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Welcome to the blog of the Enough for Everyone program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). By "just living" we mean both justice-based living and just simply living – freeing ourselves from the clutter of stuff so we can focus on living faithfully and living well. Join us in the exploration!

About the Author
Bryce Wiebe coordinates Enough for Everyone, a ministry of the Presbyterian Hunger Program. He loves slow food and is fascinated by the way things are made.  He is excited to dive into experiments in simplicity with you.  His sacred cow of consumption: kitchen gadgets.

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August 22, 2014

Bryce Bikes: update!!

Is this bike ride something I can do? 


First things you should know is that I am not a bicyclist, strictly speaking.  In fact, I sometimes don’t even like it.  I tend to my body through lifting heavy objects and setting them down.  Repeat.   But I am is game for a challenge, and here is why: 

My training has been inconsistent so far due to much travel, and a few injuries, but I have a few more weeks to get myself together.  Keep me in your prayers and support me in whatever way you can.  I’m terrified…



Overview (364 miles)

The route generally follows the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Section 3 published by the Adventure Cycling Association.  It follows US-101 from Orick to Leggett, then CA-1 down to near Pt Reyes Station.  We then follow Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to Sausalito.  We take side roads where convenient.  Details of each day follow.


Day One – Orick to Fortuna (68.1 miles, 3,521 ft of climb)

Follow US-101 from Orick to Fortuna.  Side roads include:


Day Two – Fortuna to Garberville (53.7 miles, 4,883 ft of climb)

Follow US-101 and Avenue of the Giants from Fortuna to Garberville.  Side roads include:


Day Three – Garberville to Ft. Bragg (70.9 miles, 7,310 ft of climb)

Follow US-101 to Leggett and then CA-1 to Fort Bragg.  Side roads include:


Day Four – Ft. Bragg to Gualala (59.3 miles, 4,540 ft of climb)

Follow CA-1 from Fort Bragg to Gualala.


Day Five – Gualala to Tomales (63.5 miles, 4,610 ft of climb)

Follow CA-1 Gualala to Tomales. 


Day Six – Tomales to Sausalito (48.5 miles, 2,952 ft of climb)

Follow CA-1 from Tomales to Platform Bridge Rd south of Pt. Reyes Station and then detailed map through west Marin County to Sausalito.


Bryce Wiebe, Presbyterian Hunger Program staff, is riding in Redwoods Presbytery's Pedal for Protein; a 360 mile bike ride across northern California September 20-25.  Bryce will be adding the global dimension to nutrition for children suffering from poverty. Your donation will fund work addressing child nutrition throughout the US and across the globe.  The Presbyterian Hunger Program currently works with organizations in the US and internationally who are raising chickens, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs and through community gardens are tripling the plant protein available to the community's children.  By supporting this ride, you ensure these valuable programs continue to provide nutritious, balanced diets to children in need.


To donate to the Ride, click here!  We need your help to make it. Return to this blog for updates on my training. 

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August 10, 2014

Emergency Children Sermon 8-18

Wash wash wash your hands:

Text:  Matthew 15:10-20


10Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, “Listen and understand: 11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” 12Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” 13He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one ...

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July 11, 2014

How Can I Keep from Singing

Songs of Justice


My music education started at home and started with hymns.  I grew up in a Mennonite family, steeped in four-part hymn singing.  Singing hymns in four parts is a theological act for Mennonites;[1] the blending of conforming practice (singing your part) with the complimentary practice of others (multiple parts being sung in harmony) being a full-on expression of the Body of Christ in its diverse whole with the activity of that whole being a prayer.  My parents met in their college choir and served as church musicians during much of my life.  Music was ever-present and ...

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July 11, 2014

Emergency Children Sermon

General Children Sermon on Fair Trade


Needs:  you can use most any object:  a pencil or play money provide certain advantages.  If possible you may want to have fair trade products available, too.  Also, an object would not be necessary.


The point of the lesson is to demonstrate how we need to "see" one another in order to share and meet the needs of one another.  


Good morning kids!  How many of you have ever been taught to share?  When we have more than we need of something, and others need it, then we have an opportunity to share.  Jesus ...

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May 12, 2014

Simply Summer

The summer season will soon be upon us, which means sunshine, warmth and, for many, a vacation. There are many who will spend over $1,000 per person on their summer travel plans. For those attempting to live with a smaller economic and ecological footprint, there are many ways to have a great summer while being more intentional about the ways we spend resources.


You can have a great time in your own city or region.  A few nights camping in your own backyard can change the way you experience your own space.  Check out your local bureau of tourism ...

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