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Winners, Winners, Nominee ... is it you by Chance?
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2017 International Prisoner's Family Conference
Announcing the Winner of our Drawing for a FREE Conference Registration & Hotel Accommodations
2017 International Conference




CONGRATULATIONS - Cindy Hamilton, is the lucky winner of one FREE Registration ($175 includes 4 meals) for the 2017 International Conference, Building KINGDOM Unity, AND her 3-Night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Daytona Beach Oceanfront during the conference.

Cindy is the Director of Community Programs at Goodwill Industries of Wyoming Their newest initiative, Kids of Incarcerated Parents Program (KIPP), is presently in the process of assessing, interviewing, and researching programs and services needed by Wyoming's youth and families. Cindy is also working with Department of Corrections officials to determine what programs and support services are presently being provided for this population. KIPP will then target these noticeable gaps.

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2017 CMCA Summit
Announcing the Winner of the "Members' Equipping" Gift Basket Donated by COPE Members

CONGRATULATIONS - Michele Reynolds, Chaplain for Good News Jail & Prison Ministry was the winner of our "Members' Equipping" gift basket. Chaplain Reynolds won the basket for being the first to register for the 2017 CMCA Summit, the same honor I received in 2016 at my first ever CMCA conference. It only took one time to promise you I wouldn't have missed it this year had it not been for having already committed to exhibit at another event.

The COPE "Equipping" basket included books authored by COPE members Bill Corum and William Bumphus, a music CD by Mark Mason, our newest Board member, writing materials, sweet & savory snacks, and a variety of coffee, tea, and coco. But best of all, it included the choice between a COPE Individual Membership ($60) or a Ministry Annual Membership ($100), both provide great benefits and discounts.

COPE Winning Gift Basket
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COPE Opportunities
2018

Anniversary
Celebration Hosts & Planning Team

Executive Director Advisory Committee

Youth Council

Media Support

Communications

Ministry Mentors

CHANCE BY DEFINITION
1. A possibility of something happening
2. Fortuitous; accidental
3. D
o something by accident or without design

The only one of these that even resembles God to me is #1. I don't believe that #2 fits for our Equipping Basket winner or #3 our Conference winner. I just don't. I believe in Divine appointments, orchestrated by an intentional God who extends an invitation to join Him in a great adventure ... and along the way we meet amazing people sharing in the same love, purpose, & mission. In fact, my experience has been that He has a goal and sets about achieving it through a plan. (i.e. Goal = Relationship; Plan = Salvation).

Our mission is to provide fellowship, promote excellence, share resources and encourage unity among those called to criminal and restorative justice ministry.

Would you join us in both creating and implementing a plan to fulfill the mission of COPE in an increased measure?

Your participation can be as easy as sitting in on a monthly call, or as engaging as sharing your gifts, talents, and connections. Either way, fun will be had as we seek to celebrate achievements!

Send an email to office@copeconnections.org or call the office to get a call in time & phone number. Be sure to tell us your area(s) of interest so we can connect you with others of like minds.

NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

The Biennial International Conference is right around the corner (3 months, 20 days, and 2 hours give or take depending on when you read this email), Sept. 13-15, 2017. That means it's time to submit your nominations for the Chaplain Ray Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Service.
 
Named after Chaplain Ray Hoekstra for his impact on prison ministry worldwide, nominees should reflect a similar heart and passion for prison ministry. No matter which side of the bars they serve, nominees are disciple makers, full-time christian ministers, leaders among their peers, trail-blazers and entrepreneurs impacting criminal and restorative justice.

Any COPE member may submit a single nomination to this office, after which votes will be tallied. In the case of a tie, a tie breaker vote will be e-mailed.


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