I wanted to reach out to advocates and let you all know that KY Refugee Ministries will be offering representation for those covered by President Obama’s recent executive action. As you know, we have two attorneys (me and Sarah Mills – Sarah speaks Spanish), and one BIA Accredited representative. We also have a part time Spanish speaking clerk.

As you are aware, there are far too little low cost legal services available to the immigrant community in Louisville. In Louisville, most undocumented immigrants go to a private attorney or Catholic Charities. There are many excellent private immigration attorneys in town, and of course Catholic Charities is headed by one of the best attorneys in the state – Rebecca Sim. I think because the name of our agency is KY Refugee Ministries, many assume we only provide legal services for refugees, that is not correct. We have some undocumented clients already, but only a handful. All of our clients, including refugees, pay a nominal fee for services – much like the model that Catholic Charities uses.

I just want you to know that there is another low cost option for those applying for extended DACA and DAPA.  If you could spread the word among your networks, that would be great. In addition, we have an attorney at our KRM office in Lexington who also will provide this service.


Becca O’Neill

The International Just Trade Craft Fair- On Sunday, November 30 at Harvey Browne Presbyterian, 311 Browns Lane, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Emory Hall (Gym). There will be an exciting array of fair trade crafts from Peru, Palestine, India and Africa. This is a great opportunity to shop for Christmas presents while also helping those in need.  Your purchases help change lives!  Chocolate, coffee and baked goods will also be on sale.

I am writing to inform you, and to celebrate with you, that First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethtown and Radcliff Presbyterian Church were recently recertified by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Environmental Ministries. FPC is certified through November 2015 and Radcliff through October 2015.  This honor speaks to the great commitment that these congregations have to caring for God’s earth.

 To become an Earth Care Congregation, each church originally affirmed the Earth Care Pledge to integrate environmental practices and thinking into all facets of their church life. It also completed projects and activities in the fields of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. It continues to grow and deepen its ministry. 

 The Earth Care Congregation certification is designed to recognize churches that have made the commitment to take seriously God’s charge to “till and keep” the garden.

 The Earth Care Congregations program was started in 2010 by PC(USA) Environmental Ministries.  The goal of the program is to inspire churches to care for God’s earth in a holistic way, through integrating earth care into all of church life.  The Earth Care Congregation certification honors churches that made that commitment, and encourages others to follow their lead.

 In many presbyteries, the congregations are lifted up during a presbytery meeting for prayers of celebration or announcement time, or even re-presented with the certificate that they receive from this office certifying them as a PCUSA Earth Care Congregation.

 For more information on the earth care program at First Presbyterian Church, please contact Jackie Gerard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 270-766-9805. For information on the earth care program at Radcliff please contact Jeff Richardson at270-877-5663 or jeffrichards This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

 For more information on the Earth Care Congregations program go to www.pcusa.org/earth-care-congregations.

 Please join me in celebrating the wonderful ministry of this good congregation!

 Peace and blessings,

 Rebecca Barnes

Mustard seeds in the Philippines

Training pastors and teachers ‘grows the gospel,’ say PC(USA) mission workers Paul Matheny and Mary Nebelsick
NOVEMBER 17, 2014
the Revs. Paul Matheny and Mary Nebelsick
the Revs. Paul Matheny and Mary Nebelsick —Jerry Van Marter
Presbyterian News Service
The mission field of the Philippines is fertile soil in which the gospel is “growing like the parable of the mustard seed,” Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission workers the Revs. Paul Matheny and Mary Nebelsicktold a group of Presbyterian Center staffers here Nov. 14.
“Christians in the Philippines see the world from the perspective of the oppressed,” Matheny said. “Children, the poor, youth ― the gospel never stops working for love and justice and hope,” the Manila resident said.
Matheny and Nebelsick, who are married, teach at Union Theological Seminary, a theological school of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, where they have served since 2001. Home on a six-month leave, they will be traveling around the PC(USA), telling their story and seeking support for their ministry.
There is much to be done. “Education has always been key in PC(USA) mission and in the Philippine church,” Matheny said. “The church is growing rapidly and there is acute need for more, trained leaders.”
All schools, not just Union Seminary, “need books and scholarships,” Nebelsick said. “Churches can’t afford to educate their pastors, so students have to come for a semester and then drop out and then come back for a semester and then drop out again.”
Teaching is central to the gospel, Matheny and Nebelsick believe. “Leaders have to be trained,” Nebelsick said, but books are very expensive, so “many students walk around with photocopies.”
The seminary has managed to accumulate a modest library during their tenure, but technology like Power Point presentations is still pretty much beyond their reach. “We have white boards now,” Nebelsick said. “That’s huge for us!”
Despite the drawbacks, the Philippine church “is very aware of the global church,” Matheny said. “They very much want us to see things from their perspective , they want the PC(USA) to understand that we are part of the global church and to come and walk alongside them.”
Nearly every church in Manila has a partnership with a U.S. church, Nebelsick said, “and more want them. They truly believe that we are all called to join together, to grow the gospel like the parable of the mustard seed.”