Thursday, April 28, 2011

May prayers

This month Crescent Hill church will pray with and for:

-On Sunday, May 1, and during the week thereafter: El Buen Samaritano church in El Estor’s Nuevo Amanacer neighborhood, and members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, May 8, and during the week thereafter: Q’eqchi’ Estoreño, Izabal Presbytery Executive Committee, President Pablo Sacul, and other officers.

-On Sunday, May 15, and during the week thereafter: On Sunday, February 6, and during the week thereafter: Estoreño Presbytery Presbyterian Women organization, President Maria Coc Tial, and other officers.

- On Sunday, May 22, and during the week thereafter: Estoreño Presbytery youth and young adult organization, President Roderico Sacul Tiul, and other officers.

- On Sunday, May 29, and during the week thereafter: Peniel church in Boqueron, Pastor Pablo Sacul, and members, deacons, and elders.

Thursday conversation

Two Crescent Hill folks spoke with Amanda (pictured above in Flores in northern Guatemala) in Guatemala on the Thursday after Easter. Amanda confirmed that she has talked once with Pastor Gerardo and that it should not be necessary for the Guatemalans to obtain new national IDs in order to obtain passports. She laid out the following schedule:

-the Guatemalan mission team members will travel to Guatemala City in May, when they will meet up with Amanda and then visit a government building to obtain passports

-In early June Amanda will visit Kentuckiana, and the church will supply her with letters from the church, the presbytery, and the PC(USA) at the time, one for each of the five mission team members, with names, dates of the trip, and signatures

-After Amanda returns, the mission team members will go online and apply for visas to the United States. They will need photos, Guatemalan passport numbers, access to the letters, and some additional information. They should be able to get appointments within a month.

-In early August the mission team members will again meet up with Amanda in Guatemala City and go to a U.S. government building, where they will apply for their visas. They will find out whether they will get visas that day.

-Immediately thereafter the church buy plane tickets for them.

-Hopefully, the mission team will visit Kentuckiana from Friday, October 7 through Saturday, October 15.


La ultima vez?

Wednesday was to be the last night for the four-week Spanish-langage Bible study at James Lees - taking up one of the two nights usually reserved for English as a foreign language classes. The group met for two hours each Wednesday and read passages from the Gospel According to John, with additional analysis from a Spanish-language Presbyterian Women "Horizons" Bible study. Phil, Carlos, Tricia, and - this past Wednesday - Jen and Jennifer (pictured above) - helped lead the discussions. Wednesday there were ten there, including three EFL students, and Jennifer did - for the first time in Spanish - a version of the dramatic reading about/by the Samaritan woman at the well that she did at Crescent Hill, in English, as the sermon a couple of months ago. Earlier in the month Tricia had the group role play two stories from John, Mary Magdalene washing Jesus' feet and Jesus washing his disciples' feet. The group decided to continue meeting, but on the Saturdays between the every-two-weeks Spanish-language worship service and meal at James Lees. The group will start back at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at James Lees, with Carlos leading a discussion about the story of the wedding at Cana, featured in lesson #2 of the PW resource. The worship group had a Eastern Eve gathering this past weekend and will meet next at 7:00 p.m. on Derby night (Saturday, May 7).

-- Perry

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

EFL starting up again

The joint James Lees-Covenant Community-Crescent Hill English as a foreign language teaching ministry's seven-week May-June 2011 term will get underway (at James Lees) on Derby Monday (May 2). A slightly different group of Crescent Hill folks will help teach classes (with CCC head teacher Dirk - pictured above with his dog Oberon in the James Lees/CCC kitchen)- again in charge). Crescent Hill will again be responsible for food both nights on the weeks of May 2, May 23, and June 6 and for children's activities throughout. Meanwhile, the every-two-weeks Spanish-language worship (at James Lees) and Sunday morning Spanish-language Bible study (of Joshua) (at Crescent Hill) both continue (along with the reimagining 1714 Frankfort Avenue discussions, which continued Tuesday night), while the Wednesday evening Spanish-language Bible study (of John) will wrap up this Wednesday night, with Crescent Hill's Jennifer doing a Spanish-language version of her message/dramatization from earlier this spring at Crescent Hill.

Immigration lunch

Julia Thorne (pictured above), a Lexington (KY) lawyer and Presbterian Church (U.S.A.) expert on immigration, will speak at the Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall after worship Sunday (May 1) (at approximately 12:30 p.m.) as part of the monthly Food for Thought series. Let Bruce or Lora know if you can bring soup or salad.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday afternoon

This Sunday several Crescent Hill folks met with James Lees and Covenant Community reps to plan for food preparation for the May-June term of the English as a foreign language teaching ministry. Crescent Hill volunteers will cover Derby week, the last full week of May, and the first full week of June and will help James Lees and Covenant Community, especially with set up and clean up, as needed, especially helping Covenant Community on Wednesday, May 11. James Lees’ Pastor Phil also showed several attending changes to the James Lees/Covenant Community kitchen, which had been renovated over the weekend partly to try to identify the source of a water leak on the east side of the kitchen (pictured above).

Later that afternoon Crescent Hill and James Lees folks were among those who attended an American Civil Liberties Union forum on immigration issues. Louisville lawyer Becca O’Neill (in the middle of the panel pictured below) pointed out that, in spite of the defeat of many of the Arizona-style bills proposed in Kentucky and other states, in Kentuckiana and elsewhere, law enforcement authorities have already been implementing many provisions and helping cause overcrowding in the metro Louisville jail.

--- Perry

Gathering graphics

April gathering

A relatively large group met at Stephanie, Perry, and Vincent’s St. Matthews home on Saturday, April 8, to plan for a possible Kentuckiana visit by representatives of Crescent Hill church’s Guatemalan partner, the Q’eqchi’ Estoreño, Izabal Presbytery.

Carlos had talked some with the presbytery’s Pastor Gerardo, in the time since the Guatemala group’s last gathering. Estoreño folks are excited about a possible visit, but are nervous about flying and mainly lack passports. Carlos and family on the spot reminded folks that Estoreño folks also need to obtain new national Ids, which would take some time to obtain, prior to trying to obtain passports.

Before that, the group had tentatively tapped the second week of October (for example, October 7-15), as a good time for a visit. There was some discussion about pros and cons of a fall visit. Carlos also communicated that the presbytery had identified Gerardo, Ramiro (? – an elder and presbytery treasurer), Frederico (? - president of the presbytery youth and young adult organization), and Maria (the president of the presbytery’s Presbyterian Women organization) as possible travelers.

Carlos and Gerardo had discussed whether it would be necessary for Maria’s husband to attend, even though we had requested two women be part of the Estoreño mission team. The group talked about the pros and cons of trying to insist on two women.

Ultimately, the group called Gerardo, who identified a second woman, Macaria Saquin, as a fifth possible team member. Carlos and Gerardo also discussed the importance of these five national IDs. Carlos also communicated to Gerardo the possible October target week (although the group recognized that the national ID request may end up imperiling this schedule).

Jane and Perry agreed to follow up with Amanda, who apparently visited El Estor two weeks ago, about the passport and visa process. Gerardo said that the team would like Amanda to accompany them when they apply not only for their visas but also for their passports.

Gerardo also communicated two concerns. Ramiro’s wife, who is pregnant, has been ill, and she visited a private hospital for treatment, but they are not sure how they are going to pay for this.

Also, there has been a conflict within the El Chupon mission congregation (which Tomo once helped lead) and between the congregation and the presbytery, with a pastoral leader trying to lead the congregation into another denomination. (This is also the congregations that has suffered wind damage and roof problems.) Gerardo asked for prayers for both of these two issues. It’s not clear what will happen next, but perhaps the five will start up the national ID process.

The group talked briefly about fund-raising, including the need to raise something like $2,000 and the possibility of this summer holding a fund-raising event in the Fellowship Hall, or Fellowship Hall and sanctuary, with food and perhaps entertainment, perhaps with the Appalachian Latin music group called Appalatin or the Looking for Lilith theater company. The group also talked about possibly inviting other local Presbyterian congregations to host Estoreño representatives for meals, to meet with the reps, and to share in the cost of the visit. Soni, Janine, Ana, and Perry agreed to communicate about this in between Saturday and the next Guatemala gathering, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14 (the Saturday after Derby), tentatively at Keith and Andrea’s.

The group discussed some upcoming events:

-9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 9: weekly Spanish-language Sunday school class in the Education Building upper room, which Carlos leads, currently reading the Old Testament Book of Job, partly seen through the lens of a Presbyterian Women "Horizons" Bible study

-3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 9: immigration forum at the Americana Community Center on the South End

-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at James Lees church: third reimagining the 174 Frankfort Avenue building gathering, which Crescent Hill’s Ana has helped lead

-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at James Lees church: Week 2 of Spanish-language Bible study with Tricia Lloyd-Sidle leading a discussion on the Gospel According to John, partly through the lens of a Presbyterian Women "Horizons" study guide

-7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 22, at James Lee church: every two weeks Spanish-language worship service and potluck supper

-12:30 p.m., Sunday, May 1, in the Crescent Hill church Fellowship Hall: PC(USA) immigration expert Julie Thorne will lead a discussion about immigration as part of Crescent Hill's Food for Thought lunch series.

-6:00 p.m., Monday, May 2, at James Lees church: start of seven-week May-June term of the joint James Lees-Covenant Community-Crescent Hill English as a foreign language teaching ministry, with Crescent Hill taking on a larger role in teaching and food preparation.

-9:30 a.m, Saturday, May 14: Crescent Hill Guatemala mission gathering.

-- Perry

Saturday, April 9, 2011


During the month-long April break between Monday and Wednesday classes at the joint James Lees-Covenant Community –Crescent Hill English as a foreign language education ministry, a group of students and teachers are meeting each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at James Lees for a month of Bible study, focused on the Gospel According to John, using a Spanish-language Presbyterian Women Horizons study aid. At the inaugural session Crescent Hill’s Carlos passed on the good news that the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery has accepted him as a minister member of the presbytery. -- Perry

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April prayers

This month Crescent Hill church will pray with and for:

- On Sunday, April 3, and the week thereafter: Altar de Noe church in El Estor’s Los Cerritos neighborhood, Pastor Raul Contreras and family, and members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, April 10, and the week thereafter: Espiritu Santo church in El Estor’s San Marcos neighborhood, Pastor José Domingo Xo Ical and family, and members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, April 17, 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 members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, April 24, and the week thereafter: Hijo del Dios Viviente church in the village of La Guitarra outside of Livingston, Pastor Fidel Juc and family, and members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, May 1, and the week thereafter: El Buen Samaritano church in El Estor’s Nuevo Amanacer neighborhood, and worshipers.