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
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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.
- The goal is to provide a safe place where students can grow and share their faith.
- The Net will serve students in grades 7-12, beginning September, 2014.
- 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).
- 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).
- There will be no “discipling” and no proselytizing.
- Safe Church policies will be followed. Leaders and volunteers will be CORIed.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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
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.
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.
What a wonderful morning! So many workers. Many lovely children.
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.
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.
Now 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.
In addition to Pizza,
The menu will be bulgoGi.”(Beef), Jabchae (noodle), Rice and some korean snack.