The current installment of the COEC began meeting in 2007.

We are currently on a "break," for no particular reason, and many little reasons - mostly pertaining to life circumstances. If anyone is interested in calling a meeting, feel free to post on the blog, join the google group (see link below) and send an email, or contact either Nancy (nancykj10@yahoo.com) or Jesse (schroeder.jesse@gmail.com) for more information.

To receive cohort emails, join our Google group.


Transform Conference, Labyrinth?

Because many/most of our group is going to be at the Transform Conference in DC our numbers will be down. We have on the calendar an option to meet and go through the Labyrinth in the Chadwick Arboretum (OSU Campus) if there is interest. Please contact me (Kara) and let me know if you are interested. Otherwise we will just plan on not having a formal gathering this week.


It's a Baby Party!!

For this week's Cohort meeting, it's a baby party! Little Henry Newby won't be here for a few months yet, but we'll meet to celebrate him anyway.

Kara & Adam want this to be about *people*, not presents. So, your presence is your presents. Heh. See what I did there?

But I happen to know that they have a really interesting gift registry at http://www.alternativegiftregistry.org/view_registry_public.php?registry_uid=4821, so if you're inclined, take a peek. But no pressure at all!!

Plans for Food: Everyone please bring an appetizer-type snack to share. Please comment to let us know you are coming, and what you might be bringing.

There will also be fun games and a blessing for Adam, Kara, and baby Henry.

Location/Time: Zack & Eve's House, 3-5 pm, Sunday April 25


Celebration of the Faithful April 18th

Sorry to mess with the schedule everyone but this COTF will be meeting and joining in with the Parade of Tears with Ohio State's "Price of Life" campaign. Jesse posted a description of the event in the previous post. The event is to raise awareness, I see our role as teaming with the community at large and standing for those victimized by slavery. We will meet at Zack and Eve's house at 1270 Courtland Ave. Columbus at 2:30pm and walk over to the Student Union to meet up with everyone at 3pm. (If you'd like to meet us at there, we'll be on the south side of the main stairs near the High St. sidewalk - not sure how crowded it will be).

I will have notecards for everyone on things to think about and pray about during the parade if you are interested. Also, since we've had quite a few foody gatherings lately there will not be a meal with this Celebration.


Anti-Slavery Event NEXT Week

**NOTE: I mistakenly thought the event was this week - it is NEXT week **

There is a week-long event at Ohio State focused on human trafficking (or better put, modern day slavery). Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it to a lot of the featured events, but there are lectures throughout the week and a lot of different opportunities to get involved, learn about the issues and lend your voice to make a change in this really important area.

If you live in the central Ohio area, consider spending a few hours on campus to get involved and get educated. (schedule of main events here)

Lots of details here at the Price of Life Website
Some quick facts are on this site.
Below is a short video from the website that has some more information.

The Human Wrong initiative to stop child slavery from World Vision Advocacy on Vimeo.


For Angela

You were so tired last night, Angela. My heart hurt for you, and I wanted to do something to make you feel better. I would like to have given you renewed energy and physical strength.

Since I can’t give that, I offer something else instead.

On my regular morning run at Schiller park today, I saw a homeless man sitting on one of the benches. And I thought if Angela were here, she would walk up and talk to him. This is a person Angela would love. Then an idea came to me and I decided to act on it.

I went home and made him a lunch and cold ice water and went back to the park. I said, “Good morning, I made a lunch for you. Is that ok? I don’t want to offend you.” He smiled and said it was ok. He had never gotten anything like that before. His name was Daryl. He said he had some reading materials that had been given to him and that would give him something to do today. One was a watchtower newspaper and the other the Gospel of John.

After talking a while, I said good-bye and went back home. It is because of you, Angela, that I went the extra mile.

Let this act of kindness inspired by you fill your cup today and lift your spirit. It lightened my burden as well.




Community Night: Sunday April 11

Hi everyone -

This Sunday (April 11) we will be having a "Community Night" at the magically wonderful abode of Scot and Mary. The evening will begin at 5pm. Dinner will be provided, so don't worry about bringing anything.

Please RSVP by posting a comment so we can have an accurate head count.

A "Community Night" is simply a time for us all to catch up, share recent stories and life events, and spend time hearing what is going on with each other. Nothing fancy. Please join us, even if it is your first time!