There has been a lot of activity at the church this summer. One of the touching efforts was the water safety instruction provided by LuAnn McCracken of the Army Corps of Engineers to the families in the Summer Family Literacy program here at the church. She came to teach the group on Monday, July 25.

Following the tragic death of Michen Niyubahwe on the July 4th weekend in the Mississippi River there has been a great desire to provide timely information to the population of refugees and new immigrants who live at Century Woods here in Rock Island. Folks need to know that our local rivers are dangerous. Since families were already coming together here at the church for learning English, summer fun, food and recreation, this was a good place to start.

If we build a relationship first, then learning new things together is possible. I am grateful to be in a place where we are building positive relationship with our new neighbors.

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