Sunday, April 03, 2016

Six Churches in New Mexico Picked April 24th to Write Letters to Congress about Global Child and Maternal Nutrition

April 24 is a busy day for Bread for the World in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. A total of six churches are writing letters to Congress to prioritize support for maternal and child health programs, emphasizing nutrition.  I can't remember when so many of our churches in New Mexico picked the same date to hold their Bread for the World Offering of Letters!

At our workshop and in this blog, we urged organizers to pick a date sooner than later because of the congressional schedule. This spring, Congress will be considering the funding levels of key global health and nutrition programs. Plus, we want to avoid the fall, when the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate will be distracted by reelection campaigns.

So, we thank the six congregations that scheduled an Offering of Letters on April 24.  St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, All Saints Lutheran Church and Central United Methodist Church and Peace Lutheran Church in Las Cruces will be writing letters on the 24th. A couple of these churches have planned their letter-writing activities over multiple Sundays, including the previous or the next Sunday after the the 24th. 

And one other congregation had  its letter-writing weekend even earlier: Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community wrote its letters on March 12-13.  Stay tuned for some stories about these Offerings of Letters.  (St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and La Mesa Presbyterian Church have also planned OLs this year.  If your church is planning an Offering of Letters this year and have picked a date, please send us the information so we can add you to the schedule). 

ONE Campaign set up booth at EarthFest several years ago
EarthFest also on April 24
Speaking of April 24, this is also the same day of the 26th Annual Earthfest sponsored by La Montañita Cooperative on the street behind its Nob Hill Store. "

"Over the years this event has grown and grown, thanks to the support of you, our incredible Co-op community. From its humble beginnings years ago, this festival has become one of the largest, if not the largest, Earth Day festival in the state and one of the most beloved community-based festivals," Robyn Seydel wrote in an article published in the Co-op's website.  Stay tuned for more details, including the full schedule of entertainment.

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