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Pastor’s Epistle October 2011

We Give Thanks

I recently came across the following prayer from the movie Seven Days in Utopia: For food in a world where many walk in hunger,  For faith in a world where many walk in fear,  For friends in a world where many walk alone, We give you thanks, O God.

Some of you are familiar with the CROP organization. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. Its previous name was Christian Rural Overseas Program and the Church of the Brethren is one of its founding partners.

As a church, Green Tree has supported the Phoenixville CROP walk for a number of years. For the past 33 years the Phoenixville CROP walk has raised $303,000 to fight hunger locally, nationally, and globally. Due to a change in leadership there was the possibility that the Phoenixville CROP would not take place this year. Fortunately with the help of the regional office of Church World Service in Harrisburg, the walk will take place and Green Tree will participate as well (see article on page 1). There are some changes that should be noted. Instead of occurring on the first Sunday in October, this year the walk will take place on Sunday, October 16. Also the walk will begin at the First United Methodist Church in Phoenixville instead of the YMCA.

CROP is part of our Brethren heritage as it sufficiently addresses our concerns for social justice and equality in the world. We can celebrate the fact that the CROP walk will continue in Phoenixville for at least another year and hopefully for years to come. As you feel led, please support the effort as a walker or a sponsor. And remember that as we give thanks for food in a world where many walk in hunger, we hope to increase the number of those who have access to food and lessen the number of those who do not.

Pastor Dave

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