Saturday, August 31, 2019

Equal Exchange Blog ... "Bring Fair Trade to Market"

Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.


Bring Fair Trade to Market

Fair trade advocate CJ Clapp of Washington, PA has been setting up a fair trade table at her local farmer’s market for ten years. Here's what she says:

"Equal Exchange's organic coffees, teas, chocolates, nuts & olive oil from small-scale farmers around the world fit right in with local organic fruits & vegetables, breads, jams and honey. It’s a perfect partnership. My customers are looking for honest, beautiful food and they know they can find it at my table. ...

CLICK HERE for more on bringing Fair Trade to your local Farmer’s Market

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In the News ... "Lubbock Faith Briefs"

Courtesy Photo
• What’s going on in South Plains churches

By Erica Pauda, Reporter
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - From the Avalanche-Journal, news of regular services, and special events and programs at houses of faith in Lubbock and across the South Plains ...

 • Read the rest of this LAJ report ...

In the News ... "Odessa Church News"


• Today and in the days ahead, in Odessa-area houses of worship

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Coming events include worship services, classes, Bible studies, community outreach, fundraisers, mission opportunities and more ...

Read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

At Beaversdam they re-crossed the river and came east again along the southern bank. They came to a little cottage where a child stood in the doorway crying. “Why are you crying, my love?” asked Aslan. The child, who had never seen a picture of a lion, was not afraid of him. “Auntie’s very ill,” she said. “She’s going to die.” Then Aslan went to go in at the door of the cottage, but it was too small for him. So, when he had got his head through, he pushed with his shoulders (Lucy and Susan fell off when he did this) and lifted the whole house up and it fell backward and apart. And there, still in her bed, though the bed was now in the open air, lay a little old woman who looked as if she had Dwarf blood in her. She was at death’s door, but when she opened her eyes and saw the bright, hairy head of the lion staring into her face, she did not scream or faint. She said, “Oh, Aslan! I knew it was true. I’ve been waiting for this all my life. Have you come to take me away?”

“Yes, dearest,” said Aslan. “But not the long journey yet.” And as he spoke, like the flush creeping along the underside of a cloud at sunrise, the color came back to her white face and her eyes grew bright and she sat up and said, “Why, I do declare I feel that better. I think I could take a little breakfast this morning.”

From Prince Caspian
Compiled in A Year with Aslan

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 31, 2019

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CARE OF CREATION - n 2015, Pope Francis proclaimed Sept. 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, joining Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios I of Constantinople, who earlier extended an invitation for Christians to offer “every year on this date prayers and supplications to the Maker of all, both as thanksgiving for the great gift of creation and as petitions for its protection and salvation.” ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Friday, August 30, 2019

From @FWMission ... Friday Story: “Monthly Recap — July 2019”

Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations. Headquartered in Irvine, California, FWM works around the world in partnership with a vast network of humanitarian, faith-based and government organizations, sending wheelchairs to hundreds of thousands of disabled people, providing not only the gift of mobility, but of dignity, independence, and hope.




Friday Story: “Monthly Recap — July 2019”

Highlights for July 2019 include: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Follow FWM; Road Trip for Mobility; Chef Works Cares; Spectrum News; Birthday Party with a Purpose; Nuka Solomon Promoted to CEO of Free Wheelchair Mission; A Record-Breaking Miracle of Mobility; Bowling for Mobility; Wheelchair Arrivals; more ...
...

Read the rest of this story ...


In the News ... "1,000-plus Baptists convene here"

OA Photo by Mark Sterkel
• 21st annual Southern Baptists of Texas Convention meeting set at First Baptist Church

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - For the first time, the annual meeting of the Grapevine-based Southern Baptists of Texas Convention will be held in Odessa Oct. 28-29 with a total of attendance of more than 1,000 people from around the state expected.

The First Baptist Church at 709 N. Lee Ave., will be the host church and the new Marriott Hotel & Conference Center at 305 E. Fifth St. the meeting’s official hotel ...

Read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

If the first and lowest operation of pain shatters the illusion that all is well, the second shatters the illusion that what we have, whether good or bad in itself, is our own and enough for us. Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us. We ‘have all we want’ is a terrible saying when ‘all’ does not include God. We find God an interruption. As St Augustine says somewhere, ‘God wants to give us something, but cannot, because our hands are full—there’s nowhere for Him to put it.’ Or as a friend of mine said, ‘We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it’s there for emergencies but he hopes he’ll never have to use it.’ Now God, who has made us, knows what we are and that our happiness lies in Him. Yet we will not seek it in Him as long as he leaves us any other resort where it can even plausibly be looked for. While what we call ‘our own life’ remains agreeable we will not surrender it to Him. What then can God do in our interests but make ‘our own life’ less agreeable to us, and take away the plausible source of false happiness?

From The Problem of Pain
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 30, 2019

REV. MOON-SOOK LEE, 2019 INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPER - When many South Koreans think of their neighbors to the north, the phrases that come to mind are not so neighborly: “horned monsters” or “a demon to be removed,” writes the Rev. Moon-Sook Lee, who has held several ecumenical and Presbyterian posts in South Korean over the past three decades.

Many of those characterizations come from the generation that fought the Korean War and post-war generations, Lee writes. But her work has given her a different point of view ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

In the News ... "Mary honored for devotion"

"The Sistine Madonna" by Raphael
• Mother of Jesus a young teenager when she gave birth to the Messiah

By Bob Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


MIDLAND, TEXAS - The story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is one of powerful faith and humility, great character and a submission to God’s will that has earned the respect of Christians ever since, ministers say.

The Revs. Aubrey Jones, Rodrigo Munoz, Becky Hand and Michael Sis say Mary was probably 14 to 16 years old when the angel Gabriel came to her in Nazareth with news even more astonishing than his brilliant, intimidating appearance ...

Read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

All Joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still ‘about to be’.

From Surprised by Joy

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

Photo by Rich Copley
Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 29, 2019

MADISON McKINNEY, NATIVE AMERICAN YOUNG WOMAN - For Madison McKinney, attending the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women was an “incredible experience.”

“To hear all of the different languages and to meet people from all over the world was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said.

McKinney, who was sponsored by the Native American Intercultural Congregational Support office of the Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries, is the first Native American young woman to attend the Commission as a representative of the Presbyterian Church (USA) ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

In the News ... "Connecticut pastor drives to El Paso to tell residents 'Love Goes Farther' than hate"

EPT Photo by Mark Lambie
• Also visited Dayton, Ohio

By Mark Lambie, Reporter/Photographer
El Paso Times


EL PASO, TEXAS - Pastor Adam Bowles, of Castle Church in Norwich, Connecticut, drove with friends for a day and 10 hours to El Paso to spread the message that Love Goes Farther than hate.

Bowles, his friend, Matt Martinez, and brother-in-law, Jono Wibberley, drove to El Paso to visit the memorial site Saturday that has been set up in honor of the 22 victims killed and 25 injured in the Aug. 3 domestic terror attack by a white supremacist ...

Read/watch the rest of this EPT report ...

Invitation to Prayer from Faces of Children ... TODAY

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Their mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, they seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).


Invitation to Prayer ... TODAY

Dear Intercessors,

I hope you enjoy our Faces of Children monthly digest, a new format I'm trying out. After getting your feedback a few weeks ago, many of you suggested that a monthly digest might be a happy medium between ceasing a newsletter altogether and continuing to send something every week. We'll try this out for a few months, so plan on looking for the next digest in early August.

In the meantime, we will continue to meet locally every Wednesday - TODAY - at 11:30 in the prayer closet at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Please join us in lifting up the needs of vulnerable children in our community and around the world!

Sincerely, Carrie McKean



AUGUST Faces of Children Digest

Can you believe summertime is almost over? I keep picturing my little girls with melting Popsicles, trying to enjoy every last bit even as it's slipping between their fingers. We've had a summer full of fun, and I'm not particularly ready for the structure and responsibilities of the school year again. But regardless, it's here.

As we draw closer to the start of school, I thought maybe we could spend August praying for children and teachers across the country There are so many needs facing children in the world today. Each week in August, I'd like to invite you to join me in praying for children going back to school. I'm offering particular ways to pray for ...

Week Four: Students

In the end, we do all of this because of the children. We strategize and train and dream and pray and hope and track and test and even conflict because we all fundamentally believe that every child deserves a good education. And even more than that, every child deserves to feel safe and loved and well-fed and connected to caring adults.

As I've looked through our own vacation photos this summer, I'm also keenly aware that for many children, they don't go back to school with fun stories about weekends at water parks and family camping trips and a vacation to the beach. In fact, for some students, summer was a time of boredom and isolation and loneliness and school is eagerly anticipated for its structure and routine.

As students come back, please pray they find school to be a place of safety in every sense. For those students who are anxious about returning to school - whether because they don't have the right supplies or they're afraid of the bully from last year or they don't have any good answer to the dreaded "What did you do this summer?" question - please pray for God to fill their hearts with peace.

Blessings,

Carrie

Carrie J. McKean
Faces of Children Director
First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas
(432) 684-7821 x153

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

“Aslan—and children from another world,” thought Tirian. “They have always come in when things were at their worst. Oh, if only they could now.”

And he called out “Aslan! Aslan! Aslan! Come and help us now.”

But the darkness and the cold and the quietness went on just the same.

“Let me be killed,” cried the King. “I ask nothing for myself. But come and save all Narnia.”

And still there was no change in the night or the wood, but there began to be a kind of change inside Tirian. Without knowing why, he began to feel a faint hope. And he felt somehow stronger. “Oh Aslan, Aslan,” he whispered. “If you will not come yourself, at least send me the helpers from beyond the world. Or let me call them. Let my voice carry beyond the world.” Then, hardly knowing that he was doing it, he suddenly cried out in a great voice:

“Children! Children! Friends of Narnia! Quick. Come to me. Across the worlds I call you; I, Tirian, King of Narnia, Lord of Cair Paravel, and Emperor of the Lone Islands!”

From The Last Battle
Compiled in A Year with Aslan

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 28, 2019

"PETRA'S PIER PICNIC" - In her latest book, “Petra’s Pier Picnic,” author Phyllis Vos Wezeman introduces readers to a 9-year-old girl who is excited to go fishing with her father to celebrate her birthday. The crowded pier provides Petra a chance to use her new fishing pole. Her interactions also open her eyes and her heart to the needs of hungry people in the world. The book, for readers 10 and younger, is illustrated by Chicago artist Oscar Joyo, who is originally from Malawi ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Partners Blog: “Hope is a tarp in the rain”

Steve and Oddny Gumaer started Partners Relief and Development in response to the needs of refugees and displaced people from Burma, and now in the Middle East, as well. Their mission is to demonstrate, through holistic action, God’s love to children and communities made vulnerable by war in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and other conflict zones.

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“Hope is a tarp in the rain”

The misery of monsoon season is once again drenching refugee camps housing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in Bangladesh, bringing extensive flooding and the loss of life. But 150 grateful families are staying dry under the tarps you sent ...

Read/watch the rest of this post ...




Partners Relief and Development is a registered charity in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. "We’re a small, grassroots nonprofit passionate about making a big impact in communities affected by conflict and oppression, demonstrating God’s love to children and giving them the opportunity to live free, full lives." For more information aboput Partners, visit their website at partners.ngo/

In the News ... "Hobbs pastor speaks about shooting"

KOSA Photo
• Anyone with information is asked to call the Hobbs Police Department

By Alex Valdez, Reporter
KOSA-TV


HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - The Hobbs Police Department have confirmed they are investigating a shooting that left three people dead.

A memorial was set up to honor the 3 people who lost their lives and for the 4 who were shot at the scene.

Felipe Guerra is a pastor at Sendero De La Cruz, which is a local church right up the road from where the shooting happened.

He has been serving the neighborhood for 32 years and said events like this one never happen in Hobbs ...

Read/watch the rest of this KOSA report 


Invitation to Prayer from Faces of Children ... Tomorrow

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Their mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, they seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).


Invitation to Prayer ... Tomorrow

Dear Intercessors,

I hope you enjoy our Faces of Children monthly digest, a new format I'm trying out. After getting your feedback a few weeks ago, many of you suggested that a monthly digest might be a happy medium between ceasing a newsletter altogether and continuing to send something every week. We'll try this out for a few months, so plan on looking for the next digest in early August.

In the meantime, we will continue to meet locally every Wednesday at 11:30 in the prayer closet at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Please join us in lifting up the needs of vulnerable children in our community and around the world!

Sincerely, Carrie McKean



AUGUST Faces of Children Digest

Can you believe summertime is almost over? I keep picturing my little girls with melting Popsicles, trying to enjoy every last bit even as it's slipping between their fingers. We've had a summer full of fun, and I'm not particularly ready for the structure and responsibilities of the school year again. But regardless, it's here.

As we draw closer to the start of school, I thought maybe we could spend August praying for children and teachers across the country There are so many needs facing children in the world today. Each week in August, I'd like to invite you to join me in praying for children going back to school. I'm offering particular ways to pray for ...

Week Four: Students

In the end, we do all of this because of the children. We strategize and train and dream and pray and hope and track and test and even conflict because we all fundamentally believe that every child deserves a good education. And even more than that, every child deserves to feel safe and loved and well-fed and connected to caring adults.

As I've looked through our own vacation photos this summer, I'm also keenly aware that for many children, they don't go back to school with fun stories about weekends at water parks and family camping trips and a vacation to the beach. In fact, for some students, summer was a time of boredom and isolation and loneliness and school is eagerly anticipated for its structure and routine.

As students come back, please pray they find school to be a place of safety in every sense. For those students who are anxious about returning to school - whether because they don't have the right supplies or they're afraid of the bully from last year or they don't have any good answer to the dreaded "What did you do this summer?" question - please pray for God to fill their hearts with peace.

Blessings,

Carrie

Carrie J. McKean
Faces of Children Director
First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas
(432) 684-7821 x153

In the News ... "Crisis Center starting Teen Leadership Council"


• The deadline to apply is August 31

By Ruth Campbell, Reporter
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - To help foster peer-to-peer prevention dating violence and sexual assault education, Crisis Center of West Texas is forming a Teen Leadership Council.

Prevention Education Manager Damariz Medina said they are seeking 10 to 15 students in grades nine through 11. The deadline to apply is Aug. 31. The council will meet twice a month and students will be asked to commit for the school year ...

Read the rest of this OA report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

TO GENIA GOELZ, who had asked Lewis for a prayer in her struggle to believe: Lewis’s prayer for a daily increase in obedience and faith.

18 March 1952

Don’t bother at all about that question of a person being ‘made a Christian’ by baptism. It is only the usual trouble about words being used in more than one sense. Thus we might say a man ‘became a soldier’ the moment that he joined the army. But his instructors might say six months later ‘I think we have made a soldier of him’. Both usages are quite definable, only one wants to know which is being used in a given sentence. The Bible itself gives us one short prayer which is suitable for all who are struggling with the beliefs and doctrines. It is: ‘Lord I believe, help Thou my unbelief.’6 Would something of this sort be any good?: Almighty God, who art the Father of lights and who has promised by thy dear Son that all who do thy will shall know thy doctrine: [John 7:17] give me grace so to live that by daily obedience I daily increase in faith and in the understanding of thy Holy Word, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

From The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis
Compiled in Yours, Jack

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 27, 2019

SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING STOLE - “We’re all looking for bread for the journey,” said the Rev. Keatan King, associate pastor at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in Houston. “CREDO gives you that.”

King was among 16 women at the CREDO conference for recently ordained pastors held in September in Canton, North Carolina.

The conferences “are intended to be relational, and this conference certainly was,” said the Rev. Dr. José Irizarry, vice president of education for the Board of Pensions, CREDO’s sponsor. ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Monday, August 26, 2019

From @chinaaid : "Henan authorities demolish a house church, spread fake suicide story"

The China Aid Association is a non-profit Christian organization - based in Midland, Texas - with a mission to uncover and reveal the truth about religious persecution in China, focusing especially on the unofficial church. They do this, they explain in their website, by exposing the abuses, encouraging the abused and equipping the saints to advance the kingdom of God throughout China.

Henan authorities demolish a house church, spread fake suicide story
Distributed by ChinaAid, July 2019 ...

HENAN, CHINA – A Christian was beaten by more than 10 people and the tendon in his hand was cut because he tried to stop the Henan Province Zhengzhou City authorities from forcibly demolishing a house church ...

More on this story from China Aid ...


In the News ... "'State of the Nonprofits' to reveal results of study"

MRT Photo by Jerry Lara
• Results of the study will be available for download

By Rich Lopez, Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - MSS (formerly Midland Shared Spaces) will host its second annual State of the Nonprofits 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Petroleum Club. The luncheon is designed to communicate with business and community leaders the status of the nonprofit sector in Midland County. Results from an in-depth study will be a big part of the conversation ...

 • Read the rest of this MRT report ...

Invitation to Prayer from Faces of Children ... Wednesday

Faces of Children is an ecumenical prayer ministry under the auspices of First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Their mission is to initiate ministries of prayer for children in churches, communities, and neighborhoods. In doing so, they seek to provide an opportunity for people of God to join together, learn about children and their needs throughout the world, and celebrate Christ's love (especially as it relates to children).


Invitation to Prayer ... Wednesday

Dear Intercessors,

I hope you enjoy our Faces of Children monthly digest, a new format I'm trying out. After getting your feedback a few weeks ago, many of you suggested that a monthly digest might be a happy medium between ceasing a newsletter altogether and continuing to send something every week. We'll try this out for a few months, so plan on looking for the next digest in early August.

In the meantime, we will continue to meet locally every Wednesday at 11:30 in the prayer closet at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas. Please join us in lifting up the needs of vulnerable children in our community and around the world!

Sincerely, Carrie McKean



AUGUST Faces of Children Digest

Can you believe summertime is almost over? I keep picturing my little girls with melting Popsicles, trying to enjoy every last bit even as it's slipping between their fingers. We've had a summer full of fun, and I'm not particularly ready for the structure and responsibilities of the school year again. But regardless, it's here.

As we draw closer to the start of school, I thought maybe we could spend August praying for children and teachers across the country There are so many needs facing children in the world today. Each week in August, I'd like to invite you to join me in praying for children going back to school. I'm offering particular ways to pray for ...

Week Four: Students

In the end, we do all of this because of the children. We strategize and train and dream and pray and hope and track and test and even conflict because we all fundamentally believe that every child deserves a good education. And even more than that, every child deserves to feel safe and loved and well-fed and connected to caring adults.

As I've looked through our own vacation photos this summer, I'm also keenly aware that for many children, they don't go back to school with fun stories about weekends at water parks and family camping trips and a vacation to the beach. In fact, for some students, summer was a time of boredom and isolation and loneliness and school is eagerly anticipated for its structure and routine.

As students come back, please pray they find school to be a place of safety in every sense. For those students who are anxious about returning to school - whether because they don't have the right supplies or they're afraid of the bully from last year or they don't have any good answer to the dreaded "What did you do this summer?" question - please pray for God to fill their hearts with peace.

Blessings,

Carrie

Carrie J. McKean
Faces of Children Director
First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas
(432) 684-7821 x153

In the News ... "Church Under the Bridge founder Dorrell to speak at Christian Service Center dinner"

• Deadline to purchase is Thursday

By Loretta Fulton, Reporter
Abilene Reporter-News

ABILENE, TEXAS - The founder of a nonprofit ministry and pastor of The Church Under the Bridge in Waco will be the speaker for the annual Christian Service Center fall dinner.

Jimmy Dorrell started his interdenominational church in 1992 as the result of a Bible study he held with five homeless men under the Interstate 35 bridge in Waco. Since then, he has founded Mission Waco/Mission World.

Dorrell’s topic for the September 10 dinner will be “Building Bridges, Rebuilding Lives” ...

Read the rest of this ARN report ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

Afterwards Harwood and I lay under the trees and talked. He told me of his new philosopher, Rudolf Steiner, who has ‘made the burden roll from his back’. Steiner seems to be a sort of panpsychist, with a vein of posing superstition, and I was very much disappointed to hear that both Harwood and Barfield were impressed by him. The comfort they got from him (apart from the sugar plum of promised immortality, which is really the bait with which he has caught Harwood) seemed something I could get much better without him.

I argued that the ‘spiritual forces’ which Steiner found everywhere were either shamelessly mythological people or else no-one-knows-what. Harwood said this was nonsense and that he understood perfectly what he meant by a spiritual force. I also protested that Pagan animism was an anthropomorphic failure of imagination and that we should prefer a knowledge of the real unhuman life which is in the trees etc. He accused me of a materialistic way of thinking when I said that the similarity of all languages was probably depended on the similarity of all throats.

From All My Road Before Me

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.

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Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 26, 2019

CREATION JUSTICE MINISTRY - If there wasn’t an organization like Creation Justice Ministries, Presbyterian Hunger Program coordinator the Rev. Rebecca Barnes says her ministry would want to create one ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

Presented by Bible Gateway
Today's Reading

On Pleasure

[The demon Screwtape writes:] [God, the “Enemy,” is] a hedonist at heart. All those fasts and vigils and stakes and crosses are only a facade. Or only like foam on the sea shore. Out at sea, out in His sea, there is pleasure, and more pleasure. He makes no secret of it; at His right hand are “pleasures for evermore.” Ugh! Don’t think He has the least inkling of that high and austere mystery to which we rise in the Miserific Vision. He’s vulgar, Wormwood. He has a bourgeois mind. He has filled His world full of pleasures. There are things for humans to do all day long without His minding in the least—sleeping, washing, eating, drinking, making love, playing, praying, working. Everything has to be twisted before it’s any use to us. We fight under cruel disadvantages. Nothing is naturally on our side.

From The Screwtape Letters
Compiled in Words to Live By

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook


The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer.


Today in the Mission Yearbook: August 25, 2019

YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEER COMMISSIONING SUNDAY - Today, several congregations close to Stony Point Center, many from the Hudson River Presbytery, will host the 2019–20 YAV class for Commissioning Sunday. This day acts as a reminder to both the Young Adult Volunteers (YAVs) and our Church that we do not go alone in God’s mission ...

CLICK HERE to read more.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Equal Exchange Blog ... "Organic Sugar: Cane to Table"

Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.


Organic Sugar: Cane to Table

The sugar we use in our chocolate and cocoa comes from fair trade and organic sugarcane! Our co-operative partners work hard to provide a quality product. From the farmers who plant the cane to the mill workers who package the sugar, the transformation from cane to table takes an incredible journey. So, mix up a cup of our hot cocoa, take a sip, and while you allow its subtle caramel sweetness to cover your senses, read about how this sugar was formed – from cane to table ...

CLICK HERE to read the rest of this post

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In the News ... "Odessa Church News"


• Today and in the days ahead, in Odessa-area houses of worship

Staff Report
Odessa American


ODESSA, TEXAS - Coming events include worship services, classes, Bible studies, community outreach, fundraisers, mission opportunities and more ...

Read the rest of this OA report ...

In the News ... "Lubbock Faith Briefs"

Courtesy Photo
• What’s going on in South Plains churches

By Erica Pauda, Reporter
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - From the Avalanche-Journal, news of regular services, and special events and programs at houses of faith in Lubbock and across the South Plains ...

 • Read the rest of this LAJ report ...

 • More from the LAJ's "South Plains Faith Calendar" ...

C.S. Lewis Daily - Today's Reading

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Today's Reading

For about a hundred years we have so concentrated on one of the virtues—‘kindness’ or mercy—that most of us do not feel anything except kindness to be really good or anything but cruelty to be really bad. Such lopsided ethical developments are not uncommon, and other ages too have had their pet virtues and curious insensibilities. And if one virtue must be cultivated at the expense of all the rest, none has a higher claim than mercy—for every Christian must reject with detestation that covert propaganda for cruelty which tries to drive mercy out of the world by calling it names such as ‘Humanitarianism’ and ‘Sentimentality’. The real trouble is that ‘kindness’ is a quality fatally easy to attribute to ourselves on quite inadequate grounds. Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment. Thus a man easily comes to console himself for all his other vices by a conviction that ‘his heart’s in the right place’ and ‘he wouldn’t hurt a fly’, though in fact he has never made the slightest sacrifice for a fellow creature. We think we are kind when we are only happy: it is not so easy, on the same grounds, to imagine oneself temperate, chaste, or humble.

From The Problem of Pain
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis