[Europe.justus] Fwd: [HoB/D] Challenging Episcopalians on Global Mission
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Sun Jun 28 07:13:19 GMT 2009
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> De : "David Cox" <rdavidcox at earthlink.net>
> Date : 28 juin 2009 05:18:12 HAEC
> À : <bishopsdeputies at hobd.org>
> Cc : "Jean Seymour" <foxtrotfarm at tds.net>
> Objet : [HoB/D] Challenging Episcopalians on Global Mission
> Répondre à : bishopsdeputies at hobd.org
> The 80-Cent Solution For World Mission
> "The measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more
> will be given you." Mark 4:24
> "The kingdom of God.is like a mustard seed.." Mark 4:30-31
> 27, 2009
> To bishops, deputies, and kibitzers,
> On behalf of four tiny congregations in Southwestern Virginia, I
> invite you to join in dramatically expanding the Episcopal Church's
> global mission. For every Episcopalian to contribute 80¢ per person
> per year for three years, we can as much as double the number of
> missionaries sent to other lands.
> Inspired by the words and work of the Rev. Lauren Stanley, appointed
> missionary to Sudan and now to Haiti, vestries of these
> congregations-Church of the Good Shepherd, Blue Grass (listed
> membership of 31), Christ Church, Buena Vista (about 40), St.
> John's, Glasgow (18) and St. Luke's, Hot Springs (91) where I hang
> out-with the blessing of Bishop Powell voted to challenge the entire
> Church, starting with themselves, to expand our global outreach.
> Already, the idea has spread to Alabama , Richmond, New Jersey,
> Florida.maybe more.
> There are two immediate goals: (a) to raise $1.6 million for the
> support of world mission, which works out to 80¢ for each of about
> two million Episcopalians; and (b) to achieve as close to 100%
> participation as possible. How that is done is up to each
> congregation. St. Luke's put out a contribution box last Sunday
> and, with just 1/3 of our membership, exceeded the financial goal.
> (Many gave on behalf of cats, dogs, horses or grandchildren.) We've
> done (a) but (b) continues. Good Shepherd will give each
> parishioner an envelope with his/her name on it. Another parish
> wants to give the lead to its vacation Bible school. It's all up to
> you, remembering only that personal involvement is key.
> The Episcopal Church is setting up a special account for these funds
> for this designated purpose-and without lessening ongoing support
> from other sources. To that end a resolution will come before
> General Convention which after appropriate discussion I hope all
> will support. Meanwhile, parishes and institutions can decide to
> participate and, like St. Luke's, begin collecting funds even if
> they have to be held for a month or two.
> One byproduct is that of personal and direct commitment, through the
> 80¢, to our common world-missionary work through the Domestic and
> Foreign Missionary Society to which, by baptism, we all belong.
> I've been ordained since 1972, and I don't remember when we've ever
> been asked to contribute directly to DFMS as members of DFMS.
> As well, those 80¢ gifts may sprout new interest in who missionaries
> are and what they do. Materials will be forthcoming, designed at
> minimum expense, using e-mail, .pdfs and other free media. R. E.
> Lee Memorial, Lexington, VA has graciously agreed to underwrite
> Along with increasing numbers of missionaries may arise a deepening
> relationship with them and, through them with our wider world and
> Communion-and vice-versa. The effects of this could be manifold.
> Increased ongoing support for mission work is certainly one.
> Increased understanding of other parts of our Communion and world,
> and of other parts of Communion and world for us is definitely
> another. In that sense missionaries act as bridges, helping to
> create and nourish relationships in Christ.
> For this, the mustard seed is our symbol. This effort starts from
> small congregations in a small diocese, suggesting an amount small
> enough for everyone to afford, that together we make a great
> difference in our Church and world.
> So we invite you to join in this challenge. Please respond OFF-LINE
> to Jean Seymour at foxtrotfarm at tds.net or to me at rdavidcox at earthlink.net
> . Do let us know of any questions, suggestions.and commitments:
> This, in turn, will help indicate to Convention the measure of
> support for our global mission.and help this mustard seed grow.
> David Cox
> SWVA c4
> NOTE: Be SURE to respond off-line and NOT on this HOBD list
> directly. And do feel free to share this as far and wide as you
> wish. If this is to come from the grass roots, then the grass roots
> need to know!
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