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Dear Bishop Humphrey,
On Sunday May 8 Sarah Zeeba Asghar Augustine and Yahkub Augustine presented to Christ Church the LAVABO SET you gave us for washing of the hands before the celebration of The Holy Eucharist. I informed our parish it is the same LAVABO Set used at the holy altar at All Saints Church in Peshawar. It is hand crafted art on copper metal practiced by local artists for centuries in the ancient bazaar of Qaisa Khani in Peshawar. This art and the use of hand crafted utensils is disappearing as copper is becoming an expensive commodity. Members of Christ Church in La Crosse are very grateful for such a beautiful gift to the glory of God. During both services I blessed these vessels to be set apart for holy purposes in the service of Jesus Christ.
This bowl is used by the priest during the hand washing rite before the presentation of gifts (bread, wine and offertory). It is symbolically connected to the priest's admission of his personnel sinfulness. During the washing of hands I say the following prayers: "Lord Jesus Christ, wash me and make me pure and holy. I am a sinner O Lord. Have mercy upon me. Cleanse me, and I shall be clean indeed that I may stand in the presence of Holy God. Have mercy upon me."
Historically, the practice of washing of hands is mentioned in the western church as early as the year 709 AD. The Eastern Church inherited the practice of washing of hands from the very early beginning of the church. One did not touch holy things of God without proper washing. Then after the Holy Communion there is another act of washing called ablutions. Water is poured over the priest's thumb and index fingers so no residue of the consecrated host is left on priest fingers. This water is poured directly into the chalice and consumed by the celebrant or deacon. Then the priest wipes his/her fingers on the purifier.
Sarah Asghar was married to Yahkub Augustine at St. John's Cathedral, Peshawar, Pakistan last year. Sarah was a member of All Saints Church in Peshawar where the same LAVABO set is used to wash hands before the Holy Eucharist. Sarah before her marriage was also the president of the Youth Council of the Diocese of Peshawar and a member of their executive Council. We are delighted to have her at Christ Episcopal Church as an active member and representing the diocese of Peshawar and All Saints Church Peshawar. We also have "Cross of Thorns" on the Altar of our side Chapel presented to us by Bishop Mano Rumalshah during our visit to All Saints Church on January 25, 2015.
We give thanks to God for these bonds of affection.
With much regards.
Update from Bishop David in Garrissa
This is to confirm to you that we have received KSh. $ 5,404 which is Ksh. 498,045 For the support of the work of God especially in the Area.
The money will be used in Building Class 7 and the balance to start either offices or Class 8. The cost of living is high it cannot finish both classes but at least we have a reason to smile and thank God for the good work the Christian are doing towards the promotion of the kingdom of God in this region.
Be assured before the year ends you will get the full report of the completion of the classes.
May the Lord richly bless the Christians of Christ Episcopal church La Crosse.
Yours in the Lord
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Anika delivers donated items and home made cat toys to Marie Glover of Tabby Town. www.tabbytownusa.org/
Anika's dedication to Tabby Town continues as she helps with adoption days (held every other weekend) at Petco in Onalaska (across from Panera). Volunteers help clean kitty ears, assist with set up and tear down, play with the cats and provide invaluable help to the Tabby Town team. Dawn dish soap is especially needed by TT at this time, with a donation box at the back of church. Your support for God's creatures is greatly appreciated.
330 Bibles, 74 New Testaments
The teens raised $209 during the pancake dinner for local community
Rt. Rev. Dr. Chad Nicholas Gandiya the Bishop of Harare, Zimbabwe preached at both services and led a forum with his wife Faith between services. He shared an incredible story of the Church's 5 year exile in Harare, when church members and clergy were locked out of their churches. Some of the buildings were used as brothels or other businesses as the Harare Anglican community continued their ministry in open fields under tents. It was an inspiring personal story of persecution, redemption and salvation. Through God they triumphed. Their doors are back open, their sanctuaries cleansed and they may openly worship again. He said that one thought kept him going throughout the ordeal, "God is God and he reigns upon the throne". The Diocese of Harare which hosts more than five thousand members has recently partnered with the Diocese of Eau Claire.
Chad Gandiya has worked with the Church since the 1970’s when he served as a catechist. His formal theological training started with a diploma from Rusitu Bible Institute followed by ordination training at St John’s Nottingham (UK) and post graduate studies in Religious Studies at the University of Zimbabwe. He undertook further postgraduate training in Medical Ethics in the USA and in Zimbabwe.
Chad has served as Parish Priest, University Chaplain (Zimbabwe & USA), Diocesan Stewardship officer and lecturer at the Bishop Gaul College, Lansing Community College, USA and United College of the Ascension, Birmingham UK. He is deeply committed to integral or holistic mission and theological education with a keen interest in Liberation Theology. As principal of Bishop Gaul College he managed to have the college registered as an associate college of the University of Zimbabwe. He also conducted provincial wide continuing education programmes for the Clergy.
As Desk Officer at USPG Anglicans in World Mission, Chad has overseen a wide range of projects concerned with the well being of people in Africa and the Indian Ocean (e.g. health, leadership development and education – theological and others).
Chad has served on committees for several organisations including: Africa Enterprise, Institute of Contemporary Christianity and Youth with a Mission. He was Founder member and Chairman of the AIDS Counselling Trust (ACT) and ANITEPAM, Christians for the Liberation of South Africa and Third World Personnel Working in Europe.
Chad tries to find time to watch soccer, read novels and go fishing. As a keen gardener he loves tending both decorative and edible plants. He finds working in the garden quite therapeutic He describes his goal in the words of Paul “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection … and “… I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Phil. 3.10 &12b
Days for Girls Project - Our partnership with First Free Church enabled us to deliver 65 DFG kits to Uganda this summer. The reaction was overwhelming. The girls who couldn't receive kits (due to shortage) were bereft. Our next Days for Girls Sewing Date Sept. 27th at First Free Church in Onalaska from 1-4:30. You do not need to know how to sew to help. There are many things non-sewers can do to help. Contact Merrie Jo for more details. www.daysforgirls.org
February 22, 2015 during our 10:30 a.m. the "Cross of Thorns" was presented to the people of Christ Church, La Crosse, Wisconsin. This will go on the Holy Altar by the window of the Beatitudes. Sarah a member of All Saints Church in Peshawar presented the Cross of Thorns. The presence of this Cross will be constant reminder to us to pray for our brothers and sister living and witnessing in places where church boldly witness their living faith under persecution.
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