Have you ever wanted to participate in “The Great Commission” and to go out into the world and “Be The Church?”
For 19 years, missionary teams from St. David’s St. Aidan’s and other area churches have been going to Honduras, most recently focusing on supporting the work of the LAMB Institute’s children’s home in San Buena Ventura. For more information on LAMB’s mission work please visit their website: https://www.lambinstitute.org.
St. David's is now starting the process to plan trips for 2023, with an adult trip potentially at the end of February and a youth/adult trip in June. Whether you are possibly interested in going on the trip or just want more information on how you can support our involvement with LAMB, you are invited attend an informational meeting in Grace Hall on Wednesday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m.
This meeting is both for adults and youth 7th – 12th grade. If you are not able to attend this meeting, for more information or to express an interest, please contact the office. We will forward your information to Bill Sleeper.
Please prayerfully consider if God is calling you to participate on a trip this year. It will change your life forever.
St. David's is committed to being a better neighbor and shining the light of God's love into our community. In the coming weeks we will do so by working with NFCC to make sure that all our neighbors have a warm coat and winter accessories for this winter.
There are several ways that you can help support this program:
By working together, we can help ease the financial strain of seasonal purchases for needy families.
As part of St. David’s mission to “Be A Better Neighbor,” St. David's is proud to host Family Promise’s Brunch and Bubbly Fashion Show, Saturday, September 17, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Please join us for a delicious champagne lunch, a Versona fashion presentation, and a raffle ticket auction benefiting the Family Promise of North Fulton and Dekalb. Family Promise is a local organization supporting family homelessness, with a vision where every child has a safe home to rest their head at night.
You may purchase tickets here!
By Alden Hathaway, II
My father, Bishop Hathaway of Pittsburgh, credits the late Bishop Festo Kivengere of the Diocese of Rukungeri-Kigezi in Southwestern Uganda with his conversion to the evangelical faith that helped lead the renewal movement in the Episcopal Church and establish a new seminary in an old steel town, Ambridge, PA, just down river from Pittsburgh. Once my father said to Bishop Festo “How can I ever repay what you have done for me and our church.” Festo replied “Alden, you come to Africa and you’ll know what to do”.
My father, Bishop Hathaway of Pittsburgh, went to Africa in early 1997 to visit an orphanage his diocese was supporting. He arrived late after dusk. There was no electric light and the darkness so thick, as my father said, “you could not see your hand in front of your face”.Other Bishops in Uganda noticed the orphanage lighting and asked about their orphanages, schools, and health centers. My father said, “Well if Jesus wills it – we will support”. And in faith, I followed authorizing the order of hundreds of solar lighting systems, when many in Washington, DC said I was crazy to do so. But by spring, 1997, Solar Light for Africa was born with over 350 solar lighting systems shipped to Uganda to initiate the lighting.
Of course, we would travel to Uganda to inspect these first installations. So, in the summer of 1998, my father, son, and I, travelled through Uganda to inspect the installations. As we passed through Bishop Festo Kivengere’s old diocese we descended into the Great Rift Valley where the narrow road crossed a one lane steel bridge over a river. As we crossed, we both noticed a sign on the bridge steel; “Manufactured by American Bridge Company, Ambridge PA”. We were deep in Bishop Festo’s Diocese to cross a relic of an old bridge from the heart of my father’s diocese.
As we climbed the other side of the Rift Valley we entered into the dark Impenetrable Forest near dusk with the Congo border only a few miles further to the west. I looked around the darkening landscape only to find lights twinkling through the deep foliage, and I remarked to our contractor. “Why are we here? These villages all have light. What more could we offer through Solar Light for Africa?” The response from the contractor “Those lights are your lights.”
We visited a small chicken farmer and priest in in the area who used one of the lights to light the room where his chickens fed, so that chickens could see their food to eat. He found that, after installing the light, the egg production doubled, increasing his family’s income significantly, such that, he was able to teach his parishioners to do the same when they received their lights. Each year when we returned his school was larger than the year before and the people around doing economically much better. We could see that the solar lights were literally raising the standard of living, and the bridge in the Rift Valley was confirmation that we were responding in synch with our Lord’s wishes as set down by Bishop Festo in his words; “Alden, you come to Africa and you will know what to do.” Since 1997, Solar Light for Africa (www.solarlightforafrica.org) has installed over 2800 solar lighting systems in nine sub-Saharan African countries in the name of Him who is the Light of the World. This year, after a two-year COVID hiatus, we will be returning with a youth mission to install more light.
About Alden Hathaway
Alden Hathaway, son of Bishop Hathaway, has made fifteen visits to Africa since. He is passionate about this program. To learn more about current projects, please click on this link, https://greencom.io
St. David's supports Solar Light for Africa in an effort to Be A Better Neighbor to those who live in the world around us.
St. David's is excited to welcome guest speaker, Dr. Mark Douglas, professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, to the Rector's Forum on May 15. He will also be preaching the sermon at the 11:15 a.m. Service that Sunday.
The Rector's Forum lecture will explore environmental ethics from a Christian perspective, taking into account historical documents and current experience of environmental issues, guiding participants in shaping an ethical response to today's environmental challenges.
Please join us! All are welcome!
St. David's is happy to announce that we are able to return to Honduras for a building mission trip!
There is a trip being scheduled for Friday, June 17, through Saturday, June 25, by the Church of the Holy Spirit and we have been invited to join. John McKinnon from St. David's and Amy Hill from St. Aidan's will be part of the adult contingent.
This trip is open to rising eighth-graders through adults. Adult missioners who cannot manage building activities will have other options. If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact Bill Sleeper or the church office. A final commitment is needed by the end of April.