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Friday, September 25, 2009

Peace and Justice Weekend in Elizabethton!!

I just picked up Dr. Vinita Eusebius from the airport. The International Peacemakers all left from Louisville, KY this morning. Dr. Eusebius will be in Holston Presbytery this week. Here is her schedule.

Thanks to the Johnson City Press for including the news release:

ELIZABETHTON — International peacemaker Dr. Vinita Eusebius will visit First Presbyterian Church, 119 W. F. St., on Sept. 27.

She will give the presentation “Water: Not for Profit.” This lecture will touch on the mission of the church in the context of endemic poverty in India, children at risk and violence against women.

Eusebius teaches zoology at Ewing Christian College and lives in Allahabad, India, with her husband, a chemistry teacher. She has traveled widely in India and visited Hawaii, Fiji, Sydney, Jamaica, London, Egypt, Jordan and Israel.

She has a master of science degree, a Ph.D. in zoology and is pursuing a masters’s degree in theology.

She is the chairwoman of the Student Christian Movement of India, has conducted workshops on child rights and is an ordained deaconess of the Church of North India.

For information, call 543-7737 or visit www.FPCelizabethton.org.
She is going to be talking specifically about children at risk. In my conversation today she said over 40 million children live in the streets in India. She also said she is part of the Student Christian Movement that works for social justice, ecological justice, and human rights in India.

We will have a chance to hear more about her great work Sunday night as well as all day Saturday at The Awakening the Dreamer symposium.

Walk ins welcome! So come tomorrow. Our peacemaking committee co-chairs, Gary and Nancy Barrigar just sent this note:

Hello, all -

We look forward to having you join us tomorrow, September 26th, for our Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium. Here are just a few last minute notes to make your day successful:

1. The church is located at 119 West F. Street in beautiful Elizabethton, TN, for those of you using GPS to find your way. Others needing a printed map should visit Google maps so you can get personalized directions from your starting point.

2. The agenda is full, so please arrive between 9:00 am and 9:15 to register, meet and greet other participants, and enjoy a morning treat!

3. We will have maps with a few nearby restaurants/fast food locations for those of you who need lunch.

4. Participants will have an opportunity to share with the group the work that is going on in their church communities. This is a great time to find volunteers!

5. We have had a couple of folks express a desire for "home hospitality" rather than a hotel stay. If you are interested in hosting a traveling attendee for the night, please let Nancy or Gary know when you arrive.

Thank you again, for your interest not only in this symposium, but in making a difference!

We look forward to meeting you, tomorrow!

Nancy and Gary Barrigar,
Moderators, Peacemaking Committee
of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton

Please visit our website to learn more about our church and our Peacemaking efforts!
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