Church Periodical Club:
(From January 2001 Nativity newsletter)
But the angel of the Lord said to them . . . . I bring you
good news of great joy that will be for all people.
celebration of the birth of Our Lord has come to an end, but the news of great
joy continues with us throughout the year. This good news is not just for
those of us who are the Church, we who have prayer books, Bibles, a variety of
other books including commentaries and dictionaries, who have magazines,
pamphlets, tapes videotapes, CD's and hymnals, but for all people. We sing,
"Spread the Good News o'er all the earth," and we follow up with
outreach that is intended to do just that. Our participation in the work of
the CPC is a means of reaching people who do not know the Good News and of
assisting others who rejoice in knowing it to grow in their understanding and
to share their wisdom in their communities.
As we support the NBF, we provide reading materials
to college students, seminarians, missionaries, libraries, schools and other
institutions and persons affiliated with the Anglican Communion. The materials
"may be religious or secular, but must be for the work of the
Church." Once a year at Nativity, we have an in-gathering for NBF. This
will occur on CPC Sunday, February 4th. Prior to that we will have our Bring a
Book, Buy a Book, sale which will begin January 21 and end on the 4th of
February. All book sale funds will be combined with the in-gathering money; up
to fifty percent of the total may be kept at the parish level for distribution
according to CPC guidelines. If you know of a local need, please speak with me
about it before the 4th. Meanwhile, box up all the books you have finished
reading and would like to share with our church family and bring them to
church for our sale. To purchase a book, place any amount up to one dollar in
the basket that will be on the book table.
addition to NBF, CPC has established the MOP fund which furnishes aids to
literacy to schools and libraries in the U. S. A. and wherever else in the
world a need is shown and a request is made. The largest grant awarded is for
$844.80 which equals one mile of pennies when they are laid out side by side.
Placing your pennies in the red basket in the narthex brings awareness of the
Good News and miles of smiles to underprivileged youngsters who are between
the ages of five and eighteen.
As we take part in the work of CPC, we become angels
spreading the Good News and great joy that is for all people and we glorify
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