Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist

Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist
Journalist @baltimoresun writer artist runner #amwriting Md Troopers Assoc #20 & Westminster Md Fire Dept Chaplain PIO #partylikeajournalist

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Block: 410-650-5970; 410-670-5107; and 443-345-8283 on your phone.


The Harford County Md Fire & EMS PIO Media Page reports that the scammers are at it again. Block: 410-650-5970; 410-670-5107; and 443-345-8283 on your phone.

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Harford County Md Fire & EMS PIO Media Page

March 15, 2017

The scammers are at it again. We are getting reports of a man named John calling from 443-345-8283. He says he is with the "foundation" and asked for donations to the fire service in Harford County.

When asked questions he abruptly hangs up.

No fire or EMS company/dept in Harford County solicits donations by telephone. Not one.

Please do not fall prey to this guy or anyone else who may try a scam like this.

Share this info with those who aren't on social media, especially the older population.


March 19, 2017 from comments, also block: "I just got a call this morning. It was 410-650-5970 that called my phone. Got that call on Tuesday from 410-670-5107...."
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday church service at Grace Lutheran Church on Carroll St.


Sunday church service at Grace Lutheran Church on Carroll St. in Westminster, Md. Pastor Kevin Clementson shared with us his thoughts about the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan  woman at Jacob's well... John 4: 5-42. 19Mar2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mrs. Barbara Peck's funeral... at St. Paul's United Church of Christ at Bell Grove Square in Westminster.

Our Westminster High School 1972 Classmate (and my cousin,) Jerry Condon, speaks at Westminster High School longtime librarian, Mrs. Barbara Peck's funeral... at St. Paul's United Church of Christ at Bell Grove Square in Westminster. March 18, 2017 Sat

Friday, March 17, 2017

A quiet cold snow-covered March afternoon at the Westminster Cemetery

A quiet cold snow-covered March afternoon at the Westminster Cemetery: I always imagine all the stories that are there to be told. 17 Mar 2017 KED

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The latest of the clumsy error messages folks get on their computers is one that reads: “Sorry, Backup and Sync needs to quit.”

The latest of the clumsy error messages folks get on their computers is one that reads: “Sorry, Backup and Sync needs to quit.” http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-latest-of-clumsy-error-messages.html 

7:30 p.m. EST 16Mar2017


The latest of the all-too-frequent clumsy error messages folks get on their computers from Microsoft, Google, Adobe, et al, is one that reads: “Sorry, Backup and Sync needs to quit.” 7:30 p.m. EST 16Mar2017

LOL – What the What. Curious, I did search on “Sorry, Backup and Sync needs to quit,” and tech writer, Corbin Davenport, writing for the website, Android Police,” seems to have just unraveled the mystery, minutes ago… http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/03/16/google-drive-windows-self-updating-backup-sync-breaking-process/

“Did you think Google's intentional downgrade OTA for the Nexus 6 from yesterday was bad? Google appears to be on a mission to break as many products as possible, and next up is the Google Drive client for Windows.

“If you've ever used Google Drive (or similar cloud services), you'll know that there is a Windows client that syncs all your Drive files locally to your computer. It hasn't received much attention over the years, and is rather buggy. As for the good news - Google seems to be working on an updated version. The bad news is that an unfinished and broken build is being pushed live.”

I will add, that to say that it is “rather buggy,” is an understatement.

Anyway, read much more here. Mr. Davenport explains it well. Thank you.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Grand Ole Opry March 14, 2017 www.opry.com #opry Rascal Flatts

Grand Ole Opry March 14, 2017 www.opry.com #opry Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts is an American country music trio formed in Columbus, Ohio in 1999. It is composed of Gary LeVox, his second cousin Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney.

Larry Gatlinburg and The Gatlin Brothers, Jeanne Seely, Del McMoury Band, Charles Esten, Thompson Square, Rascal Flatts, and more

Grand Ole Opry March 14, 2017 www.opry.com #opry Charles Esten

Grand Ole Opry March 14, 2017 www.opry.com #opry Charles Esten

Larry Gatlinburg and The Gatlin Brothers, Jeanne Seely, Del McMoury Band, Charles Esten, Thompson Square, Rascal Flatts, and more

Grand Ole Opry www.opry.com #opry Jeannie Seely

Grand Ole Opry March 14, 2017 www.opry.com #opry Jeannie Seely "When I stoned, I can be alone, so who needs you." LOL

Marilyn "Jeannie" Seely is an American country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star. She is best known for her 1966 Grammy award-winning country hit "Don't Touch Me", which peaked at No. 1..."

Larry Gatlinburg and The Gatlin Brothers, Jeanne Seely, Del McMoury Band, Charles Esten, Thompson Square, Rascal Flatts, and more

Grand Ole Opry March 14, 2017 www.opry.com #opry Thompson Square Are you going to kiss me or not

Grand Ole Opry March 14, 2017 www.opry.com #opry Thompson Square Are you going to kiss me or not.

Larry Gatlinburg and The Gatlin Brothers, Jeanne Seely, Del McMoury Band, Charles Esten, Thompson Square, Rascal Flatts, and more

Grand Ole Opry March 14, 2017 www.opry.com #opry Del McMoury Band

Grand Ole Opry March 14, 2017 Tuesday night www.opry.com #opry Del McMoury Band

Larry Gatlinburg and The Gatlin Brothers, Jeanne Seely, Del McMoury Band, Charles Esten, Thompson Square, Rascal Flatts, and more

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jason's (and Laura Tyler's) Deli. www.jasonsdeli.com 12Mar2017

Jason's (and Laura Tyler's) Deli. www.jasonsdeli.com 12Mar2017

Just like our friends Jason and Laura, it appears that "Jason's Deli" (is a business) that understands that it has a social contract...

"About Jason's Deli: Who We Are: Jason's Deli stands for three simple concepts: PEOPLE, FOOD and CHOICE.

 We were founded in 1976 by Joe Tortorice, Jr. who believes in treating employees as family and backs it up by making remarkable investments in our people.

We have a Leadership Institute that offers free classes in money matters, ethics, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, and in the core values of our brand.

Joe also started a program called The Fishing School in order to empower hourly employees to better themselves professionally by becoming managers and leaders. In addition, Jason's has a non-profit foundation to help our employees when in crisis.

May 1960 Nashville TN sit ins. Near 235 5th Ave. North


May 1960 Nashville TN sit ins. Near 235 5th Ave. North, in downtown Nashville. Next stop, the Civil Rights Room in the Nashville Public Library. The work continues. 12Mar2017

First Baptist Church, downtown Nashville, TN Sun 12Mar2017

First Baptist Church, downtown Nashville, TN Sun 12Mar2017

Sunday church at First Lutheran Nashville TN #2

Sunday church at First Lutheran Nashville TN http://www.first-lutheran-nashville.org/ 113 Eighth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203 Good morning. I hope you are having a great day.

Sunday church at First Lutheran Church NSH TN


Sunday church at First Lutheran Nashville TN http://www.first-lutheran-nashville.org/ 113 Eighth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203 Good morning. I hope you are having a great day. My message this Sunday is that I love all God's children, whatever their age, the color of their skin, the contents of their wallet, no matter whom they love, no matter what their faith, or how they worship – or not worship, where they were born, what they do for a living – or not do, how they speak, and whatever their abilities or disabilities; for we are all God's children, and in the end, we all are reconciled to God. Just saying. Sunday, March 12, 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

At the March 8, 2017 '2017 Lenten Midweek Worship Service, at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster


Kayla Sherfey did a great job sharing her "Reflection on growing in Faith through worship leadership," at the March 8, 2017 '2017 Lenten Midweek Worship Service, at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster. The message of this service is "Baptism and beyond, Rediscovering Luther's Small Catechism."

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Annual Women’s Club of Westminster Dr. Seuss read across Carroll County March 6, 2017

Annual Women's Club of Westminster Dr. Seuss read across Carroll County March 6, 2017 / Kevin Dayhoff

William Winchester Elementary School Westminster Md

- I had a cup of coffee with some fantastic local community leaders this morning as we waited to be assigned to our rooms by Beverly Jane Humbert of the Women' Club of Westminster, and the staff of William Winchester Elementary School; to read Dr. Seuss books.

From left to right, Lynn Wheeler, the exe. dir. of the Carroll County Public Library, Steve Guthrie, superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools, longstanding Westminster council member and former Westminster common council president Dr. Bob Wack, local business owner and artist, Lyndi McNulty, and Kevin Dayhoff. Monday morning, March 6, 2017 at William Winchester Elementary School, on the old Albaugh and Babylon Farm in Westminster.

The GFWC Woman's Club of Westminster, along with other civic organizations, community leaders and businesses, annually promote literacy and encourage reading in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday. 

According to Jackie Hering, education department chairperson of the Woman's Club of Westminster, and chair of the event, "It's wonderful to see the children's faces light up when you sit down to read to them."

Annual Women's Club of Westminster Dr. Seuss read across Carroll County March 6, 2017 https://kevindayhoffwestgov-net.blogspot.com/2017/03/annual-womens-club-of-westminster-dr.html
 


Sunday, March 05, 2017

Sunday church service at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster - the first Sunday in Lent. www.gracelc.org


Sunday church service at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster - the first Sunday in Lent.  www.gracelc.org A welcome and necessary brief break in the never-ending war against hunger, poverty, the intellectually stunted and the artistry disinclined. 4March2017

Pastor Kevin Clementson spoke to us about the expectations of having a life in Christ. In a message that highlights "This is not what I signed-up for," he shared that sometimes in our walk of faith, we are tempted and things do not go as planned. The hope for a perfect life often leads to disappointment.

This reinforces one of my foundation beliefs that our success in life greatly depends on how we respond positively to setbacks and  dissapointment.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Westminster Fire Dept. and Md. State Police respond to single vehicle accident west of Westminster


Westminster Fire Dept. and Md. State Police respond to single vehicle accident west of Westminster. Feb. 27, 2017 Chaplain/PIO3

Monday evening, Feb. 27, 2017, at approx. 8:36 p.m., units from Westminster Vol. Fire Dept. were alerted to respond to an accident at Rte. 140 and Rte. 97 north - Littlestown Pike. Upon arrival they found a single vehicle accident into the guard rail in the eastbound lane of Rte. 140.

After exracation a single patient was transported by Medic 39 to Shock Trauma. Accident remains under investigation by the Md State Police. No first responders were hurt in the response.

[Sta 3 EMS] 20:36 CT:VEHICLE COLLISION RT 140 / RT 97-LITTLESTOWN  BOX:0331 DUE: X39 E31 Chief3

Chaplain/PIO3 Feb. 27, 2017

On Feb. 27, 2017 the Westminster Fire Dept. and Md. State Police responded to single vehicle accident west of Westminster.  http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2017/02/westminster-fire-dept-and-md-state.html 

Monday night dinner at Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1


Monday night dinner at Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1. Spicy jambalaya with chicken and andouille sausage... 27Feb2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Another Civil Rights tour is planned for March 9, 2017 to March 12, 2017



Another Civil Rights tour is planned for March 9, 2017 to March 12, 2017.

At the Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 monthly meeting of the Carroll County NAACP, Pam and Charlie Collyer reminded everyone that another Civil Rights tour is planned for March 9, 2017 to March 12, 2017. More information is available on Charlie’s website, www.tryforfurther.com

ATLANTA, GA: “FREEDOM RIDES:” TUSKEGEE: SELMA: MONTGOMERY: AND BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
       The King Center Complex; Dr. Martin L. King’s, Jr. Birth home; Ebenezer Baptist Church; National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA.
       Tuskegee University and tour George Washington Carver Museum.
       Rosa Parks Museum and Dr. King’s home that was bombed, Montgomery.
       Walk across Edmund-Pettus Bridge; tour Voting Rights Museum, Selma, AL
       Sight where Greyhound Bus was burned during “Freedom Rides.”.
       Tour Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, AL.

TOUR COST: $485.00 per person, Non-refundable deposit of $250.00 due by Jan. 9, 2017; balance due Feb. 9, 2017. Make check or money order payable to DDK Tours, 3996 Brookside Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034, include all details.
          
COST INCLUDES: Transportation from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA. (Pick up 10:00 a.m.3/9/17 and return 3/12/17, 3:00 p.m.): 3 nights hotel accommodation (double occupancy) and breakfast; tour booklet; luxury bus ground transportation (as listed in itinerary); museum fees; honorariums; and Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. who worked with Dr. King and is our Tour Historian.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT DR. CHARLES COLLYER, (401)-258-9834 OR DDK TOURS, CHARLES ALPHIN SR., (770) 981-8718.  

SPONSORED BY: DR. BERNARD LAFAYETTE, JR., CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (S.C.L.C.), ATLANTA, GA.

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THE IRA AND MARY ZEPP CENTER FOR NONVIOLENCE AND PEACE EDUCATION, WESTMINSTER, MD
DR. CHARLIE COLLYER AND DR. PAM ZAPPARDINO, CO-DIRECTOR’S.


CO-ORDINATED BY DDK TOURS WWW.DDKTOURS.COM
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IL Choro Della Bella Voce Grace Lutheran Church Feb. 26, 2016


IL Choro Della Bella Voce Grace Lutheran Church Feb. 26, 2016 The Children's Chorus of Carroll County have joined us for our church service this morning. 

Les Petites Voix Grace Lutheran Church Feb. 26, 2016

Les Petites Voix Grace Lutheran Church Feb. 26, 2016


Les Petites Voix Grace Lutheran Church Feb. 26, 2016

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Caroline and I are among 50 folks attending a presentation of the Maryland Slaves Narratives, Feb. 25, 2017 at Union Memorial Baptist Church

Caroline and I are among 50 folks attending a presentation of the Maryland Slaves Narratives, Feb. 25, 2017 at Union Memorial Baptist Church: A Folk History of Slavery In the United States from INTERVIEWS WITH FORMER SLAVES 1936-1938
 
The Slave Narratives are the 'First Hand Unbelievable and Moving' stories from Menellis Gassaway (a Carroll County slave) and other Maryland slaves.
 
Union Memorial Baptist Church
160 S Center Street Westminster, MD 21158

EcoPreacher: The Preacher Persisted: Finding Courage in the Pul...


EcoPreacher: The Preacher Persisted: Finding Courage in the Pul...: The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade I was recently invited to supply preach at a congregation to cover a colleague during his vacatio..

The Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade

I was recently invited to supply preach at a congregation to cover a colleague during his vacation.  I had been told by several different people that the congregation had a reputation of being a politically progressive church. So I crafted a prophetic sermon that engaged contemporary issues for the assigned lectionary readings for the day. 

In the sermon, I never referenced any political party or figure, but clearly named the systemic loss of an ethical and moral center in our country of late.  I also reiterated Moses’ call to follow God’s commandments to turn away from death and embrace life (Deuteronomy 30:15-20).  

True to my commitment to include God’s Creation in my preaching where appropriate, I critiqued the ways we have abused this Earth in violation of the command to choose life.  But I ended by pointing out that God is still at work calling people to rise up in defense of the vulnerable and answering the call to justice along with people of other faiths and nonreligious people of good will (you can read my blog post based on the sermon here).

The reactions of the listeners in the days following the sermon revealed a much more politically diverse congregation than I expected.  The pastor told me he had received numerous emails and phone calls from his parishioners – some who had expressed appreciation for the sermon, and some who expressed strong anger at what I had preached.  So the pastor asked if I would be willing to come back to the church to talk about the sermon with anyone who wanted to discuss it further. 

I was open to this suggestion for several reasons. Read much more here: http://ecopreacher.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-preacher-persisted-finding-courage.html
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Epicuros - Hoplax - House Anthology Guest Mix part 18 (Deep House, Tech ...

Friday, February 24, 2017

March 2, 2017 Affordable Care Act Town Hall – Carroll County


March 2, 2017 Affordable Care Act Town Hall – Carroll County

We discussed the Affordable Care Act Town Hall last night in the Carroll County NAACP meeting and folks asked for more information…

When: March 2, 2017 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 17 Bond Street, Westminster, MD 21158

According to information found on Facebook on here: https://www.facebook.com/events/622892697918244/

Are you passionate about protecting the coverage that the ACA provides? Have suggestions on how it can be improved?

Are you one of the 291,000 Marylanders enrolled in the ACA funded Medicaid expansion?

Are you one of the 142,872 Marylanders enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan?

Are your friends, family members, co-workers, or neighbors receiving crucial services from the ACA?

We will have a panel of professionals who will share their experience with the ACA as well as a panel of Carroll County residents who rely on the ACA for treatment and life sustaining medications.

Following the panel discussion, we will have an open forum. This is YOUR chance as a member of our community to let our elected officials know how much the ACA means to you, your family, your neighbors, and friends.

Please join us!

For more information, or if you have any questions, please email CarrollCoACATownHall@gmail.com



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The #FreedomOfThePress is essential for our American democracy

What if I told you that the police can have a sense of humor too?



What if I told you that the police can have a sense of humor too?

February 24, 2017



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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Leviticus 19:1–37


Oh my - We talked about Leviticus 19 for an hour in the pastor's study. Tough stuff. Much of it is a literary device that can be quite problematic when taken literally without an historic context. http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/.../02/leviticus-19137.html

Leviticus 19:1–37

The Lord Is Holy

19 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. 3 Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and vyou shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God. 4 Do not turn to idols xor make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God.

5 “When you offer a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted. 6 It shall be eaten the same day you offer it or on the day after, and anything left over until the third day shall be burned up with fire. 7 If it is eaten at all on the third day, it is tainted; it will not be accepted, 8 and everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned what is holy to the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from his people.

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

9 d“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. 10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.

11 “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. 12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.

13 i“You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

15 m“You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.

17 p“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

You Shall Keep My Statutes

19 u“You shall keep my statutes. You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.

20 “If a man lies sexually with a woman who is a slave, assigned to another man and not yet ransomed or given her freedom, a distinction shall be made. They shall not be put to death, because she was not free; 21 but whe shall bring his compensation to the Lord, to the entrance of the tent of meeting, a ram for a guilt offering. 22 And the priest shall make atonement for him with the ram of the guilt offering before the Lord for his sin that he has committed, and he shall be forgiven for the sin that he has committed.

23 “When you come into the land and plant any kind of tree for food, then you shall regard its fruit as forbidden.2 Three years it shall be forbidden to you; it must not be eaten. 24 And in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. 25 But in the fifth year you may eat of its fruit, to increase its yield for you: I am the Lord your God.

26 “You shall not eat any flesh with the blood in it. You shall not interpret omens or tell fortunes. 27 You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard. 28 You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.

29 c“Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, lest the land fall into prostitution and the land become full of depravity. 30 dYou shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.

31 f“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.

32 “You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

33 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. 34 You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

35 “You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measures of length or weight or quantity. 36 You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin:3 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. 37 And you shall observe all my statutes and all my rules, and do them: I am the Lord.”

Sunday church service at Grace Lutheran Church. 19Feb2017


Sunday church service at Grace Lutheran Church. 19Feb2017 These days, pastors are about as apprehensive as a long-tailed cat in a  room full of rocking chairs. "But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Matthew 5:44 In a time if high anxiety, we are called upon to be the facilitators of reconciliation. God works through us to bring healing and reconciliation to a broken world. well, anyway, that's what I heard and I am sticking with it. Just saying.

Screening of the film "13th" to be exhibited at the Carroll Arts Center Feb 19, 2017, 4:15 - 7 p.m.



Screening of the film "13th" to be exhibited at the Carroll Arts Center Feb 19, 2017, 4:15 - 7 p.m.

Scheduled: Sunday, February 19, 2017 4:30 pm

Cost: FREE

Location: The Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster, MD, 21157 View Google Map

The Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalists will present a screening of the documentary film “13th,” tomorrow - on Sunday February 19th from 4:15 - 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Art Center, according to CC NAACP Branch 7014 member Maria Warburton.


Here is link to the film's trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V66F3WU2CKk

According to the Carroll Arts Center website, “Ava DuVernay’s award winning documentary “13th” refers to the 13th amendment to the constitution that banned slavery but left a loophole permitting the use of involuntary servitude to be used as a punishment for crime.

“In the aftermath of the Civil War, this clause was exploited allowing the incarceration of African-Americans for minor crimes.

“Using archival footage and testimony from an array of activists, historians, politicians and formerly incarcerated men and women, DuVernay shows the progression of the abuse of this clause in the 13th amendment since the end of the Civil War until today.”


Free admission. Doors open at 4:15 pm and showing time is 4:30 pm. A brief panel discussion will follow the film.
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Shippensburg Freshmen gave up an entire weekend... why?

Highlights from ministry at Shippensburg

Shippensburg Freshmen gave up an entire weekend... why?

Why a Weekend of Service?

For those of you who have received our newsletters for more than a year, it may feel like old news that every February we take students on a weekend service trip where we help with kitchen and grounds work at a YoungLife camp.  Every February we take students.  Every February we take the same pictures that look almost identical year to year. Every February we tell you about it.  Why do we do it?  And why is it exciting?

Let me tell you! Each year our vision has been to specifically recruit freshmen for this weekend and to use it and the car ride there as an extended time of spiritual investment and community building.  There are unique open doors into a person's heart that arise when you labor, sweat, and freeze alongside someone all to serve campers that we don't even know!  Students often leave with a deeper sense of community and we staff have more knowledge and opportunity to speak into a students heart.  Exciting!  But that is not what excited us most...

What is most significant is that students choose to come at all!  For many this weekend is symbolic of deep sacrifice and a growing commitment to the gospel.  Not actually because they are serving at YoungLife... but rather because they are giving up a weekend at Shippensburg.  The life of most college students is one consumed by chasing after different things that vie for their attention.  Grades, friends, acceptance, family, prestige. These are all good things, but when elevated above God the Scriptures would call these things idols.  They are things that students find their identity and worth in.  Things that they worship instead of the Lord.  To leave Ship for a weekend means that these students are choosing God over idols that they may struggle with worshipping.  It means that they will not have any time to do homework.  it means they will not have any free time for comfort and fun.  It means no parties and no drinking.  It means no visiting family.  And it means saying no to many opportunities with friends.  It means missing out.  But when they miss out on those things, they get something better.  Jesus.

So please join us in praising God that these students gave up the things they hold dear in order to spend some time growing in the Lord.  Please pray that God continues to soften their hearts and that they continue to pursue Him over all other things.
Watch the above video to see some silly highlights of the service weekend!

Spring Teaching

This semester our regional DiscipleMakers staff team is teaching through the book of Exodus at our campus large groups.  Visit our DiscipleMakers Shippensburg website to listen and learn how God sets us free.
 

Superbowl Party

Each year the Superbowl provides an excellent opportunity to build relationships with students, especially those who are not Christians and are cautious about attending a Bible study or large group. We were so thankful this year that a couple from our church were willing to host a party for our entire fellowship in their home.  Not only did they give up their evening and other opportunities to open their home for a large number of students, but they sacrificed time and energy and finances to provide delicious food for everyone to eat.  Students were extremely thankful and we got the opportunity to reach out to fringe students and some students from another campus.  Praise God.
~Andy & Melissa

Please Pray:

-For the students who came on the service trip, that they would continue to deepen their commitment to the Lord despite the cost.
-For the students who did NOT come on the service trip. While obviously some students had very good reasons for staying behind... others most likely did not. Please pray for those students that they would choose to put their hope in Christ instead of the things of this world.  Pray also that their "idols" would disappoint them, turning them towards God.
-For our entire DiscipleMakers staff.  That we would serve, work, and rest wisely this semester and that the Lord would use us on campus for His glory.
Highlights from ministry at Shippensburg

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