Saturday, December 4, 2021

HOPE FOR ALL YARD SALES IN 2022

 


Hope For All Monthly Yard Sale

 

Join us for an indoor/outdoor event where we'll be offering our usual great variety of merchandise at low prices. We will be giving out numbered tickets as we need to limit the number of people at our Yard Sale, and we will require the wearing of face masks

 

Shop our yard sales to find great buys and unique treasures. Yard sales are held on the second Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m, as well as select Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m.  Your purchases help provide funds for HOPE for All to serve those most in need in our community with basic home necessities for daily living.  Come shop and enjoy our great bargains while making a difference !

 

Donate An Item For The Yard Sale

                 During regular business hours: Tuesday-Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Items We Accept:  Decorative Items /   Purses /   Hand Power tools

Jewelry / Toys /  Books / Collectibles / Seasonal Items

 

Not able to get there in that time frame ?  Bring your donation to church on Sundays. We will make certain it gets there !! 

Yard Sale Dates on Saturdays for 2022:

January 8th  /  February 12th /  March 12th /  April 9th /  May 14th /  June 11th /  July 9th

August 13th /  September 10th /  October 8th /  November 12th /  December 10th

 

Yard Sale Dates on Thursdays in 2022:

January 27th /  February 24th /  March 24th /  April 28th /  May 26th /  June 23rd /  July 28th

August 25th /  September 22nd /  October 27th

 

POST CARD WITH DATES AVAILABLE AT CHURCH ON SUNDAYS

              


KIVA Donations made in December of 2021. Their stories:

 

Elis is an artisan from Indonesia who specializes in macramé handbags and decor accents. She would like to invest in a bulk purchase of cotton thread and bamboo.  "I hope my business can grow big so that I can keep providing work for my helpers. Most of them are my neighbors, friends, and even family. Many housewives make their income by working on my macrame. Giving jobs to my neighbors is one of the reasons why I want my business to grow. "Thank you for your kind support, it means a lot for us craftsmen. During this pandemic, I hope my business can survive and grow more. May God bless all of you."

Mary Joy is a 43-year-old woman. She is married and has two children, ages nine and five. She and her family live a simple life in the town of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat. She and her husband earn a living through running a small sari-sari store business. Thus, they work hard together to send their children to school. Mary Joy is requesting a loan for water connection inside their house; a dream she was aiming for a few years ago. With the help of a loan, she could definitely make her dream come true. From this loan she will buy a pressure tank, pitcher pump, jetmatic pump, PVC pipe, check bulb and pay for labor.

 

I am an African American lesbian female with one adult child. I facilitate in local jails then upon release, connect offenders with community sponsors for second-chance/re-employment. As a single parent, I started Platform of Hope with my savings account in a storefront in Decatur, GA.  We serve clients in extended-stay environments with a mobile brigade that provides food, clothing, and essentials. Platform of Hope is determined to open a women and children's shelter to ensure safe and stable 90-day housing. POH supports homeless single parents within shelters and extended stay motels.  Funds are used for used clothing, food, medicine, moving costs and/or deposits for utilities for stable housing move, transportation via rideshare for interviews, jobs, doctor appointments, and grocery stores. POH supports weekly distribution and DELIVERY of food, medicine, and supplies/necessities to immobilized senior. POH supports released female offenders re-enter society by providing transportation for court appointments, restitution, probation fees, interviews, uniforms, doctor appointments, costs for identification (IDs, birth certificates, etc) food, used clothing, toiletries, etc..

Bathybii 55, from Kyrgyzstan lives with his wife and 3 children in the Jeti-Oguz region. The mountainous area with spacious pastures is ideal for raising livestock.  He has been farming for 19 years, breeding cows, horses and sheep. He has 1.06 hectares of land where he grows hay for livestock. Baktybek is trying hard to develop his farm. He asks for support from Kiva in the amount of 20,000 som (KGS) to increase the livestock population. The income will help improve the material well-being of his family.

Bendu is 36 years old and married with five children. All of her children are currently attending school while living at home. Bendu runs a business preparing and selling cooked food. Her love for her business continues to grow every day.  Bendu is requesting a loan with the Kiva partner BRAC Liberia to purchase more ingredients to prepare food to sell. She will use her loan to ensure she can meet customer demand .
Josephine, a 33-year-old mom of four. She resides in a remote village in Kapsabet, in the Rift valley region of Kenya, she practices mixed farming.  Because of the immense knowledge she has of farming, Josphine commands a lot of respect from other farmers in her village. Her primary sources of income have been milk and crops.  Although she has been making profits from farming, Josphine has identified a market segment for selling cereals. The only big challenge she faces is a lack of funds, so she is requesting a loan to buy different varieties of cereal like maize and beans to sell in the local market. The market for cereals is never a problem because the demand is always high, and she plans to take advantage of that.   

This lovely woman is Rysbubu. She is 66 years old and married. She has a high-school education. She has been raising crops and animals since 1981 as the primary income for her family. Thanks to Rysbubu's hard work and her husband's help with the farm, her farm currently has 2 cows and 16 sheepIn order to further grow her farm, she is seeking assistance from Kiva totaling 30,000 som (KGS) to buy livestock feed, in order to increase her income from livestock breeding. The income from the loan will help her expand her farm by increasing her headcount of pedigree livestock.









Monday, November 29, 2021

DONATIONS FOR HOPE FOR ALL

Six Large baskets of donations !!  Small Appliances, Towels, Cooking and Cleaning Supplies and much much more !!  Thanks to Damien Robinson for providing the baskets and to Sharon Glass for the Chair and Ottoman.  Delivery to Hope For all will be made on Tuesday 11-30-21  




                                                


                                                


Sunday, November 28, 2021

WINTER RELIEF AT ST CHRISTOPHERS

 



WINTER RELIEF AT ST. CHRISTOPHERS

 

St. Christophers will be hosting a mixed gender group of 20 people for Winter Relief from December 6th thru December 12th.  We have volunteered to help with staffing and providing meals for Monday December 6th (Dinner and Snack) and Tuesday December 7th.(Breakfast)

 What can you do to help ?

# 1. We need 4 people to help serve the dinner and “ hang out “  afterwards from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the 6th. Also assist in dinner clean up.

# 2. We need 2 people to “hang out” from 7 p.m.to 11 p.m. on the 6th. You would also need to help prepare the 20 lunches that will be distributed on Tuesday morning. All the items needed to prepare the lunches will be provided.  Also assist in dinner clean up

#3. We need 2 people to prepare dinner casseroles that will serve 10 people each.  They would need to be delivered on the “day of ” the event on December 6th.

#4. We need 2 people to prepare breakfast casseroles that will serve 10 people each.  This can be delivered sometime in the evening of  December 6th.  They would then be stored and re-heated on Tuesday morning December 7th.

 Some important details:

All of the “guests” will be required to be vaccinated. 

Masks and social distancing will be enforced.

The “guests” will all be tested daily before their arrival.

Mingling and interaction with the guests is being “de-emphasized”.

Monday November 29th is the absolute “drop dead” date for offering to staff the event and if you can prepare a casserole.  Please contact Charlie Ernst cfe1215@gmail.com or Jackie Ryan jacquelineryanexecasst@gmail.com

 If you have any questions, concerns or need more information please do not hesitate to contact either Charlie or Jackie 


Saturday, November 27, 2021

 



We will have our next fellowsip gathering after Mass on Sunday December 26, 2021.  Damien and Tim Robinson have offered to open their home for us to gather.  We are looking forward to continuing our return to normalcy.

Why do we need fellowship ? 

“Nobody had to come to the disciples and other new believers on the day of Pentecost and say, “You need to practice fellowship.” The Holy Spirit had come upon these people and formed an inner unity and their natural inclination was to exercise it outwardly. 

DIRECTIONS:

7919 Jason Landings Way

< Approximately 20 minutes from St. Christophers

Go South on MD. 170 (Camp Meade Rd.)

Turn right onto Norcross Ln. (Entrance to Jason Landings development)

Turn left onto Flagstone Ct.

Turn right onto Jason Landings Way (house is on right, opposite community pool)









Friday, November 26, 2021

 

Cultivating Radical Compassion



Taken from Richard Rohr’s Weekly Newsletter from the Center for Action and Contemplation

Author Tara Brach is a skilled psychotherapist and meditation teacher who has developed countless ways to help her students transform their suffering not only for their own sake but on behalf of the world. Over the last seventeen years she has focused particularly on the RAIN meditation practice, [1] which “cultivates a trust in our own basic goodness and by extension helps us recognize and trust that same light shining through all beings.” [2] Brach suggests:   

When you are caught in difficult emotions, the RAIN meditation can bring you back to a wise and compassionate presence. Give yourself a few moments to pause and turn inward.

R   Recognize what is happening. Mentally whisper whatever you are aware of: fear, anger, hurt, shame.

A   Allow. Let whatever you are feeling be here, without judging it, trying to fix it, or ignoring it. Simply pause and “let be.” You might whisper “This too belongs.”

I   Investigate. With curiosity, feel into your body—your throat, chest, belly. Discover where the emotions live inside you. You might gently place a hand wherever feelings are strongest. Sense what is needed or being asked for right now. Is it love? Forgiveness? Acceptance? Understanding?

N   Nurture. Offer care to feelings of vulnerability, hurt, or fear. Let the touch of your hand be tender, and send whatever message might most offer healing. You can imagine this coming from your own awake heart or from another being (friend, grandparent, spiritual figure, dog) you trust and love.

After the RAIN: Take some moments in stillness, simply sensing the quality of presence that has unfolded. Notice the shift from when you started (an angry or fearful or victimized self) to the compassionate awareness that is always here.


 


Taken from Richard Rohr’s Weekly Newsletter from the Center for Action and Contemplation

Author Tiffany Shlain offers a practice she calls a “Technology Sabbath” as a way of reducing our addiction to technology and our personal devices. She writes:  

How often have you looked up from your screen, eyes dazed, and realized you’ve just wasted thirty minutes or an hour or more? You look around and see everyone else with their heads down staring at their screens, too. You worry about how this is affecting you as an individual and society at large. You think you should do something about it, then your phone buzzes, you respond to the text, and you’re pulled back to the screen again. We’ve become ostriches, burying our heads in silicon sand                                                                                                                                     

Researchers have compared the sense of technological dependency—the feeling that we must be accessible and responsive at any time—to that of drugs and alcohol. It’s all because of the hormone dopamine, which is related to mood, attention, and desire. When you find something that feels good, dopamine makes you want more of it.                                      

What brings you joy ?  Think about all the (screen free) activities you enjoy doing that you just don't do enough       

Consider your own tradition or history.  What foods, practices from your childhood,  family , faith or culture would make the day more meaningful for you ?   

Consider your intentions  What qualities do you want to develop ?  What habits do you want to break ?  How do you want to feel when the day is over ? 

How to prepare for 24/6     A little think ahead will help you get more our of the day.

Plan your first Tech Shabbat Look at your calendar and plan what weekend day or (weekday)  you are going to start. Mark down several weeks in a row.  The power and beauty of this practice comes with it's regularity. In time you will look forward to it each week, Look at the list of things you want to do more of. Plan to fill your screen free day with activities from that list.  You can even print the list, post it on your fridge, and reference it throughout the day.  Or fill the day with doing nothing, if that's what you need and want. Invite anyone you want to join you for a meal, an activity, or the whole day. Tell people in your life you are planning to do this.  Don't come from a place of apology, but a place of strength and excitement.  If they express concern or curiosity, invite them to a Tech Sabbath dinner so they can experience it with you.






                                                                                    



CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER; SOME SIMPLE IDEAS ON HOW TO GET STARTED

 

Meditation for the Common Good

Taken from Richard Rohr's Newsletter from the Center for Action and Contemplation 


Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social Service, is a leader of the “Nuns on the Bus” who advocate for fair and generous federal budgeting, particularly for those on the margins. She is also vocal about her need for a daily contemplative practice of meditation to balance her action on behalf of the common good. She offers some simple instructions:  

In meditation, making space for physical silence is only one part of the experience. It is also important to quiet the body. In an erect posture, I can sit in stillness for long periods. If you are tempted to fidget, take a deep breath and do not give into the urge. Sometimes (or often) I get concerned that my timer has stopped, and I want to check it. When I feel this urge, I take a deep breath and restate my desire to be open to the Divine in all things . . . even the distractions!

Sit straight so that you can breathe deeply. A key to doing this is sitting so that your knees are a bit lower than your hips. Try to imagine a string pulling at the crown of your head that gets your head, shoulders, and lower back in line. Your lower back should tilt in a little to give you the balance of an “S” curve. This is the balance you need for stillness. Take a deep breath. And, as you breathe out, set your desire on being silent and open to the Divine. Sometimes, I just say that I am hungry for an awareness of the sacred.

After focusing on becoming present, I try to be open and listen through my body to the Divine. Sometimes, it is good to have a word or mantra to use as I breathe. It gives my mind a focus while I try to be open. This mantra can be an expression of desire or spiritual openness. Trust what comes to mind and breathe with the word(s). . . .

Do not expect fireworks in this form of meditation. Most days are very quiet. Every now and then there might be some insight or awareness that is important and sets a direction. However, know that the consistent practice brings a profound openness to others and a willingness to risk for the common good.

We invite you to participate in some form of contemplative practice today, setting the intention of “openness to others and a willingness to risk for the common good.” 

 

        

 

 

 

Sunday Livestream for November 28, 2021



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