Mart’s House

Please join Faith Church in supporting Mart’s House

On Saturday, June 15th,  Mart’s House reentry home on Capen St. in Hartford was devastated by a major fire. The seven women who were living at Mart’s are safe, but they lost everything. (Learn more about Mart’s House).  Please consider a donation today to our Resettlement Program during this difficult time. Any amount will help.  If you have any questions or want to know additional ways you can help, contact Sandra Bradford-Jennings, sbradford-jennings@cpa-ct.org, 860-271-7198.

Medicare / Medicaid

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

https://www.ct.gov/agingservices/lib/agingservices/choices/newtomedunderstandingyouroptions.pdf

CHOICES:  Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening: https://www.ct.gov/agingservices/cwp/view.asp?q=313032

Center for Medicare  Advocacy:   http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/medicare-info/connecticut-consumers-guide/ 

US News Health:  https://health.usnews.com/medicare/connecticut-medicare-plans  

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetic Retinopathy

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Are you diabetic? If you have diabetes, you may get a condition called diabetic retinopathy. This eye disease happens when high levels of blood sugar damage blood vessels in a part of your eye called the retina. This can cause vision problems. For people with diabetes, it’s the most common cause of vision loss and blindness. Read the article HERE.  

Driving With Diabetes: How to Stay Safe

First, if you take insulin or medications called sulfonylureas or meglitinides to manage your diabetes, your blood sugar might go to low, called hypoglycemia. That can make it hard for you to concentrate on the road and react to what’s going on around you. You might not be able to see clearly, and you could pass out behind the wheel.

If you’re not sure whether your diabetes medication can cause low blood sugar, ask your doctor or pharmacist. (Sometimes very high blood sugar can make it unsafe for you to drive, but it’s not as common. Ask your doctor how high is too high to be on the road.)

Second, over time diabetes can cause other health problems that can affect your driving. Nerve damage in your legs and feet can make it hard for you to feel the pedals. Diabetes can also hurt your vision by damaging blood vessels in your eyes or making you more likely to get cataracts.

Read the entire article HERE.   Read more HERE.

Public radio’s ‘Preach’ podcast explores religion’s messy side

September 4, 2019  by Jana Riess

(RNS) — Religion is messy, says Lee Hale, a reporter at KUER, the NPR station in Salt Lake City. And for many Americans, especially young people like the 30-year-old Hale, that messiness is something to celebrate, not sweep under the carpet.

That’s the premise behind “Preach,” a new national podcast launching this Friday (Sept. 6) from PRX and KUER. The first season features 10 episodes of Hale’s interviews with interesting people, starting with comedic actor Rainn Wilson, best known for playing the intense salesman Dwight Schrute on “The Office.”

After spending the last 10 months working on the podcast, Hale is excited to launch it to listeners, who can access it on the NPR website and through various apps. Season 2 is already in the works for the spring of 2020, and Hale has plans to expand it from there.

Read the article HERE and listen to the podcast. 

Yeezianity – The Church of Yeezus

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28:  Kanye West visits 97.1 AMP Radio on October 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Ga

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Yeezianity is a religion based on Kanye West. The 36-year-old rapper has in fact inspired a new religion called Yeezianity, in which followers believe “that the one who calls himself Yeezus is a divine being who has been sent by God to usher in a New Age of humanity,” according to the official website. 

“We are a forward-minded group who believes that the one who calls himself Yeezus is the highest living human being and he will help to usher in a New Age of humanity. We believe that a New Age is beginning where all people will unlock their creative powers and the competitive struggle for money and power will no longer be necessary.”

The website further states, “We are called Ye’ciples. Our membership is entirely open and non-exclusive. We allow a Ye’ciple to be a member of Yeezianity as well as any other spiritual practice of their choosing including some of the best ones: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Taoism. In fact, we encourage Ye’ciples to explore and consider the tenets of any other spiritual ideas they feel attracted to.” For more information, read HERE.

Computer safety

SOMEONE HAS YOUR PASSWORD

By Chris Gaarde, Assistant Editor, American Consequences

In just the first six months of 2019, there were 4.1 billion “compromised records” in data breaches… including passwords, usernames, private photos, credit card data, and even Social Security numbers.  Earlier this year Google introduced an optional Chrome browser extension – kind of like an app for your browser – that shows a warning when you log into a website using a leaked username or password.

In addition to installing the Chrome browser extension, a good place to start is haveibeenpwned.com. The website contains a database of past and current data breaches. Simply input an e-mail address and the site will tell you if, when, where, and what was leaked.

Once you’ve done that… Change your passwords to something secure and close any accounts you no longer use.

You should also take advantage of your right to free annual credit reports. You’re allowed one free credit report from each of the three services every year. To get started visit annualcreditreport.com.

Read the entire article HERE.

Immigration

Tong tackles three immigration issues in four days

by Kelan Lyons

In the first four days of September, Attorney General William Tong’s office has been involved in three different immigration-related cases, joining several coalitions of like-minded state attorneys general who object to — and are demanding information about — the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrants.

Wednesday, Tong’s office stressed that the three cases are distinct and in separate phases, but released a statement from the attorney general explaining his recent focus on immigration issues.

Connecticut …  join[ed] a multi-state lawsuit attempting to block a new policy that allows the deportation of certain immigrants without hearings before an immigration judge or other due process.

The policy, announced last month, allows the Department of Homeland Security, to expedite the deportation of undocumented immigrants anywhere in the United States who can not prove they’ve been in the country continuously for two years.

Read the article HERE  and HERE.