Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Team Wisconsin Update 5/22/07

One’s on the hill. One’s in the valley. Pastor Alan Tripp leads them both. He, along with his wife Irene, has been giving capable leadership to these two congregations for almost 25 years. Both Alan and Irene have roots in the Wisconsin district and have served in many different capacities including District Secretary and Nicaragua Partnership team leaders and members. The Valley church is going on 120 years of age and has served the small community and surrounding area faithfully with the gospel all those years. The Burr church just celebrated 150 years of age last year and is still going strong. They’ve recently added new chairs to the back third to accommodate the people. Pastor Tripp tells me that in a few weeks they will have 8 children under the age of 1. After speaking in both of the churches we had a good meeting with each of the boards through the afternoon.

News and Notes

Annette Burger, a former DBA member (Greg Burger, her husband has also served on the DBA for a number of years), had successful surgery with a good prognosis and results. No cancer was found in the lymph nodes.

Continue to pray for Skip Coolidge, assistant pastor with Mary Coolidge from the Woodland church. He continues to lose strength and finds it difficult to keep food down. He is now receiving hospice care in the home.

The River, the new developing church in Minong, is already running out of space. They went to two services on Mother’s Day and had 135 people, the same number as on Easter Sunday. And this is cool. For mother’s day, this new baby congregation paid for all the flowers for the mothers at Hayward. It was their way of saying thank you for Hayward being the mother church to them.

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

Jesse Hamble, Worship and arts director at Rice Lake Red Cedar, had his first concert in his hometown of Turtle Lake before a home crowd of several hundred. His was the first of several Christian concerts slated for the town as a way of trying to reach people for Christ. It was viewed a success because there were a couple of people who came to Christ.

The board that oversees the development of present and future ministers met last Saturday, processing a bunch of newly called people as well as those who have been on the journey a little longer. Ron Gormong, pastor of the Spooner church, leads the board and does a good and faithful job working with the many and varied people in the ministerial pipeline. Remember to pray for those who are in training and preparation for the great call of a lifetime.

Pastors, remember May 31 is the absolute deadline for the submission of ALL reports. It is critical that all reports be in on time because of the short time to process and prepare the reports for our annual conference. If you have any questions, feel free to call Mark Holmes, District Secretary.

Pastors, just a reminder to have your church continue sending in their monthly USF amounts at the same rate as last year for the first month or two. You will be notified of what the amounts will be for the 2007/2008 fiscal year, as always, at district conference. Any adjustments can be made then.

Northern and Southern Kids camps are coming soon. Pastor Jim Maness and Pastor Jeremy Mavis are working hard with their teams to make a great week for the kids across the district. Pastors have information for registration. Information is also on the website.

Dates for your Information

May 27 Beulah – Dennis Jones Installation
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 21-29 Nicaragua Youth Ministry Team
June 24-29 Middle School Camp
June 30-July 1 Gull Lake 90th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

July 30-Aug. 4 Senior High Camp

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