Thursday, August 28, 2014

Guatemala mission network gathering

Presbyterians from around the country involved or interested in Guatemala mission – including partnerships somewhat similar to ours - will be meeting in Kentuckiana – back over at the presbytery’s Cedar Ridge camp where many of us worshiped last Sunday – from Tuesday night (Sept. 2) through midday Friday (Sept. 5).  CHPC folks are welcome for any and all parts of it.  The gathering will be begin with supper Tuesday night and end with lunch Friday.  In general, breakfast will be at 7;30 a.m. and devotions will start at 8;30 a.m., and things will end with supper at 6:00 p.m. and sessions between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. (with Friday ending at 1:00 p.m.).  Officially people who eat but don’t stay overnight will pay $25 a day.  But we’ve been told that people who come and go and especially who don’t eat (or stay) will get off cheaper.  Join fellow Presbyterians to pray and talk and brainstorm about where God is calling us to go with our shared U.S.-Guatemalan mission.

P.S. Try also to be at the 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 CHPC Guatemala gathering at church, as we look forward to our partners’ early October visit.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Revised visit schedule

Saturday, October 4:

Saturday afternoon:  Welcome/prayer at airport

Saturday evening:  Young adult event/supper

Sunday, October 5:

Sunday morning before Sunday school:  tour of church

Sunday morning:  Sunday school with parents class on life in Guatemala/family life

Sunday morning:  Greetings to congregation as sermon from all four reps

After worship welcome coffee reception on the plaza

After reception, lunch and meet with youth

Special PW gathering with Rosa Marina?

Others – tour of Better Space projects – with contractor, architect, and Better Space reps

Evening with host families

Monday, October 6

9:45 a.m. Visit Cedar Ridge - walking tour with Andrew Hartmanns

Lunch at Claudia Sanders restaurant or Mexican restaurant (their choice) in Shelbyville

Visit with Phil Lloyd-Sidle at Center for Women and Families Shelby County office

Afternoon – relax/debrief at Fireside Room

ELL supper

Participate in ELL beginners’ class

Tuesday, October 7

Visit Salvation Army

Lunch at Santa Fe Mexican restaurant near Churchill Downs

Visit La Casita

Supper at church 

Bible study/partnership discussion at CHPC

Wednesday, October 8

Visit Presbyterian Center:  Meet with Gradye Parsons, Andrew Kang-Barlett and Presbyterian Hunger Program staff, Ellen Sherby and World Mission staff, and Maria Arroyo’s replacement

Participate in Wednesday 9:00-9:30 AM service

Lunch at the Center – with CHPC Center/downtown folks

Visit Lincoln statue and walk back and forth on Big Four Bridge, with Schimpf’s

Later in the afternoon – debriefing/relaxing at the Fireside Room

Prepare food and eat with ELL supper

Participate in Outreach Council meeting:  re: partnership and theological education

Thursday, October 9

Visit seminary and presbytery office –

Meet with Peggy

Meet with Tony Aja

Attend 11:30 a.m. chapel service

Lunch at seminary – partly with CHPC-related people – students, faculty, etc.

Thursday afternoon – UCHM visit

Later Thursday afternoon - debrief/relax at Fireside Room

5:30 p.m. pizza/discussion:  church/spiritual life in Guatemala/their faith journeys

Participate in CHPC choir rehearsal

Friday, October 10

Participate in Spanish classes at Highland Middle School

Lunch at Havana Rumba at Douglas Loop

Visit Louisville Slugger factory/museum – get bats

Later in the afternoon – debrief/relax at Fireside Room


Attend Guatemalans’ “Faith Stories” performance

Meet and greet with “Faith Stories” performers after performance

Saturday, October 11

Yard sales at 8:00 a.m.

Watch Harvest Homecoming Parade/visit Huber farm??????

Supper out?

6:30 p.m. devotions/reflection/partnership discussion/decisions at CHPC

Sunday, October 12

Meet with adult Sunday school class:  life in Izabal/Guatemala/making a living

Liturgists and soloists (with choir) in Sunday service

Good-bye all-church potluck lunch at CHPC

Afternoon – debrief/relax at Fireside Room

6:00 p.m. supper/evening – early supper with host families and partnership group – El Tarasco

Monday, October 13:

4:45 a.m. Depart/farewell/prayer at Louisville airport

Mid-August gathering

Above is another draft of our partners' possible schedule during their early October Kentuckiana visit (updated at our Guatemala gathering this morning).  The list of responsibilities at the end is dated, and so don't focus on that. Soni has been updating that.

Note upcoming meetings, etc.:

Tuesday, September 2-Friday, September 5:  Guatemala Mission Network gathering - Cedar Ridge Camp
Thursday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m.:  Guatemala gathering – CHPC
Saturday, September 27, at 11:00 a.m.:  Guatemala gathering – place TBA
Saturday, October 4-Monday, October 13:  Guatemalan partner visit – Kentuckiana, etc.

Peter, Doug, and Perry have agreed to hover around the trip "puzzle" - now moved up next to the snacks after worship - both before and after worship - and Soni will mention during her Elder of the Week announcements additional/remaining opportunities for involvement, including opportunities to make money donations, to help provide the additional $1,800 needed to make the visit a reality.  We hope to be able to buy plane tickets for our partners on Tuesday, when fares may be cheaper (after obtaining dates of birth and confirmed exact names on passports for the four).

Prayers too for Hilda's brother, Jose, and Kendra Yeager, both of whom are having health issues.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Late Saturday AM gathering

Last-minute details of the early October Kentuckiana visit by Estoreño Presbytery reps will be a topic of discussion at an 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday gathering of Crescent Hill folks helping shape the church’s Guatemala partnership.  The gathering will take place this Saturday, August 16, at the Castleberry/Zuniga house at 209 Fairfax Avenue, Unit 1, kitty-corner from the St. Matthews-Eline Library.  Everyone is welcome.  For more information, call (502) 896-8561.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Our partners are coming!!


Our Partners are coming!! 

Four members of  the Q’eqchi’ Estoreno Izabal Presbytery in Guatemala all received visas! This is incredible.  And now, the home effort really begins in order to be ready for their visit in early October.  This partnership is not just the efforts of a few people in our midst but a commitment of our whole congregation. One of the hopes for this upcoming visit is that it gives everyone in our congregation the chance to meet and get to know and learn from and be inspired by these friends. 

So…I want to encourage each one of you to think about how you want to and can be involved in this visit.   There are many parts to play, things that need to happen for us to pull off this visit.  On Sunday a “puzzle” was unveiled on the bulletin board in the Gathering Room.  We are each challenged to pick a piece of the puzzle representing something that we can do. That might be  helping raise the money we’ll need – either with a special donation or by helping park cars this weekend during St. Joe’s picnic (details below).  Or your part in all this might be helping to organize or cook for one of the many meals or helping with transportation during their visit or attending (or helping organize) one of the special events we’ll have while they are here.  Please plan to look over the possibilities and see how you can be a part of this whole experience.  We need everyone. 



Needs for our parking fund raiser during the St. Joe’s picnic this Saturday:

·       Someone to supply bright-colored poster board and make five large two-sided signs to encourage folks to donate $10 toward our Guatemalan Partnership and get close in parking. Drop the signs off to the church office by 11 Saturday morning.

·       We need two more persons on the 2:30 – 5 pm shift and the 7:30 – 10 pm shifts. This would give us four on each shift to encourage parkers, collect money and direct to open spots. This is our primary fund raiser this year.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Pablo prayers

Prayers for the family and colleagues in ministry of Pastor Pablo Sacul, a long-time leader in our partner presbytery in Guatemala and pastor of the Peniel church in Boquerón who died Sunday.
Pablo was critical in moving forward with the partnership, as he was one of two pastors who met with CHPC delegations twice during Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Guatemala Mission Networking gatherings in Guatemala.  Pablo and his family hosted Lowell Linder in their home, during a 2009 CHPC mission team visit to El Estor.  His son, Benjamin Sacul, pastors the Familia de Noe church.