Monday, January 30, 2017

Sending them

We Go in God’s Name

Sending Shannon Bostrom and Ben Langley to Guatemala Network Meeting (Perry Chang)

All: God of grace, we ask your blessing on Shannon and Ben as they go to represent us in Guatemala. Protect and guide them as they travel and meet. Inspire, stretch, and work through them. May they be strengthened in faith and upheld in Your love. In the name of the Christ we seek to serve. Amen.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Guatemala Mission Network gathering invitation

You are invited to:

1.  Join us in worship Sunday when the whole congregation will bless/commission/send off Ben Langley and Shannon Bostrom on their Guatemala Mission Network gathering trip.

2.  Stop by the Louisville airport at 4:45 a.m. this Monday (Jan. 30) and/or at 10:30 p.m. a week from Friday (Feb. 3) to bid Ben and Shannon adieu or hello and pray with them as they depart for security (see below).

3.  Pray this weekend and throughout this coming week for Ben, Shannon, Ramiro, Raul Contreras, Amanda Craft, Richard and Debbie Welch, Brian and Sandi Thomson-Royer, possibly Leslie Vogel, and all of the others traveling to and from Guatemala City for the Guatemala Mission Network gathering, for productive conversation, good times, faithful decision-making, and safe travel.


January 7 gathering notes

Ben and Shannon’s trip to Guatemala later this month: Stephanie shared what she experienced when she went to this meeting a couple of years ago—are there questions that we want to ask the other Anglo groups about how they have learned and best practices?—why isn’t water an issue for them?—the quality of water is getting worse in addition to the issue of the availability of water—but the people themselves need to want it for it to be successful—we’ll get together to send them off on Monday the 30th (at about 5:00 a.m.) and welcome them home on Friday 2/3 (at about 10:30 p.m.)—Ben and Shannon will take care of Ramiro and Raul Contreras’ travel expenses for the meeting—need to make sure there will be someone there to make sure they get to where they are staying/meeting—have a “sendoff” for Ben and Shannon on Sunday 1/22 during worship

April visit: possibly Sandra, Elisabeth, Claudia, Megan, Jennifer—they’ve tried to get in touch with the women who are planning the retreat to find out when it starts (morning or afternoon or…) so that they have some idea of what’s going on—Elisabeth called Sandra Ich Yat (on the planning committee) to ask for a confirmation on the date of the Women’s Gathering—she reported that the women leaders of the presbytery have visited all the churches with the financial help that we sent ($250)—Assembly is only on Friday, the 21st—8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., worship service that night for everybody—will ask our PW folks if they can help with costs—also, open it up to other women from CHPC—Elisabeth will write a blurb for next week’s Westminster Ways—will sell “shares” to support the women who are going (kickoff at the dance party).

Fundraiser: Looking at Sunday, February 26 @ 6:00-8:00—will be a family friendly event—won’t feed folks but will have snacks—Sandra has talked with ?? about leading the dancing and they have agreed to do it (gratis??)—start the dancing @6:00—suggested minimum donation: $10 for adults, $5 for children 10 and under, Family up to $25—“Latin Dance Party”—Mary to write a blurb for Westminster Weekly and Westminster Ways—Tim will design a flyer for the event.

Next meeting: Saturday, February 11, 12:30, Gathering Room.