Calvary is a special place with great preaching, wonderful music, an active laity, and a friendly and mission-focused congregation …
“As a place of tolerance and acceptance of others; the friendliness, love and support of our congregation ensures we will continue to remain an open and affirming place for everyone.”Vision 2020 excerpt
There is great news to report – Calvary’s Mission Committee is declaring its first dividend payment on the donated shares of stock many of you have purchased. We have sent to our Diocese, to forward to the Diocese of Ibba, funds necessary to repair their existing borehole. This will provide safe drinking water for the primary school and nursery in Manikakara. We are doing this in honor of The Rev. Canon Tito Gabriel who recently passed away. He was Debbie’s prayer partner and his wife is Margie Millers’ prayer partner. Yes, this falls short of our goal, but we thought it was important to do what we can now. We have raised $5,530, so we have a ways to go, but with your continued support we will make it.
During the month the Diocesan Director of Mission and Outreach, Buck Blanchard, traveled to Juba (South Sudan Capitol) attending a Peace and Reconciliation Meeting. Several organizations are working on a demonstration plan/project to encourage peace and hopefully a new treaty. Buck traveled on to Ibba over the weekend and met with Bsp. Wilson and Seth Kpaka, Frank’s prayer partner. They are most appreciative of our partnership which has grown very strong. The road between Juba and Ibba (a little over 400 miles) is in very poor condition but is supposed to undergo major permanent improvements this next dry season. This will encourage drilling contractors to travel to Ibba/Manikakara.
On Veterans Day, Frank was involved in a conference call among Diocese Staff and members, American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (AFRECS) and Bsp. Joseph Zorial (Bsp of Diocese of Renk, far northern portion of S. Sudan). Bsp. Joseph was in the D.C. area meeting with Congressional Committees, US AID and others to secure funding and support for the peace and reconciliation projects. In his review of conditions in South Sudan, conflict can break out most any time in the northern portion. From south and west of Juba conditions are basically normal and safe.
For us, it is very encouraging that there are many groups working toward lasting peace in South Sudan. Pray for peace.
- Frank Baxter, Chairperson
Calvary Mission Committee
[This article originally appeared in the December 2014 edition of our parish newsletter, Calvary Life].
This August 2014 marked the one year anniversary of our partnership with St. Paul Parish in Manikara Archdeaconary, Diocese of Ibba. We began conversations with Bp. Wilson Kamani who supported the idea and selected one of his remote parishes, St. Paul, because they haven’t had any outside contacts or support. “It is a committed and innovated Episcopal Parish” that includes a four room primary school along with a day care center. Like many areas, they have their share of illnesses due to lack of fresh safe drinking water. Education is a primary goal for this parish of English speaking Christians.
Over this past year we have developed over a dozen one on one prayer partners and were asked to help name the first baby born to Frank’s prayer partner, Seth and his wife since our partnership began. It was a girl and one of her names is Virginia. We have shared many pictures and stories about our activities and customs through this partnership.
As Calvary moves forward with “Mission Beyond Our Borders,” we are striving to collect the funds needed to provide our brothers and sisters with safe drinking water for their health and safety.
Ibba is far south in South Sudan and they have not been involved in any of the conflicts we read about. This is an agriculture area and they raise crops to feed themselves with some left over to sell. A borehole with related filtration system could cost $13,000, so it isn’t an easy task we have before us. This fresh water borehole will serve 4,200 Christians equaling a cost of about $3 per person.
We are selling shares of stock in this borehole at $25 a share – an excellent gift for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays. To date we have collected over $1,600 and are exploring opportunities for grants including a Diocesan Mustard Seed Grant.
You may donate with cash or check (made out to Calvary Church – memo notation for St Paul, well, S. Sudan), whatever!
Look for our water bucket for donations at the parish Picnic, enjoy some fresh cold water, and vote for your favorite slogan. Entries to date are:
- Frank Baxter, Chairperson
Calvary Mission Committee
[This article originally appeared in the September 2014 edition of our parish newsletter, Calvary Life].
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm 62: 6-14
1 Corinthians 7: 29-31
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
1 Samuel 3:1-20
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
First Sunday after the Epiphany – The Baptism of our Lord
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.