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FUM Fall Update 2013

Dear Friends, Thank you! Thank you for the many, many ways you bless and sustain the ministry of Friends United Meeting. Thank you for the countless prayers offered on behalf of the staff in Richmond and those serving around the world. Your prayers are deeply appreciated. As I travel, many of you share your commitment to pray for the whole…

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FUM News in Brief – September/October 2013

UPDATE: Double Your Gift, Double the Impact Spring 2013 Matching Gift Opportunity FUM is thrilled to announce that through the faithful, generous response to the matching gift opportunity, the goal of $45,000 was exceeded. A total of $52,597.26 was received, allowing FUM to start the new fiscal year prepared to equip and energize the worldwide community it serves. Your continual…

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Spreading the Word – September/October 2013

By Micah Bales – Communications & Web Specialist What image comes to mind when you think about church? Do you imagine a building with a bell tower? Perhaps a worship service with singing and silence, preaching and prayer? Perhaps you envision all the good that the church is called to do in the world such as healing the sick, feeding…

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Meanderings and Musings – September/October 2013

By Annie Glenn – Communications Editor Christian faith informs us that our children belong to God and are entrusted into our hands for but a season. Parenting, at its best, is a calling from God to love, protect, challenge and gradually release these precious children into adulthood. Parenting requires every resource we have, and then some. From walking the halls…

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Out Of My Mind – September/October 2013

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary For many years, my family and I lived across the street from a Friends meetinghouse. It was home to a local congregation of Quakers with whom we did not worship, serve or fellowship with in any sort of formal way. Instead, we were members of another Friends church a couple of miles away. Every…

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Spreading the Word – July/August 2013

By Micah Bales – Communications & Web Specialist As followers of the resurrected Lord Jesus we have experienced God’s power to fundamentally remake our existence. Christ enters our lives with clarity and power, continually stripping away pride and false assumptions. Like Peter on that rooftop in Joppa, or Saul on his fateful trip to Damascus, we experience Jesus as present…

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Out Of My Mind – July/August 2013

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary While I am not normally a fan of cheesy quotes, I confess to having a fondness for this one by Alice Morse Earle: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” Having a clear focus on “today” can be easier said than done. Remorse,…

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Meanderings and Musings – July/August 2013

By Annie Glenn – Communications Editor Above the door on the inside of his room a college friend had hung a sign above the door stating, “You are now entering the mission field.” Upon first discovering his message, I asked him why he had placed it there, and he explained, “Each time I leave my room for the wider world,…

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Out of My Mind – May/June 2013

By Colin Saxton – General Secretary Much as I love the testimonies that begin to describe the Quaker experience, I think the most compelling attribute I appreciate about Friends is our sense of hope. At least when we are at our best, hope permeates our work and witness. Just as his life was about to circle the drain one last…

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Spreading the Word – May/June 2013

By Micah Bales – Web & Communications Specialist I still remember when I discovered as a small child that the world would lie to me, using my hoping, yearning heart as bait to sell me a product. Burger King aired a television commercial with cartoons that convinced me that the toy in their kid’s meal would be nothing short of…

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