Tuesday, November 26, 2013

December prayers

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

- On Sunday, December 8, 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 15, and during the week thereafter: El Buen Samaritano church in El Estor’s Nueva Amanacer neighborhood, Pastor Antonio Choc, and members, deacons, and elders.

- On Sunday, December 22, and during the week thereafter: Panzos church, Pastor Oscar Tzul, and members, deacons, and elders.

- On Sunday, December 29, and during the week thereafter: Acacar church, Pastor Mariano Cuz, and members, deacons, and elders.

- On Sunday, January 5, and during the week thereafter: Estoreño Presbytery Executive Committee, President Benjamin Sacul, and other officers.

November prayers

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

- On Sunday, November 3, and the week thereafter: Arca de Noe church in El Estor, Pastor Gerardo Pop Ich and family, and elders, deacons, and members.

- On Sunday, November 10, 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, November 17, 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, November 25, 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.

September gathering notes


No communication with Guatemalans took place at a Saturday, September 28 Crescent Hill Guatemala mission task force gathering, but the half a dozen folks presented got to talk extensively with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-workers Amanda Craft and Omar Chan. Amanda and Omar explained how PC(USA) World Mission has created a new Regional Liaison for Guatemala and Mexico position and tapped the two of them to serve in it. They will be based either in Guatemala or on the Mexico-U.S. border (perhaps in El Paso), with their two children. Omar has been working for a different mission organization in Guatemala and has a business background. World Mission has prioritized replacing Amanda as the PC(USA) liaison with the Guatemala national church’s Presbyterian Women organization. Amanda explained how support for women’s ordination within the Guatemalan church has plateaued a bit with a reunion with some conservative Presbyterian Guatemalan congregations that originally left when the church officially adopted women’s ordination in the 1990s.

 

Amanda also gave some suggestions for trying to maintain partnership energy and focus, both across the partnership and within the U.S. congregation. Amanda suggested trips are essential and the group brainstormed briefly with Amanda about ways to keep the congregation engaged. Activities that pull in some more people (like, perhaps, the scrapbooking activity idea) (often including food) are good, the group agreed. Jane also suggested that a couple of people particularly active in the partnership consider giving Evangelism talks, reflecting concretely on how participating in the Guatemala partnership has been a central part of their faith/spiritual journeys.
 
Amanda also explained that Richard and Debby Welch – based in a place to be decided – would be involved in promoting theological education among indigenous Guatemalan Presbyterians, including perhaps someday unlocking some of the fabled Walton funds. A couple of issues discussed: whether the Guatemalan national Presbyterian seminary’s theological education program for Q’eqchi’ Presbyterians would include women, and whether it would take place in Spanish or Q’eqchi’.

The group heard that the Crescent Hill session had approved the partnership extension/partnership plan and Perry promised to work with Maria Arroyo to transmit a Spanish-language version of the Crescent Hill partnership extension/partnership plan to the partners. The Guatemalan presbytery has apparently approved the partnership extension, but without a plan/extensive written document.

The group looked back briefly at three written documents transmitted from Guatemalan partners, including two from Gerardo Pop Ich and one official one from the whole presbytery. A recent communication from Gerardo indicated that he had been hit by a motorcycle and that others in his family were ailing. The official communication gave information about the participation of five people from the presbytery in the Guatemala Presbyterian seminary’s theological education in Coban. With Gerardo’s number apparently having changed as well as his status, Perry had talked twice with Pastor Raul Contreras, another leader of the presbytery’s International Relations committee, about possibly communicating at 12 noon on September 28. The group resolved to ask Guatemalan partners how the Coban and El Estor theological education programs were going, what happened at the mid-September presbytery assembly, what Gerardo’s status was, and who the Guatemalan point person should be (should we continue to be calling Raul Contreras to set up communications?) and whether it would be possible to continue communications on the web. Doug talked briefly with Raul Contreras, but they weren’t ready, and when Doug called back all the circuits were apparently busy and it was not possible to reach the Guatemalans – who were apparently gathering to communicate – via Raul Contreras’s cell phone, Gerardo’s cell phone, or Ramiro’s cell phone.

The group talked about gathering again at 11:00 a.m. on the first Saturday in November 2 at a place to be decided, and trying again.
 
-Perry

Thursday, October 3, 2013

October prayers

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

-On Sunday, October 6, and during the week thereafter:  Peniel church in Boqueron, Pastor Pablo Sacul, and members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, October 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, October 20, and during 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, October 27, and during the week thereafter:  Puerto del Cielo church in the El Estor suburb of La Union.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

September prayers

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

-On Sunday, September 1, and during the week thereafter: Acacar church, Pastor Mariano Cuz, and members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, September 8, and during the week thereafter: Estoreño Presbytery Executive Committee, President Benjamin Sacul, and other officers.

-On Sunday, September 15, and during the week thereafter: Estoreño Presbytery Presbyterian Women organization, President Carmen Quib Caal, and other officers.

-On Sunday, September 22, and during the week thereafter: Estoreño Presbytery youth and young adult organization, President Ramiro Quib, and other officers.

-On Sunday, September 29, and during the week thereafter: Luisa, the Guatemala Presbyterian church Presbyterian women organization’s organizer in Estoreño Presbytery and her peers across the country.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

St. Joe's parking

We had a good group of people helping park cars during the post-Anamchara “second shift” today (during the St. Joseph's Orphans Picnic) and we made almost $900 for Guatemala mission.  Thanks to Amy, Janine, Lowell, Soni, Luiz, Marianne, Wally, Peter, Andrea, Andrew, and Stephanie for helping out!

-Perry

Friday, August 2, 2013

Under the Tent


Friday afternoon at the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Big Tent Conference, Moderator Neal Presa and Presbyterian Mission Agency Executive Director Linda Valentine helped commission a couple of dozen PC(USA) mission co-workers in new calls, including Crescent Hill's own Jeff and Christi Boyd (headed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Francophone Africa) and another mission worker Crescent Hill has partnered with (in Guatemala!): Amanda Craft (who's headed with husband and their two kids to Mexico or Texas, where she and husband Omar will serve as Regional Liaisons for Mexico and Guatemala.  Also commissioned were Richard and Debby Welch, out of Inland Northwest Presbytery in Washington state, who will be headed in November for Guatemala.  There they will improve their Spanish and then work with indigenous Presbyterians.

In other Big Tent news, the World Mission conference part of Big Tent will feature a workshop led by "Toxic Charity" author Robert Lupton will speak on "Toxic Charity:  How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It)" between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Galt House's Chandler Room.

- Perry

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Planning pictures




Planning for fall English classes

A joint English language learners education ministry planning team included a wider array of people at a late July gathering, including new Center staff, communications experts, a student, and a Second Presbyterian Church representative who doubled as a possible Covenant Community representative.  Among the key decisions were a shift back to 1741 Frankfort Avenue as the site, possible addition of Chelsea Guenther Benham as a co-site coordinator, and adoption of a 10-week fall term (from September 8 through November 14).  Still on the agenda for a 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 12 gathering:  child care, food coordination, curriculum, and publicity.  A publicity committee will also meet at 6:00 p.m. next Tuesday, August 6.

-Perry

August prayers

On Sunday, August 4, 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, August 11, 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, August 18, and during the week thereafter:  El Buen Samaritano church in El Estor’s Nueva Amanacer neighborhood, Pastor Antonio Choc, and members, deacons, and elders

- On Sunday, August 25, and during the week thereafter:  Panzos church, Pastor Oscar Tzul, and members, deacons, and elders

- On Sunday, September 1, and during the week thereafter:  Acacar church, Pastor Mariano Cuz, and members, deacons, and elders

Newcomers/old-timers


Richard and Debby Welch, long-time Amigos de K'ekchi' and Guatemala Mission Network activists, out of the Spokane area, whose Inland Northwest Presbytery has maintained a partnership with the Q'eqchi' Polochic Presbytery, just west of Lake Izabal, worshiped at Crescent Hill Sunday.  Hours after dining at Peter, Maria, and Luiz's home (Saturday night), the Welches confirmed that they are headed later this year to Guatemala, where they will more or less replace Roger and Gloria Marriott, working with Q'eqchi' Presbyterians, partly with theological education and record-keeping (anyone say "Walton"?).  The two were in Louisville for training and then commissioning at Big Tent.

-Perry



Gathering graphics



What's up with the partnership?

Coming up very soon – Saturday, August 10 – is the St. Joseph Orphan’s Picnic held next to our church parking lot. This is a great opportunity for us to earn money for the Guatemala Partnership by renting space to folks who attend the picnic. Could you donate a couple of hours that day to help direct cars and collect money to support this mission of our church? Shifts are from 4:00-6:00pm, 6:00-8:00 pm and 8:00-10:00 pm. Contact Perry Chang at 457-7833 or perrydchang@gmail.com to sign up for a shift.

The church budget allocates $1,000 per year to the Guatemala Partnership. This year these funds support theological training for our partners as well as help pay the communication expenses, mainly internet, to enhance better contact with each other. Money for anything else we want to support, or help with general expenses for future trips, must be done through fundraising efforts.

On Saturday, July 13, Soni Castleberry and Hilda Zuniga hosted the planning group at their home. Perry Chang chaired the meeting. Other participants included Stephanie Gregory, Lowell and Janine Linder, Doug Yeager and Gayle Trautwein.

Soni reported that $1,331.93 was raised at the June 30 yard sale. Not bad, since we had not planned for a yard sale this year and put this one together quickly in order to be a part of the Frankfort Avenue Business Association’s neighborhood-wide sale and Food Truck event at St. Joseph’s.  A few leftover items were put on consignment and several vehicle loads were taken to Goodwill, Presbyterian Community Center and Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store. Kentucky Refugee Ministry collected the rest.

Looking toward Fall, we talked about how to involve the broader congregation in the Partnership work. We are eager to find ways for others to get to know about our partners and how we try to support each other. One idea was to include photos and information about individual partners in this newsletter or the church blog. Another suggestion was to get “scrapbookers” or “wannabes” to help put together albums from the three big trips we’ve taken to Guatemala, a couple of smaller trips and the 2011 trip when we brought three of our partners to Louisville for a visit. Do either of these ideas sound like ways that might help draw you into more awareness and possibly involvement in this mission? Do you have some other, even better, ideas? If so, contact Soni Castleberry at 417-6481 or soni.castleberry@gmail.com or talk to one of the folks listed above.

A definite date is not yet set for our next meeting. Watch for details.

-Soni

July gathering notes

Reaching out to the congregation and listening to a fallen comrade were key activities at Crescent Hill church’s July gathering, on Saturday, July 13.  The group heard that up to $1,300 was raised at the late June yard sale, that was part of a Frankfort Avenue-wide sale.  The group also opted to at least postpone the Guatemala night with scrapbooking party and Guatemalan supper that was originally slated for Friday, August 2, partly because a scheduling conflict with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Big Tent that weekend (which will take Gayle Trautwein, among many others).  There was a little discussion about whether to go ahead this activity.  Definitely planned was participation in the fund-raising parking, following Anamchara, on Saturday, August 10.  Crescent Hill shifts are 4-6 p.m., 6-8 p.m., and 8-10 p.m.  Perry and others agreed to cast a wider net for volunteers, including young people.  The group had luck trying to connect with Guatemalan friends by Facebook video.  A phone call to Pastor Gerardo revealed that the Arca de Noe church was in the midst of changing pastors, and Gerardo would be able to stay in house after October only if he could pay rent.  With Rene, Gerardo – and back in the United States – Carlos in different roles/with different capacities now, the group may need to modify its strategies.  A possible late July or early August call to Pastor Raul Contreras, who leads the Estoreño Presbytery’s International Relations Committee, seems in order.  Gerardo had asked a few people over to talk with Crescent Hill folks Saturday, but by the time the call was over only one more person had arrived.  Continuing to support (not financial) Rene and Gerardo, however, may also be in order.   Contacting Roberto, the presbytery treasurer, may also be important, because Rene and Gerardo were the only two Crescent Hill knows were told about the latest church financial donation to the presbytery.  The Guatemala night was also up in the air because key organizers are needed and Soni will be unavailable for a number of weeks.  Other ways to connect with the congregation discussed were profiling individuals Guatemalans who are part of the presbytery in the church newsletter and inviting some presbytery reps back to visit around spring break (March 29 through April 6) or Derby week (April 26 through May 4).  (Previously discussed were possibly making Guatemalan theological education a focus of the official PC(USA) Theological Education Sunday September 18, and sending/giving Guatemalan note cards and bookmarks welcoming new members and inviting them to an event such as the Guatemala Night, and including in a Guatemala night a Facebook video chat with Guatemalan friends and/or testimonials/updates about the partnership.)  The group planned a meeting for Saturday, September 7, and the Yeager family’s home.  But an e-mail message from Peter came later that reopened the question about when to meet and also confirmed some broad questions about the partnership, possibly overlapping with questions that the news from El Estor was already raising.

 -Perry

Friday, July 12, 2013

July gathering


Crescent Hill folks interested in Guatemala mission will hear about how the June yard sale fared, contemplate August activities, and communicate with Guatemalan partners, starting at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at Brad, Soni, Kara, and Hilda's place kitty corner from the St. Matthews library.  Everyone is welcome.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Holiday week


It's been an interesting 4th of July week:  Amanda Craft, the Louisville Presbyterian who took Ellen Dozier's place as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mission co-worker who liaisons with the Guatemalan Presbyterian Women organization, and with whom Crescent Hill church has partnered, informed the church that she and her husband Omar will be serving as PC(USA) regional liaison for Mexico and Central America (apparently replacing Tracey Ortega-King) and will therefore be moving with their children (pictured above with Amanda) to Mexico or Texas.

Doug reported in church Sunday that he and Rene, the Estoreño Presbytery’s de facto IT person, had talked at  length and that the Internet café Rene owns and runs had lost a big contract and he had lost Internet service and had to shut the café.  Later in the week Rene hinted that – even without the contract – he had been able to restore Internet service but the rest of the details were not forthcoming.

Rene also hinted that Estoreño folks were prepared to communicate by Facebook this Saturday with Crescent Hill folks, but a call was made to try to reschedule that for Saturday, July 13 (11:30 a.m. Eastern time), which is the date that Crescent Hill folks had originally chosen.

Rene also told Doug that he had informed Pastor Gerardo about a financial transfer to the presbytery for communication with Crescent hill and for theological education.

This week Soni also reported that the church had already raised $1,200 for Guatemala mission through this past Sunday's yard sale, and it was possible that a little more money might be forthcoming.

In addition, a year go this weekend (Saturday, July 7) Crescent Hill’s last big mission team left Louisville to travel to Guatemala City, El Estor, and—ultimately—El Estor.  Monday was the team's visit to Panzos.



-Perry

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July prayers

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

- On Sunday, June 7, and the week thereafter: Arca de Noe church in El Estor, Pastor Gerardo Pop Ich and family, and elders, deacons, and members.

- On Sunday, June 14, 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, June 21, 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, June 28, 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.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Yard sale preview pics

Preparing for the 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 30 yard sale, in the Education Building.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Yard sale

A yard sale to benefit our Guatemala Mission Partnership is on after all – and coming up very quickly – Sunday, June 30,  1-4 pm.
We thought we would take this year off but then the Frankfort Avenue Business Association called for a neighborhood-wide yard sale. With that kind of free publicity, we decided to jump on-board. After all, Food Trucks and a mini-Farmers’ Market on the lawn next door at the St. Joseph’s Children’s Home should help ensure a lot of potential shoppers in the neighborhood.
Can we count on you to help in at least one of these four ways?
  • Send an email or  Facebook post this week with the  message below and /or the attached flyer:
My church, Crescent Hill Presbyterian, 142 Crescent Ave. (just west of Frankfort and Stilz Avenues) is having a yard sale Sunday, June 30, 1-4 pm  to benefit our mission partnership with Guatemala’s Q'eqchi' Estoreno Presbytery.  Would you help us by passing word to co-workers, friends and family, donating some goods of your own or coming to shop? We’ll take gently-used furniture, children's toys, games, sporting equipment (no heavy exercise equipment), craft items, books, tools, household goods and decorations, and other items. No clothing please. Donations can be brought to the back building of the church the day before from 10 am – 2 pm. Or, call Soni at 417-6481 for other options. We will appreciate anything you can do to help make our sale successful!
  • Bring donations to church this Sunday the 23rd and take them to the “Green Underground” next to the prayer room in the basement of the sanctuary building. Or, bring them Saturday the 29th, 10 am – 2 pm, to the Fireside Room in the back building.
  • Volunteers are needed Saturday the 29th, 10 am – 2 pm, to help sort, carry, place and price items. Volunteers also needed after church on the 30th through about 5 pm to staff the yard sale, clean up and take away leftover items. No experience necessary for any task.  On the job training provided J  Call Soni Castleberry at 417-6481.
  • After church on the 30th, check out the great deals at our yard sale.  Your purchases support CHPC’s Guatemala Mission Partnership.  

Thanks so much for anything you can do to help with our yard sale efforts. Although the church budget supports some of the costs of  theological education for our Guatemalan partners and communication expenses, additional funds  are always needed to maintain and expand our partnership.
 
 - Soni

Busy week

This week, in Guatemala, five Estoreño Presbytery representatives were slated to visit Coban for theological training sponsored by the national Presbyterian seminary in Guatemala and the Guatemalan national church, along with a presbytery-wide vigil slated this Friday for El Estor's Familia de Noe church, where vigilants will pray for Crescent Hill church, among other things. 

At the same time, back in Louisville, Perry informed Estoreño partners and Crescent Hill folks that $1,000 the church's Guatemala mission task force had earmarked for Crescent Hill-Estoreño communication and theological education had in fact been transmitted to the presbytery.  And Soni informed the church by e-mail that a mini-yard sale, to raise funds for Guatemala mission, would take place, as part of the last-weekend-of-June Frankfort Avenue all-neighborhood yard sale.  Crescent Hill's part would take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 (see "Yard sale").

- Perry

Strange news


As if things haven't gotten strange enough in Guatemala, days before the June Crescent Hill Guatemala mission gathering the U.S. government had former Guatemalan President Alfonso Portillo (2000-2004; pictured above) extradited to the United States to face money laundering charges.

 - Perry

Gathering graphics

 



June gathering notes

Decisions and dates were made and set by a group of Crescent Hill folks gathered to talk about Guatemala mission on Saturday, June 1.

The group OKed a version of a Crescent Hill-Estoreño Presbytery partnership extension/ partnership plan and agreed to ask the session to concur at its summer meeting (with Soni shepherding it through).  Half a dozen of those there agreed to help out from 4:00 p.m. onward with parking during the Saturday, August 10 St. Joseph’s picnic, including Perry developing some new signs.  The group also agreed to spearhead the church’s participation in the Sunday, June 29 Frankfort Avenue, all-neighborhood yard sale by having a much less organized than usual yard sale somewhere in the Education Building (perhaps in the old chapel/Youth Room/new library) after church.  Soni agreed to spearhead communicating with members about the possibilities for volunteering and contributing items by bringing them to the old Youth Room in the sanctuary building lower level.  Pricing and set-up would probably be Saturday afternoon and/or Sunday AM.  The official event starts at 11:00 a.m. but our version of it wouldn’t start until after worship.  Some signage/volunteers to draw folks from off Frankfort Avenue would probably be necessary.  A cache of contributions already sits in the lower level room, but more – including more from the folks most interested in Guatemala mission – would be useful.

Two other dates the group discussed were:  Saturday, July 13:  the next monthly Guatemala gathering and conversation with presbytery partners, at Brad, Soni, Kara, and Hilda’s at   No time set yet.  Time will have to be firmed up with partners, also for the church calendar (Perry will contact partners about a good time).  Friday, August 2 was discussed (again, without a time) as a good night (following up on momentum from the deacons’ suppers) for a Guatemala night, with Guatemalan food (perhaps with some leadership from Nora), some testimonials/updates (as well as table exhibits) during supper (a la the supper with Gerardo, Macaria, and Ramiro) and some scrapbooking after supper (with scrapbooks and photos and perhaps other memorabilia).  Contributions of photos from those at the meeting (Ian also?) and ideas about how to organize the scrapbooks, as well as personal outreach to those in the congregation especially interested in scrapbooking, those who have been somewhat involved in the partnership in the past, and other people (as well as general publicity, for example, in the July and August newsletters) would need to take place.  The group also talked about possibly trying to arrange a live presentation – again by Facebook video chat – to be projected on the new Fellowship Hall screen – the group broached it with some Guatemala partners.  Doug will follow up on the technical end, about whether this might really be possible and how.  Soni may follow up to insure the Fellowship Hall venue is available and with some of the publicity.  The group also talked about the possible focus on “Theological Education Sunday” (September 18) on Estoreño Presbytery’s theological education program and Crescent Hill’s (past and possibly future) involvement in it.

Dates also filled the discussion with Guatemala partners.  On the call were Gerardo, Benjamin, Ramiro, Pablo, Raul Contreras, and some youth and young adult leaders who had just returned, early Saturday morning, from a trip to San Carlos El Porvenir (near Puerto Barrios), where the church’s Monte Sinai church is (the church farthest from El Estor).  The two groups talked about the monthly vigils the presbytery holds – between 7:30 p.m. and 12 midnight – with worship and preaching and then prayers led by different committees of the presbytery: including prayers for various church leaders and – when it is the International Relations Committee’s turn - prayers for Crescent Hill church.  Friday, June 21 will be the next such vigil, at the Familia de Noe church pastored by Benjamin.  The Guatemalans have sent Crescent Hill a schedule of these vigils, and they agreed to send a schedule of what takes place in these vigils.  The possibility of a small group of Crescent Hill folks getting together for prayer during each of the vigils was discussed.  Doug explained that Crescent Hill’s pastor (Jane, who was also there) would be going on a sabbatical this summer and asked that the Guatemalans pray for her and also about the tornados in Oklahoma and suggested that the Guatemalans pray for Oklahomans affected.  In addition to the young men talking about their recent San Carlos trip, the Guatemalans talked some about two ongoing theological education initiatives.  A group of five from the presbytery will return to the next installment of the Coban-based Q’eqchi’ language theological education training later this month (Monday, June 17-Wednesday, June 19), and the Estoreño Presbytery El Estor theological training, which Gerardo and Pablo had led earlier this year, is set to continue, with another installment, also later this month (dates?).  The Guatemalans mentioned (following up on written reports last month) that they have used funds Crescent Hill earlier to help finance some of these theological education endeavors.  Pending a double check on available funds, the Crescent Hill group talked later about trying to send $500 or $1,000 of the $1,000 line item in the church budget to the presbytery, a bit for communication and the rest for theological education (which ever part or parts of the theological education program the presbytery chose to support with that).  Other summer fund-raising (like from the Frankfort Avenue yard sale and St. Joe’s parking) would go towards future trips or projects.  Perry will follow up with the wire transfer and thorough communication with the presbytery.

Just to recap on the dates:

Monday, June 17-Wednesday, June 19:  Theological training trip to Coban

Friday, June 21 evening:  Estereño Presbytery vigil at the Familia de Noe church
  
Sunday, June 29 after church:  Frankfort Avenue all-neighborhood yard sale

Saturday, July 13 morning:  Guatemala mission gathering at Soni et al.’s

Friday, July 26 evening:  Estereño Presbytery vigil at the Peniel church in Boqueron

Friday, August 2 evening:  Guatemala scrapbooking, etc. night in the Education Building

Saturday, August 10 afternoon/evening:  St. Joe’s parking

Friday, August 23 evening:  Estoreño Presbytery vigil at the Hijo de Dios Viviente church in La Guitarra

Sunday, September 18:  Celebrate Theological Education Sunday

 - Perry