Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday, December 16 El Tarasco fund-raiser

Our regular monthly event (third Saturday of each month) will be Saturday, December 16. Please come to the restaurant at 110 Fairfax Avenue in St. Matthews to dine with other CHPCers or with your own group between 6:00 – 9:00 PM. El Tarasco also agreed to give the 15% of the bill donation to CHPC whenever someone asks the cashier to credit CHPC. This is a wonderful offer on their part and really helps the on-going fund-raising efforts for our ministry. So, come the third Saturday OR eat at Tarasco for lunch or dinner on any day at any time. We still get the benefit and you gain the flexibility in scheduling. We would greatly appreciate your support.

-Soni

2018 Guatemala visits

Mutual visits have been a critical part of Crescent Hill’s decade-old partnership with Guatemala’s Q’eqchi’ Estoreño Izabal Presbytery. Visiting each other has helped us to develop and sustain close personal relationships, engage in shared prayer and Bible study, and learn about each other’s languages, culture and faith practices. At a gathering of CHPC’s Guatemalan Connection on November 11, we were excited to realize the level of interest in  several opportunities in 2018. All of them will require prayer, volunteers, personal sacrifices to travel or host guests, encouragement, and financial support through the church budget and by travelers and others who value this CHPC ministry. Here are ways we can all be engaged in some way:

-Sandi Thomson-Royer and Brian Thomson-Royer, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), mission co-workers who work with women’s groups and on domestic violence issues, will visit from Guatemala on the Souper Bowl of Caring/congregational meeting Sunday (February 4). This is expected to be their last year before retirement. We hope that you will get to hear them speak and learn all that has been accomplished through their ministry.

-For the second year in a row, we are planning for women from CHPC to travel to Guatemala to participate in the annual gathering of Estoreño Presbytery’s Presbyterian Women’s organization. This is tentatively scheduled for April. Last year, Soni Castleberry and Megan McCarty went. It was a time of growth for both of them as they went alone to represent CHPC. Ask either of them about this experience and explore whether you would like to be part of this exciting opportunity to strengthen your faith, alongside the Guatemalan women in our partnership.

-In early August, we are looking toward the possibility of an inter-generational CHPC group visiting Guatemala. The trip would include traditional church visits and workshops, and perhaps a visit to Coban, the cultural capital of Q’eqchi’ Guatemala. Begin thinking about how you can be involved. In lieu of more "things" perhaps monetary gifts toward a visit to Guatemala could make up your Christmas Wish List.

-A couple dozen North Americans involved in similar Presbyterian Guatemalan-U.S. partnerships, along with a few Guatemalans, will visit Kentuckiana during the week of Labor Day (September 5-8) for a PC(USA) Guatemala Mission Network gathering at Cedar Ridge Camp. Mary Love and Soni Castleberry are helping plan this gathering, along with our friend Ellen Dozier, a former mission co-worker to Guatemala, and a team of other folks in both of our countries. This will be an excellent chance for many of you to learn more about Guatemala and the ministries that CHPC and many others are engaged in. There will be lots of chances to volunteer too. Mary and Soni would love to hear from you.

For more information on the Guatemala partnership, note our next meeting on your calendar and plan to join us Saturday, January 13, 12:30 - 1:30 PM.

-Perry

November gathering notes

Visits: formerly had visits with a lot of folks – more recently we’ve sent and received smaller groups – Perry updated us on the recent visits – maybe we can send someone to the Women’s gathering again this year – the Guatemala Network will be meeting this year at Cedar Ridge in September – the women’s meeting that Soni and Megan went to focused on their training of women (high school education) and the domestic violence workshops they are having

Might want to send a couple of women to the women’s meeting in the late winter/early spring – might want to send a delegation from here to Guatemala in 2018 – for Doug, it would be easier to go in August than late June/early July – Molly and Eva might be able to go at that time – want to keep our delegation to one van load – when we talk with them today, we could tell them about the September meeting here

They now have a synod and GA structure – there are 5 synods, 2 of which are Q’eqchi’.

When we call them, need to ask them if the presbytery actually got the money, and if they did, what is it being used for – ask about schedule for the Women’s meeting – congratulate them for their Reformation Day celebration – how are the organizational relationships working out

Gave Elisa a lot of background on the political and economic situation including the nickle mine – Russian influence is supreme – pollution is terrible – agribusiness has exploded and has had extremely negative impacts

Calling Ramiro: Elisa introduced herself – Espiritu Santo has been participating in the presbytery and talking about purchasing a ranch outside of town – 11 churches participated in the parade on Reformation Sunday (15 vehicles in the parade) – they hope to send 6 (3 of whom will be women) to Coban for theological education

[Note: Doug talked with Helen Walton in the 90’s about providing funding for indigenous theological education, and she set up a fund with the Presbyterian Foundation – but there were problems with it that led to the money being cut off – it is now working and the money is now flowing]

We have encouraged them to be sure to include more women – Ramiro still struggles with his diabetes – Gerardo has been sick – Ramiro’s grandson is doing well – he’ll be 40 days old on Sunday and will be acknowledged at church tomorrow – the Women’s meeting will be in late April – travel between El Estor and Coban is very treacherous – bandits are plentiful on that road – the BOO is attractive for them because it is a book of law in a country that has no laws

They DID get the money we sent – Ramiro will send a report to Doug as to how the money is being spent

Sandy and Brian are scheduled to be here on Super Bowl Sunday – we’re asking the adult SS class to give up their time for a mission co-worker coffee discussion – they’re also invited to preach/give a Minute for Mission

Jane had been sending a Guatemalan bookmark to the new members as they join – Soni will do it for a little while and would be glad to have someone else help as well

Set a date for next meetings: 2nd Saturday in the month through April at least

Bananas: Chiquita bananas have been doing terrible things in Guatemala – can get “non-oppressive” ones at Whole Foods

Pastor Elisa closed with prayer

-Mary

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Veterans' Day gathering

CHPC folks interested in CHPC’s Guatemala mission partnership will gather from 12:30 to 1:30 PM on Saturday, November 11 (Veterans’ Day) in the Gathering Room (back building). Everyone is welcome.

Late 2017 prayers

In late 2017 Crescent Hill will pray for and with Guatemala partners:

-On Sunday, November 12, and the week thereafter:  Altar de Noe church in El Estor’s Los Cerritos neighborhood, Pastor Raul Contreras Tut and family, and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, November 19, 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, November 26, 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, December 3, 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, December 10, 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, December 17, 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, December 24, and the week thereafter:  Marc’am congregation, Pastor Gonzalo Tiul Choc and family, and all who worship there

-On Sunday, December 31, and during the week thereafter: Estoreño Presbytery Executive Committee, President Gerardo Pop Ich, and other officers.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

September 9 gathering notes

Ben reported on the $1,500 we sent through IENPG – it equals Q10,690 – a $50 fee from the bank in the US and possibly also will be fees from the bank in Guatemala – we told them the money is for theological education, basic ed for women of the church (that includes to be used for travel) – the Guatemala bank is part of the SWIFT network, so Ben now has a SWIFT number for us – this should expedite things in the future – the money is in the IENPG account, but we don’t know yet how it will be forwarded to Ramiro

How did our fundraisers go? – St. Jose’s: brought in $1180 – some of the neighbors chipped in too – about $150 for security – church will pay the rest of the security guard cost – since the gate isn’t open on Friday, was it worth doing parking on Friday next year? – could we negotiate with them about Friday night? – we tried, but there’s an “important” cornhole game on the other side of the gate – will reevaluate next year – need to have a better idea next year re: what we charge – next year, should have a brief gathering on Sunday with all the volunteers to make sure we’re all on the same page – whoever starts the day is someone who is a seasoned volunteer! – Doug will create a Google doc for learnings for next year that he’ll send to everybody – El Tarasco: had more folks this last time, but we don’t know how much – need to make sure the money goes to Jack (into his box with directions for which account to credit it to – had 6-10 people who don’t usually come – Soni will follow up w/Claudia to make sure we know what’s going on and how much is being collected –

Other opportunities: Robania, the woman who translated for the Women’s Conference and works with Living Waters for the World, will be here a week from today – the Sounds of Memphis will play in E’town – we need to keep in touch w/LW4W to see if they’ve developed a technology that will work there – if not, Water Steps might be something we’d want to investigate –

Email from Brian: Sunday February 4th, they’ll be here – need to take this to Worship Council (Perry will do this) and Nurture if we want to do something during adult Sunday School class – would also like help w/$150 for their travel costs – would like to do a F4T that Sunday – need to check CHPC calendar and make sure we aren’t scheduled for our CHPC Annual Meeting – they’re scheduled to be in Guatemala through 2018 as mission coworker – want to see the work they’ve been doing continue into the future – two Guatemala women are attending a training on Domestic Violence so that they can conduct workshops in local communities –

Bookmarks: from now on, we need to send bookmarks to new members along with an email invite to our meetings – we need a flyer about the GC to give to each new member – the bedspread that has been in Jane’s office will go with the liturgical cloths for use in the sanctuary –

September 24th – Ramiro’s Ordination Date – we need to have some sort of gift/symbol – maybe $100 to sponsor the celebration lunch – check w/INPG to see if they have a Worship Book (like what they use in the DR) – would like to be able to send one to each of the pastors in the presbytery

Called Raul -- they were in the middle of their executive committee of the presbytery meeting! – they are forming a new Synod: Emanuel del Norte – sounds like they are splitting the Q’eqchi’ synod into two synods -- 30th & 31st will be the dates of the founding of the new synod – they will be going to Coban tomorrow to do the legal work and asked for prayers because the roads to Coban are bad – Ramiro (who had already left) confirmed that the money has arrived (they probably haven’t gotten the cash yet) – he will be the pastor of the Arca de Noel church

Prayer joys and concerns:  Doug has reconnected with friends from when he was in high school in Colombia – brought back fond memories – Perry asked if Jane would allow us to pray over her at this her last meeting with us – (we shared a lot of memories about Jane’s influence on our work here and on the roles of women in the Guatemala church --

Our next meeting: November 11, 2017 (Veterans Day), 12:30-2:00, Gathering Room


-Mary Love

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall 2017 prayers

On these weeks Crescent Hill church will prayer for and with the following Guatemala partners:

-On Sunday, September 17, and during the week thereafter: Estoreño Presbytery Executive Committee, President Gerardo Pop Ich, and other officers.

 -On Sunday, September 24, and during the week thereafter:  Estoreño Presbytery Presbyterian Women organization, President Ana Coc Tiul, and other officers.

-On Sunday, October 1, and during the week thereafter:  Estoreño Presbytery youth and young adult organization, President Wilman Botzoc, and other officers.

-On Sunday, October 8, and during the week thereafter:  Peniel church in Boqueron, Pastor Fidel Juc, and members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, October 15, 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 22, and 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 29, and the week thereafter:  Puerta del Cielo congregation in the El Estor suburb of La Union of El Estor, Pastor Leonel Cacao, and all worshipers

 -On Sunday, November 5, and the week thereafter: Arca de Noe church in El Estor, Pastor Ramiro Quib Caal and family, and members, deacons, and elders.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Guatemala Connection gathering

After a busy Guatemala mission partnership 2017 so far with fund-raising and visits, CHPC folks are invited to reflect on the year so far, hear about progress aiding Estoreño Presbytery and the political situation in Guatemala, and hopefully make a call to Guatemala partners. Be there at 12:30 pm on Saturday, September 9, in the Gathering Room in the back building. Everyone is welcome. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Late summer 2017 prayers


Late this summer Crescent Hill will pray for and with Guatemala partners:

-On Sunday, July 30, and the week thereafter:  Altar de Noe church in El Estor’s Los Cerritos neighborhood, Pastor Raul Contreras Tut and family, and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, August 6, 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, August 13, 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, August 20, 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, August 27, 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, September 3, 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, September 10, and the week thereafter:  Marc’am congregation, Pastor Gonzalo Tiul Choc and family, and all who worship there.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

El Tarasco: Friday, July 21

Join CHPC family and friends at El Tarasco Mexican restaurant, at 110 Fairfax Avenue (in St. Matthews) on the third Friday of each month (July 21) from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tell the cashier that you are with CHPC and 15 percent of sales for CHPC friends and family will return to CHPC for use with Guatemala Partnership.

June 10 meeting notes



Half a dozen plus CHPC folks interested in Guatemala mission gathered on Saturday, June 10.  The group included Jennifer Thalman Kepler, who was recently returned from Guatemala, for a visit that connected with a death and illness.  Thalman Kepler’s theater company, Looking for Lilith, works with a group of Guatemalan women on a Faith Stories project that does theater education, Bible study, and community health promotion.  Most of the women in the group are from NW Guatemala but one is from the old Izabal presbytery, south of Lake Izabal, and Rosa Marina, from Estoreño Presbytery’s faraway Monte Sinai congregation is interested.  Jennifer and others there imagined a possible joint Crescent Hill-Lilith visit to the Izabal area – Jennifer said, as soon as summer 2018 (depending somewhat on whether Faith Stories lands a great to bring the Guatemalan women to the national U.S. Presbyterian Women gathering in Louisville in summer 2018). 

In terms of summer 2017 activities, Ben Langley (and Shannon Bostrom?) agreed to lead a Minute for Mission in worship on Sunday, July 2.  All four members of Crescent Hill’s two 2017 Guatemala visit teams – Ben, Shannon, Megan McCarty, and Soni Castleberry will speak at a post-worship Food for Thought luncheon the next Sunday (July 9), which Ben and Shannon will promote in their Minute for Mission.  Stephanie will make Guatemalan chicken soup, rice, and beans for Food for Thought.  The foursome will exchange ideas and photos, and Megan will help take charge of A/V issues.

Carrie agreed to write a note to give to Sunday’s Elder of the Week to read about this coming Friday (June 16)’s St. Matthews El Tarasco Mexican restaurant fund-raiser (15 percent of sales between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. go to CHPC Guatemala mission, if you tell your server; second Fridays in July and August too).  Ben and Perry agreed to split leadership of the St. Joseph’s Orphan Home Picnic fund-raising event.  The group decided to look into possibly parking cars both on Friday and Saturday.  Perry agreed to ask Janine if she would try to find out whether the gate at the end of Westminster Court will be open Friday.  Jane agreed to double-check with Stewardship about Officer Horlander or whoever (Megan reported that Session authorized this fund-raiser in general, but wasn’t up to date on how arrangements should proceed).  Ben also has a saw horse and a newish truck to transport it to church.  Many of the folks at the gathering said they would be in town that weekend (August 11-12) and hopefully available to volunteer.

Perry agreed to check around to find out more about sending CHPC money to the Presbytery via the Guatemalan national church, the IENPG.  Soni and Ben were originally going to draft a letter to accompany the money spelling out our aspirations for it.

Folks there agreed to check in after the July 9 Food for Thought to see if people think another summertime gathering is needed.  Jennifer and others there de facto agreed to stay in touch about possible future joint Guatemala visits and possible future collaboration.

Traveling mercies for many folks on the road in June, including Mary, Ben, Soni, Perry, and Elisabeth and her family.


-Perry

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Early summer 2017 prayers

On these weeks Crescent Hill church will prayer for and with the following Guatemala partners:

-On Sunday, June 4, and during the week thereafter: Estoreño Presbytery Executive Committee, President Gerardo Pop Ich, and other officers.

 -On Sunday, June 11, and during the week thereafter:  Estoreño Presbytery Presbyterian Women organization, President Ana Coc Tiul, and other officers.

-On Sunday, June 18, and during the week thereafter:  Estoreño Presbytery youth and young adult organization, President Willman, and other officers.

-On Sunday, June 25, and during the week thereafter:  Peniel church in Boqueron, Pastor Fidel Juc, and members, deacons, and elders.

-On Sunday, July 2, 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, July 9, and 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, July 16, and the week thereafter:  Puerta del Cielo congregation in the El Estor suburb of La Union of El Estor, Pastor Leonel Cacao, and all worshipers

 -On Sunday, July 23, and the week thereafter: Arca de Noe church in El Estor, Pastor Santos Teyul Mucu and family, and members, deacons, and elders.

May 13 meeting notes


Megan: April visit was really, really good—but brief. Had a good visit with Brian and Sandy –stayed at their house for 2 nights – travelled with two Guatemalan women – wife of a minister and one of the eight women ministers in the country – they both live west of GC – their interpreter was xx’s daughter – she doesn’t speak Spanish, so they weren’t able to

Soni: it’s different going with just 2 people, without fluent Spanish speakers – It was exciting and scary for her – she did have some fear about going on this trip – was she going to get overtired, was going with different folks, things weren’t as “settled” as previous trips she’s been on – Be Not Afraid (No Temos) was meaningful for her – the business meeting was the most meaningful for her – here in the US, we have the slate o officers well planned out ahead of time – but there, they sat for a long time waiting for the Spirit to move someone to step up – it was a moving experience – Anna, who had been the secretary, was moved to agree to be the president – the men were supportive and encouraging the women to step up – she really wanted to see Macaria, who had stayed with them on the first visit here – but there was not enough time after the worship service – there are some issues with some of the churches – the Espritus Santo Church has never sent anyone to the meetings – they made a visit to the church, but the pastor met them at the door and wouldn’t let them in at all – she doesn’t know what’s going on, but apparently there is something going on there – Arca de Noe Church also didn’t send anyone – it is Sandra’s church – Soni wished that she could have spent more time with the individual women from the churches that we have visited on previous trips – the Diplomas – Raul seemed to have a very good rapport with the women’s leadership – Fidel volunteered to take Raul’s place for the coming year – the domestic violence training that is going on was discussed at the meeting –

Total cost of the trip is about $2900, including travel – Megan and Soni do want to contribute $800 – they need to reimbursed roughly $700 – Ben: we need to reimburse you for the total cost – Doug: we need to reimburse you for most of the cost of the trip – Soni: I’ve paid some of my costs in the past and expect to do the same this time – next year’s Synodica will be April 20, 2018 at La Guittara Church (Pastor Gerardo’s church) – Soni and Megan will decide how much they will be reimbursed –

Do we want to send some of our money through PCUSA – need to make sure IENPG gets some money, too – but each of those take a cut from what we send – but Shannon & Ben think it would be better to send through IENPG – so how much do we send through IENPG and how much through PCUSA for the Women’s Educational Training Fund – ask Brian and Sandy how to set that up – and Amanda Craft might be able to help us, too – how much do we want to send? – $1500 – uses: theological education, basic education for women, money for women to make visits to other churches, and the domestic violence training – half for theological education, half for women’s education and church visits – Ben will reach out to Sandy and Brian to find out the best way to make this happen – Soni will write a letter in English and Ben will do a Spanish translation – plan a Food for Thought (Ben, Shannon, Megan, and Soni) and do a M4M the Sunday before – dates: July 9th for Food for Thought, July 2nd for Minute for Mission

Doug is donating pictures of Guatemalan traditional clothing to be put up somewhere in the back building (hall?) – Soni has put out on consignment several of the items that did not sell at the yard sale and is donating the proceeds to the Guatemalan Connection – maybe we could use this as a fundraising possibility –

This year’s St. Joe’s Picnic is August 12th.

-Mary

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mother's Day Eve gathering

Learn about Soni Castleberry and Megan McCarty’s participation in an April Estoreño Presbytery Presbyterian Women’s gathering at a Saturday, May 13 Guatemalan Connection gathering in the back building Gathering Room.  Everyone is welcome.

April Fool's Day meeting notes

Present: Perry, Ramiro, Janine, Shannon, Megan, Stephanie, Mary, Soni, Ben, Elizabeth, Jane, Doug, Carrie

Perry opened our meeting with prayer.

Ramiro shared with us (Doug, Ben, Elisabeth, Perry, Jane, Carrie translating): he sees us as friends, not strangers – his business in El Estor has not been good – the new president has brought hard economic times – they have food but not much of anything else – his friend in Fort Worth invited him to come up because he had work – he’s used to being the boss at home, so he wasn’t sure he’d like working for someone else – his friend was putting pressure on him in TX on the job, so he was getting ready to come home when Perry called – so he came to see that God was not calling him to work so hard but instead to work with God – his friend told him if he came to KY he wouldn’t have a job when he came back – his work visa (180 days each time he comes) is good until the end of June, but he may go home before then – he was hassled by Customs/ICE when he came into the country – they asked a lot of questions about the Presbyterian Church in Guatemala – he’s feeling better than when he was here in 2014 – he’s gotten some vitamins and medicine for his diabetes – his family is doing well – his daughter is part of the women’s group – his daughter is 3½ months pregnant – the first grandchild! – his wife still has a job – she has a side business helping people w/their medicines – (health care is better here – he may need for the doctor to send the prescription to a pharmacy here in the states so that he can get it before he goes back)

The presbytery meeting was March ??(I accidentally deleted the date) – Pastor Fidel is standing in for him as treasurer of the presbytery while he’s in the US – (We asked about the money we sent for seminary scholarships) nobody else wanted to go to the seminary in Coban – there are a lot of bandits on the road to Coban, so other than the four who have already gone/are already going (Pastors Santos, Fidel, Jose Sub and Jorge Ortiz), there are no new ones going to the seminary – they’ve been looking to get the seminary extension service to come to El Estor, but the leadership of the seminary has changed so that’s on hold for the time being

The new synod is in the process of being formed – a committee is studying this – the Assembly for the Synod is in May, and that’s when the decision will be made – the proposal is for a GA with four synods –the Synod will be Emmanuel (in Q’eqchi?) with 4 presbyteries – each presbytery will have two pastors and two leaders as reps to the synod – he is finishing his term w/the national church executive committee – the president and secretary of each presbytery will be reps to the synod and the GA meeting

He is considering becoming a pastor – he was almost ordained to the ministry last September, but he wasn’t sure – he wasn’t thinking of it so they surprised him with the offer – he has to have a call before he can be ordained – after he has a call, the presbytery will examine his life, his family life, his friends, etc. and then if they approve they’ll ordain him – they have lay pastors who preach, but they cannot do weddings or officiate for the sacraments – Ramiro preaches when he has the opportunity – he will be able to help serve communion tomorrow at CHPC – at El Estor they have communion every month

His truck is still not working – it has no motor! – he’s jobbing the work of his business out to others who have trucks – does he have any questions for us? – he had hoped to have an activity planned so that we could see more of what they are doing – he thanks us for our prayers and financial support – he didn’t come with anything in writing as a report on how the money has been spent – (note: I’m not at all sure I’ve gotten these numbers right) 1,800 quetzales to the women, 1,800 quetzales to the churches for the trips to the cities – 300 quetzales for each church’s round trip to the city – the presbytery has also been supporting those trips – with the leftover money from us and some the presbytery had, they gave 2,000 quetzales for construction projects at all the churches – all the others got ?? for construction projects – the church CHPC folks went to had a dirt floor, so the presbytery gave the cement, the church gave the sand and the labor – because of the unsafe conditions on the road to Coban no new folks wanted to go for training – the road is bad and the banditry is bad – day and night the roads are unsafe

Our visit to the woman’s meeting: it’s a presbiterial meeting – the executive committee members of each church will be there – total of 30 to 40 women there – the meeting will be in the Galilee church – (if Soni and Megan don’t want to stay until late at night through the entire worship service, they can say they’re tired and can leave!) – the meeting is at Puerta del Cielo Iglesia – west of town – Enrique will be the chauffer for Megan and Soni – he’ll meet them at the airport -- as soon as the interpreters have been finalized, Ben will let them know – Ben will let them know about the final arrangements: where they will stay, how they will travel in Guatemala, etc. – the national women’s synod folks will be attending as well – Megan and Soni will have 2-3 minutes to speak to the gathering – the meeting will be in Q’eqchi’ and Spanish – the presbytery executive committee (men) will be there as well to observe – each women’s group is contributing 150 quetzales towards the expenses for the meeting – Soni asked if their presbytery has had the “Men in the Mirror” training offered to them – they had a preview at the presbytery meeting, but they haven’t started it yet – Ramiro thinks it would be a good idea – Rosa Marina’s church got the largest share of the 19,000 quetzales we sent [2,500 quetzales to her church [[Monte Sinai]], Ramiro said later] – the presbytery surprised the church with the money, and it went a long way towards healing the bad feelings there – they asked why we didn’t visit them when we were there – the presbytery folks explained that it was because the roads were so bad that even the presbytery folks were scared when they went there – Rosa Marina will probably be at the presbiterial meeting next month – She has formed a small women’s group in her church that is more Pentecostal than they’re used to – Macaria has gone blind, so she has moved in with her daughter – she can only come to church when her daughter can bring her – Ben will call and arrange for Soni to see her.

Ramiro has been staying with Perry and Stephanie but will stay with Carrie and James this afternoon through tomorrow morning. Carrie, James, and Ramiro will join Mary, Stephanie, and Perry at the Roderick’s tonight for that group’s Cottage Supper.


The meeting was adjourned with prayer.

-Mary

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring 2017 prayers

This spring Crescent Hill will pray for and with Guatemala partners:

-On Sunday, April 16, and the week thereafter:  Altar de Noe church in El Estor’s Los Cerritos neighborhood, Pastor Raul Contreras Tut and family, and all who worship there.

-On Sunday, April 23, 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, April 30, 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, May 7, 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, May 14, 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, May 21, 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, May 28, and the week thereafter:  Marc’am congregation, Pastor Gonzalo Tiul Choc and family, and all who worship there.