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24Jun 15

A Letter from Hannah in Zambia

Dear supporters, I write to you today four weeks from my departure from Zambia. I leave Zambia on July 22nd and will arrive in Milwaukee late on July 23rd. I feel so many emotions as I approach the conclusion of this transformative year. I’m more than excited to see all of you again soon, and honestly, I’m currently feeling exhausted from the fatigue that usually comes midway through a school term. At the same time, I can’t imagine saying goodbye to the people around me who have changed my life. Teaching computers, mostly in theory with only my personal laptop available, has certainly been a challenge, but yesterday I had my students make posters about some of the concepts like icons and the Microsoft suite programs we have been studying. I enjoyed just sitting at my classroom table watching each of their personalities come out as they were having obvious…

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23Apr 15

Serving in Zambia

Pres House Alum Hannah Weinberg-Kinsey is serving as a PCUSA Young Adult Volunteer in Zambia this year.  Check out this video for a snapshot into her life there.

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07Dec 14

A Pastoral Letter on Recent Events

Dear Pres House Community, In the past couple of weeks, incidents in Ferguson and Staten Island revealed a long-existing divide in our nation. My purpose in writing to you is not to debate the specifics of those cases, but rather to exhort our community to be a place where we come together and talk honestly with one another. Our community represents a diversity of opinion and perspective which is something I highly value. We strive to create a culture of asking questions, wrestling with challenging issues, and being open with one another. This is easier to do with some topics, much harder with others. Race, which is deeply embedded in the Ferguson and Staten Island incidents, is one of the toughest ones to talk about. I understand the hesitation to engage in this topic—I know our community is one in which people endeavor to treat each other with respect and do…

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03Dec 14

A Lament for Ferguson

In the first week after the decision by a grand jury to not indict Officer Darren Wilson over the shooting of Michael Brown I struggled to sort through my reaction and think of what to say in response. Pastor Erica, my wife and co-pastor, wisely suggested that we orient our first worship service after the verdict around lament. The act of prayerful lament is very fitting during Advent. In Advent we call out from the darkness of our current situation and hold onto hope that Christ is coming to break into our world with light and grace. So on Sunday, November 30, 2014 I shared these words as a personal lament for Ferguson. They do not reflect an official position of Pres House or represent all of the opinions of our diverse community. They are my own words of sadness, anger, confession...and ultimately hope. - Pastor Mark (You can listen to…

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28Oct 14

A Thankful Update from Hannah in Zambia

Dear Pres House, Dear, dear friends! I think of you often as I picture what stage of the year you are encountering, from kick-off to midterms to Fall Retreat. My YAV coordinator recently asked me about a moment I’ve experience God lately, and what came to mind was that I recently downloaded the Pres House worship playlist (aka 10,000 Reasons, Beautiful Things, etc) and it was in those moments, listening to those songs which made me feel so complete, with my feet both back home and Zambia, that God was most clear to me. Two months ago to this day I left on this journey to Zambia, leaving with your thoughts, prayers, and financial support. Since then each day has been full—full of new people who morphed into family and friends; full of eye-opening, earth-shattering realities about poverty and the systems of the world; full of nshima—Zambian food; full of…

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25Aug 14

Young Adult Volunteer – Hannah in Zambia!

In just a couple of days, Pres House alum Hannah Weinberg-Kinsey will be arriving in Lusaka, Zambia to begin a year of service through the Young Adult Volunteer program of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. We at Pres House are excited to be supporting her through prayer and finances as Hannah embarks on this journey. We invite you to follow Hannah's journey through her blog. And hey, maybe you want to consider becoming a Young Adult Volunteer in the near future too!

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18Aug 14

What Romans 16 has to do with Ferguson, MO – Listening to the Voices of the Stranger

This sermon is simply an arrow to the words of others; the narratives which have unfolded from Ferguson are largely divided along racial lines. Now is the time to listen to the voices which are often marginalized and dismissed. A list of the articles which I passed around on 8/17/14 is listed below; scroll down to the bottom to find them. I will continue to add more as I become aware of them. --E. Liu Romans 16:1-16 - Listening to the Voices of the Stranger (Preached at Pres House on Sunday, August 17th, 2014 by Rev. Erica Liu) I had been looking forward to preaching on this last chapter of Romans and I had a plan. We've spent the entire summer working our way through this dense and often esoteric treatise and I was looking forward to getting to the end of this letter because instead of theological arguments, we are surprised…

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12May 14

Eating Strategies for Exam Time!

Eating Strategies for Exam Time! If you are like most students, exam time eating often sends you into a de-energizing spiral. Your nutrition becomes a nightmare as you take in your quota of ‘junk’ food during midterms and finals. Getting control of your eating during these stressful times is possible.   Nutrition tips to keep you alert while studying Eat small, frequent meals to keep your blood sugar and energy levels steady. Now’s the time to have easy, convenient meal-type foods on hand. Avoid living entirely on snack foods as they usually won’t energize you as much as a real meal. This is the time for frozen entrees, bean soups, peanut butter and cold cut sandwiches, ready - to-eat tuna and chicken salads and other convenient foods. Avoid sweets and sugary foods.  If you crave sweets, consider a high protein nutrition bar instead of a candy bar. Choose one that has  15 grams of protein, such as Balance Bar®, Ironman PR® or any that says “40-30-30”*…

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