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TIME DOESN’T HEAL SEXUAL ASSAULT IF VICTIMS ARE SILENCED
How churches can help victims decades after assault.
Christianity Today is a conservative evangelical publication founded by Billy Graham. Please remember males are victims of sexual assault, too, as we are public witnesses to cases of assault in the Roman Catholic Church. This is CT's response to the recent dialogue on sexual assault. Please do read the article and give some thoughtful consideration of its content. I n Christ, Pastor Brenda
PASTOR BRENDA IN THE NEWS LETTER JOURNAL
Sitting at the Railroad Park preparing for a meet and greet during the farmers market, with a smile on her face and her trusty sidekick Georgia, her standard poodle, at her side was the new pastor of First United Methodist Church in Newcastle.
Sources of Strength "Get the Word Out!" campaign.
This was the Gratitude Breakfast for teachers at the Middle and High School for the Sources of Strength "Get the Word Out!" campaign. Sources of Strength is a peer mentoring program supported by adult mentors to raise student awareness of sources of strength in their lives. On January 16, the peer and mentor team was assembled and at the ready by 7:00 am. Overcoming electrical failures-pancakes, sausages, fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee made it onto the menu! The teachers themselves were grateful, too, for a hot breakfast during their Professional Development day.
'Market Night' emerges as one of the 'best Holy Spirit surprises' in Newcastle, WY
Story and photo submitted by the Rev. Brenda Torrie
Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Newcastle, Wyoming
At a church meeting, the United Methodist Women's president wondered aloud if she might want to be involved in the newly revived Thursday Night Market Night where folks would bring their produce and their wares to sell to their neighbors. It was being held at Railroad Park, around the corner from the church, beginning mid-July to mid-September from 5 to 7 p.m. The church decided they would include in the mix some hearty doses of God’s honest-to-goodness hospitality.
It was Brenda Torrie's first summer as pastor at First UMC in Newcastle. Enthusiastically, she threw herself in to be a part of the hospitality team exiting the church building to mingle with her neighbors. Next thing she knew, they had hospitality bags for adults, chock-a-block full of bookmarks with inspiring scriptural verses, postcard invitations to our soon-to-be-launched Messy Church, and other information about our church happenings. They had bags for the kids, too, which also included the Messy Church invitations and little trinkets and Bible verse games.