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Current for Curran....
As you know the solar project at Phebe Hospital is successfully generating power. In November 11 of us traveled to Phebe to celebration the formal dedication dedication of the system. It was an awesome event. As part of the trip we traveled to Curran Hospital in ZorZor, which is about 45 miles north of Phebe, but takes about 3 hours to travel to.That gives you some idea of the condition of the road. ZorZor is about a 30 minute drive from the Guinea border so many of the patients Curran treats come from there.
Curran will be the next recipient of a solar array similar to the one at Phebe. The solar panels for the array have been donated by First Solar, over $40,000 has been received from Women of the ELCA through the generous donations at the Triennial events in Minneapolis and just this week a donation of $2,000 was given that required a match before it would be received. Generous folks came forward and donated over $3,400.
We need to raise an additional $200,000 hopefully by Easter (86 days) Attached is a simple fundraising idea I got when I gave a presentation for the East Central Wisconsin Synod Women of the ELCA in November. I hope you will consider using it in your church or organization. Perhaps you can even find donor(s) who will match a portion of the donations collected.
Blessings on your day
Mary Jo Mettler
Current for Curran Fundraising Idea
This idea came from the East Central Wisconsin Synod women. The object is to “sell” each rectangle for $20. A filled board generates $500. To generate additional funds “sell” the rectangles more than once and/or get someone to provide matching dollars.
Bishop Aitken's Response to President Trump's words and actions
I have not been able to ignore nor abide our president's recent remarks about people from other lands: Africa, Haiti etc...
When Christians recognize that our life in Christ calls us to joyful and ultimate loyalty to our Lord Jesus Christ, and his alternate life-style of unconditional love and courage, we cannot but stand against bigoted statements and the systemic racism we live in. Our God-given faith calls us to engage the very underlying assumptions of the cultures of vulgarity, supremacy and bigotry. Jesus would be surprised by followers of his who do not see in every person someone that God loves whether near or far away from us. We who live "in Christ" as the New Testament declares over and over have been given the good and holy task of loving each person and coming to the aid of the marginalized. We are empowered already by the Spirit of God to boldly live into God's dream for the world which doesn't include demeaning others but as St. Paul says, lives joyfully into the reconciling work of Jesus.
Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord.
And open our lives to the courage of Jesus.
A Prayer of Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471)
Grant to me, O God,
to know what I ought to know,
to love what I ought to love,
to pray what delights you most,
to value what is precious in your sight,
to hate what is offensive to you.
Do not allow me to judge according to the sight of my eyes,
Nor to pass sentence according to the hearing of the ears of the foolish;
But to discern with true judgment between things visible and spiritual,
And above all things to pursue what is the good pleasure of your holy will,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Bishop Aitken's Reflections 1/08/18
In this new year of 2018 that God has granted us to live in, I am both hopeful and concerned. I’m hopeful because hope is granted to us in Christ; and that hope does not disappoint us as the Scripture says. In fact, God’s gift of hope is not merely wishful thinking; it is a power that sustains us, even in the midst of difficulties. It is a power that resides in us, empowering us to love and bless the world with the love of Jesus, the One through whom the world was created. Hope in the crucified and risen Jesus keeps our eyes and hearts fixed on God’s ultimate reconciliation of all things.
But I’m also concerned; as Christians in this country, we are faced with dilemmas that we probably never intended or wanted to be faced with. We are grafted to Jesus, our Lord, whose Kingdom we pray for, probably daily in the Lord’s Prayer. The Kingdom of God is often at odds with a large part of our own culture which often distorts love, lifts up health, wealth and success as ultimate values, and demeans certain people and groups of people in both conscious and unconscious ways. It is a culture that is at war with itself as voices of God’s kind of Kingdom are heard against a culture of Independence from God and God’s ways. This is a political reality, and the gospel of Jesus Christ is in fact political (not partisan) because it deals with this world, this life, in all of its realities. So there is that tension – and over the years I have witnessed that tension grow stronger, more crude and coarse and potentially more violent.
2018 is God’s gift to us. We who are baptized into Christ, who receive the Word (Jesus) proclaimed in worship, sermon, song, and Communion, are strengthened to speak up for the good and counter-cultural Kingdom that brings love, life and peace.
The Rostered Ministers in our Synod have been invited to a Convocation on January 19th ( see registration below) to think and discuss together with the Rev. Dr Craig Nessan about how to be that clear and powerful voice of God’s Kingdom values in the cacophony of alternatives in our world. How do we preach real love that challenges the “kingdoms of this world” and moves beyond sentiment to action the way Jesus did who spoke the truth with love, in a way that leads people to goodness and cohesion rather than more divisiveness? Pray for your Rostered Ministers who face this challenge every week, and encourage them in their good and faithful preaching!
+Bishop Thomas M. Aitken
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2017-2018 Young Adults in Global Mission