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The Mission of Quilts: Once We Were Refugees

from Deacon Deb Goldfeder

On September 15, 2018 at 11 AM, Advent Church will host a presentation by Ann Say and the Rev. William Say (retired ELCA pastor) about their program supporting refugees in the Kansas City, Once We Were Refugees. The nine weeks program teaches participants to sew straight seams, cut fabrics from patterns, use elastic, hem, and other skills. Upon completion, the student takes home the machine they learned on, along with a new pair of scissors, an iron and ironing board, thread and notions, and ten yards of fabric. And, they will have completed five different sewing projects, the last of which is a quilt made by each student. These quilts are sent to refugee camps around the world by Lutheran World Relief.

In addition to the presentation, they'd gladly accept any donations of used (but working) sewing machines and extra fabric stash you may have. The machines need to do both straight stitch and zigzag and be portable. Also accepted: tools, thread, and money!

They Says will be bringing items made by their students for sale (costs between $5 and $30) with the money going directly to the maker of the item.

This program is free and open to the public. We will have some light refreshments to follow the presentation. If you have any questions, contact Deb at (314) 484-9940. Advent is at 9373 Garber Rd. in Crestwood, 63126.

 

Sharing your ministry story: communications workshop

The meme: it's that engaging blend of image and text on social media-- humorous, thought-provoking. It catches our attention, gives us pause when it resonates. We like it, we repost it. More and more it's the introductory handshake of social media.

And it's simple to create.

Open to 40 participants, this year's diocesan communications workshop will include a morning working session where we will make our own churchy memes. Step-by-step we'll cover everything meme-related from content and creation to distribution and automation. You'll need to bring your laptop/tablet/phone to access your social media accounts and your phone/camera to snap a few images.

Afternoon sessions will highlight website re-design and coordinating church communications with volunteers.

You'll leave with a step-by-step manual on memes, some Way of Love wallet cards and evangelism badges and resources, a prayer project item, and hopefully a head full of ideas.

Open to anyone who is passionate about sharing ministry and faith stories, and wants to develop more skills to do so online.

  • Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
  • from 10 am to 2 pm
  • held at St. Timothy's Church, 808 N. Mason Rd in Creve Coeur
  • No cost for workshop, $10 to order a Bread Co lunch
  • Register online diocesemo.org/commconf
  • optional session at 9 am for those who have not yet set up a Twitter or Instagram account
  • optional Q&A from 2-3pm for any unanswered questions

 

 

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O Asset Map, let me count the ways...

You've heard about the Episcopal asset map, but you're wondering, what's the big deal? Less work, my friends, less work and more connectedness!

Brief history: Episcopal Relief and Development and the Episcopal Church have partnered on creating a giant database of ALL Episcopal churches, schools, Episco-related organizations and working groups. (See our diocesan map and homepage.)

Make your updating count three times. Now it's possible, and we've linked all parish pages on diocesemo.org to display your church asset map page. And, TEC "find-a-church" is using the same data (being moved across now).

While changing diocesan pages this week, we added more contact information to the records and transferred worship times. A few of us need a good "hero" image--a large photo of place and people and ministry. If you can't choose one scene, make a montage. We've done a good job with worship and location, not so great with ministry sections. Why is this important?

Re-inventing the wheel. Four times this past week I passed along to church-wide gatherings specifics on ministry from this diocese. (On ESM, our Dismantling Racism Commission and parish working groups, on gun violence prevention, on our gardens and ministry around food.) I love doing that, but makes me wonder all the conversations we're missing. The asset map has a searchable ministry area. But we have got to get our information in.

Oh, it's September! Many of us have opening/homecoming/welcome back to program services in September. And ministry fairs. We tell our people about our ministries. Imagine...all in one location. One might snap a photo of the ministry contact person and have them add their details to the church's asset map page.

It's simple to add. You can't break anything. Go to diocesemo.org/churches, click your church and at the very top of the page choose "Update this place." Then choose "Ministries" on the left hand bar (under "Basics"). You can also upload a photo, a video, if volunteers are needed, text about the ministry, best contact person for the ministry with their photo. You'll sign your name and email address, then your proposed changes go the asset map administrators in this diocese to vet then publish.

Let's do this!

 

 

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Call For Artists. St. Paul's (Carondelet) Episcopal Church is hosting a Craft Mall on October 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Location: at the church 6518 Michigan Avenue in St. Louis, 63111.

Rent a vending space ($15.00 per 6x6 ft; $5 to rent a 5 ft folding table). Artists are needed, please contact Emily O'Chiu at emilyochiu@gmail.com or the St. Paul's office at (314) 352-0370 with the following information:

  • Name
  • Type of items for sale (handmade only please)
  • Preferred contact information (e-mail or telephone)

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Sunday, September 23rd

 

Released today: data from the 2017 Parochial Reports (diocese and parish membership/attendance statistics) at http://www.generalconvention.org/research-and-statistics/#PR-Results.

 

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