Self-Development of People news
Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Cathy Surgenor and Mike Fagans both National Committee members, represented Self-Development of People at Ecumenical Advocacy Days, an event that mobilizes Christians around pressing issues through worship, education and lobbying in Washington, D.C. from March 25-29. This year’s focus was on women. The theme of the March 25-28 event was Development, Security and Economic Justice: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?
Self-Development of People Sunday
A number of SDOP National Committee members shared a SDOP minute for mission on SDOP Sunday. Susan Freed-Held shares in her own words on her visit with a Presbyterian congregation in West Linn, Oregon:
I did part of the sermon for Emmanuel Presbyterian, West Linn, Oregon on SDOP Sunday. I thanked our members for their support and told them that the Presbytery of the Cascades is usually 3rd-5th in offerings to the One Great Hour of Sharing across the Nation. I talked about the mission of SDOP based on Micah 6:8 …“to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with our (your) God” …, to love our neighbors as ourselves and to treat others as we would have them treat us. I spoke of the dedication of our committee reaching out to the communities as Jesus directed the prophets. After walking in the Holy Lands (during a recent visit) where Jesus and his prophets walked, I feel the passion for SDOP and helping others even more deeply. I can hear the words of Jesus and see in my mind where he spoke them. I updated our members on the grants given to projects in Oregon totaling over $275,430 in the past ten years. I talked about the individual projects awarded and what they proposed with updates as I knew them. I spoke of the greater need in today's economy to be even more generous in money and time. Emmanuel Presbyterian is one of the most far reaching assisting churches in its community of any church I have ever known, in my many years of living in many communities. They (church members) continue to reach out to Dignity Village (a transitional housing community) in OR and the Hoh Tribe in WA. They support homeless mothers twice a year with Christmas and have a Saturday dinner and games for the mentally ill once a month. The youth have visited Dignity Village and their mission each summer is to work with a different tribe for over 15 years. After the sermon several people came to me to say that Self-Development of People is the best Committee in the Presbyterian Church for the work that it does.
Are you a Grassroots Group Interested in Applying for a Self-Development of People Grant? Save the date and attend a Community Workshop (information session on the grant application process)!
August 11, 2011– 6:00 p.m. at United Way of Central Ohio Neighborhood Partnership Center, 360 South Third Street (Third & Mound), Columbus, OH. RSVP to Mary Lewis.
June 16, 2011 – 11:30 a.m. Workshop in (Spanish –Español), 1:00 p.m. Workshop in (English), Jewish Family and Career Services, 2821 Klempner Way, Louisville, KY 40205. E-mail Clara Nunez or Teresa Bidart for details.
August 2011 – Date, time and location to be determined. E-mail Mary Lewis for details.
Saturday, July 23, 2011 – 10 a.m. Location to be determined. E-mail Mary Lewis for details.
St. Cloud, Minnesota
June 2011– Date, time and location to be determined. E-mail Mary Lewis for details.
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