Bwana Asifewe and Heri ya Krismasi! (Praise the Lord and Merry Christmas)
Thanks to the generosity of the following parishes and individuals, the diocese of Rochester has formed our 4th link with the Carpenter\'s Kids program in Tanzania! On December 18, I hosted a Christmas fundraising dinner for the clergy of the Rochester-Monroe Districts and their combined donations of $1225 put us over the $4,000 needed to begin sponsoring another 50 children to receive 5 years of primary education. A very special thanks to:
Episcopal Church Women from Church of the Redeemer in Addison
Church of the Good Shepherd, Webster, (The Very Rev. Lance D. Robbins)
Zion, Palmyra, (The Rev. Susan Kohlmeier)
St. Luke\'s, Brockport (The Rev. Krista Cameron)
The Rev. Barb Fornalik
The Rev. Michael Hopkins and John Clinton Bradley
The Rev. John Andrews and John Rutkowski
Gaie and Michael Goodness
The Rev. Phil Shafer and Elsa Shafer
The Rt. Rev. Prince Singh and Roja Singh
The Rev. Dennis Weink
The Rev. Canon Julie Cicora
The Rev. Sid Symington
The Rev. Deven Hubert
The Rev. Mary Ann Brody
The Rev. Nancy Stevens
The Rev. Rosemary Lillis
The Rev. Fred Reynolds and Jane Reynolds
The Very Rev. Cynthia Rasmussen
The Rev. Deborah Duguid-May and Melanie May
If you or your congregation want to learn more about the Carpenter\'s Kids program, contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or check out the website (thecarpenterskidstz.org)
With the Poor
The one thing on which we can all agree, all faiths and ideologies, is that God is with the vulnerable and poor.
God is in the slums, in the cardboard box where the poor play house.
God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives.
God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war.
God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives,
and God is with us if we are with them.
Source: 54th Annual National Prayer Breakfast speech, by Bono, Feb. 2, 2006