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Seek & Serve Nov 2011
In This Issue
President's Column
Mobilizing for Disaster Relief
Helping Ivorian Refugees in Liberia
The Joy of Service
Gifts for Life
Bishops Blend for the Holidays
CFC Reminder

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Robert Radtke, PresidentPRESIDENT'S COLUMN:

Drawing Inspiration from Children

Sometimes, we just need to act more like our children. 

Children like Andrew Jelson, a 12-year-old from the small town of Sealy, Texas. Thanks to his leadership, St. John's Episcopal became the first church in the Diocese of Texas to donate more than one net per family to save the lives of children in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Mobilizing for Disaster Relief
We do not consider our job done once rubble is cleared and people have roofs over their heads.
By "training the trainers" we're helping better prepare for the next emergency.

This past year has seen more than its share of natural disasters around the world, from the massive earthquakes that hit Japan and New Zealand to epic floods in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States. 

 

Episcopal Relief & Development is meeting the growing need by responding in ways that take advantage of our greatest strengths so that we can have the greatest impact on people recovering from a disaster. 

 

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Helping Ivorian Refugees in Liberia
Mattresses are just one of the essential items we're helping provide to Ivorian refugees

Refugees from the Ivory Coast have been crossing the border into Liberia, where post election violence earlier this year has led to one million people fleeing their homes. 

 

Episcopal Relief & Development has been active in Liberia for many years, where our NetsforLifeŽ program is making important headway in fighting malaria and saving lives. 

 

So when the Diocese of Liberia decided to help the Ivorian refugees, they requested an emergency grant from Episcopal Relief & Development, which we swiftly provided.  


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The Joy of Service
Rev. Mark Anschutz celebrates a Joy Mass with the children of St. Mary's Church.
The children of St. Mary's have given over 150 nets to their friends in sub-Saharan Africa, and they 
continuously work to send even more. 

Inspired by the teachings of the Rev. Dr. Mark Anschutz, two young sisters named Deirdre and Brenna from St. Mary's Church in Barnstable, Massachusetts made a lemonade stand so that they could help buy nets to protect children in Africa from contracting malaria. 

 

Their humble gesture has inspired virtually every child in the parish to take action themselves, and now hundreds of dollars are being generated in the name of the NetsforLifeŽ Inspiration Fund.

 

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Gifts to Nurture and Flourish: Gifts for Life

Gifts for Life catalog 2011Episcopal Relief & Development's Gifts for Life catalog offers you a special way to share the joy of giving during the Christmas season. 

 

Purchase a gift in honor of a friend or loved one through this unique catalog and not only will your gift directly impact the lives of those in need, it will help entire communities break the cycle of poverty. 

 

From food and water to medical care and small business loans, Gifts for Life help more than individuals and families - they provide entire communities with sustainable resources for the future. 

 

Visit our website at www.er-d.org/GiftsforLife.  

 

Bishops Blend: Coffee and Tea with a Difference

bishops blend coffee teaThis Christmas, enjoy Bishops Blend gift boxes! 

 

Bishops Blend, a premium line of coffees and teas offered by Episcopal Relief & Development and Pura Vida, is triple-seal certified Fair Trade and organic. It's great for home, office or church, and makes a great holiday gift as well. 

 

Let your friends and family know about this great-tasting way to change the world one cup at a time. Order gift boxes today on our website at www.er-d.org/BishopsBlend.  

 

 

Combined Federal Campaign

If you're a federal employee or retiree who participates in the Combined Federal Campaign, you can designate Episcopal Relief & Development as the recipient of your donation. 

 

To make a gift in 2011, just designate your gift to CFC #80416 by Decmeber 15th. 

 

For more information on the CFC, visit www.opm.gov/CFC.

 

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