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LEADERSHIP TRAINING – AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU

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This 2-day leadership training, sponsored by ESTHER and JOSHUA, is an ideal opportunity for new leaders and for others who want to make a powerful impact on issues of injustice.

WHEN: Friday, May 3, 5-9 PM & Saturday, May 4, 8:30 AM – 3 PM
WHERE: First Congregational UCC, 724 E South River St, Appleton
COST: $25, including supper Friday and lunch on Saturday
REGISTER: Call 920-216-0891 or email esther.foxvalley@gmail.com.
Please send $25 check payable to ESTHER to 140 S. Green Bay Rd, Neenah, WI 54956.

ESTHER Spring Gathering – EVERYONE AT THE TABLE

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SPRING GATHERING

Come and see what ESTHER is doing to bring everyone to the table of community and opportunity. See what ESTHER Task Forces are really up to.

DATE: Thursday, April 25
TIME: 7 PM
WHERE: Emmanuel United Methodist Church
740 E. College Avenue, Appleton

Includes coffee and dessert, contest and prizes.

$10 suggested donation.

RSVP: Jean: 920-969-1683 Community is WELCOME

 

Inspiration Marks Madison Action Day 2013

Madison Action Day Podium on Capitol StapeMore than 900 People of Faith United for Justice from all around Wisconsin – including 80 from the ESTHER – traveled to Madison on March 14 to bear witness to the importance of social justice and to ask our legislators to support 1) funding for treatment instead of prison (11x15); 2) public transit; and 3) accepting federal funds to expand Medicare.

JOIN US! March 14th People of Faith, Madison Action Day

ESTHER members marching to the Capitol in MadisonPeople of Faith United for Justice is a day-long gathering to learn, discuss, pray and take action on justice issues such as prison reform, public transit, affordable housing, transitional jobs, and more. We gather at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison for plenary sessions and lunch, followed by a march to the capitol and meetings with legislators.

Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Funding, the focus for 11x15, is one of the issues this day. Funding for transportation is another.

Read more, and then register to join us! click to register online | click to download registration flyer

Annual Banquet set for Nov. 11; get your tickets now!

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Rev. Scott Anderson, Executive Directory, Wisconsin Council of ChurchesRev. Scott Anderson, executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, will be the keynote speaker at ESTHER’s eighth Annual Banquet at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Drive, Kimberly. Festivities include music and a silent auction. Current and new members are welcome, as well as other friends, supporters and guests. The cost is $40 per person, $70 for a couple, or $350 for a table of 10. Click here to register online.

We did it!

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We won a public hearing for a Fox Cities RTA bill!

A public hearing has been scheduled with the Senate Transportation Committee for a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for the greater Fox Cities region (SB456)!

We need your help! ESTHER will be arranging a carpool to Madison for the hearing that will be held on Thursday, March 8th at the state capitol.  A time has not been given for the hearing. We will keep you posted on the time of the hearing and the and location for our carpool.

Time is running out. This session is scheduled to end in March. There IS NOT going to be another floor period scheduled for the rest of the year. This is our last chance to get something through at the state level this year. Without the flexibility afforded by a RTA, public transportation in the Fox Cities is likely to cease to exist by 2013.

What: Fox Cities RTA Public Hearing

When: Thursday, March 8th at 10:00 AM

Where: State Capitol in Room 411 South

Carpool Leaves: 7:45 AM from First Congregational UCC in Appleton (724 East South River Street)

Carpool Returns: Before 4:00 PM (estimated time) most likely earlier.

Let us know if you will be part of the carpool, call Stephanie at 920-216-0891. Additional information will be provided for those attending the hearing on Thursday as we depart Appleton for the State Capitol in Madison. 


 

Can't make it to Madison?  Your voice is still important.  Please these three members of the Senate Transportation Committee to share with them how critical the RTA is to our community. Call now! A few important points are listed below.

Senator Lazich (chair of committee): (800) 334-1442

Senator Leibham: (vice chair of committee): (888) 295-8750

Senator Lasee: (608) 266-3512

A few simple points about what a Fox Cities Regional Transit Authority (RTA) would do:

  1. Create a vibrant, modern transit system is a fundamental part of a successful and sustainable economy in the greater Fox Cities.
  2. Allow for a permanent regional transit authority in the greater Fox Cities is critical to providing regional coordination, creating a united voice across the region, and advancing efficient regional linkages for jobs and economic growth.
  3. Provide a dedicated funding source for transit to provide adequate, stable funding for transit and prevent significant cuts in service.
  4. The dedicated sales tax voted on locally by the community of up to but not greater than 0.5% for transit will provide property tax relief by removing local transit costs from the property tax.

 

Public transit is important to too many in our community. Let's work together to keep our buses moving.

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