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SOJ News February 8, 2013

posted Feb 8, 2013, 3:00 PM by Spirit of Joy Christian Church   [ updated Feb 8, 2013, 3:00 PM by Jackson Cobb ]
Greetings, fellow spiritual travelers! It's great having so many folks getting back from vacations. Wouldn't a full house feel good this Sunday? I hope to see you in worship as we talk about Jesus as every good word that comes from God. 

Maybe you've had a "mountaintop experience" that gave you insight into who Jesus is. Be prepared to go up the mountain again Sunday. And if you haven't had a chance to sign the covenant yet this year, I hope you'll consider the commitment you're making to the community. It's a good time to be involved. You are God's gift to Spirit of Joy. I'm grateful.

A few items of note heading into the weekend...

Men's Breakfast
Tomorrow morning is the February Men's Breakfast at SOJ. Be here at 8:30 for great food and fellowship.

Dinner Club Signup
Remember to sign up for the Dinner Club this Sunday. Contact Becky Bible by February 24 to participate at or 952-432-1982.

Feed My Starving Children
Sunday at 8:00 p.m., Minnesota PBS will broadcast "Nourish Hope: Progress Starts with Food," featuring the work and meal formulas of Feed My Starving Children. SOJ has participated with FMSC.

Advocacy Training and Budget Workshop
Look for more info in coming weeks, as we prepare for a once-a-month focus on public policy and advocacy during the Sunday morning study hour. Diane Tran and Jeff Bauer have agreed to follow up their January workshop on advocacy with more specific ways we can get involved in making the community a better place. Dates to be announced.

Here's some background.

As part of the Citizens League’s 60th Anniversary, 60 individual members of the Citizens League – including Diane Tran of Grassroots Solutions – have agreed to host 60 parties at homes and workplaces with their friends, family members, and colleagues. The goal is to recruit 400 new members to the Citizens League by introducing participants to the Citizens League’s work and approach, and encouraging people to join the organization to support our work and get involved. Parties are either informal gatherings, or more formally structured around one of the Citizens League’s current interactive workshops on state budgeting, tax reform, or health.
Context for Common Cents, the budget workshop
In conversations across the state, the Citizens League is engaging Minnesotans to determine what values and priorities should guide the budgeting process of the state of Minnesota. We will take what we hear from all of these workshops and report back to the Governor and state legislators.

What happens in the workshop?
Minnesota - like many other states - faces significant budget challenges. The state budget is unstable and will be for years to come unless major changes are made. We start out the discussion by sharing a little information on the challenges facing the state budget - the overall picture, as well as information specific to spending, revenue and reform. The workshop features interactive voting as well as exercises and conversations among participants.
Key questions include:
·         Is there any area of the budget where  the state should spend less money?
·         Under what circumstances, if any, would you personally be willing to pay more taxes?
·         What concerns you most when thinking about possible reform?
What have other participants said about these conversations?
·         “I always find Citizens League worksite events to be both informative and timely. Conversations are interactive and I like getting the chance to hear my coworkers’ thoughts on pressing issues. The discussion helps broaden our perspectives and deepen our understanding of the world around us.”
·         “I've been impressed by the topics covered in Citizens League sessions. They are very relevant to my work and to my interests and activities outside of work.”
·         “The information is always insightful and helps me stay current. Plus, I really like opportunities to contribute to data collection.”

See you Sunday! 

Blessings to you and peace.