A prayer from August 24

God our holy Parent, the magnitude and mystery of the universe is a simple thing to you; help us to come to you with both awe and trust.  Christ Jesus our holy Brother, the wonder of the Gospel of love is a free gift from you; help us to come to you with open hearts.  Spirit-Truth, our holy Friend, the power that sustains all things is contained in your intimacy; help us to come to you with high expectations.  Please bless us, most loving God, for in your blessing is our health and our happiness.  AMEN

THE NET: Youth group beings in Sept.

Stay posted for further information.

Island churches are forming an ecumenical youth group. Its proposed name is The Net. Please read the guiding principles and goals below and then sign off on this memorandum if you wish to participate. Each participating church is expected to provide financial support and assist a paid youth group leader.

 

Guiding Principles:

  1. The goal is to provide a safe place where students can grow and share their faith.
  2. The Net will serve students in grades 7-12, beginning September, 2014.
  3. Character education and faith development will be stressed. Though we may not study scripture, this will be a faith-based program (for example, we expect to end each meeting with The Lord’s Prayer).
  4. At least one clergy person from a participating church will be present at every meeting. Participating churches will also be asked to provide adult lay leaders on occasion (for regular meetings and special events or trips), who will also be asked to contribute to the life of the group (e.g., get to know the students and take and active role in the group).
  5. There will be no “discipling” and no proselytizing.
  6. Safe Church policies will be followed. Leaders and volunteers will be CORIed.

 

Proposed Format:

The Net will meet on Sundays from 4:00 to 5:30 pm from September 14 – May 17. If school is not scheduled for Monday, the Youth Group will not meet, therefore meeting dates are:

September 14, 21 and 28 (3) February 1, 8 and 22 (3)

October 5, 19 and 26 (3) March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (5)

November 2, 9, 16 and 23 (4) April 12 and 26 (2)

December 7 and 14 (2) May 3, 10 and 17 (3)

January 4, 11 and 25 (3)

There will be 28 meetings, plus a winter ski trip, and a mission trip in the spring.

We will hold meetings at Island churches on a rotating basis. One church will host in September, October and November. A second church will host in December, January and February. A third church will host in March, April and May.

We will hire and pay one leader, who will be supported by clergy and lay people from the participating churches. Details about staffing and accounting for paid position are available upon request.

 

Ghana trip invitation May 26-June 9

 

August 2, 2014

  Dear Friend:  At one time you indicated interest in possibly travel with us to Ghana. Enclosed is our next proposed trip scheduled for May 26- June 9, 2015.  Although, it is still about 10 months away, tentative bookings are being made with British Airways. Reservations have been made at the

. There is room for the first 8 people to sign up. Please consider this as an invitation to join us on this venture. 

 

Proposed 2015 Mission Trip to Ghana

The Following Are Approximate Costs for the Following Itineraries

Depart Boston, Miami, New York, or Toronto –Tuesday, May 26. 2015. Transfer in Heathrow, London, England for 7 hour flight to Accra, Ghana, West Africa. Arrive at Accra, the next evening and immediately depart for Ho.

This trip presupposes a group of not less than six, nor more than twelve (First come, first served)

During our Ghana stay, we will primarily be housed at the Kekeli Hotel, the Social Center of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the city of Ho. Clean and comfortable, with air-conditioning, each room will be for two guests and will have an in-room bathroom, cold water shower, and sink. Bottled drinking water will be available for in-room use. Meals will be prepared and served in the dining room of the hotel and will feature a mixture of Ghanaian and continental food, sensitive to our dietary needs. Three meals a day are included in the cost. All fees, tips, lodging and ground travel as well as admissions are covered. This includes 12 days in Ghana, departing May 26, 2015 and arriving back June 9, 2015

Lodging for the trip to Cape Coast-Elmina area is still in the process of being settled.

The Ghana experience will include a Worship opportunity in a village in the region of Ho each Sunday. We will join the people of the villages and communities of the Volta Region. All participants on the trip will participate in age/skill appropriate mission projects to include such things as physical labor at a work site, teaching in a school in the Ho district, work in a medical clinic, presence in a hospital, or with the EP Church. During the time in Ghana, we will try to arrange daily cultural presentations to arts, dance, drum, song, fabric making, culture, and/or history.

We will make a four-hour trek to Cape Coast area where we will visit a Slave Fort and Kakum National Park which has a canopy walk over the rainforest.

Afternoons will be reserved for periods of rest and relaxation or free time for exploring the city and market of Ho and perhaps a visit to Tafi Monkey Sanctuary, Wili Waterfall or Keta Sea Defense.

Ghana (Estimated): $3,150 Boston, Toronto, New York, or Miami

Plus Visa Required: $60-100 Plus Shots required:Yellow fever, malaria meds, etc.

Contact:The Rev. David Christensen telephone: 1-860-759-0791

Box 50, West Tisbury, MA 02575 email: dgcatbcc@aol.com

 

Send Deposit of $200 by September 25, 2014 for air and trip mailed to Rev. Christensen

Send Payment of $1,000 by November 30, 2014 mailed to Rev. Christensen

Send Payment of $1,050 by March 15, 2015 - mailed to Rev. Christensen

The first checks should be made out to “The Federated Church” with the notation “Ghana Travel.”

Balance Due $900 by May 1, 2015

The final check should be made out to David Christensen with notation “Ghana travel.”


Note: Payment details on  attached Proposed Form

 

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“Spirit Song” September 14

On "stage"

On “stage”


September 14 at 3, the concert of songs, arias and spirituals sung by mezzo-sooprano, Lia Kahler with friends.
Silent auction at 2.
Info about “Spirit Song”

What: Catalyst Concert of songs, spirituals, arias and solo works for piano and organ

Why: To raise funds for the estimated $20,000 repair of the steeple and cross of the Chilmark Community Church damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Who: Lia Kahler, mezzo-soprano, with fellow artists and friends, pianist Richard Gordon, organist Philip Dietterich, and readers Arlene Bodge and Dan Cabot

When: Sunday afternoon September 14, 2014, 3:00 p.m. Preceded by Silent Auction at 2:00, during intermission and at the reception following the concert

Where: Chilmark Community Church, Menemsha Crossroad

Other info:

Arlene and Dan will be readers of the English texts of Brahm’s “Four Scriptural Songs”

Silent auction: Special item up for bid: a ride for up to 5 to a private picnic on the North Shore chauffeured by Bob Ganz at the wheel of his 1926 Lincoln convertible; other items – dining certificates, prints, jewelry, stocking stuffers and other surprises.

 

 

 

 

 

Chilmark reaches goal of $500 for Imagine No Malaria

As of Sunday, with the help of Bob’s matching funds,   Chilmark  Community Church surpassed it’s goal of $500 for the campaign.  We’ll be sending the New England Conference $571 toward the goal. See below.

Can We Catch a Killer?

Every 60 seconds, malaria claims a life in Africa. The people of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church are unified in the fight against a needless killer with Imagine No Malaria.

Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary effort of the United Methodist Church as we put our faith into action all across the denomination to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother. Our goal in the New England Annual Conference is to save 150,000 lives by raising $1.5 million for Imagine No Malaria.

New England Campaign Progress:


Achieving the goal of ending preventable deaths by malaria requires an integrated strategy against the disease. As a life-saving ministry, Imagine No Malaria aims to empower the people of Africa to overcome malaria’s burden. We in the New England Conference join with other United Methodists to fight malaria with a comprehensive model.

In 2006, we entered into the fight with Nothing But Nets program. Imagine No Malaria will continue to support Nothing But Nets and build partnerships, because bed nets are an effective tool against the disease.

We are making a difference

But there is still more work to do

Just a few short years ago, statistics showed a child died every 30 seconds of malaria. Today, because of your dedicated and generous support by United Methodists, malaria’s impact has been cut in half.

According to the World Health Organization (World Malaria Report 2011), this disease now claims a life every 60 seconds. We seek to end all preventable deaths from malaria, so our journey continues….

Now, Imagine No Malaria helps us take the next step in this fight (think of it as Nets Plus). We’re doing more and addressing this issue on a variety of fronts, including Prevention, Education, Communications, and Treatment.

Prevention:
To date, Imagine No Malaria is responsible for the distribution of 1.2 million insecticide-treated bed nets throughout the continent.
Education:
We know that local people are the most credible and trusted source for information about malaria. We have trained more than 5,400 community health workers to personally deliver mosquito nets and measure usage rates. Recent efforts in Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo have produced net usage rates exceeding 80 percent.
Communication:
Behavior-change communication includes how to use and care for a bed net, and when to seek treatment for the disease. In addition to word-of-mouth outreach, the United Methodist radio station in Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) broadcasts messages about malaria to thousands of listeners each day.
Treatment:
The United Methodist Church operates more than 300 hospitals, clinics and health posts throughout Africa. This vital healthcare infrastructure is a critical part of how we will overcome the disease. In order to be effective, however, these facilities must have life-saving resources like rapid diagnostic tests and malaria medication.

LOBSTER ROLLS TO GO

LOBSTER ROLLS TO GO

TUESDAY NIGHTS FROM 4:30-7 (OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)

JUNE 17 -SEPT 2

Generous Lobster Roll, chips and drink:  $15

Big, fresh baked cookies $1

The Lobster Crew at Chilmark Church, June 26,2012

The “cooks”.

“Money Changers”

Prized repeat customer!

 

August 7, 2012

CHILDREN’S FAIR: JUNE 14 (A gift to the community)

What a wonderful morning!  So many workers.  Many lovely children.

children fair 14 003Bob and Irene were ready early.

children fair 14 028Some rode the pony, others were happy to sit the little one.

children fair 14 008The Bounce House was a great hit.

children fair 14 009Face Painting by a pro.

children fair 14 015And hand painted for a reluctant little one.

children fair 14 016Traditional catch a ball.

children fair 14 017The magnetic fishing pole…

children fair 14 012Decorate your own cupcake!

children fair 14 031Very popular cup cakes.

Thanks to Julie, Kim, Sarah, Emily, Peter, Andrew, Janet, Seongmoon, Bob and Irene, Fran and Larsen’s fish market for ice,  Kristine and Joe for the goats.

Cross and steeple Repair to begin

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It all began with hurricane “Sandy”.  The cross took a dramatic lean to the East.  Before it could fall Mark Clements brought over his equipment and Roy Riley rode up to the heavens and took down the cross.

THE STEEPLE CROSS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

THE STEEPLE CROSS AFTER HURRICANE SANDY

4-IMG_0450 3-IMG_0446 2-IMG_0442Now  it is time to repair the cross and do some overdue maintenance on the upper part of the steeple (the bottom third was rebuilt four years ago). John Leecock from Palmer, Massachusetts, a partner of Frank Allard, who repaired steeples in West Tisbury and Edgartown and even, Chilmark, years ago, has been consulted about doing the work.

Contributions to the project would be most welcome:  Chilmark Community Church, 9 Menemsha Crossroad. 02535.