Saturday, December 29, 2012

December news

Two and a half first-ever conversations with Rene and Pastor Gerardo by Facebook video chat have punctuated December. The first one and a half came when Gerardo was ill, and produced little new information. The second came between Perry, Gerardo, and Rene, and mainly served to make an appointment for another such conversation at around 10:30 next Saturday morning, January 5, from Perry and Stephanie’s house, as well as alerting Crescent Hill folks that Rene and Gerardo had – on Christmas Eve, it turns out – sent a three-page information sheet – with, among other things, information on how some of the money sent in early December had been spent on experiences related to the theological education trainings.

At the December gathering Crescent Hill folks explained to Rene and Gerardo that the church was willing to send some money for two Estoreño Presbytery reps to go to the Guatemala Mission Network gathering in Guatemala City in late January, but Crescent Hill wasn’t sure someone from the church was going to be able to be there (and, unlike last time, Maria Arroyo will not be there for work). At this point – although some money is available - it appears that no Crescent Hill rep will be there.

The half dozen Crescent Hill folks at the meeting also talked about the importance of finding out more about how the presbytery is spending the communications budget (which the group agreed the presbytery would get the second $300 installment of) for winning approval of the proposed partnership plan/extension from Crescent Hill’s Outreach Council and then session. And they also talked about ways to engage the congregation in the partnership and making the yard sale fund-raiser. More on all of these - plus hopefully deciphering Gerardo’s information sheet and talking with him again – at the 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 5 gathering.


Monday, December 10, 2012

December prayers

This month Crescent Hill church will pray with and for our Guatemalan partners:

- On Sunday, December 2, and the week thereafter:  Altar de Noe church in El Estor’s Los Cerritos neighborhood, Pastor Raul Contreras Tut and family, and elders, deacons, and members.

- On Sunday, December 9, and the week thereafter:  Espiritu Santo church in El Estor’s San Marcos neighborhood, Pastor José Domingo Xo Ical and family, and elders, deacons, and members

- On Sunday, December 16, and the week thereafter:  Monte Sinai church in the village of San Carlos El Pouvenir outside of Puerto Barrios, Pastor Santos Teyul Mucu and family, and elders, deacons, and members

- On Sunday, December 23, and the week thereafter:  Hijo del Dios Viviente church in the village of La Guitarra, Pastor Fidel Juc and family, and members, deacons, and elders

- On Sunday, December 30, and during the week thereafter:  El Buen Samaritano church in El Estor’s Nueva Amanacer neighborhood, and members, deacons, and elders

- On Sunday, January 6, and during the week thereafter:  Panzos church and members, deacons, and elders

- On Sunday, January 13, and during the week thereafter:  Esfuerza congregation, Pastor Antonio Tec and family, and worshipers