Hello. My name is Wendy Besett and I have been a friend of Peter’s for 38 years and a follower and admirer of his ministry since before he was ordained. You probably know Peter as the fifth Reverend of Daily Devotions, a.k.a. First Radio Parish Church of America, or maybe as a Near Death Experiencer, public writer nationally, inspirational broadcaster and speaker, or even as a friend, or neighbor. Either way, you have probably heard that as of February 28th, when Daily Devotions ceases to exist, he will no longer have a job as their minister.
Peter has been the devoted Pastor of Daily Devotions, Our "Church-Without-A-Building", for fifteen years. In that time, whether Daily Devotions has been your main source for spiritual instruction or a supplement, Peter has been devoted to your growth, our growth, and made himself available for answering questions, helping to solve problems, big and small, or just listening; free of charge. All the while he has distilled stories of sweetness, love, and hope from his life and our lives, turning events into lessons that offer spiritual help, hope, and inspiration. After Daily Devotions closes its doors on February 28, 2018, Peter will get a severance package, but it is not enough to bring financial security and flexibility to him in the coming months while the Rev. looks for new work. Your gift will keep him from sinking into debt as he searches for how next to serve God, and share God’s Light, in that special way that only he can.
Here's the idea I am pitching to you, my Daily Devotions virtual community: We all know that as a church community if Daily Devotions HAD a building, we would gather at it to give Reverend Peter a proper send off. Not having that physical structure, and since our community is so widespread, I’m proposing a “Stay At Home Gala” for a creative thanks-giving, good-bye (for now), and fundraising. You can easily visit and give thanks, well wishes and a donation to Peter at the online fund which I am setting up through GoFundMe (OR by mailing a check in a card to him at his home address, if that is more your style--Rev. Peter Panagore, 8 Spruce Shores Road, East Boothbay, Maine, USA, 04544).
In addition to giving from your heart with thanks and best wishes for the next chapter, you can be thinking, in the spirit of the “Stay-at-home Gala”, what else you are thankful for:
Don’t have to fly to Portland, Maine. $500
Don't have to drive to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. $100
Don't buy him flowers (he's allergic- achoo!). $65
No new shirt, or blouse, to buy for the gala. $40
No new haircut to get for the party. $35
Don't have to bring a bottle of wine. $25
Don't have to make a hot dish, salad, or a dessert. $20
Don't have to bring soda. $10
Don’t live close enough to take Peter out for coffee. $5
Meant to donate to the annual fundraiser but never did. $1-$1000
Any amount you can give will be of help with Peter’s transition into the next chapter of his life and ministry; whether feeding his family, keeping up with bills, or travel expenses for networking, interviews, or retreat, reflection, and meditation time. Peter has worked for non- profits all of his adult life. As you might guess, 501c-3s are not known for their generous retirement plans or pay. Let's take this opportunity to pool together and do some giving back to Peter; to be a support to him in a real way. The real arms of God not only reach out to hug and type “Best Wishes” in a reply box, but also help keep neighbors afloat, and out of debt during difficult transitions.
Thank you for your consideration. If Peter has inspired you, please reach out and share the love back to him by visiting GoFundME at the following link and making a donation:
Thank you, and God Bless you.
- Deirdre Page
- RevReja Janaki Joy Green
- Bruce Kohl
- Steve Roberge
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