If you think that the strong presence of Bi Tumblr on this one website somehow constitutes some kind of power that bi people have over gay and lesbian people, then you’re an actual pile of nonsense.

Bi people talking about our experiences and talking about their bi headcanons and shit on this one blogging website is not comparable to the way cis gay and lesbian people are able to push bisexuals out of queer spaces. It is not comparable to the way bisexual identities are included in the acronyms used by “LGBT” organizations when they apply for grants, but then our needs are not considered in the work they do. While bisexual organizations get no funding. I’m thinking I should just stop here and probably make a masterpost of this shit, because people are on here talking about bisexuals making homophobic headcanons as an example of how bi people can be homophobic in ways that gay/lesbian people can’t, and there is a very clear lack of understanding going on if that is the kind of shit you think consistories bisexual (non-internalized) homophobia being a thing.

This is just sad tbh.

Edificio Consistorial de Iquique.

Serán más de 2 mil 400 metros cuadrados y en el edificio se emplazarán todas las dependencias municipales (Tránsito, Alcaldía, Renta, los Juzgados, etc.) a excepción de Aseo y Ornato, que se mantendrá en Sotomayor.

Luto y tristeza invade a la Corporación Municipal sampedrana

San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

La Corporación Municipal de San Pedro Sula está de luto.

Los mensajes de solidaridad y condolencias no se han hecho esperar.

En menos de dos semanas, tres regidores de distintos partidos han sido sorprendidos con la partida de seres queridos.

Es una situación sin precedentes y han programado para esta semana hacer una oración en el Salón Consistorial.

“La Corporación Municipal está de luto.

Desde acá enviamos nuestras muestras de pesar, solidaridad y fortaleza.

Rogamos a Dios que dé el bálsamo de la resignación a nuestros compañeros y sus familias”, dijo el alcalde Armando Calidonio, a través de un mensaje telefónico desde Ecuador.

El regidor nacionalista José Jaar perdió a su madre, doña Emilia Mudenat de Jaar.

Luego murió don Abraham Madrid, padre del regidor del partido Libertad y Refundación (Libre) Samuel Madrid, y ayer falleció la señora Reyna Isabel Matute de Rivera, madre del también regidor de Libre José Antonio Rivera.

Empresarios, amigos y familiares llegaron a las funerarias, adonde simultáneamente se hicieron los velorios.

“Son momentos difíciles para nosotros.

La pérdida de mi padre es dolorosa, pero vivirá en nosotros su legado porque fue un hombre ejemplar”, refirió el regidor Samuel Madrid.

El regidor Rivera está muy afectado por la muerte de su madre, a causa de una larga enfermedad.

Comenta que Dios hizo su voluntad y agradeció a todas las personas que lo acompañaron en los momentos más difíciles.

La dama será sepultada hoy en el cementerio Jardines del Recuerdo.

El regidor Luis Cardona exterioriza sus condolencias y menciona que esas muertes tan consecutivas han sorprendido a la Corporación Municipal.

“Son situaciones difíciles para nuestros compañeros y sus familias.

Por ello los acompañamos en su dolor”.

El empresario Luis Larach llegó al velatorio y dio el mensaje de solidaridad a los corporativos.

Todo el cuerpo de regidores llegó a acompañar a sus compañeros de cámara y expresaron sus condolencias.

Algunos enviaron arreglos florales y detalles como muestra de solidaridad.

Hoy un grupo de regidores viajará a Guayaquil, Ecuador, en una visita programada para conocer detalles en materia de mercados, infraestructura y otros.



Luto y tristeza invade a la Corporación Municipal sampedrana
A Program for Training Future Church Officers

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I was asked recently about how our congregation approaches the issue of officer training. It was a timely question. At a recent meeting of the congregation we clarified our approach to officer training. Hopefully this will be helpful to others as well.

Church Officer Training Program

  1. Background:
    1. Scripture obliges Christian leaders to be on the lookout for, and equip “faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2).
    2. Likewise, article 22 of our constitution requires that nominees for the office of elder or deacon “shall be required to undergo instruction as to the office, the Reformed faith in general, the creed, and Constitution of the local church in particular…all nominees must be in full communion with the church and earnestly devoted to the cause of Christ.”
    3. Providing further explanation of the nature and duration of this training is beneficial for those in training, and for the Consistory, council, and congregation.
  2. Overview
    1. The Consistory shall strive, at all times, to have at least one man in the position of elder and deacon in training (respectively) for the purpose of evaluating his suitability for office and, where warranted, preparing him to fill that office should the congregation elect him.
    2. The in-training position is not an office, nor is it vested with the authority that comes through congregational election and formal ordination.  Nonetheless, this position of officer-in-training will provide the kind of training for office that “book work” or other theoretical training cannot accomplish.
    3. The congregation should be mindful to encourage the trainees in their undertaking and show them Christian charity as brothers in the Lord. The congregation is encouraged to bring shepherding and diaconal needs to their district elder or deacon (or elder or deacon in training where appropriate).
  3. Duties
    1. General Duties
      1. All officer trainees shall studiously familiarize themselves with the Scriptures, the Three Forms of Unity, the Creed, the Church Order of the URCNA, and the Constitution and Ministry Handbook of CRCC.
      2. Officers in training shall be expected to attend all Consistory and/or council meetings where they may participate in the discussion though without a vote. When necessary, those in training may be excused from the meetings, especially when sensitive matters calling for strict confidentiality are undertaken.
    2. Elder-in-training
      1. An elder-in-training will ordinarily serve in a particular shepherding district with an ordained elder.
      2. An elder-in-training may be asked by the Consistory to participate in those duties which are pertinent to the office of elder, including but not limited to: Leading the district prayer meeting, assisting in distributing the elements of the Lord’s Supper,[i] and participating in family visitation.
    3. Deacon-in-training
      1. A deacon-in-training will ordinarily serve in a particular shepherding district with an ordained deacon.
      2. A deacon-in-training may be asked by the Consistory to participate in those duties which are pertinent to the office of deacon, including but not limited to: Helping to collect and count the offering, offering a prayer during the collection of the offering, and listening to diaconal needs raised by a member of the congregation.
  4. Qualifications, Appointment, and Term
    1. Those appointed to the position of elder or deacon in training must be members in good standing of Covenant Reformed Church and will ordinarily have been members of the church for a minimum of one year.
    2. Appointees shall demonstrate the qualifications needed for the office to which they are being trained according to 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
    3. Appointees shall desire the office to which they are being trained (1 Tim. 3:1).
    4. Appointees shall also have shown diligent participation in the leadership training classes offered to the men of the congregation.
    5. Those appointed shall ordinarily serve for a period of one year.
      1. When a man has been an elder or deacon in training for one year (or more or less time in extraordinary circumstances), the Consistory shall evaluate the man’s suitability for nomination.
      2. After this evaluation, the man’s status (i.e. whether he will be nominated for office, reappointed to the in-training position, or released from said appointment) will be publicly communicated to the congregation.

 


[i] Our church order insists that “The Consistory shall supervise participation at the Lord’s Table” (art. 45). This we do by having an ordained elder distribute an evaluation card to prospective guest participants and by issuing a public warning and invitation. The distribution of the elements is a sort of “administrative” matter.

The Will of George Williams, 1796

George’s Will, proven at the Consistory Court of Winchester on 24 Jun 1797, valued his estate at £300 and deeded his tenancy in Troublefield to his son James:  

I, George Williams, of Troublefield in the parish of St Helens, Isle of Wight and County of Southampton, husbandman, in perfect health of body, and in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. 

That is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the Earth, to be buried in Decent Christian Burial, at the discretion of my executors. Nothing doubting, but at the general Resurrection, I shall receive the same again, by the mighty power of God, and on touching such Worthy Estate, wherewith it has pleased God to bless me, in this life, I give, devise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

First, I Give and bequeath to my dearly beloved children, Mary the wife of Benjamin Hayles, George Williams, John Williams, Sarah the wife of Thomas Buckle, and Nanny the wife of James Kilbarth, the sum of sixty five pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain, to be paid at the end of twelve months after my decease, and equally divided amongst them, viz, thirteen pounds each. 

Secondly, I give to my godson, James, the son of Benjamin Hayles, the sum of one guinea to be paid immediately on my decease. 

Lastly, I give and bequeath to my beloved son, James Williams, whom I likewise herewith make and ordain the Sole Executor of this, my last Will and Testament, all and singular, my lands and tenements, goods and chattels, by him freely to be enjoyed.

And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and dismand all and every other forms, testaments, wills, legacies, bequests made by me in any way before.  Signed, willed, and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament, in witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this thirty-first day of December, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, seven hundred and ninety-six.

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