Saturday, September 15, 2018

Raul Contreras on Estoreeño Presbytery's Sept. 13-14 Assembly



A nombre la onorable asamblea.se le gradese la iglesia cresent hill por su oraciones por los dos dias de asamblea que fue de mucha bendicion porque todas las iglesias mandaron sus delegados.tambien tuvimos la vicita del secretario permanente de la asamblea general el pastor Rosalia Ortega.hubo elecion de nuevo comite ejecutivo. Presidente.pastor Benjamin sacul de familia de Noe.vice presidente.de Arca de noe.secretario.pastor Raul Contreras de Altar de Noe.tesorero Pastor Ramiro Quib de Arca de Noe. Jose choc vocal l de lirio de los valles anciano.Jose sub vocal ll pastor de monte sinai.Jorge Ortiz vocal lll obrero bacante de samaritano.secretario coresponsal de puerta del cielo...


English translation:

On behalf of the unforgettable assembly, the cresent hill church was given to you for your prayers for the two days of the assembly, which was very blessed because all the churches sent their delegates. We also had the visit of the permanent secretary of the General Assembly, Pastor Rosalia Ortega. .hubo elecion of new executive committee. President.Paster Benjamin Sacul of the family of Noe.vice presidente.de Arca de noe.secretary.pastor Raul Contreras of Altar de Noe. Treasurer Pastor Ramiro Quib of Arca de Noe. Jose choc vocal l lily of the valley elder.Jose sub vocal ll pastor of monte sinai.Jorge Ortiz vocal lll worker Bacchante de samaritano.secretary coresponsal door of heaven ...



25-26 de este mes estare en sesion ordinaria comite ejecutivo de la asamblea general en la ciudad capital guatemala. Regreso 27 para coban para estar con las hermana de la sinodica el 28 de septienbre como me elgieron como consegero de dos año yestare retornando con mi familia el 29 espero su oracion hermano

  

English translation:  25-26 of this month will be in ordinary session executive committee of the general assembly in the capital city of Guatemala. I'm going back to coban 27 to be with the sister of the synod on September 28 as I was elected as a two year consejerro and I will return with my family on the 29th, I hope your brother's prayer

somos una familia unida

English translation:  We are a united family.



Wednesday, July 25, 2018

August/fall prayers


In fall 2018 Crescent Hill will pray for and with Guatemala partners:


-On Sunday, July 29, and during the week thereafter: Estoreño Presbytery Executive Committee, President Ramiro Quib Caal, and other officers

 -On Sunday, August 5, and during the week thereafter:  Estoreño Presbytery Presbyterian Women organization, President Ana Coc Tiul, facilitator Olivia Beb, and other officers

-On Sunday, August 12, and during the week thereafter:  Estoreño Presbytery youth and young adult organization, President Wilman Botzoc, and other officers

-On Sunday, August 19, and during the week thereafter:  Peniel church in Boqueron  and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, August 26, and during the week thereafter: Familia de Noe church in El Estor’s Sinai neighborhood, Pastor Benjamin Sacul and family, and all who worship there

-On Sunday, September 2, and the week thereafter: Lirio de los Valles church in El Estor’s San Jorge neighborhood, Pastor Mario Xo Ical and family, and all who worship there

-On Sunday, September 9, and the week thereafter:  Puerta del Cielo congregation in the El Estor suburb of La Union of El Estor, Pastor Israel Choc, and all who worship there

-On Sunday, September 16, and the week thereafter: Arca de Noe church in El Estor, Pastor Ramiro Quib Caal and family, and all who worship there

-On Sunday, September 23, and the week thereafter:  Altar de Noe church in El Estor’s Los Cerritos neighborhood, Pastor Raul Contreras Tut and family, and all who worship there

-On Sunday, September 30, and the week thereafter:  Espiritu Santo church in El Estor’s San Marcos neighborhood, Pastor José Domingo Xo Ical and family, and all who worship there

-On Sunday, October 7, and the week thereafter: Monte Sinai church in the village of San Carlos El Pouvenir outside of Puerto Barrios, Pastor José Sub and family, and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, October 21, and during the week thereafter: El Buen Samaritano church in the village of Nueva Amanacer neighborhood, Pastor Oscar Caal Choc and family, and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, October 28, and the week thereafter:  Emanuel congregation in the Huracan Mich community of Panzos, Pastor Oscar Tzul Coc and family, and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, November 4, and the week thereafter:  Jehova Es Mi Pastor congregation in the village of Markajam, Pastor Gonzalo Tiul Choc and family, and all who worship there

-On Sunday, November 11, and the week thereafter:  Alfa y Omega congregation in the village of Seacacar, Pastor Mariano Cuz and family, and all who worship there

Monday, July 9, 2018

Basic July visit itinerary


7/13  Travel to Guatemala City

7/14  Travel to Rio Dulce Hotel Banana Palms

7/15  Travel to El Estor/Church/Program

Overnight with Families

Check in with Hotel Calle Real

7/17  Church visits

7/18  Travel to Puerto Barrios/ St. Tomas de Castilla Hotel Puerto Libre

7/19  Travel to Antigua Hotel El Carmen

7/20  In Antigua

Commissioning July visit team, by Mary Love


Guatemala Team: Soni Castleberry, Sharon Kutz-Mellem, Perry Chang, and Doug Yeager

[To Guatemala Visit Team]:
Leader: God has called you to a particular mission—to visit our Kekchi sisters and brothers to deepen our partnership relationship with the women of Estoreño Presbytery. Do you welcome the responsibility of this service as a part of your commitment to follow Jesus, to love neighbors, and to work for the reconciling of the world?
Team: I do.

[To the congregation]:
Leader: And do you, members and friends of Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church, promise to prayerfully support and encourage all of these friends in this ministry?
People: We do.
                       
Leader: Let us pray:
All: We ask your blessing, O God, on these friends
            who stand before us this day.
            Bless their journey and their visit.
            May they be strengthened in their faith
            and upheld in your love.
            May this visit further our partnership—
            not just with Guatemalan sisters and brothers,
            but also with the Christ whom we follow.

[To Guatemala Visit Team]:
Leader: You are commissioned to service on our behalf and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.        Go with our prayers and be mutually encouraged through your visit with our Q’ekchi sisters and brothers.

Summertime involvement opportunities


You’re invited to be involved in Crescent Hill’s Guatemala mission partnership this summer by serving as a prayer partner for ONE of the FOUR Crescent hill folks who will visit with our partners Friday, July 13-Saturday, July 21, and/or by helping out with the Saturday, August 11 St. Joseph’s annual picnic fund-raiser that will generate financial support for the partnership.

Prayer partners will be asked to write ONE note for the visit team member with whom you are partnered and pray for this person while they are on the visit.   While on this visit, team members will visit Q’eqchi Estoreño Izabal Presbytery churches, including the Monte Sinai church in faraway San Carlos El Pourvenir, and lead Vacation Bible School and Men’s Group small-group discussions.
On St. Joseph’s Saturday, CHPC folks will work with the neighbors, St. Joseph’s, and security personnel hired by CHPC to block off the street next to the church (Westminster Court) and invite folks driving to the picnic to park in the church parking lot or in the grass past the playground in exchange for a $10 donation. This is an opportunity to help out our Westminster Court neighbors and let people know about our church community and our Guatemala partnership. 

St. Joseph’s Saturday volunteers will split their time among: (1) inviting people (in their cars) through the temporary gate to be erected at the corner of Crescent Avenue and Westminster Court and receiving their money; (2) directing them into the parking lot/onto the grass, monitoring the number of empty spaces, and letting the person at Crescent Avenue know whether there are empty spaces; and (3) sometimes educating people about the opportunity to park their cars at CPHC by holding a sign along Crescent Avenue, Frankfort Avenue, or Hillcrest Avenue.

You may sign up to serve as a prayer partner or as a St. Joseph’s Saturday volunteer before or after worship on Sunday, July 1, or Sunday, July 8 (when the visit team members will be commissioned) or by email.

-Perry

May 12 gathering notes

Present: Sharon Kutz-Mellem, Bob Mellem, Doug Yeager, Soni Castleberry, Carrie Mook Bridgman, Mary Love, Elisa Owens, Stephanie Gregory

Opened with sharing of highs/lows and prayer

Report on visit—
1.       Followed planned schedule for trip with Enrique as driver.  First night was spent in Antigua at Carlos Lara’s brother’s hotel (Hotel Carmen) and had dinner with Carlos David Lara with his new wife, Irma, and son, Sebastian (11 years old).
2.       Left early for Rio Dulce (Bruno’s) and stayed for one night and dinner, were joined by Marta an Obrera with a diploma in theology and her son Leonel at Bruno’s.  They became traveling companions on the way to La Guitarra.
3.       Rosa Marina, Pastor Benjamin, and 2 other women with children rode together in the van with Soni, Sharon, Elisa, and Carrie.
4.       The road to La Guitarra was bad due to excessive rain.  2 ½ hours to get to La Guitarra.  Enrique contracted with a driver from town to bring everyone back.  The contracted driver had a more appropriate vehicle and was familiar with the road and challenges.
5.       Once in La Guitarra everyone was greeted by Ana Coc Tuel (sp?) an officer in the presbytery and Gerardo. Soni, Sharon, Carrie, and Elisa stayed in a home with 5 bedrooms. 
6.       1st night there, Wednesday, had an opening worship and dinner.  Everyone was asked to sing.  They sang “Go With Us, Lord” in the round.
7.       Thursday—led a bible study focusing on the story of Ruth, encouraging their friendship with each other.  Rosa Marina acted as translator from Spanish to Q’eqechi (she is also now involved with the Looking for Lilith group in Guatemala).
8.       During the meeting women were weeping because they were overwhelmed with what God had done through them in the past year.  Many had been reluctant to become officers originally.
9.       Men present were Fidel as advisor, Ramiro, Gerardo, and Benjamin.  Raul Contreras was unable to leave work for the trip.  At one point when the men were discussing money, Gerardo had said it was the women’s meeting and got up and went to the back of the building leaving the women alone.  This was viewed positively as letting the women have more autonomy.
10.   Left early the next morning and ate breakfast as Sarita’s. 
11.   When they got back to the city they were able to meet up with Rubina and her fiancé, Moses.  They were escorted through town with Rubina, Moses, and Enrique.
12.   They made two phone calls about the money that was sent to IENPG, but nothing was resolved.  Was told at one point that it is tied up in customs because the wrong person signed for it.

IENPG Money Situation
1.       Money has still not been released to our partners. Our partners are aware that we have sent the money and that IENPG is not releasing the money.
2.       Phil Beisswenger has offered to help, but it isn’t sure there is anything he can do.
3.       Ben has also called after our group called from Guatemala.  Still nothing resolved. 
4.       Doug proposed that we should contact Jose Luis Casal at PCUSA Presbyterian Mission Agency to see if he can talk to IENPG.  Elisa said she would contact Jose Casal.  Doug thought we should ask for the 5% handling fee, that they usually charge, be waived due to the delay in processing for our partners.

Planning for July Visit—Stuffed bulletins with pictures of trip while discussing.
1.       Soni reviewed the cost of the April trip.  The total cost was $5,400 for 4 people and 2 nights staying with families.


a.       $3,600 for airfare
b.       $84 phone costs
c.       $897 for driver and van
d.       $15 transfer fees
e.       $842 room and meals


2.       Our budget for Guatemala is negative $600.   We should have around $1,500 at the end of April.
a.       Two biggest and successful fundraisers so far are St. Joe’s parking which brings in around $1,200 and Soup Sales which has been averaging around $300/month.  We will resume soup in the fall.  Some discussion of summer cold soups, but nothing decided.
3.       The expected cost for 8 people to travel to Guatemala this July would be approximately $10,000.  People will need to pay more or need to do more fund raising.
a.       Possible travelers: Sharon Kutz-Mellem, Bob Kutz-Mellem, Doug Yeager, Perry Chang, Soni Castleberry, Ben Langley, Will Farrell, Molly Casteel, Madeline Wilding, Dalen Payton, and Phil Lloyd-Sidle.
b.       Proposed purpose of trip-
                                                                           i.      Church Visitation
                                                                         ii.      Men’s Group dealing with domestic violence and difficulties of being indigenous men in Guatemala. This could piggyback off of what Brian and Sandy Thompson Royer are doing using the scripture based book Man in the Mirror.  (They are leaving in September) (This has been broached with Raul Contreras) Our approach would be more therapeutic based, less guilt, but a place to express frustrations and what is a constructive outlet for frustrations.
                                                                       iii.      Women/Youth groups would continue with church visits, sharing our presence, VBS activities, and possible parallel women’s group discussing what it is like to be a woman in Guatemala.
                                                                       iv.      We should also contact them to see what they want us to do.
                                                                         v.      Possibly visiting Rosa Marina’s church.
PCUSA Guatemala Network Group
1.       Ben Langley and Shannon Bostrom attended last spring.
2.       2014 came to Louisville and held meeting at Cedar Ridge
3.       This year is going to be held September 4th-7th, Tuesday-Friday. Mary Love, Soni Castleberry, and Perry Chang are on planning committee. It is being held at PCUSA and a hotel downtown.  Registration fee is $100 and includes meals. It is a chance to hear from PCUSA, Mission Co-Workers, and other people who have partnerships.  We can share best practices, IENPG issues, women and men’s groups.
Concluded with Prayer
Elisa, Doug, Soni, and Stephanie stayed for phone call.
1.       Ana Coc Tiel was a no answer, no message. Ramiro answered.  He was on the way to Rosa Marina’s church.  We were able to again express frustration with IENPG not releasing money and Shannon and Megan having their baby before we lost the call

-Stephanie Gregory

Summer 2018 prayers

In summer 2018 Crescent Hill will pray for and with Guatemala partners:


-On Sunday, May 6, and during the week thereafter:  Peniel church in Boqueron, Pastor Fidel Juc, and members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, May 13, and during the week thereafter: Familia de Noe church in El Estor’s Sinai neighborhood, Pastor Benjamin Sacul and family, and members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, May 20, and the week thereafter: Lirio de los Valles church in El Estor’s San Jorge neighborhood, Pastor Mario Xo Ical and family, and members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, May 27, and the week thereafter:  Puerta del Cielo congregation in the El Estor suburb of La Union of El Estor, Pastor Leonel Cacao, and all worshipers

 -On Sunday, June 3, and the week thereafter: Arca de Noe church in El Estor, Pastor Ramiro Quib Caal and family, and members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, June 10, and the week thereafter:  Altar de Noe church in El Estor’s Los Cerritos neighborhood, Pastor Raul Contreras Tut and family, and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, June 17, and the week thereafter:  Espiritu Santo church in El Estor’s San Marcos neighborhood, Pastor José Domingo Xo Ical and family, and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, June 24, and the week thereafter: Monte Sinai church in the village of San Carlos El Pouvenir outside of Puerto Barrios, Pastor José Sub and family, and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, July 1, and during the week thereafter: El Buen Samaritano church in the village of Nueva Amanacer neighborhood, Pastor Jorge Ortiz and family, and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, July 8, and the week thereafter:  Galilea congregation in El Estor’s Esfuerza neighborhood, Pastor Angel Martin Sacul and family, and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, July 15, and the week thereafter:  Emanuel congregation in the Huracan Mich community of Panzos, Pastor Oscar Tzul Coc and family, and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, July 22, and the week thereafter:  Marc’am congregation, Pastor Gonzalo Tiul Choc and family, and all who worship there