eLink Special: Celebrate Sudan 2010

“Celebrate Sudan 2010” Event

The Sudan Partnership team is excited to announce the first annual, “Celebrate Sudan” event. It will take place on the evening of World Communion Sunday, October 3rd, 7PM at East Main Presbyterian Church. The purpose of this event will be to celebrate our partnership with the Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SPEC) and to raise funds for two special projects that will go beyond our regular giving to the partnership.  These projects have been chosen with input from SPEC’s leadership.  The first project involves helping the Salaama congregation in Khartoum build 2 kindergarten classrooms and to construct a wall that is needed to keep others from encroaching on their property rights.  The Salaama church building was constructed in January, 2006 with funds raised by our presbytery.  A team from Shenango helped with the actual construction of the building.  The second project is directed at raising much needed funds for Nile Theological College.  NTC does an excellent job in training SPEC pastors and church leaders and the partnership committee feels it important this year to supplement Shenango’s normal giving to NTC.

Shenango churches are encouraged to use the month before this event to gather funds to support these projects.  We are encouraging churches, in particular, to take up an offering for this year’s “Celebrate Sudan’ projects during the morning worship services on World Communion Sunday, October 3rd.  Then, that night, all the churches will gather at East Main church to celebrate our partnership with our Sudanese brothers and sisters and to gather together the gifts from the churches.  An exciting event is being planned, including music performed by a combined choir from all our churches and led by Jane Bartholomew, greetings from Ismail Kanani, the General Secretary of SPEC, presentations that hi-light the exciting things that are happening though SPEC and our partnership with them, the announcement of the total amount collected for the projects, and authentic Sudanese food.  It’s going to be a great time and everyone from our churches is invited.  Let your congregation know about it now!

Information and promotional materials about “Celebrate Sudan 2010” will be sent in the next week to our churches’ pastors, clerks and missionary committee chairpersons.

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