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Fellowship Southwest Regional Meetings

Through this fall and spring, CBF TX will be sponsoring a series of regional meetings to present how Texas churches can partner with churches in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and border communities in Mexico on a variety of mission and advocacy projects through the Fellowship Southwest.  Marv Knox, Field Coordinator for FSW, will present the vision and structure of the FSW.

The schedule for the meetings is below

October 9 at FBC San Angelo--Dinner at 6:00 p.m. (Make Reservation by October 4)
October 10 at FBC Abilene--Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. (Make reservation by October 4)
November 16 at Highland Park BC, Austin--Lunch at noon (Make reservation by Novemeber 13)
November 17 at Woodland BC, San Antonio--Lunch at noon (Make reservation by November 13)
November 29 at Broadway BC, Ft. Worth--Lunch at noon (Make reservation by November 22)
December 7 at Ca;vary BC, Waco--Lunch at noon (Make reservation by December 4) 

If you plan to attend one of the meetings, please make your reservation with CBF TX at cbftex@aol.com or call 210-488-8169

CBF Harvey response: 5 things you and your church can do 

DECATUR, Ga. — Individuals and churches wanting to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey are invited to consider partnering with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in the days to come by making financial gifts and by forming volunteer recovery teams. 

“And the gifts of money and time from some should be undergirded with prayer and patience by all,” said Alan Williams, coordinator of CBF’s U.S. Disaster Response.

CBF Disaster Response, in partnership with CBF Texas and Fellowship Southwest, have continued reaching out to the more than 100 CBF partner churches in Houston and other communities along the Texas Gulf Coast. They are coordinating a response with other partners, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), as well as other local and national partners, including friends in the North American Baptist Fellowship.

Below are some things you and your congregation can do in the days ahead alongside CBF to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Distribute this list in your church newsletter or via social media. 

5 Things You and Your Church Can Do

1) Pray
In a city as large as Houston and its surrounding areas, it is possible, even likely, that you know someone affected by Hurricane Harvey. Pray for families who have lost everything they own and first-responders who are giving everything they have to save lives. Pray for communities as they cope and as they heal.  

2) Give
As CBF helps get people and communities back on their feet over the long-term, financial resources will be necessary. Please consider a gift to the CBF Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund here. 

3) (And Give Wisely)
CBF is not accepting donations of items for those affected by the flooding in Texas. CBF has learned from experience with other disasters that it is much more efficient and cost-effective to provide funds that allow CBF Disaster Response personnel to procure needed supplies as needed.  

4) Organize
As search and rescue efforts give way to recovery, CBF will begin providing information and accepting registrations for volunteer teams to travel to affected areas. In the short-term, these groups will be muck-out teams, removing mud and debris from flooded homes. In the future, these teams will help rebuilding efforts. Keep an eye on the CBF website and social media for more information on volunteer opportunities. Visit: http://www.cbf.net/harveyvolunteer/

5) Think: long-term
In keeping with CBF’s focus on long-term impact, CBF Disaster Response participates in networks seeking to help communities after a devastating event, but employs most of its resources on the long-term recovery, rehabilitation and resiliency of a community after first-responders have finished their work. This takes time and planning. 

CBF Resources:

Spiritual Friends--This training is designed to teach lay people how to become a spiritual friend to that 50% of the USA population which is disconnected from the church.   This training can be done over the weekend.  There is no cost related to this training. For more info, contact Rick McClatchy at 210-488-8169 or cbftex@aol.com

Iona Initiative--This training is for young church clergy, preferably under age 35, to help them know how to respond to the three major cultural trends that are impacting American churches.  If you know of a young minister or you are a young minister and are interested in the Iona Initiative, contact  Rick McClatchy at 210-488-8169 or cbftex@aol.com

Dawnings--This is a resource from CBF National which helps to introduce churches to a process that enables them to respond to the missional opportunities in their community.  Go to cbfdawnings.org for more info.

Mission Collective--This is a resource from CBF National which is a one-day event for equipping churches in the best practices for missions through collaboration with expert practitioners. Steven Porter, CBF Global Missions Coordinator, is the key-note speaker for this event. 

Coalition to Combat Human Trafficking--This is a new network that has been created to combat human trafficking in Texas, which works to create partnerships between border cities and destination cities. Contact Nell Green, CBF Field Personnel in Houston, for more details (803-517-5994). 

Teaching Thoughts----A weekly, online Sunday School lesson commentary for teachers on the Formations series published by Smyth & Helwys is available by contacting Rick McClatchy at 210-488-8169 or cbftex@aol.com.

 

CBF Texas Establishes Scholarship Fund 


Over the past few years, several CBF partner churches in Texas have no longer been able to participate in the BGCT.  As a consequence, theological students from those congregations are no longer eligible to receive scholarship assistance from the BGCT.   CBF TX has created a scholarship fund to help these students.  Contributions can be sent to CBF TX, P.O. Box 15648, San Antonio, TX 78212.  Make checks payable to CBF TX and in the memo write "Theological Scholarship Fund."

On line gifts can be made at:  https://www.classy.org/checkout/donation?eid=126656

Mission Projects

Together for Hope—A wide variety of projects are available along the border from Harlingen to El Paso.  To plan trip for your church’s mission team contact Jorge Zapata at 956-873-1537 or jorgezapata81@yahoo.com. and obtain a letter of intent for sending a mission team.  Construction grants are available for teams choosing a construction project.

CBF West—CBF Texas is partnering with CBF West to support the growth of CBF in the West.  Mission teams are needed to help in various projects and to help start new churches.  To send a team or help a new church, contact Glen Foster, CBF West Coordinator, at 520-991-0948 or glenfoster6@comcast.net. 

Together for Hope Report, 2017

CBF’s rural poverty initiative along the Texas/Mexico border, known as Together for Hope (TFH), had strong participation and performed significant ministries over 2017.  Here is the information:

Mission Teams—54
Volunteers—915
Volunteer hours—29,280

The estimated value of this volunteer ministry was $439,200.  Now is the time for teams wanting to plan a spring break or summer mission project for 2018 to contact Jorge Zapata, CBF TX Associate Coordinator, at 956-873-1537 or  jorgezapata81@yahoo.com.

 

 

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