Monday, January 26, 2009
Yesterday was the Annual Parish Meeting for Parroquia San Cristóbal. We elected five new members to the Vestry and the Vestry presented our plan for the remodeling of the former Rectory. It will cost about $80,000.00 so we have quite a bit of money to raise. We will be looking for grants and donations from anywhere we can get them. We have also started a campaign for people to pledge monthly to the building fund, so that we can make monthly payments on a loan for the building and not endanger our budget. It's quite a plan and quite a project. Please pray for us and, if so move, donate to our cause!
I also announced that the Lovely Mona and I (and Chompita) will be taking a sabbatical this year. Our third three-year term as missionaries ended on December 31, 2008, and we need a break. We hope to be in California from mid-April through mid-August, 2009. I will be writing a book about the saints. We will be visiting daughters, sons-in-law, and GRANDCHILLINS! We will be visiting Bishops and Canons to the Ordinary in several dioceses. We plan to spend a lot of time at our place in the Trinity Alps. And we will be in New York City sometime in June, visiting our supervisors at 815 Second Avenue. We would love to get together with the East Coast Episcopal Bloggers, if possible. I'll bring the Bank and the Bird and maybe even the Hippo.
We are looking for funds for the sabbatical. We live very simply and that's easy here in Panama, but I can't imagine that we will survive very long on the income we have, so here's the Big Announcement: I've opened Dance Party Store of Love! It's Grand Opening is RIGHT NOW!!! We're selling T-shirts, Sweatshirts, caps, mugs, and even a Tote Bag with the visages of your favorite Friday Red Mr. Peanut Bank and Gallito Mescalito Blogging Stars!! Well, not all of your favorites, but several of them. Yes, there IS a Bunrab, the Filthiest Toy in the House t-shirt. Bunrab's gone on to his Reward, but you can honor his memory by purchasing the Bunrab T-shirt for the low, low price of only $12.00. Now, I tried to keep the mark-up low, but, sheesh, I AM trying to make enough to keep us from standing at freeway entrances holding cardboard signs lying about how I am a veteran. I live in a country where one can by a Nice Shirt or Dress for only $2.00, but you all live in places where the prices of the Dance Party Store of Love will seem downright reasonable, BECAUSE THEY ARE!!! And once you see our products you'll shout GIBITAME!!! GIBITAME RIGHT NOW!!!!
So, click on Dance Party Store of Love! right now and peruse our merchandise and buy buy BUY!
Oh yeah: If you break it, you've bought it. Are your hands clean?
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