Outreach- Kathy Jones and I went out for Advent Lessons & Carols and for Christmas Eve Services times and went through the neighborhood handing out flyers to invite the community to both. I am also looking into getting events added to Next Door on line to target specific zip codes. We plan to go out again and invite via hand-outs our neighbors to the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. We need more participation from the church to cover more territory. We just finished our weekend with Canon Steven Saul, and much has been given to us to help us grow the body of Christ. I am thankful to be able to have attended and heard the excitement for things to come. Please come and join us! We will be doing some invitation cards this time that should be quick & easy. The more we have show up the farther we can go and the faster we will be done!
Evangelism & Missions- Formulating plans for the coming months for guest speakers for Telet follow-up meetings. One who already have agreed to come are Bishop Ackerman, another is Barbara Hautenman, from La Gran Familia. World Mission Sunday is Feb. 19th and I would like to ask Fr. K to have her come that day during CE hour and speak about the Orphanage. Our Missionary friend the Kramer’s finished up their US Church visits on December 18th at Christ Church Waco. Father Jerry left that afternoon for a quick trip to Kurdistan to finish delivering the relief supplies and Christmas gifts that our donations helped to provided for. Their goal was to provide for 1250 families- they ended up providing for 1653 families. The current situation there is very cold, many, many more refugees who are escaping from Mosul as it becomes more and more liberated, relief supplies were taken to the hold outs on Mount Sinja to take care of the remaining 650 Yezhidi’s on top of the mountain. On Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday the 11th, Retired Nigerian Arch-Bishop Ben Kawashi will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Men’s Conference held in St. Peter & Paul Church. We will go all out to get as many as we can to attend as he has an amazing testimony of life in Nigeria battling Boko Haram, and Al Queda affiliate. He and Gloria his wife have an orphanage that takes care of some 400+ orphaned children from Nigeria.
As a extra note, we are beginning the plans for a 25th Anniversary celebration in June of our relationship with the Diocese of Northern Malawi. Bishop Fanuel, the first indigenous Bishop of the Diocese will be accepting his Doctorate of Divinity degree on Thursday June 1st, and the celebration will be on Wednesday June 7th at St. Andrews, downtown. There will be much more about this in the coming months. Lord willing, I plan to lead a Mission there in 2018. Please begin to pray for me as the planning begins! I would love for several of us to go from St. Alban’s.