Wednesday, May 16, 2007

TEAM Wisconsin Update 5/16/07

Josh and Jamie Hilty moved to Baraboo from Indiana about eight months ago to give refocusing leadership to a church that was put on developing church status. They’re giving good leadership as they work to clean out a lot of years of things that haven’t been productive or useful. Some significant physical plant things have been addressed. They are also writing their mission, vision and core value statements along with working on a strategic plan for reaching a different preferred future. In the past couple of months, two of their neighbors have begun to attend and open their hearts to Josh and Jamie. Another young man is moving to the area and will be helping them soon. Continue praying for this developing church along with Rice Lake High Point and church plants The River, Northern Lakes, Iglesia Cristiana Wesleyana Casa de Dios, and Safe Harbor.

Church Plants

The DBA has approved the ground work for establishing two more new congregations in Wisconsin this year. One is a north Milwaukee plant and a second one is a Hispanic plant in the Milwaukee/Waukesha area. Jason Butler has been approved to move forward with establishing a core group in north Milwaukee. He will be leaving Our Savior’s staff the end of June. We are in the search process for the pastor for the second Hispanic church plant.

Prayer and Notes

Kelvin Friebel, an ordained minister in Wisconsin and professor at Houghton University, lost his mother on Monday. Kelvin’s father was a pastor in the Wisconsin district for a number of years. Mary Friebel was living near Grand Rapids, MI. The funeral will be Friday afternoon. The family has requested that any memorials be given in her name to Hephzibah. Kelvin and the family would appreciate your prayers. We have requested that any memorials be given in my mom's name to Hephzibah.

Annette Burger, a former DBA member (Greg Burger, her husband has also served on the DBA for a number of years), has been diagnosed with cancer and will be going into surgery Wednesday, May 16. I know they would appreciate your prayers.

Stevan Sheets, presently the assistant pastor at Warsaw Wesleyan in Indiana, will be joining the staff as Student Ministries Pastor at Our Savior’s the first week of July. We are excited to welcome the Stevan and Jessica Sheets family to the team.

Rice Lake Red Cedar has also begun to hold services once a month for a new Hispanic work there. A Bethany student, Damian Gonzalez, will be doing his internship there this summer and fall. Damian, who is fluent in Spanish and English, will be working with the Hispanic ministry as a part of his assignment.

For those interested, the present owners of Burr Camp are planning an auction on Tuesday, May 22. All furniture, equipment, etc., will be sold. For more information, you can call one of the pastors in the area – Pastor Roger Miller or Pastor Alan Tripp.

The Wisconsin district website is up and running – It is still under construction and will continue to be expanded. Check it out.

Dates for your Information

May 17 Meet with Dennis and Sela Jones
May 18 Jesse Hamble Concert – Turtle Lake
May 19 DBMD
May 20 Burr/Valley Visit/Boards
May 27 Beulah – Dennis Jones Installation (Memorial Day)
May 31 Local Church Statistical and other District Reports Deadline

Looking Ahead

June 1-2 Wesleyan Church Doctrinal Symposium – International Center
June 3 Woodland Visit/Board
June 10 Westbrooke Visit/Board
June 11-15 Northern and Southern Kids camps
June 13-14 Wesleyan Women’s Ministry Summit
June 20 DBA
June 21-22 District Conference/Retreat/Ordination
June 24 Mt. Pisgah Visit/Board
June 24-29 Middle School Camp
June 21-29 Nicaragua Youth Ministry Team
June 30-July 1 Gull Lake 90th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

July 30-Aug. 4 Senior High Camp

Leading a great team.

Your Servant,

Dan Bickel
Wisconsin District Superintendent

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