Week of Compassion at the 2013 General Assembly

Week of Compassion at the 2013 General Assembly

As we prepare for the 2013 General Assembly, the Week of Compassion staff invites you to celebrate, learn, and partner with us during our time in Orlando.  We are looking forward to connecting with you!

Join Us for Our Worship Celebration on Sunday Morning

On Sunday Morning, you and your family are invited to join us at Pershing Avenue Christian Church at 8:30 AM for our worship service celebration. We will give thanks for the ways your offerings enable Week of Compassion to support partners from all over the world to live into Christ's compassion for the vulnerable, the hurting, and the otherwise forgotten.  We will hear incredible stories from our partners as they lift up the ways we are able to share our resources and transform lives through disaster response, refugee resettlement, and sustainable development.  Children are welcome to attend, as worship will include a children's sermon and childcare will be provided.

Our friends at Green Chalice and Equal Exchange are also partnering with us to host a Fair Trade Coffee Hour with delicious fair trade coffee and tea from our very own Disciples Coffee Project.

Pershing Avenue Christian Church is located on 2000 Pershing Ave in Orlando. Shuttle buses will arrive at Concourse C of the convention center at 7:00 AM and depart for Pershing Avenue at 7:15am.  Buses will return attendees to the convention center at 10:15 and 10:45, following the Coffee Hour, providing options for attendees who want to return to the convention center for Assembly Sunday School or Meals.

This event is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available through the General Assembly website's online registration feature. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office,  weekofcompassion@woc.disciples.org or (317) 713-2442. 

Pastors in Disasters Aftersession - Learn More about Our Forthcoming Book! 

Join Amy, Brandon, Johnny, Director of Disciples Volunteering Josh Baird, and other contributors to discuss the upcoming Chalice Press title, Help and Hope: Disaster Preparedness and Response tools for Congregations at 9 PM on Monday, July 15th in Room W221E in the Convention Center for the "Pastors in Disasters" Aftersession.  Moderated by Chalice Press Publisher Brad Lyons, this workshop will focus on the experiences of church leaders who have experienced natural and human caused disasters, and highlight many of the helpful tools that will be available in Help and Hope.

Purchase a Brand New, Tailored-Designed Week of Compassion Stole! 

WomenSpirit will be unveiling its new Week of Compassion-inspired stole at General Assembly!  We are thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with WomenSpirit and AbidingSpirit. The new rising sun design symbolizes the hope and resurrection Week of Compassion brings to people in times of disaster, deep need and distress. The design is hand-stamped in two colors on a textured, off-white linen creating an elegant, artistic effect.  Proceeds from the purchase of these vestments benefit WoC's Women's Empowerment Fund. Information will be available at the Week of Compassion booth at Assembly and at the WomenSpirit booth.  Be sure to check out this great way to put your Compassion into Action as you preach or lead worship throughout the year.  They also make great gifts! 

Come Visit the Booth!

You can spend time chatting with the staff of Week of Compassion, members of our advisory committee and other volunteers, as well as representatives from some of our amazing partners, including Foods Resource Bank, IMA World Health, Equal Exchange, Bread for the World, and Church World Service.  There are many great opportunities to put your Compassion into Action.  Come explore the ones that might be a great fit for your gifts and interests!

Walk in the CROP Hunger Walk!

Church World Service, WoC's primary partner organization, is organizing a CROP Hunger Walk at General Assembly.  The Walk will take place on Tuesday, July 16th at 9:00 a.m.

Walkers may register online at:  www.crophungerwalk.org/orlandofl

You may also pick up walker sponsor envelopes at our booth in the Exhibit Hall or at or WoC worship service. 

We are looking forward to connecting with all of you joining us at Assembly.  Thanks be to the God who calls us to put our Compassion into Action!

This Week's Responses:

Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance:
Virginia, Windstorm Damage
New York, Hurricane Sandy Damage (2)
Lebanon, Refugee Medical Support
Minnesota, Emergency Refugee Assistance
Mauritania, Refugee Assistance
Development and Long-Term Recovery and Rehabilitation:
Cambodia, Food Security
Honduras, Food Security
Nicaragua, Food Security
Uganda, Food Security
Timor, Food Security