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Foto de James Akena para REUTERS. [Episcopal News Service] Un grupo de cinco médicos destinado a un campamento de refugiados en Sudán del Sur ha aplazado su misión sanitaria como resultado del intenso conflicto armado en que han perdido la vida más de 1.000 personas y que ha desplazado a otras 200.000 en la recién nacida nación centroafricana.El grupo de misión, compuesto en su mayor parte por episcopales de la Diócesis de Colorado, tenía planeado visitar Yida, un campamento de refugiados del estado Unity, Sudán del Sur, donde residen cerca de 70.000 personas que huyeron de la violencia preexistente que, al lo menos durante dos años, plagó la rica región petrolera de las montañas de Nuba, una zona cuya población era mayoritariamente aliada de Sudán del Sur, pero que se encontraba bajo el control del gobierno del Sudán, en el norte.Yida, es considerada un puesto de avanzada por los episcopales, laicos y clérigos, de la Diócesis de Kadugli, localizada en Kardofor Sur, en el lado norte de la frontera, donde el ejército sudanés y las fuerzas rebeldes separatistas han librado un conflicto armado desde junio de 2011.En 2013, la Diócesis de Colorado, que tiene una estrecha e informal relación de compañerismo con la Diócesis de Kadugli,  recibió  una subvención de $26.625 de la Ofrenda Unida de Gracias (UTO, por su sigla en inglés) para brindarles adiestramiento de atención sanitaria básica a trabajadoras de la salud de Kadugli en Yida.“[La intención] era comenzar a crear un equipo de personas que adiestraran a otras”, dijo Anita Sanborn, miembro del grupo de misión y presidente de la Fundación Episcopal de Colorado, la cual administra la subvención de la diócesis.El grupo de la misión tenía programado salir para Sudán del Sur el 5 de enero y comenzar la labor de adiestramiento en el campamento —donde muchas de las personas desplazadas de la región entran y salen— el día 10, pero el viaje se ha aplazado debido al conflicto más reciente.La lucha armada estalló en Juba, capital de la nación, el 15 de diciembre, luego de una disputa política entre el presidente Salva Kiir y su ex vice, Riek Machar. En las tres semanas que ha durado el conflicto, la crisis se ha extendido a siete de los 10 estados del país y ha creado una crisis humanitaria en Sudán del Sur.El equipo planea reagruparse y llevar a cabo la labor de adiestramiento en otro campamento que atiende a refugiados sudaneses, ya sea en Kenia o en Uganda, probablemente en marzo o abril, una vez que el obispo de Kadugli, Andudu Adam Elnail, quien ha pasado gran parte de los últimos dos años en el exilio y que por el momento se encuentra en Colorado, regrese a la región e identifique una ubicación alternativa.Muchas de las personas que viven en los campamentos carecen de instrucción y desconocen los principios generales de la salud, y cuando se trata del cuidado de recién nacidos, las cosas que uno hace en los primeros cinco minutos de la vida de un bebé pueden aumentar su tasa de supervivencia, dijo el Dr. Michaleen “Mickey” Richer, miembro del grupo y pediatra con más de 25 años de experiencia en salud global, la mayoría de los cuales los ha pasado en Sudán y en Sudán del Sur.Andudu Adam Elnail, obispo de of Kadugli, tomó esta foto de unos niños en el campo de refugiados de Yida, en el estado Unity, durante su última visita al campamento.Andudu Adam Elnail, obispo de of Kadugli, tomó esta foto de unos niños en el campo de refugiados de Yida, en el estado Unity, durante su última visita al campamento.La subvención de la UTO le permitirá al equipo de la misión preparar a las mujeres que viven en campamentos de refugiados y en cuevas, donde el acceso a profesionales de la medicina es limitado o inexistente, con los rudimentos de atención médica e higiene necesarios para sobrevivir, según el resumen de la adjudicación.“Muy a menudo vemos cosas en las noticias y no sabemos cómo ayudar, nos sentimos inútiles; la UTO es una manera de participar diariamente en cambiar el mundo que nos rodea”, dijo la Rda. Heather Melton, coordinadora de la UTO. “Cuando echas monedas en la cajita [azul] y das gracias por algo bueno en tu vida, esas monedas sirve para ayudar a personas que están allá en nombre nuestro intentando transformar estructuras injustas de la sociedad.”La Iglesia Episcopal del Sudán, hogar de 2 millones de miembros, tiene 31 diócesis —26 de ellas en Sudán del Sur, donde es una de las más grandes instituciones no gubernamentales y donde ha desempeñado un papel en la reconciliación luego de dos décadas de guerra civil librada en gran medida entre el norte árabe y musulmán y los rebeldes del sur cristiano y animista.“La Iglesia en Sudán del Sur está presenciando los retos del desarrollo”, dijo Elnail el 8 de enero en una entrevista telefónica con ENS, añadiendo que está operando con recursos limitados.Además de ministrar a sus fieles, que ahora se encuentra dispersos por Egipto, Uganda, Kenia, Sudán del Sur y el Sudán, el obispo ha abogado por la paz y la reconciliación, hablando tanto en África como en América del Norte. La solución del conflicto, dijo, “radica en el diálogo político, no en la lucha armada”.Las partes beligerantes en el Sudán firmaron un Acuerdo Global de Paz en 2005, poniendo fin a la guerra civil que había causado más de 2 millones de muertos y había desplazado, según cálculos estimativos, a otros 7 millones. Sudán del Sur obtuvo oficialmente la independencia el 9 de julio de 2011. En febrero de 2012, estalló la violencia tribal en el estado de Jonglei, Sudán del Sur.La Diócesis de Colorado ha apoyado durante mucho tiempo a los refugiados sudaneses, que comenzaron a llegar a Colorado hace más de una década. Muchos de los refugiados pertenecían a la Iglesia Episcopal del Sudán y se orientaron hacia las iglesias episcopales, como la catedral de San Juan en Denver, que tiene una congregación sudanesa, dijo Sanborn.Cuando Sudán del Sur obtuvo su independencia, la diócesis cambió el foco de su interés, de ayudar a la diáspora  al sostén de escuelas, la preparación de líderes y el apoyo al clero de la nueva nación en desarrollo, así como a la participación en campañas promocionales en Estados Unidos.Además de proporcionar la ayuda y el adiestramiento necesarios, es importante para los estadounidenses y para los fieles de la Iglesia Episcopal dar testimonio y ofrecer información de los empeños promocionales basados en EE.UU., dijo Sanborn, que es ex miembro de la junta [directiva] de los Amigos Americanos de la Iglesia Episcopal en el Sudán, o AFRECS (por su sigla en inglés) como comúnmente se le conoce.“Conozco como los norteamericanos somos de prácticos, y la gente con frecuencia pregunta: ‘¿qué bien le hace a usted irse allá y hacer dos semanas de adiestramiento?’”, dijo ella. “Lo que es inmensurable es la esperanza que nuestra presencia suscita en personas que se sienten traicionadas por sus propios líderes. Podemos llevar un mensaje a las personas que se encuentran allí que no sigan adelante, que no serán olvidadas”.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Anglican bishop expresses horror at ISIS killing of Ethiopian Christians


first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Bath, NC Rector Tampa, FL Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Richard McClellan says: Julian Malakar says: April 22, 2015 at 5:26 pm It is sad that no Islamic group or partners for peace issued any fatwa (statement) saying those killers are not Muslims, not inspired by Muslim holy book Quran to kill Christians, who are about 2 billion in the world. Terrorists are enemy of Islam too. Total situations would have been under control if mainstream Muslims would believe their Allah loves all his people, because He gives natural resources like rain, sunshine etc. to all people, including Christians. We would not see incidents like this one after another.Anglican/Episcopal Church has partnership with Islam and prays together in our Churches, Cathedrals for peace. If Muslim countries would have good intention and believe by their faith that Christian/non-Muslims have right to live; a minority terrorists could not hijack more than 1 billion Muslims’ religion, Islam. Islam is said to be religion of peace and said to be descendant of Abrahamic faith. Abraham, believe to be father of interfaith peace partners including Muslims, was worshiper of God who is love, justice, righteous and merciful. Why could Islam not make mainstream Muslims believers of same God/Allah who loves this world and His people He created whether they believe Him or not? Quran burner pastor in Florida was contained not getting support from mainstream Christians in America. If there is will for majority Muslims in Muslim countries, minority terrorists could not hijack their religion Islam.May God open hearts of our Muslim brothers and sisters to see truth and save Christians from hands of terrorists in this modern age! May souls of martyrs rest in peace with Jesus in Heaven and may God give comfort to bereaved families! 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Posted Apr 21, 2015 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL [Diocese of Sydney] The Anglican bishop for Ethiopia has hailed as martyrs 28 Ethiopian Christians shot or beheaded in Libya by members of the terrorist group known as ISIS or ISIL.“I have just learned the horrifying news that as many as twenty-eight Ethiopian Christians have been shot or beheaded in Libya by members of the terrorist group known as ISIS or ISIL. This alarming act of violence against those that ISIS calls ‘people of the cross’ comes just two months after twenty-one other Christians – twenty Egyptians and one Ghanian, were beheaded on a Libyan beach.” Bishop Grant LeMarquand said in a letter to be read in Ethopian churches and distributed overseas.LeMarquand is Anglican Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa (Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia) and Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa.“It is too early to learn the names of these newest martyrs. It is also too early to know what churches they came from.” the bishop said.The Ethiopian Orthodox Church has more than 30 million members, but there are also many other churches Ethiopia, including at least 15 million Protestant Christians“Personal details about the men who have died may emerge. For now we can note the most important things to be said about these victims. Their names are known to God and they are written in the Lamb’s book of life (Rev 13:8). Their denominational affiliation is no longer of any importance: they are among the unnumbered throng from every nation, tribe, people and language gathered before the throne and the Lamb (Rev 7:9) who have come out of the great persecution (Rev 7:14) and have had every tear wiped away from their eyes (Rev 7:17).” LeMarquand said.In his letter to Ethiopian churches, the Anglican leader also warned against hate. “How are we Christians (those of us in Ethiopia as well as around the world) to react to this most recent atrocity?” he asked.“First, we must look up to God in thanksgiving for the lives of these brothers who loved not their own lives, but followed Jesus in the way of the cross. Second, we must ask for the Holy Spirit to strengthen us to abandon the temptation to hate. Instead we must follow Jesus, who not only suffered death on the cross, but also prayed for his executioners to be forgiven. If we are turned to hatred, the terrorists have won. Finally, we must continue to reach out to a world desperate for the love of Jesus.” the letter says.“Make no mistake, the terrorists who executed these martyrs of Ethiopia have exhibited the worst of human depravity, but they have also revealed their desperate need of a Saviour. The apostle Paul, a great persecutor of the church of God, was turned to love by his experience of meeting Christ on his way to the Syrian city of Damascus. May God use his church to so act and speak of and from the love of Christ that many former or potential persecutors may be turned and have their named written in the book of life.”Immediate support came from Kenya, where Islamic terrorists struck at Easter, singling out Christians and killing 147 students at the Garissa College.“We share with you and the people under your pastoral care the pain of such a great loss.” said Kenyan Anglican Primate Eliud Wabakula, in a message to LeMarquand. “Coming so soon after a similar loss here in Kenya,we are united in your prayer in the faith that we follow the example of our savior and Lord Jesus Christ.” the archbishop said.In Sydney, Archbishop Glenn Davies also sent a message of support.“We mourn with you and the Ethiopian church.  Our hearts are heavy at the suffering caused by such depraved acts.  As the company of martyrs grows, we cry out ‘How Long, O Lord?”.  Be assured we hold you in our prayers at this trying time.” Davies told  LeMarquand. 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Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries celebrate partnerships, look to future


first_img Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Anglican Communion, Rector Bath, NC Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ Tags Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 6, 2015 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL A traditional Korean group performs Oct. 1 outside the Anglican Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Nicholas in downtown Seoul before the opening Eucharist of Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries International Consultation. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Seoul, South Korea] One of the takeaways of Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries’ international consultation here was that ministry to Episcopal Asiamericans is at a crossroads of sorts and the direction it takes could influence the entire church.“Know that the work you are doing is changing the face of The Episcopal Church,” Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told EAM participants. “Keep at it. Be bold, be confident. God is doing a new thing in our midst because of our collaboration and growing partnership.”The main venue for the Sept. 30-Oct. 5 gathering was the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Nicholas in downtown Seoul. The gathering’s theme was “Celebrating our Partnerships; Uniting our Mission.”Noting the more than 140 Asian Episcopal congregations around the United States, Jefferts Schori said, “Asian roots are deep and pervasive in The Episcopal Church.”The first recorded Chinese-Anglican service in North America took place in 1871 in Virginia City, Nevada. Ah Foo ministered to Chinese miners and railroad workers in Virginia City and Carson City in the 1870s. Hiram Hisanori Kano worked with Japanese immigrants in Nebraska beginning in the 1920s. He was the only Japanese-American in Nebraska to be interned during World War II. And, recently, the Rev. Toua Vang was ordained in Minnesota in 2013, becoming the first ordained Hmong priest in the Anglican Communion.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori dances Oct. 1 with a traditional Korean pungmul group outside the Anglican Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Nicholas in downtown Seoul before the opening Eucharist of Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries International Consultation. Photo: David CopleyJefferts Schori said that Episcopal Asiamerica faith communities are anchored in Jesus’ message of deep friendship despite differences. “Boundary and border crossing is the call of Jesus to find a friend in unexpected places, particularly in the face of enmity, difference, and ‘the other,’ ” she said during her keynote address. “The very experience of migration, and moving across a national border, is a witness to that kind of courage. EAM communities bring that courage in abundance, and it can be contagious – contagious enough to plant a new virus in our DNA that disposes us to see the new person as friend rather than enemy.”EAM’s congregations, she suggested, can be “provocative pockets of counter-cultural courage in the face of difference, and that gift is urgently needed across the world today – certainly in the U.S., caught up as it is in anti-immigrant prejudice and fear in so many places.”Jefferts Schori asked what the growing migration of Asians across the world means for The Episcopal Church and for the Anglican Communion. “Certainly the presence of various Asian cultures has been an expansive blessing for this church, and has offered other cultures a broader and richer understanding of what it means to love God and neighbor with all our heart and soul and mind and strength,” she said. “We learn that God is worshiped in ways that are broader and deeper than what we first knew: the deeply quiet reverence of a traditional Japanese liturgy; the surprising vigor of an Igorot gong dance; the liveliness of a Chinese dragon dance welcoming a new bishop in San Francisco or Los Angeles; the feathered smudge, drum, and flute of Native Americans.”Meanwhile, Diocese of New York Bishop Suffragan Allen Shin, the church’s first Korean-American bishop who was elected in December 2013, noted that the nature of Episcopal Asiamerican congregations has changed during EAM’s 42 years. When Asian immigration dramatically increased in the 1960s and 1970s due to changes in U.S. law, many Asian priests were brought over to minister to immigrant communities and they “as immigrants themselves lived alongside their immigrant parishioners in their struggle to establish a new life in the new land.”“But today in many of our Asian congregations most people have been in the U.S. for 30 to 50 years or longer. So to bring priests from Asian countries is a challenging and complex prospect,” Shin said.Participants process into the Anglican Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Nicholas in downtown Seoul Oct. 1 for the opening Eucharist of Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries’ international consultation. EAM Council President the Rev. Bayani Rico is at right. Processing with him is the Rev. Fran Toy of the Diocese of California. Following them is the Rev. Winfred Vergara, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s missioner for Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Seoul Archbishop Paul Keun Sang Kim, primate of the Anglican Church in Korea, complete the procession. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceEAM members must work together to meet the challenge of ministering to both immigrants and the subsequent generations of Asian Americans. “I am afraid as a community we have not done a very good job of raising new leadership of the next generation Asian-Americans and many Asian-American congregations are faced with the possibility of dire consequences,” he said.Shin, who came to the United States as a child with his parents in 1972, said that in 1969, Asians comprised 11 percent of the all immigration to the United States that year while the Latino segment constituted 39 percent. In 2012, the Asian segment had grown to 34 percent while the Latino population was at 41 percent. That same year, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures Shin cited, Asians were the fastest growing ethnic minority group at 2.9 percent while the Latino/Hispanic population grew by 2.2 percent. Among Asians, Filipinos make up the largest group with 16.2 percent; Indians, 15.6 percent; Chinese, including those from Hong Kong, 15.4 percent; Vietnamese, 10.4 percent; Koreans, 9.4 percent; Taiwanese, 3.3 percent; Japanese 3.1 percent; Pakistani, 2.7 percent; and Thai 1.9 percent.Noting that 37 percent of the U.S. population in 2012 was from a minority population or mixed race, Shin said that the emergence of this “ ‘hapa’ (mixed race) population will change us all.”“Globalization and changes in the immigration pattern will affect ethnic enclaves and ethnic specific parishes. Many ethnic specific congregations have experienced a silent exodus of young people of the second and third generations in the United States,” he said. “On some level, the exodus of youth and young people is a challenge faced by perhaps all congregations. But, this poses a particularly serious challenge to the ethnic congregations as they find their congregation members graying rapidly without new growth.”There are more than 140 Asian-Episcopal congregations around the United States. In Matthew 9:17, Jesus reminded his listeners that new wine cannot be put into old wineskins, and Shin noted the challenge of finding new ways to minister to both new immigrants and younger generations descended from Asian immigrants to the United States. “What do we do with the exodus of our younger generation Asian-Americans from our churches? What new wine skins do we need to create and develop so that both the old and the new can be preserved?” he asked. “This, in fact, is a challenge all our congregations are facing today, not just Asian congregations. But, particularly for the Asian context, this is a serious issue we must deal with.”Seoul Archbishop Paul Keun Sang Kim, primate of the Anglican Church in Korea, blesses the congregation Oct. 4  at the Anglican Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Nicholas in downtown Seoul. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceEpiscopal Asiamerica Ministries came to Korea, said the Rev. Bayani Rico, president of the EAM Council, by invitation from Seoul Archbishop Paul Keun Sang Kim, who is also the primate of the Anglican Church in Korea, to join the celebration of its 125th anniversary.The Anglican Church in Korea was established Sept. 29, 1890, with the arrival of Bishop Charles John Corfe as the first diocesan bishop of Seoul. It has grown to over 65,000 members in 120 parishes and missions.Some 200 people from North America participated in the EAM consultation. The 125th anniversary celebration drew hundreds of people from Korea and around the world.In addition to Jefferts Schori and Shin, keynote speakers at the consultation included Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Anglican Church in Japan) Archbishop Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu (video and text here) and the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Yang, former president of the Sungkonghoe University in Seoul and now head of the university’s seminary (video here).The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls, chief operating officer of The Episcopal Church, spoke to the consultation about the gift of transformation that he was given years ago in Korea after he and his wife Ginger adopted two Korean children. The experience, he said, taught him about seeing the world through Asian eyes and transformed his understanding of what it means to be made a child of God.Leaders from both the United States and Asia offered workshops on church planting, healing ministry, social ministries, racial reconciliation, stewardship, youth and young adult ministries, and highlights of The Episcopal Church’s General Convention.Nine Young Adults Service Corps missionaries stationed in the region also attended the gathering. The Young Adult Service Corps is a ministry for young adults who are interested in exploring their faith in new ways by living and serving in communities around the Anglican Communion. The missionaries included Joseph Anderson (Asian Rural Institute, Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Anglican Communion in Japan)), Mary Grace Benhase (Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui), Catherine Belous (Episcopal Church in the Philippines), Andy Cameron (Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui), Charlotte File (Diocese of Yokohama, Nippon Sei Ko Kai), Tristan Holmberg (Episcopal Church in the Philippines), Eric Panter (Episcopal Church in the Philippines), James Rose (Diocese of Kobe, Nippon Sei Ko Kai) and Carlin Van Schaik (Anglican Church of South Korea and Episcopal Church in the Philippines).The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, which is the legal and canonical name under which The Episcopal Church is incorporated, conducts business and carries out mission, helped sponsor and supported the gathering.Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries includes Asian-Americans in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Southeast Asian and South Asian convocations. It is a U.S.-based ministry association that serves Asian-Americans and Asian immigrants and relates to churches in Asia especially belonging to the Anglican Communion.Asian-American or “Asiamerican” describes both Asian immigrants in the United States as well as Asian-Americans born in the United States – Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Japanese, Southeast Asian (Vietnamese, Laotian, Hmong, Burmese) and South Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan). The EAM office offers resources on mission work, church revitalization, and racial justice – among and beyond Asian communities in the United States. It assists dioceses to start new Asian congregations and strengthen existing ones, and advocates for Asian empowerment at all levels of the church: among seminarians, women, youth, clergy and lay leaders.Additional ENS coverage of the gathering is here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service.Editor’s note: This story was edited Oct. 9 to clarify the immigration percentages cited by Bishop Shin, after those percentages were changed in his original text. Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Asia, Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Asiamerica Ministries celebrate partnerships, look to future Gathering in Seoul features learning, fellowship and joyous liturgy Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Ethnic Ministries Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AKlast_img read more

Anglican Alliance consults churches and agencies on coronavirus response


first_imgAnglican Alliance consults churches and agencies on coronavirus response Posted Mar 26, 2020 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Anglican Communion, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH COVID-19, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Tags Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group [Anglican Communion News Service] Health and mission agencies from across the Anglican Communion took part in a global consultation on March 16 to discuss their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The consultation was organized by the Anglican Alliance, which helps coordinate international Anglican responses to emergency situations. It has 12 years of experience in coordinating responses to emergencies but has never had to face such a global emergency before.“The Anglican Alliance is working intensively across the communion to learn from effective church responses and share guidelines and resources on COVID-19,” the agency said on its website. “At the same time, we remain working on other issues – disease, conflict, climate change and poverty – which continue to afflict many communities, who will be rendered even more vulnerable by this pandemic.”Read the full article here. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Job Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit an Event Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Health & Healthcare last_img read more

Fibroid Facts: You Might Be Surprised


first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSFibroid TumorsFlorida Hospital – Apopka Previous articleCity begins review of new parking ordinanceNext articleBlue Darters and Mustangs land in Central Florida Top 20 Poll Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014  There probably isn’t a woman who wouldn’t hold her breath when her doctor mentioned the word “tumor.” But when it’s a fibroid tumor, there’s usually little to fear, says Tom Enyart, DO, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist at Florida Hospital.And while they sound scary, uterine fibroids, as medical conditions go, are majorly misunderstood. Below Dr. Enyart shares what you should know about uterine fibroids.1. Fibroids are not cancer.They are renegade muscle cells that come together to form a fibrous “knot” or “mass” within or on the surface of the uterus. Many women have them, often without knowing it, but they’re not cancerous.2. They’re common.Most women develop fibroids at some point, and they usually make an appearance after puberty. In the United States, women ages 25 to 44 have about a 30 percent chance of having fibroids.3. The exact causes are unknown.No one knows exactly what causes fibroids. But the hormones that regulate your periods, particularly estrogen, play a part. Fibroids increase in size slowly over the years. But when estrogen levels in your body rise, their rate of growth increases.4. They may not affect your fertility.The big myth about fibroids is they always reduce your chances of getting pregnant. Those that change the shape of the uterine cavity (submucous) or are within the cavity (intracavitary) may decrease fertility by about 70 percent. That’s because they bulge into the uterine cavity, potentially affecting embryo implantation and fetal growth. On the plus side, removal of these fibroids increases fertility.5. Size and location matters.Fibroids vary in size. Many are microscopic. A few are as big as oranges. But even if you  have a submucosal fibroid (the scary one), its size and position usually means there’s no threat to pregnancy. All obstetricians have experience dealing with fibroids and pregnancy, so be sure to talk with your doctor if you’re concerned. Most women who have fibroids and become pregnant don’t need to see an OB who deals with high-risk pregnancies.”6. Several factors affect your chances of getting them.Fibroids are pretty random. You’re more likely to get them when you’re over 30, if you had your first period at an early age or if there’s a family history. Your chances are lower if you’ve had children, gone through menopause, or started taking birth control pills, which can regulate estrogen levels. A recent study by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology found 70 percent of Caucasian women and 80 percent of African-American women will develop fibroids by age 50.7. Symptoms? Not always nice.Most women with fibroids don’t have symptoms. Others may experience heavier and longer periods, lower abdominal pain, constipation and pain during sexual intercourse.8. They are often found during routine pelvic exams.Your doctor may feel irregularities in the shape of your uterus. If fibroids are suspected, you may be asked to undergo further testing including a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a trans-vaginal ultrasound, a hysterosalpingography (HSG) or even a hysteroscopy. A biopsy may be scheduled just to rule out cancer. Don’t panic – uterine cancer is rare.9. Treatment may not be necessary.Because most fibroids are harmless, they often don’t require treatment outside of monitoring. They’re usually small and in a “safe” location. Simple pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, can help. So can birth control pills. Surgery to remove problematic fibroids may be necessary if you have unsuccessfully been trying to get pregnant. In this case, or if you are not yet ready for pregnancy but plan to have a child in the future, myomectomy is an option where only the fibroids are removed from the uterus.Heavy, prolonged, and painful periods caused by uterine fibroids will stop naturally after you reach menopause. However, if nothing is working and children either aren’t in your future or if you’ve completed your family, hysterectomy — where the entire uterus is removed — may be an option.Both myomectomy and hysterectomy can be done laparoscopically, robotically, through the vagina or through a larger abdominal incision.center_img Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 The 9 Truths of fibroid tumorslast_img read more

Calling all artists: Orange County’s Sculpture on the Lawn Exhibition…


first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter From the Orange County Public Information OfficeOrange County Accepting Proposals through August 5thfor its Annual Outdoor Sculpture ExhibitionArtists are invited to submit work for the fourth annual Sculpture on the Lawn exhibition, an outdoor display featured at the entrance to the Orange County Administration Center (201 S. Rosalind Ave.) in the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida, where the works are visible to approximately 10,000 people daily.Sculpture on the Lawn is open to experienced professional sculptors as well as students and emerging artists who specialize in the design, construction, and installation of outdoor sculptures. Up to four sculptures will be selected for display from October 2018 to September 2019. One of the sculptures will be selected from a student or emerging artist, if suitable.New this year: The theme of “Diversitastic!” has been added to this year’s exhibition. We welcome large-scale sculptures that celebrate diversity in our communities and the interweaving of different backgrounds, cultures, and religions.The “Diversitastic!” theme supports the inaugural FusionFest (fusionfest.org), November 24 and 25, 2018, a free, two-day celebration in downtown Orlando, supported by Orange County Government.Deadline: Applications, resumes, images and other materials must be submitted electronically by midnight, Sunday, August 5, 2018, to www.callforentry.org.Selection Criteria: The three main considerations are creativity, site appropriateness, and durability.Artist Responsibilities: Selected artists must transport the artwork to the site on the specified date and install it with minimal assistance, then remove the artwork after the exhibition.Sites and Safety: While artistic quality is very important, works will be reviewed for durability, safety, and appropriateness to the site. Artworks must be structurally sound and able to withstand an outdoor environment in a largely unsupervised area that is not protected from weather or curious viewers. Orlando has a subtropical climate that is hot and humid with intense sun and seasonal heavy rains and hurricane-force winds. Avoiding potential problems such as deteriorating rust and fading should be considered.Installation: Orange County provides 12-by-12-foot concrete pads. Sculptures must be firmly secured to the pads.Selection Panel: Members of the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Public Art Review Board will make the selections.Honorarium: Each artist will be awarded $3,500 as a fee for the annual loan of his or her artwork and to help offset any necessary transportation, installation and housing costs. No other compensation will be provided. A payment of $3,000 will be made upon installation and $500 will be paid upon removal.Insurance: Orange County will insure the artwork up to its stated value or $50,000, whichever is less, for theft or major vandalism. The artist will be responsible for any repairs needed due to fabrication defects or reasonable wear and tear of the object in a public location.Size: There is a 6-foot minimum height preference. The sky is the limit for the maximum height.Sales: Sales of the works will be encouraged and promoted. Any sales inquiries will be forwarded to the artist or designated agent. No commission will be charged. Sculptures must remain on site until September 2019.Applications: Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs uses CaFÉ for its public art selection process. The full application can be found at www.callforentry.org. There is no charge for artists to register with CaFÉ or submit an application.Important notes: Make sure to indicate if you are a student or emerging artist.Images of finished works or conceptual drawings can be submitted. If it is not a finished work, artists need to provide information to assure the Selection Panel of what it will look like and that it will be completed and installed as designed.Timeline:Proposals due: August 5, 2018, midnightNotification of acceptance: August 10, 2018Installation timeframe: October 1 to 12, 2018Sculpture on the Lawn Opening Celebration:October 19, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Sculpture removal: October 1 to 11, 2019Email questions to: [email protected] Or call 407-836-5540.Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness, and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSOrange CountySculpture on the Lawn Previous articleThis just in: Controlled burn today at Kelly ParkNext articleA “Beary” Good Program for Orange County Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. 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Mermaids dive in to Habitat’s Women Build 2017


first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Around TownOpinionBy Suzanne Kidd Suzanne Kidd is a former 30-year public school educator and design professional.  During her sixteen years as an Apopka resident, she has been an active participant in her homeowners’ association and Apopka civic affairs, attending City Council and Planning Commission meetings and serving on several City committees, most recently chairing the City’s Visioning Steering Committee.  She is currently involved with Habitat for Humanity in bringing affordable housing to Apopka. Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.  So, you may ask, what motivated these special women, already busy with career, family, and community service, to take on yet another commitment?  Without hesitation, they enthusiastically embraced Habitat’s mission:  the belief that everyone deserves a decent place to live.  That a home is a stabilizing force for a family.  That a home forges a legacy of economic security and opportunity.  That home ownership is empowering.And statistics bear this out.  Before partnering with Habitat, getting their finances in order, and putting in hundreds of hours of sweat equity, 55% of eventual Habitat homeowners were on public assistance.  But once they become Habitat homeowners, these families are able to pay an affordable mortgage and regular property taxes.  Their children vastly improve in school success with a nearly 70% rise in grades and studying, making college a more realistic possibility.  Most importantly, virtually 90% of Habitat homeowners finally feel positive about the future for themselves and their families!  Considering the tremendous obstacles these families have to overcome to become homeowners, that outcome alone makes Women Build supremely rewarding and worthwhile.For most of Apopka’s Women Builders, supporting Habitat financially is a years long labor of love.  But actually helping construct one of the homes remained elusive, until now.  Thanks to Habitat’s Juniper Bend and Arbor Bend communities at 13th Street and S Washington Avenue, Apopka’s fifty can now partner with like-minded women they might otherwise never have met.  Building connections, working alongside other women on an actual construction site, and making Apopka stronger, one family at a time, are major motivators for these generous women.  But, above all, is the heartwarming realization that, through the women Build effort, another Apopka family will be lifted up and freed from the crushing worry of no safe, decent, affordable housing for their family.There’s still time for you to support this terrific work.  If you know one of the fabulous fifty personally, contribute to their dedicated “First Giving” page.  If not, you can share in the build cost by going to  https://www.firstgiving.com/41643/women-build-2017 .  Every tax-deductible donation is critical no matter the size.  To paraphrase a famous quote, “If you think your (donation is) too small to make a difference, you have never been in bed with a mosquito”! What do 50 dynamic, super busy Apopka women from wildly different backgrounds have in common this spring?  Each one is pooling her efforts, skills, networks, and muscle to help build an affordable home for a hard-working local family.  By joining Habitat for Humanity’s “Women Build 2017”, these ladies have committed to raise the money, then raise the walls, for one of the 58 new Habitat homes breaking ground in Apopka next month.  Tapping into their personal and business networks, these fabulous fifty, working in creatively-named teams, have inspired over 300 donors to share their passion to make a profound difference for struggling families in our community.  Together, Teams “Mermaids”, “Waste Management”, “Women of Worth (W.O.W.)”, “Finrock”, “Ryder Women’s Leadership Forum Team”, “Lovely Women at Work”, “Wells Fargo”, “Virtuous Women”, and “Apopka Feisty Gems” have, in less than two months, raised over $40,000!  That’s more than 30% of the total $125,000 goal set by Habitat Seminole-Apopka for this year’s Women Build.  And they’re not done yet.Each team is still actively fundraising both through their personal and Team “First Giving” fundraising pages and through Team-sponsored fundraising events of their choosing.  For example, Team Mermaids will host a “FUNdraiser” at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Apopka (1410 Rock Springs Rd.) on Thursday, May 4th.  As a reliable supporter of community events, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is generously donating 10% of all sales, both in-restaurant and takeout, from 4pm to close.  Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to raise even more donations by participating in a “Chinese Raffle”, a Silent Auction and a chance to “Split-the-Pot”.  Fabulous prizes are at stake!center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSHabitat for HumanityMermaidsSuzanne Kidd Previous articleState Rep. 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Bridging the summer learning gap: Travel and education


first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSEducationtravel Previous articleLocal politics should stay localNext articleApopka Weekly Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint AugustineThe benefits of travel have been written about for centuries, connecting the experience with cultivating awareness and expanding perspectives. The story of travel connotes a journey of self-discovery. The introduction of every new culture is the beginning of a new mindset. For many, travel is at once a decentering and unifying experience. The encounter of something new leads to being fully present, evaluating preconceptions and rewiring beliefs. The effects of travel on adults are well documented. But how does travel affect children, who rely so much on stability and who, in many ways, already live in the moment, and experience the world with eyes wide open? Does the disruption of place hinder or complement a child’s intellectual development?It’s been eight years since the U.S. Department of Education took a closer look at the effects of travel on childhood education. In a 2009 study, which analyzed findings from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study of the Kindergarten Class database, family life was assessed, as were summer activities and school experiences. The study collected data from 21,600 children from grades K-5; a subset of 5,047 parents were also asked about their family excursions during the summer. Study results showed improved standardized test scores in reading, math and general knowledge from the children who traveled during the summer with their families.The study findings are important because they provide an alternative to learning loss in kids during the long summer months away from school. Kids who don’t engage in activities during the summer are at risk of falling more than four months behind their peers. This statistic goes all the way up the ladder to college students. Today, many parents consider the arc of the travel experience – seeing new places, experiencing new cultures, attending concerts and visiting historic sites, monuments and art museums – as an opportunity to not only enhance the emotional depth and patience of their children but their academic outcomes as well. As a result, some parents are opting to “world school” their children during the summer, with noted benefits of bonding and spending quality time with family, building an interest and respect for other cultures, and making learning interesting and deeply engaging.Can we simply conclude that vacations make kids smarter? We reached out to travel expert Jim Menge for the answer. Menge has been to more than 100 countries and is a believer of the benefits of travel. Menge is also the President of Rovia, an industry-leading travel, and lifestyle service provider, headquartered in Plano, Texas. “Not necessarily,” Menge says. “But the immersive experience of travel and all the delight and disruption that go along with it can have a real effect on childhood learning. And when kids start early, they broaden their horizons, and develop a real appreciation for the world they live in.”If summer travel can have such a profound influence on the intellectual development of kids in grades K-5, what effect, if any, does it have on college students? In the year 2000, the University System of Georgia, comprising 35 institutions, conducted a 10-year study to see if study abroad contributed to the academic performance of college students. They found the experience not only resulted in improved academic performance, higher GPAs and graduation rates, but it benefited the performance of at-risk students as well.Clearly, travel and education can create powerful combinations. If you have children, consider taking a vacation over school breaks and during summer months. It will add to their development and character. And if you have kids in college, study abroad has become an even more compelling option. The shared experience of travel can bring families together, creating bonds and lifelong memories. It’s time to consider the data that promotes travel as the ticket to a world of increased engagement and enhanced academic performance. Bon, voyage! Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Vehicle


first_img Please enter your comment! At the beginning of the year, people tend to make new year’s resolutions, the tradition is one that has been around for about 4,000 years, since the Babylonians. While often times our resolutions are health or even finance-related, there are other things that we can improve in our lives as well, like taking care of our house or even our car. Cars are a big investment and we rely heavily on the ability to drive places, so here are 5 new year’s resolutions for your vehicle you should try in 2018.1. Check-upsLike us humans visit our doctors for regular check-ups and physicals, our vehicles need regular maintenance too. This includes replacing filters, getting oil changes, adding performance and fuel enhancements and cleaners, rotating and balancing the tires, checking fluid levels and more. Doing maintenance like this extends the life of your vehicle, keeps your gas mileage high, and reduces emissions, which protects our environment. In the long run, regular check-ups save you money. as it reduces the amount of unexpected repairs you might experience.2. CleaningsOur cars need regular cleaning. Washing the outside of the car and applying the proper protectants keeps the paint looking shiny and new and cleaning the interior windows, dashes, and upholstery keeps our vehicle in good condition.3. Drive SafelyOne of the most important things for our personal health is being safe. It’s obvious, but our car’s personal health is dependent upon us being a safe driver. Whether it means following the speed limit, being observant of others around us, paying attention to the road, not using devices while driving, or even not driving in hazardous conditions when possible, being a safe driver means that our cars maintain their beautiful physique and everyone inside remains safe and intact.4. Know Your VehicleAgain, your car is a big investment, so get to know it. This plays into the previous three resolutions – knowing your vehicle makes maintaining the car easier for the owner. Know your car’s history, abide by the instructions in the manual, keep records of work done on your car. Paying attention to the way your car functions and knowing when something seems off can help you deal with any repairs needed and possibly even save you money if a problem is recognized early on.5. Let it Go (if necessary)While we may be get attached to our vehicle, know when its time to say goodbye. If the cost of maintenance and repairs are more than the actual value of the car, then it’s time to find a new vehicle and stop wasting money. Buying a new vehicle will not only often save you money in gas, but also in maintenance and repair costs. In some cases, it may even lower the cost of your insurance. TAGSAutomobileNew Year’s Resolutions Previous articleThis new year – rethinking gratitudeNext articleApopka’s biggest story of 2017: 11 finalists emerge Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review


first_img 5 stories that shaped Apopka’s news week:Elections, Corrections, and ReflectionsOpinions differ on City Council about scoreboards at the Northwest Recreation Complex softball fieldsApopka expands summer youth employment program2,305 vote-by-mail and early voting ballots cast in Apopka electionsSplash Pad finally approved Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! TAGSWeek in Review Previous articleThe best news of the weekNext articleLet’s Talk About it – Episode 22: The Apopka election finale Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name herelast_img read more