Article By Sebastien Etienne – Port-au-Prince, Haiti via DisciplesToday.org
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Dear members of Les Eglises Internationales de Christ,
We are here today to discuss the far-reaching reality that is affecting the people of Haiti, including our brothers and sisters in Christ.
The political, economic, and social crisis that Haiti has been experiencing for many years has impacted every institution in the country as well as its religious organizations....the challenges that it is facing right now are huge compared to what the country went through in the past, which needs all of our attention, support, and prayers.
The economic crisis that has been ravaging Haiti for years is having a massive impact on the churches in the country.
The financial aid that they used to receive has considerably decreased, making it very difficult to keep doing social and religious activities.
It is hard for the citizens of this country to have access to resources to meet their basic needs.
Those conditions make life unbearable for certain families. They have little access to education and medical health, and poverty is rampant.
Haiti has been shaken by many political issues that have affected the churches... there are constant protests... that lead to the disruption of religious activities as they put church members in danger.
The armed gangs control certain parts of the country, terrifying the population and have led to a wave of migration towards other foreign countries. Human rights are violated, and many are living in constant fear... many churches in Haiti serve as a refuge and gathering place for citizens seeking spiritual solace amid the political instability.
In the face of this deep and alarming crisis, we Christians are called to act.
Calls to action:
West Coast Singles Retreat Recap
Going to the Single Conference this past week had been enlightening and joyous. There were more than 800 singles in attendance, with seasoned singles being represented and standing out. It was full of classes and activities. The classes were very diverse and applied to different phases of a single person's life. There were classes to inspire women, long-distance dating, dealing with trauma, and yes, classes for those over 50, the mature and seasoned.
The focus was on the mission to find your purpose, to be your excellent self. The keynote speakers were all led by singles. We all came together to support the Tijuana HOPE by participating in the 5k run/walk at Tideland Park. There was a beach party mixer that incorporated the young and the seasoned. We danced all night.
What did I get out of this? As singles, we can do more. As a seasoned single, there is more to life.
- Jackie, Palo Alto Fellowship Group
Saturday, November 4, 2023
Join us for our Last Monthly Sister's Breakfast of 2023 at 9am on Saturday, November 4.
Place: Rustic Bakery, 2017 Larkspur Landing Cir, Larkspur Ca
Come join us for a relaxing time of food, fellowship and fun.
Please RSVP ASAP if you can join us on Saturday, November 4.
We hope to see you there!
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Time To Change Our Clocks Back An Hour Next Weekend
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at 2:00 am. On Saturday night, clocks are set back one hour (i.e., gaining one hour) to "fall back." As a result, sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on November 5, 2023, than the day before, so there will be more light in the morning, and it will get darker earlier.
Last year, we mentioned that the Sunshine Protection Act was passed unanimously by the Senate in 2022, which might have brought Daylight Savings time adjusting to an end. Still, it did not pass in the U.S. House of Representatives, and it was not signed into law by the President. A 2023 version of the act was written, but it has remained idle in Congress.
That being said, not all states and U.S. territories change their clocks back an hour in the fall.
Hawaii and Arizona (except for the land of the Diné Nation) do not observe daylight saving time, nor do the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. So, in Hawaii, for example, when we "spring forward" and move our clocks forward an hour in the spring, we are three hours ahead of Hawaii. But in the fall, when we "fall back" and change our clocks an hour back, we are only 2 hours ahead of Hawaii time.
Take advantage of the opportunity to get an extra hour of sleep and feel refreshed on Sunday morning for Church! Make sure to change your clocks before bed on Saturday night.
We had a great time at our All Fellowship Chruch Service Today!
Many more events are coming up in the next few weeks!
This week, our Thoroughly Equipped Midweek Bible Study has the week off, and we will have the next class on November 7.
On Wednesday, our Hebrews Midweek Bible Study will be on Zoom. The Hebrews class is not an All-Fellowship Midweek, as mentioned on Sunday, but is open to those who would like to attend the continued study of Hebrews as one of our Fall Class options. More information is on our website.
For those of us celebrating Halloween on Tuesday or Dia De Los Muertos on Wednesday or Thursday, we hope you have a safe and fun-filled evening with friends and family!
Then, next weekend, join us for one of our Sunday church services around the Bay Area. We have Oakland/Alameda, Tri-Valley, South Bay, Peninsula, Palo Alto, and San Francisco church services. More information on each of our services is on our website.
We have many additional things happening here at the SF Bay Fellowship, and we hope you can join us soon! Check out the events page on our website for more information.
Have a great week!
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