Hey Questers, we're excited to move into our Fall Launch this upcoming Sunday. Would your partner with YOUR church to invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to experience the ministry and community of Quest? In this upcoming weeks, think and pray for several folks that you want to invite to join you at church. We'll also be sending out some resources that you can forward or even share on your Facebook profile or other social media tools:
IJM is excited to announce their latest documentary, "At the End of Slavery" is coming in September 2009, and Quest Church will be hosting one of the FIRST screenings on Saturday, September 19 from 7-9pm. Admission for the event is FREE, and the film screening will be accompanied by a presentation and Q & A with IJM's Vice President of Government Relations, Holly Berkhauter.
Classrooms are ready to be reset, murals are outlined and ready to be painted, and there is lots of organizing (and some heavy lifting) to do! If you can squeeze in some time to do a project or two, we'd love to see some new people come on out! Here's the schedule for this week:
Tuesday 8am-12 (anyone help with childcare?), 7-10pm resetting classrooms, touch-up paint, miscellaneous Wednesday 7-10pm resetting classrooms, touch up painting, miscellaneous Thursday 8am-9pm door hanging, electrical, wall hangings, projector install, touch-up painting
Friday 8am-5pm whatever needs to be done :) Saturday 8am-5pm- murals, dump run, final give away run, cleaning!
So much work got done this week by a wonderful crew- thank you! We still have lots of projects to finish and need as many people to help out as possible. This week we'll finish painting and clean-up to begin resetting the space for sunday school. There are still projects for any type of person (handyman, heavy lifters, organizers, designers, painters, etc)...or just come for a little fun! This week's work parties Monday-Wednesday 9am-12pm, 7pm-10pm. Hope to see some people there!
After we were welcomed to Chamwino by St. Peter's, I accompanied Quest Elder Barbara Lundquist; Dr. Kati Szego, a former pupil of Barb's and current professor of Music at Memorial University in Canada; Karl Dreschler, a Seattlite who will be living for a year in Chamwino while working on behalf of Chamwino Connect; Lewis Kashiri, a man from Zimbabwe who also plans on assisting the project in Chamwino; and Zachary Gerald to our next stop. The musical folks in our party had arranged a visit with a remarkable group of women singers, the Muh Eme singers. As we traveled, we were accompanied by Pastor Daniel Meshach, the amazing Nassan Mazengo and Rev. Eubert Nyembela. After a few years of reading names printed on paper, it was great to meet many of these folks in real life.
[caption id="attachment_290" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Left to right pictured are Kedmon's mother, Pastor Daniel, Pastor Nyembela, Barb, Kati, Karl (standing) and myself.
Just over two weeks ago, I made my way out of the airport in Dar es Salaam and into the waiting arms of Barbara Lundquist and a local friend, Zach Gerald. Pitching my trusty backpack and a bag of donated clothes into the back of our vehicle, we headed for Prof. Mitch Strumpf's house and early the next morning set out for the village of Chamwino. What does it mean to build partnership with a parish halfway around the world? I was about to find out. As we approached St. Peter's Church, we were greeted with song and dancing.
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Along the way, St. Peter's Pastor, Pastor Daniel Meshach, joined us for a song.
in the midst of preparing sunday school lessons, singing Jesus Loves Me with toddlers, or presenting puppet shows to preschoolers there is always a project to improve, enhance, or reinforce the ministry that we do each week. This summer is no different than any other season. Through the month of August we will be
refreshing our space- creating a larger preK/Kinder classroom, updating
classroom furniture and supplies, painting murals in early childhood
classes, creating better storage, and updating our main worship area. Yes- we are a little crazy!
Quester Derek Sciba joined Pastor Leah for an interview this week about his work with World Concern. Derek has recently returned from visiting a number of World Concerns projects around the world. View the interview on vimeo here and check out the links below for ways you can be involved globally locally!
Picture Below: St. Peter's Anglican Church in Chamwino, Tanzania. Currently, the church is under construction and nearing completion. With this trip, funds from Quest Church will be sent to bring a regular water supply to the building which will also be used as a preschool, and to construct toilets!