From: a touch of william
Sent: Friday, July 4, 2014 10:39 AM
To: 'atow/CBTC Mailing List'
Subject: Freedom and the T&SC



Greetings to all,

When I set up the systems after filing the paperwork for the Teaching & Sharing Centers non-profit ten years ago, I intentionally chose July 4th, our American Independence Day, as the date T&SC memberships would renew.  After life itself, freedom is the most precious gift our Creator has given to us.  Arguably, redemption through Christ after we managed to lose our freedom ranks right up there.  But freedom came first, and then He stepped in to reinstate it.  It is that which I wanted to celebrate by placing our renewals on Independence Day.  It is always interesting to hear others explain what they perceive it is that I do.  Helping people to find (or re-find) freedom . . . could just as easily sum it up. 

God’s peace,

Acts 5:29

P.S.  I have stepped back into a corporate role as treasurer.  If you were on “the poet’s circle” mailng list with the T&SC, you should receive a regular mail letter from me within the next few weeks.  Please take time to open and read it.  


General Notes: 

My computer is usually kept turned off from sundown on Friday (beginning of the Sabbath) until very late on Sunday (end of the Lord's Day).  Therefore, I typically do not see, nor have the opportunity to act on, reply to, or send, emails except on weekdays.  Plus, I normally only check emails once each weekday morning, so later emails are not seen until the next day (or Monday if sent on a Friday).  Please keep this in mind when deciding whether to email or phone. 

I am not on Facebook, Twitter, or any other online social media site.  So, in addition to creating and maintaining the website (have you visited it lately?), I currently maintain two emailing lists for sending information, updates, and greetings: 

atow/CBTC email list (formerly the poet’s circle) keeps you apprised of basic information from a touch of william and Cherokee Bill's Teaching & Trade Center, as well as updates, changes, and new additions to my (.org and .net) website.  This is my own separate list from the T&SC corporate list (the poet’s circle).  Simply reply to my email address to request addition to or removal from my atow/CBTC list.

My personal Family & Friends email list is used primarily for holiday greetings or other more home life related communications and information, although very occasionally I might use it along with the atow/CBTC list to announce something important which is related to my work.  Simply reply to my email address to request addition to or removal from my Family & Friends list.  Those on my F&F list normally receive a birthday greeting by email.  If you are receiving other F&F emails but not a birthday e-card, I probably do not have your birthdate in my files.  Please provide me with the date.  I would very much like to acknowledge your birthday. 

If, for any reason, you feel the need to be removed from either or both of my lists, this is fine, just let me know.  All I ask is that you please not designate my emails as 'spam.'  They are not that.  Doing so could sidetrack them for others who wish to receive my emails.  I have never sent spam and never will.  If you are on my list(s), it is because you requested it, or our prior contact or relationship seemed to deem it appropriate (such as merging our Christmas card list into the F&F list). 

Helping to identify and stop spam:  All emails from me clearly state the topic in the subject line.  If there are any links, the complete URL is shown and the reason for the link described in the body of the letter.  If I am including any attachments, they will be identified and mentioned in the body of the letter as well.  When mailing to either of the above mentioned lists, I always use the blind carbon copy (Bcc) line so your email address does not appear in the email.  My address books are kept only in my computer and not online anywhere.  I do not forward petitions, lists, or similar items that show addresses, as these can be bogus attempts by spammers to collect them. 

If you add me to a list of yours, or whenever you are sending me multiple recipient emails, I would appreciate it if you would please use my email address.  It is my most public address. 

If you are replacing a working computer system or laptop with a newer one, live locally enough to drop your old one off at the Center (or have it picked up), and would like to donate it to my a touch of william outreach rather than try to find where to recycle or dispose of the old one, I freely place functioning used systems (Windows XP or later operating systems) with my slide shows into nature centers, museums, and other places where they are desired.  Call me (627-7366) if you have a system or laptop to donate.  


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