Gorge Ecumenical Ministries celebration planned June 9

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) invites the community to join in celebrating their volunteers, initiatives and programs throughout the area. The theme of this year’s celebration is “It’s a GEM of a Story!” The event takes place 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Hood River Valley Christian Church, 975 Indian Creek Road, Hood River, with a taco bar dinner 5 to 5:45 p.m. and program following.

GEM is a regional organization that strives to unite diverse faith communities in a common concern for justice, freedom, peace, and environmental care.  GEM’s fiscal oversight supports the Aging in the Gorge Alliance, Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network, Columbia Gorge Peace Fellowship, Emergency Voucher Program, Hood River Shelter Services, and family and phone support funds for ICE immigrant detainees held at NORCOR.

GEM was the initial organizer and fiscal sponsor for the Hood River County Community ID program and coordinates the community’s annual Martin Luther King Celebration and a candidates’ voter education forum each October.

Hear inspiring stories of change and meaningful partnerships that build a stronger and more compassionate Gorge community. A taco bar dinner will be provided. Those attending are invited to bring their favorite desserts to share. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Rev. Judy Zimmerman, at jzimmerman@uuma.org  or by calling 541.402.1860.

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