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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Episcopal Relief and Development: More Milestones

Malaria continues to be a daily threat in a majority of the world beleagered with the mosquito that carries this often deadly disease.

In response to this need, ERD went into program partnership with NetsforLife® to provide much needed repellant-treated mosquito nets for people in sub-Saharan African villages.

The news release by ERD, Cross Country Bishop's Bike Ride Raises Awareness about Malaria, follows:

The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Bishop of the Diocese of Ohio, and seven dedicated cyclists set off on a mission to utilize their passion for cycling as a tool to achieve three goals− raise money for Episcopal Relief & Development’s program partnership, NetsforLife®”, raise awareness of the Episcopal Church’s ministry and add new contributors to Episcopal Relief & Development.

In 2006, Bishop Hollingsworth, organized the first Bishop's Bike Ride− a 245-mile ride home to Cleveland from the General Convention in Columbus, Ohio. This year, he set his goal higher and organized the 12-day cross country trip to fight malaria which began at the close of the Episcopal Church’s 76th General Convention on July 17 in Anaheim, California.

On Tuesday, July 28th, they reached the Episcopal Church Center in New York City after crossing through thirteen states. The team was welcomed outside by a cheerful crowd of colleagues and family.

“You have raised and roused awareness for Episcopal Relief and Development and NetsforLife®," said Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori during the reception at the Catalyst Café and Books at the Church Center. "Thank you, thank you, thank you." She also gracefully offered prayers of Thanksgiving for their safe travels and for the ability to serve in so many different ways so that others may be encouraged and enlightened to participate in service.

The cyclists shared countless stories of their adventures speeding across the country on their ride to end malaria. They faced some obstacles− from unbearable heat in the west to rain and thunder in the east to a minor car accident in Pennsylvania, luckily there were no injuries. In spite of these challenges, they remained grateful. They are thankful for the endless love and support they received from the strangers on the road, Episcopalians who opened their homes and the dioceses who fed them along the way.

Bishop Hollingsworth and the seven fellow cyclists completed the ambitious journey alternating riding as they passed through Episcopal dioceses. The team included: the Rev. Kelly O'Connell, rector of St. Mark's, Toledo, and route planner; the Rev. Stephen Sedgwick, rector of the Church of the Redeemer, Lorain; the Rev. Daniel Orr, priest-in-charge of St. Paul’s, Fremont; Carl Petterson, from Christ Church, Hudson, and recent high school graduate; Michael Obel-Omia, former head of the Upper School of the University School in Cleveland and parishioner at St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights; Isaac Hollingsworth, the bishop’s son and high school sophomore at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire and Greg Daniels, an IBM consultant from Christ Church, Hudson said who wrote on his recent blog, “I am very glad to have been a part of this life saving fundraisng event. Thank you for all your support and interest. I am already looking forward to our next adventure.”

The Rev. Gary Mitchener, a retired priest of the Diocese of Ohio, Erin Kirby, an Episcopal Relief & Development Seminarian Coordinator and Martha Gardner, an Episcopal Relief & Development Diocesan Coordinator and Deputy from the Diocese of Newark provided them with constant encouragement and helped drive the support vehicles.

Rob Radtke, President of the Episcopal Relief & Development said, “We are deeply grateful for Bishop Hollingsworth and the team of cyclists for raising awareness about malaria prevention in our Church. It is a remarkable demonstration of Episcopalians working together towards a common goal.”

The proceeds from the Bishop’s Bike Ride will be designated for Episcopal Relief & Development’s program partnership NetsforLife®, which provides insecticide-treated nets in 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa to prevent malaria, one of the biggest killers among children under five.

To date, the Bishop’s Bike Ride has brought in $35,218 in contributions and pledges towards NetsforLife®. “The funds that the Bishop’s Bike Ride has raised so far will get 3,000 nets into homes of the families in remote villages in Africa where those nets will protect up to 9,000 young lives from malaria. NetsforLife® appreciates all those that have made this life saving contribution possible,” said Shaun Walsh, Executive Director, NetsforLife®.

To make a contribution in support of the ride, please donate online to “Bishop’s Bike Ride” or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can also be mailed to “Bishop’s Bike Ride” Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

To view a recap video of the Bishop’s Bike ride go to:

Monday, August 10, 2009

When I Was Hungry ....

Over on the blog Telling Secrets, the Rev. Elizabeth Kaeton speaks of feeding body and spirit. Toward the end of her essay, she includes a YouTube snippet on a young man, Jeff Rarick, living in the tiny upstate New York hamlet of Vesper who is bringing into fruition (with the labor, machinery and donations of others) dreams he has had over the years of actually feeding the hungry.

You may have seen this on Facebook - if you are a devotee - but if you have not, check out this clip. His sincerity is obvious, as is his simple mission ... feeding the hungry. So, from this Farm to the Matthew 25 Farm: Godspeed! Any of GF readers interested in helping out can use the following links for info, directions, suggestions.

Here is the Matthew 25 website:

Here is the YouTube snippet:

Thank you, Elizabeth, for your continuing ministry in feeding us, one way and another.

N.B. Barbara Crafton will be leading a retreat at Christ Church in Vestal, NY on January 2010. All of her upcoming bookings can be found at the "Upcoming Events" section on the website header.

To the MOLC crowd: Sorry folks - you must again cut and paste. Just a few more days and I'll be back at my own computer!

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Two Bishops Talk About Church Changes

Originally posted on Episcopal Cafe, here is the address to use to listen to an interview with Jane Holmes Dixon and Gene Robinson. Interesting listening!

p.s. am away from my home computer and can't figure out how to get the link to work. You can either cut and paste or go to Episcopal Cafe. It's well worth the effort for this listen.

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