POWER, Next Steps, Meeting after Church on 10.30

POWER, Next Steps, Meeting after Church on 10.30

There will be a meeting immediately after worship on Sunday, 10.30 about P.O.W.E.R. (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild).

Mayor Nutter, other city officials and leaders in this city heard us at the Founding Convention — Philadelphia Needs to become a City That Works (with Jobs) For Everyone. POWER is beginning its first big campaign — for 10,000 new jobs in the next 5 years.

Our Old First meeting (at the east end of the Social Hall) starting during coffee hour is for anyone who is interested in POWER, what it’s doing and how it’s going about it. Particularly important is that people who have been involved, particularly those who conducted 1 on 1s, attend this meeting.

Our conversation will last 50 minutes, and be conducted by Michael, Margaret, Beth W., Steve, and Stirling:

~ Evaluate the Founding Convention (10 minutes)
~ Gather the general information learned from our 1 on 1s (about our church, the city and people’s needs) (15 minutes)
~ Do a quick overview of what POWER has learned about the jobs issue (5 minutes)
~ Introduce the next step: talking to people about (un)employment experiences (15 minutes)
~ Form a LOC (local organizing committee — the ministry team at Old First that will be responsible for keeping us moving ahead in our community organizing, both with any local issues as well as participating in the citywide campaign for jobs.) (10 minutes)

Please make time to join us and stay involved. As this effort is teaching us (and a very good lesson for Reformation Sunday!), WE are to be the determiners of what happens with our city. Yes, we have leaders who have a distinct role, but they answer to their constituency! We have the POWER to make a difference.

One final bit of good news, an angel approached Michael in coffee hour last week and asked how much our annual membership contribution to POWER is. Michael couldn’t remember exactly, but said somewhere in the between 1100 and 1500. The person responded, “It’s an important new effort; I’m glad we are part of it. I will make a special contribution — what we call an angel gift at Old First — to cover that expense. Thanks be to God!