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April 2, 2014, 12:03 PM

Wednesday Night Study Group


We are having a great time in the Wednesday night group. Tonight will be our fourth meeting, and I think most will agree that the video presentations have been very interesting, and our discussions following the video have been thoughtful, engaged, and occasionally emotional.

If you missed the first three meetings, let me explain why tonight would be a good time to jump on board. Meeting #1 was a broad overview of the course, which runs twenty-four lectures total. Meetings #2 and 3 dealt with the making of the hebrew scriptures which we call the Old Testament. Tonight we will jump into "The Birth of the Christian Bible", which goes fast and covers a lot of ground in thirty minutes. Our discussion always starts with the video which we have just watched together, so everyone starts out on an equal footing.

There is never any homework or assigned reading, and no one will ever be called on or put on the spot for an answer. We do frequently have suggested material for "going further", so you can get as much out of this course as you put into it. We gather after Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, and start the presentation promptly at 6:30. We have coffee, but please bring your own sandwich,  snack and/or soft drink. We should finish by 7:45.

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April 1, 2014, 4:25 PM

Lazarus


I don't yet know how, in my Sunday sermon, I will approach the gospel text about the raising of Lazarus (John 11: 1-45).  However, there may be food for thought in Jacob Epstein's sculptural representation of Lazarus, bound with strips of cloth, after Jesus called him out of the tomb.  I saw this in 1979 in the chapel of New College, Oxford, when my college choir was touring England.  Obviously, it left a lasting impression on me.




March 26, 2014, 8:17 PM

My friend in Haiti


Through Facebook, I have recently re-connected with a friend from college days, Dawn Adkins.  I'm proud of her for her work in Leogane, Haiti, for the Children's Nutrition Program of Haiti, a non-profit organization based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Dawn keeps computerized records for the clinic in Leogane.  There are 12 other clinics in the nearby mountains.  They give starving children "Plumpy Nut," a food for the severely malnourished, along with counseling and follow-up appointments.  You can get more information, including information about donating to this great cause, at http://www.cnphaiti.org .

Russ Snapp+




March 26, 2014, 10:05 AM

Annual Parish Audit Started Tuesday


Russ and Jackie worked with our auditor today, and completed the first day of an engagement which will last for several days. The audit is being conducted by Jeannie Fry,  a licensed Certified Public Accountant who for the last ten years has worked extensively with the Diocese of Arkansas and with a number of Episcopal parishes in Arkansas. She stresses doing things "by the book" and insuring that proper internal controls and financial procedures are in place and are being followed. When she says "by the book", the book to which she refers is the "Manual of Business Methods" publiched by the National Episcopal Church. For those with an interest in accounting, the book is available as a free download from http://www.episcopalchurch.org/notice/updated-manual-business-methods-congregations-available-episcopal-church-finance-office  More information about the Diocese of Arkansas audit requirements can be found at http://episcopalarkansas.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Audit-Policy-for-Congregations.pdf

Ms. Fry worked for AT&T for 25 years in various managerial positions, mostly around the state of Arkansas; her last assignment prior to her retirement was as the liason on all accounting issues between the corporation and the federal government while in Washington,  D.C.

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March 25, 2014, 4:22 PM

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