Dear St. John’s Church Family,

I’m sending this special edition of “News & Notes” out to share the sad, though not unexpected news, that Bobbie Garneau’s son, Tim, passed away early this morning.  We have been praying for him for some time now.  Now our prayers are for Bobbie, for Tim’s wife, Karen, and for their extended family.  May God comfort them in their sadness and  oss.

And while I’m sending this note out to you, let me share a “Letter from Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar:  Day of Prayer for Africa

“Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“We are all aware of the devastating Ebola outbreak in Africa and its spread to other places in the world. While disease and death of any kind cause pain and anguish, we are learning how crippling this particular disease is to the communities and families directly affected by the illness and stigma surrounding it.  We have seen firsthand in our own country how fear can easily overcome compassion.

“As a conference, we have committed ourselves to saving 150,000 lives in Africa through the Imagine No Malaria (INM) campaign.  I am so grateful for your commitment and success already in saving lives as well as educating our communities about this preventable disease.  As I write this, our efforts through INM are directly curbing the number of deaths due to Ebola.  INM supports programs in all four of the countries where Ebola is present, and our efforts have built an infrastructure that will help with prevention, education, and health care for those in need.  As a matter of fact, just today, the General Secretary of the General Commission on Finance and Administration, Moses Kumar, shared with our conference leaders that our mission share dollars are also helping to prevent the spread of Ebola.

“The Africa Planning Committee for the New England Conference has invited us to pray for our brothers and sisters in Africa.  Will you join with me in planning a day of prayer for Africa on Sunday, November 16 in your churches and communities?  You may choose to do this in the context of your regular Sunday worship services or as a special time set apart for prayer.  Let us pray that those living in fear and/or denial, those who are sick as well as those who are caring for them may know the healing love of God through our Savior Jesus Christ.

“In Christ’s Love,
“Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar”

I thought you would want to know about both of this things.  Peace, Mark