Hello church friends, veteran friends, and all supporters of 270!
I am ever grateful for the past couple of years serving the Lord through Emmanuel Mennonite Church here in Gainesville. The birth of the Beltram Peace Center 270 has truly been a project led by the Holy Spirit. What a journey!
I am at a crossroads and am looking for discernment and guidance.
BPC 270 is now at a point where it needs someone with real management skills and experience. I am looking for a creative solution to fulfill this open opportunity.
Networking, fundraising, and managing while maintaining our Mennonite values of creation care and service is the order of the day. I am looking for someone who shares these values and has these skills to enter into our journey. I have taken it as far as I feel capable.
Perhaps a part-time position is in order…a Church worker looking to pick up something to focus their talents on during retirement…or some young passionate idealist to take this to its full potential…or (fill in the blank with your name).
I present this to you in hopes of sparking an interest and perhaps, again, being an answer to someone else’s prayer.
Please pray and creatively consider what options and opportunities lie ahead for BPC 270. If you or someone you know is interested, please, contact me as soon as you can. I am preparing the budget for the next year and could consider a stipend or salary of sorts.
Thanks again for all your support through the years and for watching and helping us grow!
When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
I find that when I’m not sure what else to do, I just start sharing the story about Fred Beltram and his generous gift to Emmanuel Mennonite Church with any and all who will listen. (See What is BPC 270?! above.)
It seems, then, that the rest takes care of itself:
Emmanuel Mennonite Church’s story of the Beltram Peace Center 270 is one of five stories that Mennonite Creation Care Network will feature at their booth in Kansas City, MO during the Mennonite Church USA convention, June 30 to July 5!
The Mennonite (A Mennonite USA publication) would like to use our story on their website. They also hope to use it in the print magazine in an upcoming issue.
Our story may also find its way to the Mennonite World Review.
Lately, I have been playing with a video app as a way of “showing” our story. Check it out:
270 will continue to share its story with any and all who will listen: Healing and Hope through Creation Care and Service!
Love Is Still A Worthy Cause ~ Sara Groves
2015 Survival Race and Hero Fest at Otter Springs
It was a great day! Check it Out:
Otter Springs Lodge
Voc Rehab Resource
Beltram Peace Center 270
Information Booths for Veterans and their Families
Entertainment and Fun
Plenty of Food Vendors
The Survival Race Finishers!
Best of All ~Cheering on the Racers
Watch for this next year. You will definitely see it again!
Thanks to Matthew Burke (10-Can) for inviting
BPC 270 to participate.
Upon discovering our resident gopher tortoise last year, we decided to name it in honor of Fred Beltram…so we have been calling him Fred!
Just in the past week, though, Don discovered a new baby tortoise hole next to Fred’s! Perhaps our Fred is a Fredericka!
No baby sightings yet, but there is evidence of baby nibbles.
Just looked it up…the name Fredericka means “peaceful ruler”!
How felicitous is that?!
Just wanted to share some cool stuff:
10 Can Survival Race and Hero Fest
Thrive Market offers the best-selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices through a $60/year membership. Think Costco meets Whole Foods online. And every paid membership, through Ground Operations, donates one free membership to a veteran (and their family).
Quote from the Roosevelt Memorial
Beltram Peace Center 270
Is in Warrior Institute’s Spring 2015 Newsletter! Check us out, then read all about Warrior Institute’s other cool activities!
Don’t forget to visit their Outpost Coffee Shop in the Millhopper Library!
Drop in ~ Enjoy a cup of coffee ~ Support a vet!
MDS stands for Mennonite Disaster Service. They refurbish homes that have been damaged during a natural disaster.
When Titus Peachey and Jason Boone from Mennonite USA, Justice and Peace Support Network heard of our 270 Project, they asked
MDS if they could help.
BOY! DID THEY!
Check this out:
And especially Ervin Miller for all his orchestrating!