Sunday, April 15, 2018

April visit plans

Here are the plans for this visit's travelers: Carrie Bridgman, Soni Castleberry, Sharon Kutz-Mellem and Elisa Owen

The purpose of this visit is to send CHPC women to be with the Presbyterian Women of our partnership presbytery -- Presbiterial Q'eqchi' Esotreno Izabal.-- during their annual assembly. Women in Guatemala still have a difficult time serving in leadership positions even within the women's groups. Our presence helps to support their efforts, as we also model how women are in ministry in our church and in presbyteries in the U.S. We will be bringing them greetings from the CHPC Presbyterian Women, and hopefully, confirming with them receipt of  the $1,350 that CHPC has directed toward the work of their presbytery.

Monday, April 16 - Travelers will need to be at the Louisville International Airport (SDF) by 4:45 a.m. so we will have time to gather, check in as a group at Delta, and have a prayer before we head through security. We depart on Flight  931 at 7:00 a.m., arriving in Atlanta at 8:29 a.m. We will fly out at 10:30 a.m. on Flight 904 for a 12:05 p.m. arrival in Guatemala City. Our driver, Enrique Carrillo, will meet us just outside the airport. He is the same driver that Soni Castleberry and Megan McCarty used last year at the recommendation of Mission Co-workers Sandi and Brian Thompson-Royer. He's a delight and speaks English quite well. Upon arrival at all travel points, Soni will contact Mary Love and she will provide travelers' families with texts regarding safe arrivals.

Enrique will take the travel group to Hotel Carmen, 9 03001, 3a Avenida Norte Their phone # is 502-7832 3850. The women will have a quad room. Enrique lives not far away so he will go home for dinner and the night with his family. CHPC travelers have stayed here before. It is owned by the brother of Carlos Lara who was our visiting pastor the summer that our partnership began over 10 years ago.  We will have time that afternoon to explore some of Antiqua. We will also call the Guatemalan Presbyterian Office (IENPG)  in Guatemala City to check on the status of the CHPC funds that were sent to them for transfer to our partners. At 7 p.m., Carlos' son, Carlito, his new wife Irma, their son Sebastian, and Carlito's sister Ana, will have dinner with us. 

Tuesday, April 17 - Breakfast is included at the hotel. After eating, if we have time, we'll look around the city a little more before checking out of the hotel at least by mid-morning  to get to Rio Dulce before dark. There, we will be staying at Bruno's hotel htttp:// The women will have a quad room together (two doubles and a bunk bed. Enrique will be staying at the hotel too. We will have dinner that night at the hotel. 

Wednesday, April 18 - We will check out of Bruno's in time to meet the women from the town of El Estor, which is the center point for the work of our partnership presbytery.  Ana Coc Tiul, president of the Presbyterian Women, says they have rented a bus for 40 of them and plan to meet us in Rio Dulce at 11 a.m. to caravan together to La Guitarra. This is the remote village where the assembly will be held at Hijo del Dios Viviente Iglesia. Some women may travel with us so we can visit and they can show Enrique the way where things aren't well-marked. We want to be in La Guitarra by 3 p.m. because we will have dinner and worship that evening. 

We will be staying this night and the next sleeping on the church floors with all the other women. This is where Gerardo Pop Ich pastors now. He was instrumental in helping form our partnership when he was the pastor at Arca de Noe Iglesia in El Estor and was president of the presbytery. 

Thursday, April 19 - This is the main day of the assembly. We will be at the church all day and staying overnight. This is a wonderful experience observing and supporting the women of the presbytery as they conduct business, wait on the Holy Spirit, pray, sing, visit with each other, cook meals, and lead worship in true celebration. It is an amazing and exhausting day lasting well into the evening.

Friday, April 20 - We will leave this morning in time to get back to Guatemala City at a reasonable time. We will be staying at Hostal de Don Pedro,, where we stayed on CHPC's 2016 partnership visit. It is located at 4ta. Avenida 3-25 Zona 1, 01001. The phone # is 502-2285-3434. The women will have two double rooms. This hotel is near the center city so we will have some time for sightseeing in the capitol. We plan to have dinner with Rubenia Sanchez, who was our interpreter last year, and Moses, her husband to be. Rubenia is the Guatemalan staff with Living Waters, a program based in Elizabethtown KY, that we may work with as our partners have expressed greater concern about the safety of their water supply.

Saturday, April 21 - We will need to be up early for our included breakfast at the hotel. Enrique will then have us to the airport no later than 11 a.m.. We leave on Flight 906 at 1:20 pm for a 6:50 p.m. arrival in Atlanta. We'll have a long layover in Atlanta, but will be on Flight 2491 at 10:35 arrive safely in Louisville at 11:59 p.m.

Those of us traveling are very excited about our opportunity to represent CHPC with our partners on this visit. It is wonderful to have two Spanish speakers on this visit thus no need for a Spanish translator this year. We will rely on our sisters in Presbyterian Women to translate back and forth for us in Q'eqchi, the native Mayan language that most of the women speak. If any of you reading this have any questions about the visit, please feel free to email me, or text or call me at 502-417-6481. 

Thanks so much for your help in support of this visit. Please keep us and our Guatemalan sisters in your prayers. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you.


April 2018 visit prayer partners

Elisa Owen

Janine Linder

Mary Love

Jerry Van Marter

Jane Thomas

Shannon Langley

Amy Linfield

Dave Bush

Patricia Lambert

Carol Mead and Don Mead

Sharon Kutz-Mellem

Mark and Barbara Barnes

Jim Hubert

Mary Love

Stephen Bartlett

Tricia Lloyd-Sidle

Patti Marcum

Carol Mead and Don Mead

Carrie Bridgman

Mary Love

Rebecca Barnes

Deborah Fortel

Marianne Booth

Doug Yeager

Marsha Berry

Carol Mead and Don Mead

Soni Castleberry

Mary Love

Molly Casteel

Eva Stimson

Kim Aycock

Claudia Foulkes

Hilda Zuniga

Carol Mead and Don Mead


Barbara Hedspeth

Beverly Machin

Children’s Sunday school class

April 2018 visit team commissioning

Leader [Mary Love]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?

Guatemala Visit Team: I do.
Leader 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?

Congregation: We do.
Leader: Let us pray:

People: 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.
Leader to Guatemala Visit Team: 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 Kekchi sisters and brothers.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Second Sunday soup sale: March 11

On the second Sunday of the month (this month: March 11), CHPC folks will have an opportunity to take home a quart or quarts of delicious homemade soup in exchange for making a donation to the Guatemala mission partnership. Funds will go towards helping make spring and summer visits to Guatemala more affordable. You may double your money by buying a second quart of soup and donating it to the Deacon’s Freezer for CHPC folks to take to people who are ill, homebound, or suffering loss. Doubling your money will be a win-win-win for your dining pleasure, for the Guatemala visits, and for CHPC’s ability to reach out to CHPC folks in crisis.

Saturday, March 10 gathering

Guatemala Connection folks will meet Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the kitchen and Henry Young Hall in the church back building to create/prepare the soup (and talk about the Guatemala partnership) and will see folks after worship in the Narthex to exchange soup and donations.  Join us at either.

February gathering notes

Soni having bought containers and Doug ingredients and Mary and Stephanie and Pastor Elisa having traveled to Springfield (KY) for the presbytery meeting, Doug spent several hours Friday and Saturday, with several others pitching in at the last moment, to make chicken soup and bean soup for sale Sunday. The group decided on one quart for $15, and two for $25, while encouraging to give one of their two quarts for $25 to the Deacon’s Freezer.  A flyer to go out to people as they get their soups and text for labels with ingredients were finalized.  Folks will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sunday to finish soup preparation and will make the soups available right after worship in the Narthex.

The group called Ramiro in hopes of obtaining phone numbers for Estoreño Presbytery Presbyterian Women leaders to call about the April PW gathering and visit, to talk about funds to be sent to the presbytery, and to talk about a possible summer visit.  Ramiro was resting after Friday’s presbytery Executive Committee meeting.  The whole presbytery will meet this Tuesday.  Once again, $1,500 will go through the national Presbyterian church (the IENPG – which will take 5%).  One third will go to the presbytery PW group, and the remaining funds will to the presbytery for theological education or perhaps for other needs, such as youth programs.  The presbytery will make a timely report back to us about the funds were spent.  Ben will begin working on transferring the money.

The group agreed that Stephanie would make soup for the after-worship Sunday, February 25 Food for Thought, with Ben making bread and Soni making soup.  Doug will set up and use the photo array to show a continuous loop array of photos from the 2016 visit.  The youth will join us for the event.  In the past we have attracted 30 to 40 people to Food for Thought lunches with updates about the partnership and information about upcoming visits.  Mary will be asked to help set up the A/V equipment to show the photo array.  Exactly who would speak, if anyone, and what information would be supplied was not finalized.

Ramiro also mentioned that several people would be participating in theological education in Coban, starting in mid-February, including two women:  Ana and ?  (Brian Thompson-Royer had mentioned in his Minute for Mission that Rosa Marina was one of the women undergoing training also.)

The group did decide to shift the dates from the summertime visit from August 3-11 to Friday, July 13-Saturday, July 21 (note date correction), in hopes that some other folks – Molly, Dalen, Ben, and Stephanie, for example – might be able to go. Those dates are OK with Doug.  Pastor Elisa, Carrie, and possibly Soni are most likely for the April visit.  It’s not clear whether Elisa could go to both, or Soni.  Carrie could definitely only do one.  We hope that new folks – or folks who have been part of visit teams before but haven’t been able to meet with the Guatemalan Connection – might be able to go also. 

The group did also decide to skip trying to add Coban to the summer visit – but to end up in Antigua – probably staying in the Laras’ hotel – and possibly to stop at the Mayan Quiringa site on the way from El Estor to Guatemala City/Antigua.  The group also talked about running a parallel to the women’s workshop workshop for men, possibly around the Man on the Mirror curriculum that Brian Thompson-Royer talked about last Sunday.  (Incidentally, as per the group’s past discussions, Perry agreed to send the Thompson-Royers expense money of $200 to help cover the costs of their Crescent Hill visit, and he will take care of this Sunday.)  In general, folks seemed to like the Thompson-Royer visit, including the 16-person turnout for the Mission Co-Worker Breakfast.

The group had decided earlier to meet on the second Saturday of each month early this year, at 12:30 p.m., to talk and make soup.  It was not decided who would take the lead with soup-making this month. It should not be Doug or Stephanie, since she will make soup for the Food for Thought.  Doug actually spent several hours Friday and Saturday, prior to 12:30 p.m., doing most of the work and spent just about $150 on ingredients, for which he will be reimbursed (in addition to Soni buying the quart containers, which hopefully may last past this month).  Perry was to tweek a flyer and make copies for Sunday, as well as make labels for a total of 40 quarts of soup.

Ben checked and April tickets to Guatemala are running about $900, short of flying 14 hours on Aero Mexico.  Ben was going to check his schedule about the new July visit dates, Doug was going to check with Ramiro about the dates, and Perry was going to check with Stephanie, Dalen, and Molly about the dates.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

March-April prayers

On Sunday, March 4, 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, March 11, 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, March 18, 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, March 25, 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, April 1, 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, April 8, and the week thereafter:  Marc’am congregation, Pastor Gonzalo Tiul Choc and family, and all who worship there

-On Sunday, April 15, and during the week thereafter: Estoreño Presbytery Executive Committee, President Ramiro Quib Caal, and other officers.

 -On Sunday, April 22, and during the week thereafter:  Estoreño Presbytery Presbyterian Women organization, President Ana Coc Tiul, and other officers.

-On Sunday, April 29, and during the week thereafter:  Estoreño Presbytery youth and young adult organization, President Wilman Botzoc, and other officers.