BruceBaby3 It is hard to believe that in just two days I turn the big 40. Yep, forty years ago on May 3rd in Stockton, CA this bundle of cuteness entered the world 😉

Generally birthdays have never been a big deal to me, but as the day gets closer I must admit that to some extent it gives a frame of reference for reflection.

But reflection is for later and since some friends and family have asked, here is what I WANT WANT WANT; and to make it easier, I have provided multiple ways in which you can celebrate this awesome day in the life of ME 😉

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40 PRAYERS OF HOPE AND GRATITUDE

If you are a blogger or Facebook note writer, I would love for you to post a list of prayers for 40 things for which you are grateful, gives you hope or are in need of God's healing.  Please feel free to leave a trackback so others can see it.  I will be posting mine on my birthday. [My 40 Prayers]

40* TO SF AIDS WALK

While I am not able to ACTUALLY walk this year, I would love if you could sponsor me to make up for may lack of physical exertion.  I'll be traveling as Moderator that weekend, but hold this cause near and dear to my heart.  If you would like to sponsor my virtual walk, please visit MY WALKER PAGE to give online.

40* TO FIGHT HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN THE PHILIPPINES

As you know I traveled to the Philippine last February and was moved by the ministry that is happening there on behalf of the poor.  I am committing much of my energy to education and action around all of the abductions and repression of clergy in the Philippines.  The Presbyterian Church (USA) has set up a special fund “Support for victims and families of human rights abuses in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines" and I would love if folks could give the cause.  If you are interested, please please visit the PC(USA) support page and search for Project #E052070.  You will be directed to a page where you can give online. More Info on the work of the Presbyterian Church in the Philippines.

40* TO FEED FAMILIES IN SAN FRANCISCO

It costs about $1.50 to feed a family through food pantries in San Francisco.  Mission Bay Community Church has begun our food pantry and would love for you to take part.  You can either mail a check to MBCC (32 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112) or give via secure EFT to MBCC with eGive.  Just mark your donation with "Food Pantry" and, remember, YOU can make a HUGE difference with a small donation.

* There are many ways to make "40"

  • 40 dollars = $40
  • 40 half-dollars = $20
  • 40 quarters = $10 

Bruce Reyes-Chow Line

Okay, so there you have it, what I want to help me remember this 40th year of my life.  I very much appreciate the well wishes that have begun arriving already and I hope you can help be show my gratitude for life, by helping to make life better for others who are in need.

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