Apple Creek United Methodist Church
269 W. Main St, P. O. Box 265, 
Apple Creek Ohio 44606, Phone 330-698-3101,
eMail: office@applecreekumc.com

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Pastor Kenn Curren
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our HISTORY 1
Apple Creek's history. Our ACUMC building upgrades. Just who is John Chapman?  Whatever happened to Edinburg Ohio? 

our HISTORY 2
An interesting 180 year timeline of our leaders and staff.

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Mission trips
Pastor Sam's trip to Guatemala, David and Pat Munn's trip to the Holy Land, Doug and Beth Wright, our missionaries in Africa, more.

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"The Connector". Both are published monthly.

Activities Our Sewing Circle, the Community Food Pantry, Rummage sales, Christmas Food Baskets and more.

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Dan,  Here is another update from Pastor Sam. He has been in the mountains for a few days and didn't have any wifi, but he will have wifi for the next few days.    Rick
 

Email from Pastor Sam in Guatemala
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 11:46 PM
Subject: Some pics from the last few days


Some pictures from the last few days. Some are from ChiChicastanango, a town we stayed in. Some are from a village of widows we visited. Some are from our stay in Nebaj, which was really rough and some of our group got sick here from eating the native food. Nebaj is a very poor place, we met some of the indigenous people here and experienced some Mayan culture.  Blessings,   Pastor Sam

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Final note from Pastor Sam! Yea, he's coming home!!
 
 
Sent: Sunday, January 16, 2011 2:18 PM
Subject: Last Full Day in Guatemala
 
Today is our last full day in Guatemala. We will have our last Reflection time together as a group in about an hour. We will be leaving the hotel in Antigua at 4 am tomorrow morning. We will drive about an hour to the airport in Guatemala City. We will be in Dallas for lunch and landing in Columbus at 5:40 tomorrow evening.
 
It has been an interesting Cross Cultural experience. I have learned a lot about the history of Latin America and Guatemala specifically and the indigenous Mayan people who live here.
 
We have travelled over a large part of the country and visited with many different people. We have met with a wide range of people; from government officials in three piece suits to village people living in dirt floor shacks. We have spent time in a range of different places from a well developed city to small villages and tourist trap towns.
 
We have learned the details of the Spanish conquest of Guatemala in the thirteenth and fourteenth century and the continuing struggle of the poor and indigenous Mayan people. Guatemala is a relatively young country with many struggles and barriers to overcome. The protestant and catholic churches are alive and well here. We were told the Methodist church in Guatemala is a leader in ecumenical circles and leads in many aspects of liberation theology and outreach to the poor and marginalized in Guatemala. The Methodist church here designs ministries that give a hand up instead of a hand out. Two of the greatest threats to Guatemala today are International's looking for natural resources and drug cartels. Internationals want to take advantage of cheap resources and the drug cartels have moved from Columbia to Guatemala. Gang activity/warfare is a major problem in Guatemala City. The government here is so corrupt that it is hard to get anything done even though it is a "democracy."
 
I now know how foreigners feel in the States. I have been learning some Spanish but am largely incapable of communicating with people here (we are travelling with a guide/translator who is an absolute life saver). I have attended two church services while here, both were in Spanish and I couldn't understand what was happening. Now I know what our Spanish speaking brothers and sisters feel like in our community. It is difficult to really connect with a language barrier.
 
The weather here is amazing! I love it! It is almost always in upper 60's to lower 70's.  Connie has told me about the (Ohio) snow we have had. I wish I could bring this weather home with me. But, I think I have something much better and precious to bring back. See you soon.

         Blessings,  Pastor Sam

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