Five Loaves and Two Fishes

NAACCS 2009 & FTFT!

H.H. Pope Shenouda III presided over the North American Annual Coptic Clergy Seminar (NAACCS) which was held in Holy Virgin Mary’s Spiritual Vineyard of Charlton, MA from Monday, September 14, 2009 through Wednesday, September 16, 2009. There were 14 bishops and over 220 priests from the United States & Canada in attendance. Among the bishops in attendance where: H.G. Bishop Pisenti (Helwan), H.G. Bishop Botros (Patmos), H.G. Bishop Serapion (Los Angles), H.G. Bishop Youssef (Southern), H.G. Bishop Suriel (Melbourne), H.G. Bishop Agathon (Brazil), H.G. Bishop Youssef (Bolivia), H.G. Bishop Reweis (General Bishop), H.G. Bishop Makarious (General Bishop), H.G. Bishop Youannis (General Bishop), H.G. Bishop Youhanna (General Bishop), H.G. Bishop Armia (General Bishop), H.G. Bishop David (General Bishop), and H.G. Bishop Michael (General Bishop). The Seminar consisted of spiritual words of wisdom delivered by H.H. Pope Shenouda III and Their Graces the Bishops to the Reverend Fathers, as well as Question & Answer sessions.

On Tuesday morning, September 15, 2009, H.H. along with Their Graces the Bishop and Reverend Fathers travelled to Nashua, New Hampshire to consecrate the Coptic Orthodox Church of Virgin Mary & Archangel Michael (41 Chandler St, Nashua, NH 03064-2816). After consecrating the church H.H. and the clergy returned to the vineyard to continue their seminar.

JC 4 JC 9-13-09

Diocese wide Food/clothes drive and FTFT! Service Day!

A diocese-wide service initiative will be started from today. Each church will place a box in the church to collect canned food, clothes and toiletries.


Contact the FTFT! Delegates from your individual church for details.
Then, on September 26th we will go out as o1ne unit and distribute the items we collected to local shelters and soup kitchens in our communities. (each church will go to a shelter nearest to it)


We will then all meet afterwards for prayer and fellowship and share the joy we experienced in this day!


we will be meeting at 5 pm in Archanel Michael and St. Mena's Church in Staten Island, NY.


The most important things for now are the following:
1) place a large donation box somewhere in your church
2) announce to your church to bring in the desired items (canned food, clothes, toiletries) encourage sunday school children to donate items so they can learn the joy of giving and service!


*if you would like to participate in this service day and your church is too far away to join us for our post-service meeting, PLEASE feel free to just go ahead and serve! We encourage you to spend the next two months collecting those items with your church and go out and distribute them on september 26th(or another day if you need to)

July FTFT! Delegates Day! 7/18/09 11:00 AM

What: July FTFT! Delegates' Day!

Why: We had a great response to FTF50 but some of you couldn't make it
because of various church celebrations of Pentecost. So we're having
another one just for you!

Who: Anyone interested in being a servant-leader (aka delegate) in their church! 
 
When: July 18th 12pm
Where: St. Mark's Church in West Side, New Jersey

If you've ever served in your church with FTFT! before or if you have been interested in getting involved in your church's, join us and find out how! 

Our world is desperately waiting for the power of God to be revealed in us. (Romans 8:19)

Five Loaves and Two Fishes

Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: "for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink" (Matthew 25: 34-35)

God is the Ultimate Provider, Who meets His people's needs, and He made us His visible hands on Earth.  Just as God used a visible sky to send the manna from heaven to feed His people when they were hungry, we pray that God will use Five Loaves & Two Fish as the visible means by which we meet people's physical and spiritual needs.

FTFT! helps those who are in need by serving in community soup kitchens. Through Christ’s example, we serve those who are hungry just as Christ ordered us to. By conducting ourselves with Love and revealing Christ in us, we will maintain a relationship with those in need.  We are examples to those who we are serving, and we show them who Christ is, through words and deeds.

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