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Dear Pastor:   

Tune in April 6 at 6 p.m. (CDT) for the President’s Address and live question-and-answer session on www.CofChrist.org. As you prayerfully reflect on the words of counsel (www.CofChrist.org/presidency/0414 13wordsofcounsel) send any questions on the first six paragraphs to AskSteveVeazey@CofChrist.org or post them to Facebook or Twitter with #AskSteveVeazey.

This series of online-only addresses creates opportunities for the worldwide church to engage in an ongoing conversation about the meaning of the words of counsel. We encourage groups to gather in congregations, homes, and other places where you can pray and process together, and connect with President Veazey and others around the world through the Internet. See the enclosed suggestions for incorporating prayers and hymns in your President’s Address gathering.

Archives of the address and Q-and-A will be available the week following the event. This series of President’s Addresses will continue on October 5, 2014; April 12 and October 4, 2015; and April 3, 2016.

See a video thank you from the Mocago Congregation in the Philippines where your generous contributions to Abolish Poverty, End Suffering continue to help with recovery from October typhoons. See it at, and share it from, www.CofChrist.org/news/2014/mar/philippines.asp.

Community of Christ Sings will be featured at the July 13–17 conference of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada to be held in Columbus, Ohio. The event, “Beyond the Page: The Power of Teaching to Strengthen the Congregation’s Song,” is open to everyone. Hymnal Steering Team Lead Jane Gardner said, “We would love to have a large number of Community of Christ supporters at the conference to illustrate in person what the Hymn Society has heard about us: that we love to sing, in parts!” For details and conference registration visit http://thehymnsocietyconference.wordpress.com. Early registration savings are available until May 1.

Members are invited to pray for Ukraine. Church Planter Igor Karpachov (Donetsk, Ukraine) wrote, “We pray for those who are holding power, those who have lost power, and those who simply want to live in hope with their families.” See more in the letter to the church at www.CofChrist.org/news/2014/mar/ukraine.asp.

International Youth Forum (IYF) will be held July 15–18 in Independence, Missouri. There will also be IYF events in the Dominican Republic and Honduras this summer. The IYF Committee invites you to hold these events in your prayers, and/or spiritual practices that allow this type of intentional focus. IYF is about creating communities of Christ’s peace. By entering into prayer/spiritual practice for those communities we strengthen that connection. See more at www.CofChrist.org/iyf/USA/Invitation-to-prayer.asp.

The Lenten Journey continues up to Easter, April 20. Join sisters and brothers around the world in using ancient practices to guide us into what is new. You are invited to focus on a specific practice each week to help simplify your life, focus on what matters most, and prepare for the wonder and transformation resurrection brings. To participate, visit www.CofChrist.org/spiritualformation/lent.asp to find

Register now for MEADS (Ministerial Education and Discipleship Studies) August 4–8 classes:

The cost is $88 for one class or $175 for two. For more information, visit www.CofChrist.org/meads/schedule.asp. Register by July 18 with Michelle Booth: ext. 1459 or e-mail Michelle Booth.

Join Barb Walden and David Bolton on the Sing the Sacred Story bus tour October 6–15.

Celebrate the Community of Christ hymnal on a 10-day tour of the historic sites! Learn more about our rich hymnody inspired by these sacred places and how that inspiration lives on in Community of Christ Sings. Worship in the Kirtland Temple. Rejoice in a hymn festival in Nauvoo’s Red Brick Store. Explore the Sacred Grove in Palmyra. Along the way, visit Niagara Falls, the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Hancock Shaker Village, and much, much more!

Seating is limited. Reserve your place today! Tour price is $1,375 per person for double-occupancy room, $1,875 for single-occupancy. Tour price includes luxury bus transportation (from Independence, Missouri area), hotel room each night, tour fees, and most meals. Reservation forms and a full tour itinerary are available on www.HistoricSitesFoundation.org or by contacting Linda Etchison at (217) 453-2246.

The series on words of counsel continues in the Herald with the article “Suffering Love…Cross…Resurrection,” by Apostle Rick Maupin. For each of us—those receiving ministry and those giving it—burdens form a symbolic cross. As we bear them, we also carry hope. That’s because we know our journey with the cross will lead to resurrection.

To subscribe to the Herald, visit www.HeraldHouse.org or contact subscriptions@HeraldHouse.org or 1-800-767-8181. Share comments on the Herald Blog at http://heraldmagazine.wordpress.com. Sign up to have commentary series articles delivered to your e-mail at www.CofChrist.org/subscribe.asp.

New for Vacation Church School and camp this summer: Join Jack and Jenn in their newest adventure as they explore the Enduring Principles. You will soon be able to place orders for the resource kit:
 Six new videos with accompanying lessons.
 Director helps with sample schedules, music, snack and craft ideas, and games.
 Original music on CD to accompany videos and lessons.
 T-shirt, banner, and publicity material templates.

Subscribe to the Daily Bread blog, a devotional resource that connects us to our worldwide church through people’s stories. Receive each day’s story, prayer for peace, spiritual practice, and peace covenant in your e-mail and share comments on the blog. To subscribe, click on the Daily Bread icon at www.CofChrist.org or enter your e-mail address directly at http://CofChristDailyBread.wordpress.com.

Upcoming Events
April 6

April 13
Aprl 17
April 18
April 20
President's Address — live webcast-only event;
Anniversary of church's 1830 organization and 1860 reorganization
Palm/Passion Sunday
Maundy Thursday
International Headquarters offices closed—Good Friday
May 5
May 6
May 7–9, 12
May 12–15
May 26
May 26–30
May 31
Council of Twelve Apostles meet
World Church Leadership Council
Council of Twelve Apostles meet
World Church Leadership Council
International Headquarters offices closed—Memorial Day (USA)
Community of Christ's Seminary focus session
World Church Finance Board
June 1
June 8
World Church Finance Board

Daily Prayer for Peace—A brief worship service is held daily at 1:00 p.m. central time at the Temple. Join us in prayer from wherever you are. For details and the text of each day’s prayer, visit www.CofChrist.org/prayerpeace/.

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