Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Visitors on Sunday
The Islam: Scholarship and Practice in the United States program is a two-year, multi-phased project, comprised of two three-week U.S.-based programs for Muslim clerics and scholars from the Middle East, and one reciprocal exchange program to the region for American clerics and scholars. The program will culminate in May 2007 with American clerics and scholars traveling to Egypt, Syria and finally to Jordan where they will participate in a two-day seminar focused on the theme of “Islamic Scholarship and Practice in the 21st Century.”
In February, eight Muslim scholars and clerics from Egypt, Jordan, and Syria and their escort, Fr. Nabil Haddad of the Jordan Interfaith Coexistence Research Center, will travel to Washington, D.C.; Boston, Massachusetts; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In each city, AMIDEAST and its partners will arrange meetings, discussions, tours, and events to achieve the following program goals:
--Convey an understanding of the place of religion—particularly Islam—in American life;
--Broaden awareness of and appreciation for serious religious study in the U.S., especially the study of Islam; and
--Examine/discuss the compatibility of religious practice and democratic social/political structures, the benefits of mutually respectful coexistence, and Islamic practice in multicultural and multiethnic context
The International Visitors Council in Philadelphia is the group's host in Philadelphia.
I should mention that Alpha Pregancy Services is raising funds now to purchase an ultrasound machine. Click here for their website.
A Musical Opportunity
At the 9:00 am service:
Elise Kristine Lengkeek, born September 22, 2006, daughter of Steven and Karen Lengkeek
Caleigh Grace Schantz, born March 7, 2006, daughter of Daniel and Lori Schantz
Clement Qi Sheng Wong, born January 1, 2007, son of Moses and Eunice Wong
At the 11:00 service:\
Hanniel Zion Bombaro, born March 20, 2006, son of Danny and Attee Bombaro
Emiola Adesuwa Adeola Enakhimion, born August 14, 2006, daughter of Yahaya and Abike
Lily Patience, born May 17, 2006, daughter of Jamin and Angie Ferner
195 persons have registered for the conference. Last year 25% of the total registered at the door; so a good turnout is expected.
The conference will run from 9:30-4:00 pm. You can register at the door starting at 9:00 AM. It will make things go more smoothly if you have already filled out a registration form before arriving. You can get one at http://www.tenth.org/index.php?id=127
Betty Koop Tribute
Betty’s memorial service will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 10 at the First Congregational Church of Woodstock, 36 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT (directions at <www.fccw.net). Many friends have expressed vivid and wonderful memories of Betty, stories I would like to preserve for current and future generations of Koops. We are collecting stories, thoughts, etc. about Betty together in an album which will be a testament to the extraordinary woman she was. If you would like to share a remembrance of Betty in the next couple of weeks, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to C. Everett Koop Institute, 7025 Strasenburgh, Hanover, NH 03755 and we will include them in the album. There will also be an opportunity to write stories in the album at the memorial service.
For those of you who have inquired, it was Betty's wish that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the First Congregational Church of Woodstock. Checks may be made payable to the First Congregational Church of Woodstock 36 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT 05091 - Memo: Missions.
C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD
Thursday, February 22, 2007
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2007 Women in the Church Leadership Conference
2007 Mercy Ministry Conference
Christian Education and Publications and Mission to North America are sponsoring the 2007 Mercy Ministry Conference April 20-22, 2007 in Atlanta, Ga., with the theme "Enriching the Kingdom: People Hurt, God Calls, Church Responds." The conference will be held in conjunction with the Women In the Church Leadership Training conference.
Speakers include: TE Phil Ryken, pastor of Tenth Presbyterian in Philadelphia, Penn.; Diane Langberg, a practicing psychologist from Philadelphia; TE Randy Nabors, pastor of New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, Tenn.; and March and Mariam Bell. March is the Senior Trafficking Counselor for the U.S. Department of Justice and Mariam is the Director of Public Policy for the Wilberforce Forum, a division of Prison Fellowship.
Workshop topics will include: Poised to Respond to Disaster Relief, Ministering to Special Needs Families, Diaconal Leadership in Mercy Ministries, ABCs of Community Ministry, Mobilizing Deacons, and Comfort for the Grieving. For more information, go to http://www.pcacep.org/mercy.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Let's See...Doobie Brothers or Dr. Ryken?
Tell your husband that he is on my iPOD between the Doobie Brothers and Duran Duran (he's in the Ds --Dr. Philip Ryken)-I've been listening to his Window on the World talks-they're great.
Duo Piano Recital
This recital is part of the Tenth Concert Series and is another excellent opportunity for inviting your friends and neighbors to the church.
How about coming to the TenthWomen Conference, "Living the Gospel in Relationships"?
1. Learn about biblical ways to respond to unavoidable conflict in life
2. Be reminded about the magnificant grace we receive in Christ
3. Enjoy singing with over 200 women! (It sounds heavenly!)
4. Fellowship with old and new friends
5. Meet sisters in Christ from all over (We have women coming from Staten Island, Harrisburg, Grove City PA, Newark DE, northern NJ)
6. Just have fun!
Still not convinced? Then take a listen to a 15 minute interview with our speaker Tara Barthel at http://www.tenth.org/index.php?id=127 One woman registering on Sunday told me that she wasn't planning on coming, but after she listened to Tara, she said she absolutely had to be there. This woman had her mother and a friend listen to Tara, and they changed their plans to come too.
You can register at the door starting at 9:00 AM. It will make things go more smoothly if you have already filled out a registration form before arriving. You can get one at http://www.tenth.org/index.php?id=127
This event is getting so popular, I had to turn down a request from a man who wanted to come! But all ladies are welcome (high school and up).
Installing Paul Tripp
His sermon messages and texts are:
(for the morning) Urban Renewal, Revelation 21:1-8
(for the evening) Urban Blight, Revelation 18:1-19:5
There will be a free luncheon following the 11 am service, but you must register to attend because of limited space. To do so, contact Anne Davies at email@example.com or 215.735.7688x243.
The Three Commissions
Kingdom Discipleship: They are developing a group of TCAs (Tenth Community Assistants) who will help assure that everyone has access to pastoral care and do not get forgotten in our large congregation. A fuller description is being prepared, but for now four TCAs have been appointed to meet the latest new members and help them get assimilated into the church.
Two other important appointments were made to relieve the Diaconate of two duties - Greeting and Coffee Hour. Ginger Clark and Joyce Ostertag will oversee these responsibilities respectively with the goal of July 1 as the start date for diaconal relief. This is the first stage of providing support for the Diaconate in order to free them up more for mercy ministry in the parishes.
City Outreach: Paul Tripp presented to the commission the plans being formulated for Center City Ministry (CCM). The midweek service (start date not determined) is to be seen in the context of the larger CCM. A working definition of the ministry is "building a comprehensive ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that brings a kingdom presence to every level of the culture of Center City and transforms both people and culture for Christ." Paul is working closely with Jonathan Olsen in this present stage of development.
World Missions: The commission has settled on four projects for the Easter Sacrificial Offering. I think the proposal is to be submitted to the Session next week and so will wait until after that to announce them. The commission is also discussing the idea of local short-term mission projects that will interlink the interests of all three commission areas of kingdom discipleship, outreach to the city, and world missions.
Bob Jones gave a presentation to all the commissions of enhancing church-wide communications. Representatives from each commission will meet to discuss his ideas.
Clive Stockdale, chairman of the Trustees, reported on the process of restructuring the church budget reports to reflect the new mission statement.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
My wife and partner of 68 years died quietly after a very long and difficultillness on Sunday, February 18. Some of you have already heard the news and have inquired about sending flowers. It was Betty's wish that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the First Congregational Church of Woodstock. Checks may be made payable to the First Congregational Church of Woodstock 36 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT 05091 - memo: Missions.
Although it is a grievous time, there is a sense of relief and release aftera time of great suffering.
C. Everett Koop
A memorial service for Elizabeth (Betty) Koop, will be held at the First Congregational Church of Woodstock, 36 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT, on Saturday March 10 probably at10:00 AM
Susan A. Wills
Executive Assistant to the Senior Scholar
C. Everett Koop, MD, ScDC.
Everett Koop Institute
Dartmouth Medical School
7025 StrasenburghHanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 650-1450
Fax: (603) 650-1452
Susan: (603) 650-1448