The Words of the Schanker Family
May the blessings of God and True Parents be fully present with you during this busy season.
We are pleased to announce the upcoming Parents’ Matching Convocation #7. It will be held in Barrytown, NY, at the Unification Theological Seminary, during the last weekend of October. Details and registration information are available on the Blessed Family Department website <www.familyfed.org/bfd/index.html>. Parents seeking opportunities to meet other parents, view over 450 profiles of candidates, or simply to learn more about the matching process will want to register as soon as possible on the website.
This is the fourth and final U.S. Matching Convocation being held in 2008. These gatherings are invaluable for learning about the matching tradition and process, for networking with other families, and for renewing old friendships.
All parents with eligible candidates are encouraged to submit photos and profiles to put on display. Visit the BFD website for all details (www.familyfed.org/bfd). If profiles are over one year old, it’s best to update the photos and information this month in advance of the Convocation. Please announce this in your Sunday Church bulletins and on all your mailing lists. (See sample announcement below.)
To read reports of the previous six Convocations, go to the BFD website and click on Reports <www.familyfed.org/bfd/reports.html#pmc>. On that webpage you can see pictures, download powerpoints, read participant reflections, and hear recordings.
Similar Convocations are being held in Japan and Korea, as well as in Europe. American parents may wish to participate in these or make their candidate profiles available. For more information contact your local or district BFD Representative.
We wish you tremendous success in your mission. God bless you and your family.
Rev. Phillip Schanker
Vice-President for Education
FFWPU North America Region
Rev. Jim Stephens and Mrs. Hiromi Stephens
Parents Matching Convocation #7. Barrytown, NY, October 24-26. All parents with Second Generation eligible for matching now or in the future are encouraged to attend this event. Details are available on the BFD website (www.familyfed.org/bfd) or through your local BFD Representative.