July Mission Offering: One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of SharingOur theme for the 2015 One Great Hour of Sharing is “Give and Change the World.”

In a second letter, Paul writes to the Corinthians, who were excited about ministry opportunities.

For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has – not according to what one does not have. I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written, ‘The one who had much did not have too much, and the one who had little did not have too little.’  – 2 Corinthians 8: 12-15

This is our annual opportunity to help others, both in the world and at home, who are in desperate need due to natural or political disasters. We can have an impact to “change to life of someone in distress in {our} own congregation or community, and at other times… in the lives of those we may never meet but who are in desperate need of our compassion and generosity. For almost seven decades we have been making a difference together – and glorifying God – through this offering which funds relief,  development, and refugee ministry all over the world and in the U.S.

This spring we gave $630 to OGHS in response to the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Those funds have already been sent so that they can be put to use right away. Our goal for the year is $800. During
worship in July you will have to opportunity to learn about just a few of the many ways that our giving helps those in need. As expressed in the materials from American Baptist Churches, USA, “together, we will achieve a fair balance, bringing about a world the way God intended it to be. Give and change the world.”

Carolyn Shepard
Material from ABC-OGHS 2015

Our goal for this year is $800.

Nepal Earthquake Relief

Nepal earthquake reliefChurches in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are asked to keep the Nepali families, emergency response workers and government in prayer. Additional financial relief is urgently needed. You may give through our church, making your check to the church and designating your gift for “*OGHS-Nepal Earthquake Relief.”

*One Great Hour of Sharing

$530 has been given so far from our congregation.

July Mission Offering Update (9/10)

One Great Hour of Sharing 2014The Special Offering for July is our annual offering for One Great Hour of Sharing. This year’s theme is “We Are One.”“With our extensive network of international and domestic partners, American Baptists are able to make a difference wherever and whenever disaster strikes.” This special offering is directed to those areas and people around the world that are in need from either natural disasters or man-made disasters. Our gifts to One Great Hour Sharing make a difference in the world.

To date we’ve received $920 toward our goal of $1,000.

 

Mission visitors from Lebanon and India

Three candlesWhat a special day we had last Sunday with all our international visitors! It was a delight to welcome Dan and Sarah Chetti, missionaries from Lebanon; Ramesh Kumar and Dr. A. J. Samuel from India; and Leonardo Nogueira, a visitor (Baptist) from Rio de Janeiro. Dan preached for us on bringing the good news to the nations of this world; Sarah shared in our Time for Children and Youth; both brought testimony and videos about the work they are doing – Dan in the Arab Baptist Seminary and Sarah with female migrant workers who are brought to Beirut as domestics and then often mistreated. Ramesh brought greetings from Balasore Technical School and Dr. Samuel from the Telugu Baptist Convention of south India. All of them had been in the USA for the missions conferences, held at Green Lake, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Baptist foreign missions.

Dr. AJ Samuel, Ramesh Kumar, Sarah and Dan Chetti
Dr. AJ Samuel, Ramesh Kumar, Sarah and Dan Chetti

After worship and a time of sharing, Marilyn Hunwick, Nana Spiridon and the Missions Task Team provided a lovely lunch on the patio. We had dishes from India and Lebanon along with fresh fruit as everyone continued the conversation under the trees. I am also pleased to report that Ramesh has pledged $1000 to our special mission offerings for Habitat for Humanity and One Great Hour of Sharing, from the money BTS makes selling its goods and Dr. Samuel pledged $1000 from the Telugu Convention for the work of the Chettis! Of course, this doesn’t let us off the hook. It simply adds to what we have and will continue to give with our characteristic generosity.

At the end of the luncheon, both Doug and I commented on what good day it was. Special thanks to the Hunwicks for the key role they played in pulling all this together and for the indomitability of their missionary spirit! Thanks to everyone else who helped make the day special. I love not only the multicultural flavors of our own congregation but also our vision and appreciation for how modern missions bring all sorts of people together in a common family of God.

This Sunday promises to be another special day as well as we celebrate our annual joint worship service in Mitchell Park. This year I am very pleased that the folk from University AME Zion will be joining us, including their new pastor, Kaloma Smith. I believe the Tongan congregation “nested” in their space will also participate. Margaret Boles, Kal and I have had a good time planning a service around the theme, “All Are Welcome.” The service will be followed by the traditional potluck lunch so bring food to share. This would be a wonderful time to invite some others to join you.

Remember the service begins at 10:30 AM this week only! Y’all come.

God grant us more light, more love, more life as we journey together.

Pastor Rick  

July Mission Offering Update (7/16)

One Great Hour of Sharing 2014The Special Offering for July is our annual offering for One Great Hour of Sharing. This year’s theme is “We Are One.”“With our extensive network of international and domestic partners, American Baptists are able to make a difference wherever and whenever disaster strikes.” This special offering is directed to those areas and people around the world that are in need from either natural disasters or man-made disasters. Our gifts to One Great Hour Sharing make a difference in the world.

To date we’ve received $190 toward our goal of $1,000.

July Mission Offering Update (7/9)

One Great Hour of Sharing 2014The Special Offering for July is our annual offering for One Great Hour of Sharing. This year’s theme is “We Are One.”“With our extensive network of international and domestic partners, American Baptists are able to make a difference wherever and whenever disaster strikes.” This special offering is directed to those areas and people around the world that are in need from either natural disasters or man-made disasters. Our gifts to One Great Hour Sharing make a difference in the world.

To date we’ve received $50 toward our goal of $1,000.

Relief in the Philippines

One Great Hour of Sharing$10,000 in OGHS Emergency Relief Funds Provided
for Victims of the Philippine Typhoon.
Additional Relief Aid Urgently Needed.

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/11/13)—Super typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippine islands last weekend with devastating force.  The Philippine Red Cross estimates that at least 1,200 people were killed by the storm. That number could grow as officials make their way to remote areas made nearly inaccessible by Haiyan. International Ministries missionaries in the Philippines, Debbie Mulneix and Jonathan and Thelma Nambu, have been contacted by IM and are safe.

In response to this disaster, $10,000 in emergency relief funds is being sent from One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) to help victims of this massive typhoon.

Read more at the American Baptist Churches site.