Be SMART about Gun Sense: A Community Talk

Family Life Center (16349 Chillicothe Rd)
Monday, March 18  |  7:00–8:00 pm

Just over one year ago, fourteen students died in Parkland, Florida, inspiring marches, new laws and widespread calls to stop the onslaught of gun deaths. But in the year since, nearly 1,200 more children alone have lost their lives to guns in this country.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state.

The Moms Demand Action Be SMART campaign was launched to take action to promote responsible gun ownership and reduce child gun deaths. The campaign focuses on education and awareness about child gun deaths and responsible gun storage. Moms encourage parents and caretakers to “Be SMART” and take these five simple steps to help prevent shootings by children:

Secure all guns in your home and vehicles;

Model responsible behavior around guns;

Ask about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes;

Recognize the risks of teen suicide;

Tell your peers to be SMART.

Rebecca Gorski, a volunteer with the Ohio Chapter of Moms Demand Action, will be our presenter. She is the volunteer lead for Be SMART in the state of Ohio and resides in Geauga County with her two young children.

Please invite your friends and family to attend this important community talk. Childcare is provided. Call to let us know if you will need childcare at 440.247.6490, or email



  • Prayerfully discerning and prioritizing together those issues of social justice where the Holy Spirit calls for our advocacy and attention at Federated Church
  • Studying current issues of social justice through book studies, films, workshops, presentations, field trips, and information gathering from other local groups who advocate for social justice.  
  • Praying for organizations, agencies and groups working on behalf of social justice. 
  • Uniting with and collaborating with other churches and social justice organizations who are actively participating in the work of Social Justice (e.g., Greater Cleveland Congregations).
  • Proclaiming Federated’s position on issues of social justice, when appropriate, through worship, church publications, social media, local news outlets, letter writing, phone calls, public witness and the wider United Church of Christ.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Rev. Susi Kawolics at 440.247.6490 x310 or




Sunday, March 10

11:15 am

Family Life Center Youth Room


Join us at our monthly SJAM meetings to learn more and become part of this dynamic, active ministry team. Think about joining one or two of the subcommittees:

Racial Justice, Healthcare for All,

Environmental Justice, LGBTQ,



For more information contact Susi Kawolics at


All are welcome - Federated folks and others.



SJAM is sponsoring a series of movie nights that will focus on human rights, race relations, environmental issues, and more. Everyone, from Federated Church and the larger community, is invited to join together for an evening of learning, stimulating conversation, and exploring the issues of our times.

As we explore issues of social justice, questions keep coming:

What is God calling us to do?

What is God asking of us?

How will we respond?"

Bring a dessert to share for a sweet touch to our evening.

*Third Monday of the month

7 - 9:30 pm

Family Life Center Youth Room

(*We are holding after-worship matinee movies over the summer - please see for more info)