April 27, 2016
It's April but summer is coming . . .

Author and philosopher Sam Keen said, "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."

How could it not, especially if it involves a fishing pole or a good book, and maybe a sandy beach or mountain lake?
On the other hand, there's no time like summer to improve your serve. Have you considered involvement in a literacy project in your community or on the border? The need is endless and we'd be happy to help you get plugged in.
To get started, check out 50 Ways Your Church Can Bless Your Community Through Literacy.  The list includes action to be taken in the church, around the community, and at the capitol. We've included a few examples below.

There is something to be said for those lazy hazy crazy days of summer. But if respectability can be found in laziness, how much more--plus satisfaction, blessing, and impact--through literacy missions ministry! 
In the Church

8. Teach parents the importance of reading to children starting at birth. Give early literacy resources to parents of newborns.  
27. Begin an English as a Second Language ministry.
Around the Community
35. Plan and execute a family reading fair in an apartment complex, school, or neighborhood near your church.
38. Honor, celebrate and support teachers at a local school.
At the Capitol

43. Encourage awareness of issues that relate to education. Know the issues and understand the legislative process--at all levels. Support thoughtful reform of public education. 
44. Contact elected officials via email and phone to express your voice.
Save the Date . . .

May 2     Registration opens 
May 16   Last call for presentations 
August 1-3 Annual Conference 
San Marcos, TX 

CBF Texas has generously granted $2,000 for the purchase of Bibles and other books for family reading fairs in Texas counties bordering Mexico.

Literacy Connexus will reimburse churches up to $250 in a dollar-for-dollar match in book purchases. Contact us for more details.
Lester Meriwether, Executive Director 
Offices at Henderson Hall - Agape Baptist Church
3954 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, TX  76116
Mailing/shipping address:
3020 S. Cherry Lane, #123168
Fort Worth, TX  76121
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Trivia Challenge
1.     The earliest known record of a soccer-like sport dates back to 1004 B.C. in:

a) China

b) Egypt

c) Japan

d) Greece

2.    Which of the following is not an Arabic term describing a group of leaders?

a) Pamirs

b) Emirs

c) Fakirs

d) Vizirs

3.    Which of the following has been described by Anthony Bourdain as "the single worst, most disgusting and terrible tasting thing" he's tried?

a) Hákarl--rotted shark that has been buried, dried, and cut into strips, eaten in Iceland

b) Witchetty grubs
--lightly cooked with a crisp skin on the outside and a scrambled egg consistency on the inside, eaten in Australia

c) Wasps senbei (地蜂せんべい)--crunchy Japanese wasp crackers 

d) Surstromming--fermented Baltic Sea Herring canned with just enough salt to keep it from rotting, eaten in Sweden

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