Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Team Wisconsin Update 6/7/07

I had a great morning at Our Savior’s in Mukwonago, located just southwest of the greater Milwaukee area. Pastor Gerry Krupp preached a good message after an inspirational time of singing and worship led by Wenda Krupp, the worship team, band, brass ensemble and children’s choir. Our Savior’s is in transition this month. Assistant Pastor Jason Butler will be leaving the end of this month. He and Alya will be moving to North Milwaukee to develop a core group and plant the Transformation City church beginning in July. Alya, who is from Russia, is spending the next few weeks in her home country with their son. Stevan and Jessica Sheets will be joining Our Savior’s the first week of July.

Transformation City Church

Jason and Alya are excited about the potential of beginning a new congregation in North Milwaukee. He and Alya have found a home in the neighborhood where they will begin the work of developing their leadership team. Over lunch Jason and I had a good conversation sharing our ideas and vision for the new church. He will be sharing his vision at district conference and we will be taking a church planting offering on Thursday night. We would encourage as many who can to participate in this church plant by becoming a prayer partner.

News and Notes

Reenie and I are grandparents! Brent and Laura have a son – Jackson Daniel. He was born June 5 at 7:32 PM, and came into this world at 20 ¼”, 6 lbs. 12 oz. Reenie headed to Williston, ND to begin the grandma thing this week. Congratulations on becoming a father, Brent, on becoming an uncle, Brice and on becoming grandma, Reenie. And way to go, Laura! From what I understand, mama did all the work.

Uncle Eldine

Last week Reenie’s uncle died in an accident in Marion, IN. We traveled to Indiana for the viewing and funeral on Monday and Tuesday. Rev. Eldine Landis planted the Bethel Heights church in Muncie, IN. Our family was one of the families that helped start the church. He also was my pastor in college, later becoming my senior pastor when I began ministry. His defining ministry was Brookhaven Wesleyan in Marion. His ministry was characterized by a huge, loving heart for people. Reenie’s uncle was a good man and a wonderful pastor. He will be missed.


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 Youth team will be doing their ministry trip in a couple of weeks, June 21-29. They’ll be working with the youth of Nicaragua to do evangelism for children, distribute shoes and help establish a youth ministry in the country. Pray for Suzy and Ann and the team as they finish up their preparations for this summer ministry.

Kids Camps

Northern and Southern Kids camps begin next Monday. Go to the website http://www.wisconsindistrict.org/ to pull up registration information. Pray for directors Jim Maness and Jeremy Mavis and their teams and for God to work in the hearts of our children.

Dates for your Information

June 10 Westbrooke Visit/Board
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 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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