childhood we did May Poles at school and in our little community. We loved them. There were many activities involved in celebrating that which brought about the May Pole. A couple of years ago in the south of Germany, while visiting there, we watched a May Pole demonstration and celebration. "A maypole is a tall wooden pole erected as a part of various European folk festivals, around which a maypole dance often takes place. The festivals may occur on May Day, although in some countries it is instead erected at Midsummer. In some cases the maypole is a permanent feature that is only utilized during the festival, although in other cases it is erected specifically for the purpose before being taken down again." That has caused me to think about the festivities of our hearts and what stands ready for us to utilize when celebrating family, friends, God and doing good/service. We are hopeful that May 2016 is filled with good and honorable festivities of life where others are enriched as well. In that spirit we try to sponsor a worthwhile event each month. We hope you will join us.
What's New at SacFaith TV
New programs continue to be added. A great variety of religions and religious practices are making it to our airwaves for the 900,000 viewers in our area.  ICGS continues to be one of two owners in America with a faith channel and approach. Of course, we are most grateful to the Cable Commission here who helps us a great deal. Comcast carries us on Channel 20, AT&T on Channel 14 and SureWest/Consolidated on Channel 19.  If you want to televise, reach out at our website  or
News from The Village on North C Street - New Friendship Park
Construction on the new Friendship Park is really rolling onward. Buildings and pavilions are nearly done now and the landscaping will begin in the next 30 days.  This is a major improvement on North C Street and will benefit so many who are homeless and away from shelter and protection that shade, shower and sociability can provide. This is a wonderful improvement that Loaves and Fishes has made. Additionally, Lisa Culp, the founder of Women's Empowerment, on North A Street, will be honored at Power of One in mid-May. So much good is being done in so many ways. Check out the variety of things unfolding in this newsletter.
New Members & Donations                    
Thank you to these Faith Groups/Organizations that either paid their ICGS membership dues or made donations to the ICGS in April:

 International World Peace Rose Gardens
 St. Mark's United Methodist Church

We thank these donors and other individual donors for their kindness and generosity.
We invite you to become involved in helping fund our approaches and events -- please click Membership or Donate in the Quick Links box to the right.  It is through your support of the ICGS that we can continue to grow and expand our interfaith work! 
Thursday, May 12 POWER OF ONE

Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento
Annual Event Honors
Leaders in Our Community

Thursday, May 12, 2016, 6:30-8:30 pm

Evening Agenda
Musical selections
Banquet Dinner 

Community Award Presentation 

Introduction & Presentation 
2016 Honorees:
Monsignor Jim Kidder
Justice Cruz Reynoso
Ms. Margaret Johnson
Ms. Lisa Culp

Click on our flyer for more information.

St. Ignatius Parish, 3235 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 

Book your table soon! Full Table $500, Half Table $250, Per Person $75
Mail your checks to  ICGS, PO Box 15246, Sacramento, CA 95851
or click on a link below for tickets online:

May 1, 2016. Communitywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration. Details TBD. The commemoration begins with a candlelight procession. Survivors and refugees and their children and descendants to gather at 6:15pm in the social hall just beyond the foyer. Program is 6:30-8:00pm.

Mosaic Law Congregation
2300 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95825
For more information about JCRC, contact Jessica Braverman Birch at 916-486-0906 ext. 308 or
The Native American Way
Knowing the spiritual path taken by our ancestors...
And followed in this day, as well.
May 2, 2016, 6:30-8:00 pm

Admission is Free
Light Refreshments Served At 6 pm

Sponsored By The Interfaith Council Of Greater Sacramento


Click here for a flyer.


Christ the King Retreat Center
6520 Van Maren Lane, Citrus Heights, CA 95621
Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 pm

Please see our flyer for details.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
7625 Hazel Ave, Orangevale, CA 95662

I am emailing you today with exciting news! We have the go-ahead for a groundbreaking from the City on the land where the two Build for Unity homes will be located!!! An official invite flyer will follow at the beginning of next week, however I wanted to get the date and time to you today so that you could get it on your calendar and start getting the word out among your contacts and the members of your faith community.
WHAT: Build for Unity Groundbreaking Ceremony
WHEN: Wednesday, May 11th at 8:00 am
WHERE: 1045 Neal Road Sacramento, CA 95838
WHY: Short ceremony which will symbolize the start of the Build for Unity project as we be begin infrastructure on the project. Above ground construction and volunteer opportunities to participate in building of the two homes will begin late this summer in July/August.
A Facebook event has been created for the Build for Unity Groundbreaking Ceremony. Please share the link below on your social media and invite your friends attend to help get the word out!
Thank you for all of your support for this amazing project to build hope, homes and unity in our community!
Leah Miller | Director of Development
819 North 10th Street Sacramento CA 95811 | Web:  
Direct: (916) 440-1215 ext. 1131 |
Facebook: /HabitatGreaterSac  | Twitter: @SacHabitat | Instagram:@SacHabitat | LinkedIn

Fresh Start Certification (for educators, healing professionals and faith leaders)

About this training: Professionals working with children who suffer from anxiety, depression and addiction, often encounter challenges when parents are uncertain or lack confidence about their leadership role at home to promote healing and learning (academic and life skills).

When: Fri. May 13, 11am to 3pm

919 Reserve Dr., Roseville (Beloved Recovery)

Fee: $55 Includes current edition of Fresh Start manual and a Fresh Start Trainer Guide, and lunch. To reserve your spot and learn about CEUs sponsored by On Site Strategies, contact:

Fearless communication about drugs, alcohol and addiction

About this workshop: Explores how the cyber-social ream is informing children about drugs & alcohol and how to talk about the feelings and urges that tempt us to abuse substances and establish open communication with your child so you can impart wisdom.

When: Tues., May 24, 6:30pm-8pm

St. Joseph Marello Catholic Parish
7200 Auburn Folsom Rd., Granite Bay, CA 95746

Contact: Joanna Jullien, 916-521-7203 or
Please join us for the Interfaith Council's Annual Membership Meeting & Potluck on Tuesday evening, June 21!  The meeting provides a review of the work of the ICGS and Sacramento Faith TV over the past year, plans for the future, as well as election by the ICGS membership of the members of the Board of Trustees.
The meeting is an opportunity to celebrate the positive achievements of interfaith cooperation, and to plan for the many challenges we face in seeking to build a more caring, compassionate and just community. All people of faith are welcome, members or not.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Upstairs near elevators at north parking lot (Signs will show the way)
6:30pm, supper via potluck
7:00-7:15pm, Business meeting
8:00pm, Adjournment

Please spread the word ASAP to all you know. Invite others in your own faith who might be interested in attending.

University/Fremont Presbyterian Church (across from Sac State)
5770 Carlson Dr, Sacramento, CA 95819
Domestic violence is an ongoing epidemic in our culture and in our faith communities.  Religious leaders are often turned to by Victims of domestic violence as the first resource for understanding and help.  This is both good and bad news. On the one hand, it is good in the sense that victims intuitively feel they will be well received, believed and understood in turning to their clergy.   On the other hand, it is bad because most clergy are inadequately trained and qualified to respond in a helpful manner.  In fact they often unintentionally do more harm than good.   But that does not have to be the case.  Training is available.

A day long training event is being offered at one of four different locations around the greater Sacramento area.   Each event is from 9:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. Lunch is included.   Choose your date and reserve your spot.  Please see our flyer for the goals of the training.

June 30 - July 28 - August 25 - September 15th. 

For information and registration forms please contact:

Gethsemane Lutheran Church
4706 Arden Way
Carmichael CA 95608
(916) 483-5047
ICGS Mission Statement                    
"The mission of the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento is to promote respect for all faiths and religious human rights for all, to encourage faiths to work together for better understanding and acceptance of all faiths and their people, to encourage a cohesive hand of all faiths in social services, to implement programs for the basic needs in the community and to help protect religious freedom as an element of human rights for all."
Items for the Next Newsletter                   
Items for the June ICGS Newsletter should be sent via email to no later than Friday, May 27.  The June Newsletter will be sent out on Wednesday, June 1. For questions, please contact us at the email address above.
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