_Sister Ministry at Unity Church on the North Shore, Evanston, IL
_Unity Church on the North Shore, Evanston, IL established a Sister-church relationship with Unity Center of Abundance, Aba, Abia State in 2006.
Unity Church on the North Shore continues to be active in the Building Bridges Program through our Sister Church, the Unity Church of Abundance, in Nigeria. We correspond by e-mail frequently while also sending and receiving mail and packages. The church remains fully committed to the program. Our contact is mainly with Rev. Agbai.
Last year, though we corresponded regularly, we sent only two boxes of books and one box at Christmas of teddy bears. We also wired funds once consisting of $300. The church received 2 boxes because a box sent by ship in 2007, arrived 9 months later in 2008. The mailings were suspended mainly because the committee was not as active due to other volunteer activities.
While the committee mailings were relatively inactive, many donations of books continued to come. The church is filled with enough children’s and adult books to provide mailings for the entire year. We are only limited by the funds required for shipping. The USPS has suspended shipping by mail, which was cheaper though slower, so all mailings must now be by more expensive air transport.
We have received mail from our sister church which has delighted us and allowed us to get to know them better. For example, we loved getting DVD’s showing their church handing out the books to children as rewards for a volunteer program. It was fun seeing the excitement on the children’s faces. We received their Sunday programs and bulletins about their special events. All this is shared with our congregation and in some cases, their letter of thanks was put in our church bulletin.
Our new minister, Rev. Ken Williamson, is interested and supportive of the program. We will be more active in the future and are beginning to set aside funds for shipping and potentially tithing to the program with guidance from Building Bridges people. Please continue to keep us informed of the program. With more input, we can suggest tithing to other sister churches or to ministerial candidates. As with many churches, our funds are carefully planned, but we have what we need and with faith in our continued prosperity, we see our funds expanding.
Thanks for all of your assistance in helping us participate in this program.
Love and Blessings,
Priscilla Priscilla Florence Unity Church on the Shore 3434 Central Street, Evanston, Ill. 60201 (847) 864-8977 email@example.com, RevKenunity@aol.com www.unityns.org
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