Tuesday, June 19, 2007

On Father’s Day Reenie and I paid a visit to the Janesville church. Pastor Jeff Anderson leads this congregation. Betsy Anderson, his wife, leads the children’s ministry during the second half of the service just about every Sunday. After leading worship and music, Pastor Jeff had a good message on dealing with stress, taking Jesus’ advice from the Sermon on the Mount. Pastor Jeff is working with his leadership team to plant a vision for how they are going to impact Rock County with the gospel. New ministries and new churches are a part of the plan. Betsy has just completed her education for elementary education. Congratulations to Betsy on this milestone. Jeff and Betsy have two darling daughters.

News and Notes

Kids Camps finished up on Friday and proved to be a great experience again for all of the kids. In addition to a great week of fun and activities, the children were challenged to make decisions to become followers of Christ, learn Scripture and developing meaningful relationships with other kids from across the church. Thanks for praying. Only God knows the long term impact a week in the summer can bring to a child’s life. Thanks to Jeremy and Jim and their wonderful staff for the investment of time and energy.

Middle School Camp starts next Sunday evening, June 24. 6th – 8th graders will meet for the first time at Riverside Camp. After a lot of conversation and work, the children’s and youth camp leaders determined that a middle school camp was needed. Two reasons – one was to help the overcrowding of the kids camp and the other one was to enhance the effectiveness of the ministry both to middle schoolers and high schoolers. Information for registration, cost and directions can be found on the district website http://www.wisconsindistrict.org/ or by checking with the pastor or youth leader. Pray especially for Jeremy Mavis and his staff and all of the teens the next two weeks as they finish preparations and hold the camp June 24 – 29.

They’re leaving this week! Remember the Youth Nicaraguan Missions team as they prepare for their missions trip, June 21-29. They will work alongside the Nicaraguan youth leaders to help establish a district wide youth ministry, do VBS child evangelism with the Nicaraguan teens, distribute shoes to make ‘happy feet’ and help paint the new school in Tipitapa that our construction team helped build this winter. Pray for the 16 member team as they prepare. Remember Ann and Suzy as they lead the team.

The fall Medical Team to Nicaragua is now recruiting for team members. The dates are September 5-13, 2007. Information can be accessed at the Eau Claire Wesleyan church's web site: http://www.ecwesleyan.net/. Contact Hannah Peterson for further information at kentandhannah1@hotmail.com or call 715-878-4961. Applications should be sent to Hannah Peterson as soon as possible. Both medical and non-medical people are needed. People can contribute used eyeglasses and new toothbrushes.

The 2007 Annual District Conference starts Thursday at 12:30 PM, with registration at 11:30 AM at the Sand Lake Wesleyan Church in Onalaska, WI. Remember to pray for these special things – Mick Veach as he challenges us in the two rallies, the new church planters as they share their hearts and vision, the church planting offering on Thursday, the ordination service with the 6 candidates and their spouses. Please remember to pray for our time together.

Dates for your Information

June 20 DBA
June 21-22 District Conference/Retreat/Ordination
June 21-29 Nicaragua Youth Ministry Team
June 24 Mt. Pisgah Visit/Board
June 24-29 Middle School Camp
June 30-July 1 Gull Lake 90th Anniversary Celebration Weekend

July 8 Vacation
July 15 Burr/Valley
July 22 Beulah – Dennis Jones Installation
July 29 Gull Lake – LeRoy Drake Retirement Sunday

July 30-Aug. 4 Senior High Camp
August 9-11 Willow Creek Leadership Summit

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