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News for the Week of November 16

posted Nov 16, 2015, 9:22 AM by Penny Skildum

THANK YOU generous peace community from CIA!  We raised over $300 selling carved pumpkins on Sunday October 27th which will be used to help fund our Christmas Mission Project!  We have chosen to sponsor a local family in need.


Mark your calendars! CIA is sponsoring a Peace Feed My Starving Children Packing event on SATURDAY January 9th from 4:30-6:30 PM.  We have 75 spots reserved!  If you are interested in helping out email Melissa -  No experience necessary and you must be at least 5 years old to pack.

Every year, small groups of Equal Exchange worker-owners journey to Nicaragua to meet small-scale coffee producers and to experience what it feels like to pick coffee.  One of them, Bekah, wrote the following prayer after her trip.  After working in Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Department for two years, Bekah is now in her first year at divinity school, preparing to become a United Methodist minister. 


“God, bless the campesinos, the small-scale coffee farmers who spend all year working small, family-owned farms, with unpredictable harvests. Renew their souls so that they might carry on through the next harvest as their coffee fuels me through the next challenge in my life. Help me remember that when I choose to buy the things that I need from fair trade companies, I’m investing in social projects like fresh water wells, educational materials, and organic agriculture projects. Remind me every day that I do mission work simply by choosing the coffee that I drink. Amen.”


Remember to purchase some fairly traded coffee and chocolate bars, in the commons area after worship, for your upcoming holiday festivities.


The Healthy Church Initiative 2015-2016 (HCI) The world is changing.  The culture is increasingly "spiritual but not religious" and those choosing "none" as their religious identification are now at an all-time high of 20%.  Many congregations are growing older and smaller and wondering how to connect to this changing culture.  It is time to rethink church. The Healthy Church Initiative 2015-2016 (HCI) is a program developed by the United Methodist Church in Minnesota for clergy and lay leadership teams of mid-size congregations to engage in practical learning and skill development in helping their congregation make the essential shifts to be vital and relevant in connecting to this changing culture. For more information you are encouraged to talk to members of the Peace HCI Leadership Team: Melissa Navratil, Pam Jacobson, Chris Shorter, Jessica Findell, Jean Randall, Scott Walpole, Dale Jensen, Gary Walpole, Rene Miller, and Neal Meyer