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Day 11 of 11 – Mission:1… to feed the hungry and confront food related injustices

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Day 11 of 11 – Mission:1… to feed the hungry and confront food related injustices

We are so grateful for your participation these 11 days for Mission:1.  Since we have engaged in this mission with sibling UCC persons and congregations from around the denomination, we want to connect you on this final day.

Please follow these hyperlinks (or copy and paste them into your browser) so you will experience the Spirit that weaves us together.

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=6EIF7krZ-JuyAWojm8kHVw

 

Mission:1

Watch live streaming video from theunitedchurchofchrist at livestream.com

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=jcBB7zVQKrsRwNHTuqvXVA

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=itS1dgCkHWh_m-7w4voS6A

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=iIrkty3du017WGvs5c5bvQ

 

Write A Letter to Congress

 

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=X92jg_PIYOen-b_pFLTyZg

 

As of 11:11 a.m. (ET) on Day 11 of Mission: 1, we’ve received 1802 ‘report your efforts’ submissions. Remember, you can report partial results along the way.  This tally board will remain up until 8 a.m.

Monday morning, Nov. 14.

 

PAYING IT FORWARD WITH MISSION:1

 

Cleveland UCC church, local farms nurture Mission:1 year-round.

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=pSbWBC5fIBD6Woe1oKEu3w

 

JUST EATING?

Lessons learned about hunger, food and faith.

 

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=hZPG0tAT-2Sdo4JgwPOH1Q

 

STAND UP FOR HUNGRY FAMILIES

 

45.3 million Americans rely on Food Stamps. Tell Congress not to cut this vital program.

 

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=_cq4jr9G3DqTMszvxCtX6A

 

BLESS! WITH US THIS AFTERNOON!

Join us TODAY AT 4 p.m. for a live webstreaming service of blessing to celebrate and conclude Mission:1.

Watch live streaming video from theunitedchurchofchrist at livestream.com

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=dR0Qwci_h453Z3_zGgKNqQ

 

LIVING INTO ‘THAT WE MAY ALL BE 1′

Florida Conference Minister Kent Siladi believes we’ve made a measurable difference together.

 

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=j5_zllQ1xQee2EfzYcDZKA

 

spotlight

 

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=Lr0FlOg57kLq-ODdn-J2yw

 

HEADLINES

Local pastor to walk 111 miles for the fight against hunger

 

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=jYhxYpXn69qOhDsezDWgNQ

 

Illinois church’s mission – feeding hungry

 

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=8WS_y3NllKwCEPrxQ2Vh7w

 

MISSION:1 CLEVELAND

 

St. Pauls Food Pantry and Kitchen

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=aGUNMCcwqAk6XdzFf5BZuw

 

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ONE ADDITIONAL PIECE re: VETERANS DAY ….

http://act.ucc.org/site/R?i=KNSoqX77WwU-xertlo7h_Q

 

 

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As you know, we are inviting PUCCers to set a goal of donating $11 for East Africa Famine Relief [checks payable to Parkway UCC with Mission:1 in the memo line] and 11 non-perishable food items for local food pantries during these first 11 days in November.  We will receive your gifts thru this Sunday, November 13th

Thank you!  See you Sunday at 9:30am or 11am.

Blessings!

Kevin

Day 10 of 11 – Mission:1… to feed the hungry and confront food related injustices

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Day 10 of 11 – Mission:1… to feed the hungry and confront food related injustices

We’re running out of time – only one day left.  There’s so much more we want to share with you.  So, here is a smorgasboard……

 

Out with the pyramid; in with the plate!  You’ve thought about the food pyramid for decades, haven’t you?  Well, it has been transformed into a plate.  Visit mypyramid.gov and you will be automatically transported to choosemyplate.gov which has an incredible portion of really helpful information – really!  You could get lost in this site…. so just take a few small bites at a time and revisit often.

 

John 13:4-14  (Even at the table, Jesus was teaching incredible lessons of love!)

     4Jesus got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”7Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”8Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.”9Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”10Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.”11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”12After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. 14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.

 

“17 million American children go to bed hungry.  Help us feed them.”          (Source: Share Our Strength.)

 

“Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide – greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Among the key causes of hunger are natural disasters, conflict, poverty, poor agricultural infrastructure and over-exploitation of the environment.  Recently, financial and economic crises have pushed more people into hunger.”  (Source: United Nations World Food Program.)

 

“Many of us know that the first 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday are crucial to the child’s development and future well-being. But not everyone knows that. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a group of doctors and local volunteers are educating women about the importance of proper nutrition for mothers and their children.”

“What makes me happy is knowing that if I help my people, they’re going to benefit,” said Mukobe Kabaila, one of the volunteers. “I would like them to live well, with good health and education.”  (Source: Bread for the World.)

“Advice for those who have food and may eat too much –  ourselves:  “Bulk up your meals.  There’s lots of  evidence that bulk – that is, fiber – reduces appetite.  So turn up the volume with higher-fiber foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans.  These foods also tend to have a high water content, which helps you feel full.”  (Source: WebMD.)

 

“I think if the church did what they were supposed to do we wouldn’t have anyone sleeping on the streets.” – Michael W. Smith, 20th century

 

“My call for a spiritual revolution is thus not a call for a religious revolution. Nor is it a reference to a way of life that is somehow other-worldly, still less to something magical or mysterious. Rather, it is a call for a radical re-orientation away from our habitual preoccupation with self towards concern for the wider community of beings with whom we are connected, and for conduct which recognizes others’ interests alongside our own.” – The Dalai Lama, 21st century

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. – M. Scott Peck, 20th century

 

It is time to consider again what a successful life really looks like. If it’s about achievement, what have we achieved that will last beyond the power to rust or break or steal it? A world built on prestige and social status has distorted the very idea of success. It is not what we have done that is important. It is whether or not anything we did was worth doing. Worth it for someone else, that is. Worth it for those who are starving or homeless or sick today.  – Joan Chittister, 21st century

 

The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that recognizes the dignity and worth of all God’s children. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 20th century

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As you know, we are inviting PUCCers to set a goal of donating $11 for East Africa Famine Relief and 11 non-perishable food items for local food pantries during these first 11 days in November.  We will receive your gifts thru this Sunday, November 13th  Please feel free to drop off your financial and food gifts at church anytime [checks payable to Parkway UCC with Mission:1 in the memo line]. The food can go into the sanctuary on the chancel steps with the other items that are already there.  You can give your $ to Mona in the office or slip it under the door to her office.  If you are donating food items elsewhere, please let us know so we may add that toward our goal of 1,111 non-perishables…. We are within 200 items of our goal!   Keep ‘em coning!? Thank you!

(This just came in my inbox from someone …. It’s good to know that so many people are standing up for those who are hungry!  Vrooom!) http://www.razoo.com/p/Drive-To-End-Hunger

Thank you!

Blessings!

Kevin

Day 9 of 11 – Mission:1… to feed the hungry and confront food related injustices!

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Day 9 of 11 — Mission:1… to feed the hungry and confront food related injustices!

When I was in Cork, Ireland for my junior year of college, we had a noticeable walk of about two miles to get to a laundromat.  Every couple of weeks, I loaded up my large backpack and weathered the walk that was often wet.  There were a number of interesting and even breathtaking sites along the way.  One heartbreak was the young sibling group that was always begging for money as we walked amid the shops on the main street.  After talking with friends about this situation, I began to carry apples with me on laundry day.  After a couple weeks of receiving the apples, one of the boys told me that he was going to be in trouble if he brought home apples instead of cash.  I asked him if he liked the apples and he said that he did. I told him that was what I had to offer – that he could take it or leave it.

I have thought about that little boy and his family many times over these 25 years.  I wonder what became of them.

I often think about what I have to give.  Am I more focused on what I want to give or what is needed?  When is the giving about me and when is it about the one in need?

How do you decide what to give – who? what? where? when? why? how?

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As you know, we have invited PUCCers to set a goal of donating at least $11 for East Africa Famine Relief and 11 non-perishable food items for local food pantries during these first 11 days in November.  We will receive your gifts thru next Sunday, November 13th  Please feel free to drop off your financial and food gifts at church anytime [checks payable to Parkway UCC with Mission:1 in the memo line]. The food can go into the sanctuary on the chancel steps with the other items that are already there.  You can give your $ to Mona in the office or slip it under the door to her office.  If you are donating food items elsewhere, please let us know so we may add that toward our goal of 1,111 non-perishables.

 

Our confirmation youth counted the food items on Sunday night and we are well over halfway there!  There is still time for you to make your donations.  A number of people have dropped off their gifts during the week.  THANK YOU!

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Reminder: Town Hall Meeting on Hunger                                                                   at First Congregational UCC on Wydown in St Louis TONIGHT!

“Food Is the First Medicine”

A Townhall Meeting for People of Faith,

Responding to Hunger in Africa & in St. Louis

Epiphany UCC and First Congregational UCC invite you to a Town Hall meeting  on November 9th at First Congregational, 6501 Wydown Blvd., at 7 p.m. Childcare is available.

This Town Hall event is a bi-partisan conversation on the topic of food justice — both locally (Glen Koenan will address this)and internationally (Clint McCann will speak on behalf of Bread for the World and Gedlu Metaferia will speak about how the famine is being experienced in Africa).

Representatives from the offices of Senators Blunt and McCaskill and Congressmen Akin, Clay and Carnahan will offer their responses.

This is a great opportunity to address the food justice component of the Mission:1 program, and I hope we can gather lots of support from people of faith to learn about current issues. It will also send a message to our elected leaders how much people of faith care about federal support of national and international food justice.

Details:

  • Hosted by Epiphany United Church of Christ (UCC) & 1st Cong (UCC)
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 7-9 p.m.
  • At 6501 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105-2215

Speakers:

  • Glenn Koenen, Executive Director, Circle of Concern
  • Gedlu Metaferia, Executive Director, African Mutual Aid Association of Missouri
  • Clint McCann, Evangelical Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Eden Theological Seminary (representing Bread for the World)

Responses from Elected Officials:

  • John W. Scates, Community Liaison, Office of Sen. Roy Blunt
  • Mattie Moore, Deputy Regional Director, Office of Sen. Claire McCaskill
  • Congressman Todd Akin (Awaiting Confirmation)
  • Office of Congressman Russ Carnahan (Confirmed)
  • Congressman William L. Clay Jr. (Awaiting Confirmation)

On Site Childcare Available (call 314-772-0263 to register)

No Admission Fee; Food Collection for Joint Neighborhood Ministry

For More Information: 314-775-8940

 

Thank you!

Blessings!

Kevin

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