Friday, June 15, 2007

Team Wisconsin Update 6/15/07

Pastor Scott Smith leads this congregation on the west side of Milwaukee. His heart for missions and church planting is evident in this congregation. Ann and Suzy are the two inspirational leaders of the youth Nicaragua team that is heading south next week. Pastor Scott has also led his congregation to raise the assessment by 1% in order to have a regular way of setting aside funds to help plant churches in Wisconsin. Their congregation is beginning to pray for the new church plants in Milwaukee that are being planned for this year.

After the service, I met with Westbrooke’s leadership team and worked through the 12 church health profile factors. It was a meaningful and beneficial time together as we wrestled with and discussed ideas, dreams and concerns in forging a vision for the future. Scott and Pam Smith have three children. Their youngest is going on her first mission’s trip to Nicaragua this summer.

News and Notes

Kids Camps are in full swing this week. Remember to pray for the leaders and campers. They will all have a great time. Pray that God will be free to do His work in their young and tender hearts. Jeremy Mavis, staff pastor at Hayward, is leading the northern kid’s camp. Jim Maness, lead pastor at Sand Lake, is leading the southern kid’s camp.

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 Nicas, distribute shoes to make ‘happy feet’ and even help paint the new school that our construction team helped build this winter. Pray for the team of about 16 members as they prepare their hearts spiritually and as they finish all of the details. 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: Contact Hannah Peterson for further information at 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 will convene next 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. We do have to take care of some business, but what we need more than anything is the presence and power of God to touch our pastors and churches. Please remember to pray, and as the Lord leads, to fast, for our time together.

Dates for your Information

June 11-15 Northern and Southern Kids camps
June 13-14 Wesleyan Women’s Ministry Summit
June 17 Drop in Visit (Father’s Day)
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 – Tripp’s 25 years of service celebration Sunday
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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