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Say Yes to Transit!

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Transit Summit: August 11th 4:00-5:00 PM

Public Event Sponsored by ESTHER (Fox Cities) and JOSHUA (Green Bay)

Confirmed participants in addition to other community leaders include:

Congressman Reid Ribble & Congressman Tom Petri

 

 

  • Do you ride the bus to work or to school?
  • Do your children or your neighbors' children ride the bus to school?
  • Do any of your employees ride the bus to work?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, you should attend the "Say Yes to Transit" event on August 11th

Public transit is vital to a strong community, to the economy and to those who depend on public transit as their mode of transportation. To learn about the threats to public transit in Green Bay and the Fox Valley, come to "Say Yes to Transit." 

 

Where: First English Lutheran Church at 326 East North St, Appleton

When: August 11, 2011 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM

 

Download the flyer (below) for more information. 

Leaders For Justice Training Sponsored by ESTHER and JOSHUA

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En español: content/capacitacion-de-lideres-por-la-justicia-patrocinada-por-esther-y-josue

This is an ideal opportunity for new leaders and for experienced leaders who want to work more effectively.  The training includes:

  • Basic overview of faith-based community organizing
  • Building relationships through one-on-one conversations
  • How to create and strengthen core teams
  • How to hold effective meetings and build strong organizations
  • Issues and how we work together to address issues
  • Planning actions to bring about strong and just communities

Date: August 26-27

Friday: We begin at 5:00 PM with a dinner followed by time for reflection. We continue with the training until 9:00 PM

Saturday: We work from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM

Place: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 740 East College Ave, Appleton

Cost: $20 including Meals (dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday)

Languages: You will be able to choose between English and Spanish

Registration: To register, contact Stephanie Gyldenvand by email at esther.foxvalley@gmail.com or by phone at920-216-0891. In the email, include your full name and your congregation or organization. Also, please let us know if you want to stay with a family on Friday night. Please send a check made out to ESTHER to 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah, WI 54956.

 

Capacitacion de Lideres por la Justicia Patrocinada por ESTHER y JOSUE

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In English: content/leaders-justice-training-sponsored-esther-and-joshua

Esta es una oportunidad ideal por nuevos lideres asi como lideres experimentados que quieren trabajar mas eficazmente en sus organizaciones y comunidades de fe.  La capacitacion incluye:

  • Ideas basicas de organizacion comunitaria basada en la fe
  • Maneras de construir relaciones por medio de conversaciones cara-cara
  • Maneras de crear y de fortalecer equipos
  • Metodos para manejar reuniones y para construir organizaciones fuertes
  • Problemas y como podemos trabajar juntos para enfrentar las mismas
  • Planeacion de acciones para realizar comunidades justas y fuertes

Fecha: 26-27 Agosto

El viernes: Empezamos a las 5:00 PM con una cena y con tiemp de meditacion. Continuamos hasta las 9:00 PM.

El sabado: Trabajamos desde las 8:30 AM hasta las 3:30 PM

Lugar: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 740 East College Ave, Appleton

Costo: $20 con comida incluida (la cena del viernes y el desayuno y el almuerzo del sabado.

Idiomas: Usted puede escoger enter espanol y ingles

Registracion: Para registrarse, contacte a Stephanie Gyldenvand por email a esther.foxvalley@gmail.com o por telefono a 920-216-0891.  En el email ponga su nombre y appellidos y su congregacion o organizacion. Tambien cuentenos si quiere quedarse con una familia la noche del viernes. Por favor, envie un cheque a favor de ESTHER a 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah, WI 54956.

Building Bridges MURAL PROJECT!

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Building Bridges:

A Mural Project

 

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If you could paint just one message to your community, what would it say?

We are inviting high school and college students to participate in a mural project that will work to build bridges between immigrant and non-immigrant youth. There will be two relationship building gatherings for students to get to know each other (lunch included). Students will meet to design the mural in September and will paint the mural design in September through October. Students can paint as their schedule allows. This will be a large traveling mural, all painting will be done indoors.

LOCATION: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 740 East College Avenue, Appleton. Bridging Gatherings and painting will be done at this location. (See Mural Timeline)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Stephanie Gyldenvand, (920) 216-0891, esther.foxvalley@gmail.com. There is no cost to participate. Adult advisors will be present for all meetings and painting sessions.

Mural Timeline:

August 6th – 10:00-1:00, Bridging Gathering I

August 20th – 10:00-1:00, Bridging Gathering II

September & October – Plan design, and paint mural

November – Unveiling event and display of mural at community events

This mural project is sponsored by LUNA, a youth group that works to strengthen leadership skills, build positive relationships, and addresses issues that impact Latino youth. LUNA is a project of ESTHER, an interfaith nonprofit that works to impact issues of poverty and injustice in the greater Fox Valley area.

Foreclosure Prevention Event

Date: 
Friday, June 24, 2011 - 1:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
First Congregational U.C.C., Appleton

Fearing Foreclosure?

 
You should attend this FREE event if you need help avoiding a
foreclosure or if you are facing a foreclosure now

ESTHER Annual Banquet

Date: 
Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Liberty Hall, Kimberly

Make plans now to attend ESTHER's seventh annual banquet!

 

Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing on the WI State Budget

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 New location of Joint Finance Committee Hearing - Neenah!

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
April 13, 2011
Pickard Auditorium, Neenah High School

Speak out for a just state budget! 

We will all be impacted by the proposed state budget.  Those that will sacrifice the most are those that are the most vulnerable in our midst.  The poor and working low-income families, students, seniors, immigrants, and those in need of health care will see dramatic cuts to service.  At a time where we need a focus on jobs to increase the quality of life, we call for our state legislature to consider first the quality of life for the those with the most to lose. 

If you can’t attend, please consider making a written statement (click here) for us to give to the committee.  To read WISDOM's statement on the budget, click here and visit the website Pray for Justice in Wisconsin.

 

Click on link above to watch an interview of ESTHER leader Penny Robinson during the Joint Finance Committee hearing in Stevens Point held on April 8th.

Speak Up for Justice at Wisconsin Budget Hearings

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Wisconsin's BudgetLet Your Voice Be Heard

Joint Finance Committee Budget Hearings April 7 in Stevens Point!

Tell the Committee That the Budget Must Support Social Justice!

When: Thursday, April 7 at 10:00 AM – SAVE THIS DATE

Where: The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Lee Dreyfus Center

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Introducing Gwen Gibson, ESTHER's New President

Gwen was installed in January 2011 as President of ESTHER. She is the third person to serve in that capacity, following Rev. Joel Schlachtenhaufen and Rev. Maynard Beemer.  Gwen is recognized for her deep faith, courage, and strength in leadership. She has worked with enthusiasm and determination in her congregation, the community, and ESTHER. We are pleased to have her as our new president, and we look forward to benefiting from her leadership.

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