Menifee United Church of Christ studies to become a sanctuary church

MENIFEE – Menifee United Church of Christ will spend three Sundays in August studying about how to become a sanctuary church. Being a sanctuary church means offering shelter or support to undocumented immigrants.

Many faith communities in California and across America have declared themselves to be sanctuary churches. It is estimated that America is home to about 11 million undocumented immigrants. The current administration in Washington is committed to deporting them.

“Jesus tells us to welcome the stranger,” the Rev. Bill Freeman said. “I believe that includes welcoming the undocumented immigrant stranger.”

During its worship services Aug. 13, 20 and 27, Menifee United Church of Christ will hear about and discuss becoming a sanctuary church. The members of the congregation will vote on becoming a sanctuary church after its Sunday service, Aug. 27. Menifee United Church of Christ conducts worship services 11 a.m. Sundays at 26701 McCall Blvd. in Menifee.

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