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16 Nov 2008 Issue

1. Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
2. Activist Feedback
3. This Week’s Recipe

1. Today’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

Holding onto Our Faith by Understanding God’s Warnings

2. Activist Feedback

Tom and Gail, leafleting at a Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith concert in Rochester, NY, write: It was a bitter, cold evening, and people were hurrying as fast as they could to get into the warmth of the auditorium. Even though everyone was freezing, they were so pleasant and eager to take a leaflet. Almost everyone thanked us. Of course, they probably thought we were the ushers handing out that evening's program!

We only had one negative comment. As a couple glanced at the leaflet as they were going in the door, the woman said, "Oh, Oh …" The man asked, "what's wrong"? and she said in a real sarcastic voice, "VEGETARIANS"!

We were able to hand out leaflets to a LOT of young people who seemed very pleased that we thought enough about them that THEY should get one, too. In all, we handed out about 400 leaflets.

Thank you for the opportunity for working for CVA and trying to spread Christ's message of Compassion for ALL. It made us feel like we were able to do SOMETHING for the animals, at least in some small way.

Cathy writes: I wanted to share that on Saturday, October 11, I took part in the Earth Expo event in Sylvania, Ohio. The Earth Expo took place in 50 cities around the United States and the world in order to address concerns that affect our air, water, and soil quality. I had a table for the Christian Vegetarian Association from 9am-3pm that day, with a display board on how vegetarianism benefits the environment. Although the event was not as well attended as I had hoped, I did make some good contacts and gave out a number of CVA booklets. I still have booklets left which I will use when I have another opportunity such as this. It was a great experience and I look forward to the next time I can represent the Christian Vegetarian Association.

Contact Paris at christian_vegetarian@yahoo.com  if you can to help. To find out about all upcoming leafleting and tabling opportunities in your area, join the CVA Calendar Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/christian_vegetarian/.

3. The Week’s Recipe

Lisa (and Krista) Shepard

Vegan Homemade Sloppy Joes

1 tsp olive oil
2 c. chopped mushrooms
1 c. diced onion
1/2 c. diced green bell pepper
1/4 c. diced celery (optional)
1/2 c. diced carrots
2 cloves minced garlic
2 c. crumbled firm tofu or 1 can lentils, drained
2-4 Tb Ketchup
1 Tb red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1 Tb Worcestershire sauce
1 - 2 Tb dried oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
1/4 - 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 (8 oz) can no-salt-added tomato sauce

Heat oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add onions and bell peppers and sauté until tender. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15-20 minutes. Serve on toasted whole wheat buns or bread slices. Makes 6-8 servings.

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