Good Friday Offering celebrates generous support for Middle East ministries

first_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Good Friday Offering celebrates generous support for Middle East ministries [Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church’s annual Good Friday Offering appeal, which gathers and distributes funds in support of ministries throughout the Anglican Communion’s Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, is celebrating its most generous collection in 10 years.Funds collected from the 2014 Good Friday Offering and available for distribution this year totaled $377,663.51, more than $110,000 on the previous year and the largest offering since 2005, said the Rev. Canon Robert D. Edmunds, Middle East partnership officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.Edmunds said the offering is “a tangible expression of solidarity with our sister and brother Christians” throughout the province.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori writes annually to all Episcopal Church congregations asking them to consider assistance for Jerusalem and the Middle East through the collections they receive during Good Friday services.“The offering we collect on Good Friday carries on the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, through support for the many ministries of healing, feeding, and teaching among the dioceses of the province,” Jefferts Schori wrote in her January 2015 letter.The Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East includes the four dioceses of Cyprus and the Gulf, Egypt, Iran, and Jerusalem. The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem includes more than 30 social service institutions throughout Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the Palestinian Territories.“Refugees are cared for, the sick and injured are healed, the dead are buried, children educated, women empowered by these ministries – and all are welcomed with open arms, like Abraham and Sarah’s guests,” Jefferts Schori wrote in her letter. “Jesus cared for all in need, without regard for nationality or creed, and these ministries do the same. It is the work of shalom and salaam, building peace in the hearts of suffering individuals and communities…. May our offering … strengthen the bonds among all God’s people, and bless each one with concrete and eternal signs of more abundant life.”The Rev. Bill Schwartz, treasurer and provincial secretary for the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, told ENS that the province is “richly blessed each year” by the generosity expressed through the Good Friday Offering.“Part of the Good Friday Offering helps keep our provincial administration strong,” said Schwartz, an Episcopal Church missionary, “but the majority of the funds are used to extend the outreach of the church among those beyond our membership, giving the church an opportunity to give practical witness of Christ’s love among all people groups in the Middle East.”The Good Friday Offering dates back to 1922, when the U.S.-based Episcopal Church sought to create new relationships with and among Christians throughout the Middle East. From these initial efforts, which focused on a combination of relief work and the improvement of ecumenical and Anglican relations, the Good Friday Offering was created.“Through the years many Episcopalians have found the Good Friday Offering to be an effective way to express their support for the ministries of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East,” according to information on The Episcopal Church website. “Pastoral care, education and health care continue to be primary ministries through which the reconciling spirit of the Christian faith serves all in need. Participation in this ministry is welcome. The generous donations of Episcopalians help the Christian presence in the Land of the Holy One to be a vital and effective force for peace and understanding among all of God’s children.”— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter of the Episcopal News Service. 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Ryan Bertrand set to boost Southampton for Capital One Cup clash

first_img The left-back, who underwent knee surgery in June, completed 45 minutes for Southampton’s Under-21 team against Reading on Monday and is in contention to continue gaining match fitness ahead of a likely Premier League return against Swansea on Saturday. His timing could also prove ideal from England manager Roy Hodgson’s perspective, given fellow left-backs Luke Shaw and Leighton Baines – the former, once of Southampton, having broken his leg – are out injured. Press Association “He’s been out for a long time and it’s also difficult because he was out from May and that means no pre-season and a pre-season for a player is a very important part of the season,” manager Ronald Koeman told Southampton’s official club website. “We know that but little by little he will come back as he gets his time to play. That was good that he got 45 minutes on Monday and he will be part of the squad this Wednesday.” Despite the positive news of Bertrand’s potential return, Koeman may be without striker Graziano Pelle, who will undergo a late fitness test on Wednesday morning having sustained a foot injury in Sunday’s 3-2 home league defeat by Manchester United, and remains without injured summer signing Jordy Clasie. “Most of the players are good physically,” Koeman added. “Only one doubt is Pelle because he had a kick on his foot. We have to wait for the reaction from (Tuesday) and that decision we will make on Wednesday morning. “(Clasie) was the first time part of the training session with the whole team. “He’s not ready to play or to be on the bench for MK Dons, and for the weekend we will have to wait.” center_img Ryan Bertrand is expected to feature in Southampton’s first-team squad for the first time this season in the Capital One Cup tie at MK Dons on Wednesday night.last_img read more

Confident Trojans play like there was no doubt

first_imgThe bounce is back.USC’s dancing and chest-thumping on the sideline may be nothing new for the fans or players. Yet each hop and step seemed more emphatic than the moves the Trojans made in their sluggish first four games of the year.Junior running back Joe McKnight bounces out of a tackle from a Cal defender in USC’s 30-3 win against Cal on Saturday. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanAnd for a USC team that had not lived up to its own standard of play, Saturday’s 30-3 romp against Cal was a welcome demonstration of the Trojans’ confidence.The match at Memorial Stadium was an exhibition of swagger against reticence with USC embodying the side of certitude. And though the Trojans have never lacked self-assurance in their approach, the blowout in Berkeley was the first time this year that the team played like it knew the outcome was predestined.“We’ve known we were capable of that, but it’s been a long time coming,” USC coach Pete Carroll said.This was the USC that television pundits had promised fans – long touchdowns from the offense, turnovers from the defense and gutsy calls from the coaching staff. This time, it all started with the stars.As USC’s starting quarterback, Matt Barkley has had to be a leader by default. But on Saturday he showed how he’s taken on the team image – and vice versa.Barkley told reporters earlier in the week that he didn’t think Cal’s crowd would be a factor after enduring raucous Ohio State fans.The Cal student section took offense and distributed fliers with the quote, instructing fans to make Barkley eat his words. One of the sheets of paper even made it into the signal-caller’s helmet before the game.“I thought about trying to pump up the crowd when we were on offense, but I don’t think it would have worked,” Barkley said.Not that the USC offense needed much pumping up – 457 yards and 30 points was more than enough for a Trojans attack that still left plenty of points out on the field.Though the offensive output didn’t reach new heights, USC still showed the level it can reach when its coaching staff isn’t clipping its wings.“The way the offense is moving around is really starting to feel familiar to us, like the way we did it in the past,” Carroll said. “We’re doing it with confidence, but it’s just taken us a while.”With Barkley allowed to throw downfield and test an occasionally suspect Cal secondary, USC’s passing attack showed it can pick up yards in large chunks.“I think they’ve had that faith this whole time, but we’ve decided to open it up now. We’ll open it up whenever we need to,” Barkley said.The faith shown in the offense may not be enough for those still expecting the offense to produce as it did when Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush were around, but consider USC’s opponent on Saturday before filing a formal complaint.Despite entering the game with the Pac-10’s most productive offense, Cal coach Jeff Tedford looked like he was holding his breath on every play.Somewhere along the line Tedford forgot that he could actually give the ball to his most talented player instead of only using him as a decoy. Cal tailback Jahvid Best only touched the ball on 16 plays and disappeared for large stretches of the game.“It was frustrating,” Best said repeatedly while shaking his head.Even on their home field, the Bears were terrified to take chances. Down 20-0 in the waning seconds of the first half, Tedford elected to kick a field goal on 2nd-and-10. Fans booed the decision as the kicking unit trotted out to the field and weren’t too thrilled when they saw the field goal sail wide right.By the second half, the team looked as deflated as its cheering sections did. Instead of running out onto the field for the third quarter, Cal players looked like they were filing out of an office building during a fire drill.“When you get on them early, it’s tough for the crowd to stay in it,” wide receiver Damian Williams said. “They just get demoralized.”Given Cal’s shakiness, it’s hard to tell what the Trojans take away from the win. The Golden Bears were once been mentioned as a Rose Bowl contender, but at this point they might settle for a bowl sponsored by a manufacturer of men’s grooming and fragrance products – I’m looking at you, Brut Sun Bowl.Regardless of the opponent, USC showed how difficult of a team it is to beat when it’s not stumbling over its own feet with penalties and turnovers. And if the other team gives them an opening, the Trojans are that much harder to take down.“I think we showed tonight why we’re one of the best teams in the country,” Williams said.USC still has plenty to improve upon – third-down conversions still aren’t optimal and three drives inside the 10 only resulted in field goals. But with a bye week on the horizon, the team will get a good look at its flaws.And if Saturday was any indication, the Trojans should have enough hop in them to bounce back from those mistakes, too.“Tackling Dummy” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit or email Michael at [email protected]last_img read more

Edin Džeko among Five Best Players of the Premiership Season

first_imgThe famous sports portal Bleacher Report ranked the B&H national team player and member of Manchester City, Edin Dzeko, as one of the best five players of the pre-season Premiership players. Džeko from super replacing became a super starter in the team of citizens. Although they spent more than 100 million euros to get Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetić and Alvaro Negreda, B&H representative player is the person who had the greatest impact on the current preseason results of England.Džeko arrived at the Etihad in January 2011 and for the coach Roberto Mancini, Džeko was not always the favorite one. Despite the fact that in most of the games he was replacing, last season Džeko was the top scorer for City, scoring 14 goals in 31 games.Its preseason tour, City practically started with the American tour, where they met twice with another Premier league, Chelsea. In these two games Džeko scored three goals.After that, the B&H representative was presented very good in Asia, where his team won the Barclays Asia Trophy in two games against South China and Sunderland, thanks to goals scored by Edin Džeko.Džeko was brilliant even during the match against Milan for the Audi Cup and with his two goals, Džeko was declared the Player of the match.During the engagements in Villarreal, the current coach of the City Pellegrino based the game on a single attacker, Diego Forlan. Whether Džeko will be in the team of citizens, it remains to be seen. As it started, before him is a great season, much better than the last one.It should also be noted that among five players who have provided the most so far in the preparatory match are Nicklas Helenius from Aston Villa, Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, Simon Mignolet from Liverpool and Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United.(Source: read more