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Invitation Sunday leads to hundreds of visitors across Texas

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I hope the Episcopal/Anglican churches continue this. I am new to the Episcopal Church and love it. I have been inviting family and friends to come give the Anglican Communion a chance. 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Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Brian Young says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem [Episcopal Diocese of Texas] As part of an initiative that began in the Church of England, congregations across the Diocese of Texas took a step out of their comfort zones on Sunday, Sept. 15, and invited friends, family and even strangers to church with them. The result was hundreds of visitors either returning to church or experiencing an Episcopal service for the first time.To kick off the initiative, the Diocese of Texas invited Michael Harvey to be the keynote speaker for the Diocesan Warden’s and Vestry Conferences as well as private meetings with clergy. Harvey is one of the founders of the Back to Church Sunday movement that has spread from the United Kingdom to Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France and Holland. Harvey authored the book, Unlocking the Growth, and gives seminars around the world about how to plant the seeds of growth in a church community.In the United States, “Back to Church Sunday” was already trademarked by another organization, so the Diocese of Texas chose “Invitation Sunday” as the theme, building off Harvey’s teaching that invitation is the most important aspect of growth. The Diocese of Texas promoted the events and created designs for postcards and fliers that individual churches could customize with their information. Harvey’s video with the LOGOS Project was also circulated to the congregations.After all the preparations and newfound focus on invitation, organizers weren’t sure what to expect, but the results were remarkable, especially for some of the smaller churches.St. James’, Taylor, a church with a normal attendance of around 30, reported 11 visitors on Invitation Sunday. Organizers ordered customized postcards and distributed them throughout the neighborhood and through the mail. They held a rummage sale and handed out invitations to all who came, and just before the event, they put an ad in the local newspaper. Additionally, church members extended personal invites to others. The excitement for the event overflowed into other projects, including repainting the parish hall and landscaping the gardens.“We are energized,” said St. James’ pastoral leader Terry Pierce, a student of the Iona School for Ministry. “The most important message was, ‘We don’t grow the church; all we have to do is plant the seeds!’ It freed us from the negative messages around invitation/welcome – that we’re not doing enough or doing it right.”In the small town of Liberty, the Rev. Ted Smith and deacon Glenda Hardin of St. Stephen’s worked with the local ministerial alliance to promote going back to church across all denominations. Together, they purchased yard signs, a newspaper ad and even radio advertising. The local radio station also interviewed Smith about the event on the Friday and Saturday prior to Invitation Sunday, and the newspaper ran a front-page story featuring interviews with Smith and Hardin.On Sunday, around a dozen visitors arrived at the church, a big number for a church an average of 70 folks. The congregation made a special effort to accommodate their expected guests. They held a breakfast and a luncheon, picked hymns that crossed denominational lines, and for the first time in recent memory, they printed a service booklet to help visitors navigate the service. St. Stephen’s newcomer ministry team greeted guests and reported the information back to Smith to follow up with them in a card. Additionally, the church plans to take out another newspaper ad to notify the community of an instructed Eucharist on September 29.“I’m hoping we get some return people that weren’t familiar with an Episcopal service, and want to learn why we do what we do,” Smith said. “I’m hopeful. For our size community, this is a success. Our congregation and vestry are tickled to death, and we hope to keep it going.”After months of preparation, St. Catherine of Sienna, Missouri City, formerly launched their invitation campaign on August 11. Though church members recently completed their journey from mission to parish status, the Rev. Mike Besson pushed them further to consider inviting their friends.“When I preached the sermon on August 11 to tell everyone what we were going to do, I sat down on a stool at the end and said, ‘Look, the idea of an Episcopal church being full of invited guests is an oxymoron.’ But that resonated with them. I told them we have an opportunity to do something that’s unusual and different, something that maybe another congregation would ask how we did it,” Besson explained. “When this congregation hears a challenge like that, they are all over it.”After several weeks of passing out customized business cards and postcards, and continuously pounding the message of invitation, St. Catherine’s welcomed 60 visitors to a church, which averages 200 people a week.“When I asked the invited visitors to raise their hand during the sermon, there was an audible gasp [from the rest of the congregation],” Besson said. But he cautioned that success isn’t just about numbers. Besson stressed the importance of framing the message about invitation. “We were very careful not to use the word evangelism or talk about growing the church. We don’t even say that any more. We just ask people to think about why they are here, and why it is important to them. Then think about someone else that this might be important to as well and send them a card.” Cathedral Dean Boise, ID last_img read more

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PDSA, RSPCA & Macmillan perceived best at providing legacy information

first_img Tagged with: legacy promotion legacy strategy research Advertisement PDSA, RSPCA & Macmillan perceived best at providing legacy information Overall, the Legacy Premier League 2018/19 questioned 10,000 people aged over 50 on more than 100 charities and which ones they would leave a legacy to as well as the reasons why they would or would not do so, looking at 15 barriers in total.The analysis shows little correlation between the top charities in this latest ranking, and the top 20 charities to which supporters are most likely to consider leaving a legacy. Many of the Premier League’s top 20, such as Cancer Research UK and RNLI, average or below average, which fastmap suggests means there are opportunities for some of these highest performing charities to do even better.There is also no obvious theme or type of charity that is performing well or badly, with animal charities, health charities and development organisations both at the top and towards the bottom of the ranking.David Cole, Managing Director of fastmap commented:“Some charities feel nervous even raising the subject of legacy with supporters, but the provision of information is something any charity should feel comfortable doing.  Legacy fundraisers can underestimate how complex leaving a gift in a will to a charity seems to a supporter. Helpful information can be an important step in raising the subject.“What this report shows is the wide variance of performance of this important metric. Legacy fundraising is highly competitive and charities as a minimum need to be getting the basics right and talking to their supporters about the subject, or others will be and they will lose out.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis37center_img  311 total views,  5 views today Melanie May | 28 June 2019 | News PDSA, RSPCA and Macmillan have come top of a league table ranking charities according to how good supporters perceive them to be at providing legacy information.The Communicating Legacy Information analysis has been compiled by fastmap and Freestyle Marketing from the fastmap Legacy Premier League 2018/2019 and lists the top 25 charities, focusing on how supporters feel about the information available from specific charities about leaving them a legacy.While PDSA, RSPCA and Macmillan performed best, with index scores of 165, 152, and 147, at the bottom were Royal British Legion, Salvation Army, and NSPCC, with index scores of 49, 41, and 38.  312 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis37last_img read more

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HMAS Parramatta Leaves Honiara, Solomon Islands

first_img Share this article View post tag: Asia-Pacific The break from sea gave the ship’s company an opportunity to welcome their new Commanding Officer as well as help locals clean up after a recent storm.Commander Andrew Willis assumed command from Commander Simon Cannell on the first day in port and said the crew were hard at work during their brief stay.This was the first visit to the Solomon Islands for many of the crew, however the Australian Defence Force regularly engages with the region as part of the Defence Cooperation Program.“Last year, HMA Ships Labuan, Tarakan and Diamantina supported Operation RENDER SAFE – the Australian led tri-service operation resulted in the disposal of over 12,000 items of unexploded items from the Second World War which improved the safety for many Solomon Islanders,” Commander Willis said.The Anzac Class frigate, with a crew of 190 and an AS350BA Squirrel helicopter, is over half-way through a deployment to strengthen relationships and promote multilateral security cooperation with Pacific Island nations.Parramatta is undertaking patrols as part of Operation SOLANIA, which assists South Pacific Island states to protect their own fisheries and natural resources.“During patrols we provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support to the Pacific Islands Countries to help them secure their Exclusive Economic Zones.“This is an important contribution to regional security as we are helping to foster economic development. A secure, stable and cohesive South Pacific region is in Australia’s strategic interest,” Commander Willis said.[mappress]Press Release, July 16, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Naval Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Parramatta has departed Honiara, Solomon Islands after a three-day visit, to continue a maritime patrol as part of Operation SOLANIA. Authorities View post tag: Honiara HMAS Parramatta Leaves Honiara, Solomon Islands July 16, 2014center_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Solomon Islands Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Parramatta Leaves Honiara, Solomon Islands View post tag: Leaves View post tag: HMAS Parramatta View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australian Navylast_img read more

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SBA launches new online “Lender Toolkit”

first_imgSmall business lenders now have access to more in-depth information and resources on U.S. Small Business Administration loan programs through the new Lender Toolkit on the agency’s recently redesigned website.The new site strengthens SBA collaboration with its lending partners, making it easier for them to identify the points of contact, loan programs and financing options that will best expand access to capital for local small businesses to help them grow and create jobs.Elements of the streamlined Lender Toolkit include useful tools like the ability to download and submit loan packages, updates on interest rates and important lending news, all at     www.sba.gov/for-lenders(link is external).‘Lenders are vital partners in our efforts to help entrepreneurs and small business owners grow successful companies and create good paying jobs in their communities,’ said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. ‘Over the last two years, we’ve worked hard to strengthen these partnerships. This new online toolkit puts more information on SBA loan programs at lenders’ fingertips and makes it easier for them to use these programs to meet the capital needs of their small business customers.’The online Lender Toolkit features:·     Find a Loan Package, which allows users to select a loan type and download all the associated forms. Instruction on how to complete the loan package and standard boilerplates will help lenders prepare more accurate loan applications, increasing the probability of guarantees to worthy small businesses.·     Find a Service Center enables the lender to search for servicing center contact information based on the loan processing parameters of loan type and stage. Lenders can also Find a Lender Relationship Specialist by selecting a local district office from a pull-down list.·     Lender FAQs provide answers to questions about the SBA’s approach on the financing and underwriting of loans to small business owners.·     Recent Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) notices, which display current versions of loan processing, servicing and liquidation documents along with a copy highlighting any updates.·     Weekly Lending Report, which provides details on lending activity for SBA loan programs, along with comparisons for FY 2009, 2010 and 2011 for the period ending that week.The SBA’s commitment to transformation is reflected in the new Lender Toolkit, which is part of the redesigned SBA.gov website, which went live in December 2010.  Designed to better meet the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs, the enhanced website features SBA Direct, which allows visitors to seek information on starting or growing a business, financial assistance, and regulatory compliance based on their location, type of business, and specific needs. The project is also a flagship for the agency’s Open Government Plan, with the goal of building an online presence for SBA that is transparent, participatory and collaborative.last_img read more

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Family First charity status hangs in the balance

first_img3News 14 August 2014Family First is urging Charities Services to drop its High Court case against it following a decision from the Supreme Court that political advocacy can be considered charitable.The case has been on hold for around a year, after Charities Services sought to deregister Family First following the same-sex marriage debate.Both parties wanted to wait for the outcome of a Greenpeace case, which focused on a decision to decline the organisation’s application for charity status because its main purpose was political.Last year, Charity Services general manager Brendon Ward said the independent Charities Registration Board believed Family First’s main purpose is to “promote particular points of view about family life”.“Under the Act, promotion of a controversial point of view is a political purpose.”But a landmark decision by the Supreme Court last week clarified the definition of a charity, saying political advocacy should not exclude an organisation from getting charity status.The decision was a long time in the making, with the initial High Court case in 2010 around the organisation’s application become a charity declined.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie says the decision set a precedent, and means organisations focused on social justice issues which need to engage on a political level shouldn’t be disqualified from being a charity.“It certainly means the claim we’re too political can’t be used against us because, unfortunately, when you’re dealing with social and family issues, politicians get involved and therefore we shouldn’t be muzzled because of that,” he says.Mr McCoskrie says the organisation’s lawyers will now be writing to the Charities Service to ask them to withdraw the case or have it heard as soon as possible.“We suggest they save taxpayers money and legal costs and quickly discard it.”While waiting for the Greenpeace decision, Family First has continued to operate as a charity.The Charities Service says it is yet to fully go through the 54-page Greenpeace judgement and a decision has not yet been made regarding Family First.The service believes the charity does not further religion or education or promote a benefit to all New Zealanders.http://www.3news.co.nz/Family-First-charity-status-hangs-in-the-balance/tabid/423/articleID/356637/Default.aspxlast_img read more

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