Thursday, June 2, 2011

NE Statewide Reconciling Network : Summer Giving just like fruit trees! Nine + ways to give!

If you have ever had a fruit tree or a rhubarb plant or a garden, you know how they give in abundance if you care for them or even if you don't care for them sometimes - you can give this summer for a more inclusive world -

Giving opportunities this summer: Spiritual Awakenings!

1) Star City PRIDE, Lincoln is rapidly approaching and we need your help to make it an amazing event. We want to continue to make this a free event, but in order to make this happen we need your donations. If every friend of SCP on Facebook gave $10 we would be able to fully fund the event and continue the tradition of having a bigger and better PRIDE each year.

Please submit your donation to the PO Box 6549 Lincoln, NE 68506 or bring it to The Panic.

Give to Heartland Pride in Omaha this summer - visit their website! Find ways to help support Pride events, NAP and other groups that help others to be affirmed. - AIDS walks are coming sept 18 in NE!

2) Summer Email Offering for our NE Statewide Reconciling network of friends : for our yearly commitment to RMN which is $250 minimum. Our Email network is an OFFICIAL RECONCILING COMMUNITY of friends sharing info and news -

All Giving goes directly to RMN as we do not have a Budget per se and we have no account - we do all of our Inclusive work IN HOUSE and with FOLKS WHO LOVE JUSTICE and EQUALITY for all persons -Thank your email volunteer today by Giving to this Summer Email offering ! We have $95 so to get it started!

Write checks to RMN and send them to Maureen Vetter, 4422 Drake lane, Grand Island, NE 68801 - Maureen will record the donations, donors and send them on to RMN this summer! With General Conference coming in 2012 there are many needs at the RMN offices and ministries like SING A NEW SONG CONVO this summer!

To learn more about SING A NEW SONG Convo in August sponsored by MFSA and RMN - go to So far we have ONE person going from NE that we know about - Zach Anderson!
Let us know if you are going!

Thanks for giving like fruit trees - we all want to bear good fruit with justice and mercy for others!

3) Sign on as a Reconciling United methodist on the website :

Become a member of Church Within a Church and other groups that bear fruit for others : Sign the statements of inclusion!

4) Become an AIDS Ambassaor and promote the UM Global AIDS Fund at your church or as a faith community leader! Give yourself to UM Global AIDS Fund during the year : Send all gifts to Advance # 578 Global AIDS to the Conference Treas, UM Conference Offices, 3333 Landmark Circle, Lincoln, NE 68504 Contact: Andrew to sign up as an AIDS Ambassador in NE! For info:

Send giving to Lincoln: 25 % of gifts/offerings stay in NE for local AIDS projects!

5) Plant something and watch it grow : tomatoes, a fruit tree, rhubarb..... a garden, think about a community garden or community orchard! (Christ UMC Lincoln just planted thirty trees for a Community garden! congratulations!)

6) Giving through Service and Rainbows of HOPE: Do some service, share Rainbows and music with others, or organize a RAINBOWS OF HOPE art exhibit! Christ UMC Lincoln is putting up a Rainbows of HOPE Art Show this weekend - see it all of June at 4530 A Street, Lincoln, NE - special thanks to the CUMC ART EXHIBIT COMMITTEE with Betty Newhouse as Chair.

7) Visit the Reconciling and UM Global AIDS Fund tables and booths this week at Annual Conference June 1 - 4 in Lincoln, St marks UMC on S 84th Street - Volunteer for an hour - Bring UMCOR health kits -- go to to learn how you can help with the latest storms in the SE and MO, OK and other places in the world!

To GIVE your time and volunteer at the tables/booth : Betty at RMN table : or the UM Global AIDS fund table - contact Bill : Take Reconciling on the Road this week and to events this summer!

8) Get a ticket for the NE MFSA Dinner Tues May 31, Lincoln, Trinity UMC : Don Messer speaker, awards, scholarships, info!

9) Give to the new GSA (Gay Straight Alliance, GISH, G Island)
Make Love Gifts / Checks to :
GSA, Grand Island Senior High : send to Maureen Vetter 4422 Drake Lane, Grand Island, NE 68801 We have a lunch June 4 noon as a fundraiser too!
Place: 313 Cafe and Cream, 313 3rd Street, Grand Island (old blue moon cafe)

Have a GREAT SUMMER Growing and Giving - planting things and watching them grow!

Read books, make music, paint and draw, make new friends, write Awakening Stories to share, start a movie group, start a reconciling coffee group or discussion group with the book -"Adam's Gift" by Jimmy Creech or other social justice books on the RMN website :

Maureen and Wendy, NE contacts
ps Become a friend on our new public Facebook this week : Nebraska Statewide Reconciling Network is the Facebook name and our new blog : (see the archives to the side)
Sing a new song ! Believe out loud

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