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Nonprofit Notebook: Forsyth County Democratic Women to meet – Winston-Salem Journal

Nonprofit Notebook: Forsyth County Democratic Women to meet
Winston-Salem Journal
Big Brothers Big Sisters is accepting registration for its Bowl for Kids Sake Fundraising event. The event will be March 4 and 5 at the AMF Bowling Lanes, 811 Jonestown Road. Teams of five bowlers will raise money to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

How learning languages translates into health benefits for society

The advantages of speaking a second language — for health and mental ability — are to come under the spotlight at an event at the AAAS annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Nudging science toward openness

The $1,000,000 Preregistration Challenge, launched one month ago by the Center for Open Science (COS), is testing how addressing scientists’ incentives can elicit new behaviors and improve the reproducibility of published research. 1,000 researchers will earn $1,000 each for publishing the results of preregistered research.

[Review] Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works

Changing the world is a lot like writing a novel: many people say they want to, but only a few actually accomplish their goal, and fewer still succeed in creating something that gets noticed. In Getting Beyond Better: How Social…

Michelle Obama Asked This Kid How He Would Pay His Good Fortune Forward, and He Delivered – Lunch and Kindness

When 9-year-old Braeden Quinn Mannering was selected to represent Delaware in 2013’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge – part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative – he had no idea where his tasty tortilla bowl recipe would lead him.

Focus On Zero Hunger: El Niño 2016

The current El Niño is one of the strongest on record, increasing hunger world wide. In Haiti the number of food insecure has doubled. Papua New Guinea is suffering from record droughts and Ethiopia has registered one of the driest seasons in 50 years. One Future, #ZeroHunger.

How to Double Online Giving in Six Months

More and more of the giving to nonprofits is taking place online, which means it’s critically important that your online storefront is not only open for business but is optimized. As part of my research on this topic for my…

NCTech4Good Meetup: Nonprofit Tech Trends for 2016

Nonprofit Tech Trends for 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
UNC-TV, 10 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC
RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/NCTech4Good/events/228204187/

Trend or Fad? What is it that nonprofits need to do to stay current and ahead of the pack?

Let’s get together and look at what has happened, what is happening, and what we can do to best prepare our organizations for 2016.

A few trends we’ll discuss:
-Social Media & Fundraising
-Social Networks
-Messaging Apps
-Communications & Marketing
-Privacy & Security
-Mobile

What’s missing?? Bring your plans, ideas, and dreams to add to the discussion. We can do more together than we can apart.

We invite all local nonprofit organizations to network, learn, test and explore new technologies, exchange ideas, and best practices. #nptech #nct4g

4 Ways to Make Valentine’s Day Sweeter by Giving Gifts and Giving Back

Dinner reservations, boxes of chocolate, flowers – are you tired of the same old Valentine’s Day traditions? Make Valentine’s Day a little sweeter this year by spending time volunteering and giving back with the ones you love.

Worshipping From Memory at Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau 1 As I wandered through the Dachau Concentration Camp, devastated by the images and memories of what happened seventy years ago, I was reminded of the Orthodox Resurrection Sunday service that took place just days after Dachau was liberated. Fr. Dionysios, a prisoner of Dachau himself wrote this after worshipping in the prayer room at Block 26, as quoted by Douglas Cramer . . .

They aren’t wearing golden vestments. They don’t even have cassocks. No tapers, no service books in their hands. But now they don’t need external, material lights to hymn the joy. The souls of all are aflame, swimming in light.

Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox prisoners at Dachau couldn’t rely on the elements of worship that they used before imprisonment. But those things that they committed to memory before they were imprisoned, the Holy Spirit brought back to remembrance.

This was evidenced by the fact that the priests who did that Resurrection Sunday service, did it largely from memory. Douglas Cramer also quotes Gleb Rahr (also a prisoner at Dachau) on what he remembered from that service,

The Easter Canon, the Easter Sticheras—everything was recited from memory. The Gospel—“In the beginning was the Word”—also from memory.

And finally, the Homily of Saint John Chrysostom—also from memory. A young Greek monk from the Holy Mountain stood up in front of us and recited it with such infectious enthusiasm that we shall never forget him as long as we live.

Dachau 2How would we worship if we were in a similar situation? Would we be able to sing the hymns without the words on PowerPoint? Would we remember any Scripture, other than John 3:16? Justin Long, a missionary researcher, recently attended a worship service that was designed to be like a prison service in a restricted country. With his permission, I have posted a portion of his article below . . .

For one thing, we would not have speakers or amplifiers or microphones. So those were unplugged. We would not have PowerPoint, so the computer was shut off. We would not have sheet music or lyrics printed out, so those were put away. We probably would not have our Bibles, so those were closed.

How would you worship – if all you had were the songs and Scriptures you could personally remember?

For about an hour, that’s what we did. Various people would start up a song–maybe only remembering a snatch of it–and it was amazing how the rest of the group picked it up and carried it forward.

Others would pray aloud, just briefly, mostly (in this context) for their people group or for people they knew.

Others would start up a Scripture, and maybe finish it, or someone else would.

This was an amazingly powerful thing to do, and a good reminder of the need to hide God’s word in our heart. What if we did this in our churches on occasion?

 

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