My office is tidy Friday, mysteriously messy Monday. Here’s why:
1. Kenya trip stuff – I am super excited about this. A group from Faith Church is planning on to take a 10-day trip in July/August 2015 to visit our Faith Church family members, Lamar, Janice & Donovan Stoltzfus, serving at Rift Valley Academy in Kenya! Yesterday, after the events of the day which I’ll talk about below, we had a Skype info meeting with them, and it was great. In my office I have the cables and camera we use to facilitate the call. I also have a few leftover applications, which are due by January 1st, with a $250 deposit. I want to thank Verna Miller at MTS Travel for all her assistance with reserving our air passage. Most of all I want to thank Alyssa Stoltzfus who took a break from college to spend the afternoon with us and help answer questions, and I want to thank Lamar & Janice for a great call. We love you guys! And from what they shared, we are going to have a wonderful trip. There is opportunity to serve at a displaced persons camp, at a church in the camp, certainly on the campus of RVA, and lots more.
2. Men’s Retreat registrations – I am also excited about our fourth annual men’s retreat going on at Twin Pines Camp this coming weekend. We have a great group going along, and we’re excited to have Sandy Good of Live 10:27 Ministries as our speaker. He is hilarious and has deep teachings. The theme is Mighty Men of Prayer. I can’t believe I’m saying all this nice stuff…he’s also my father-in-law. There’s still room if anyone would like to join us! Contact me, and I’ll send you a brochure. We’re going to have a blast. And Twin Pines is such an amazing place. We’ll have great food, lots of outdoor fun, sports, and great discussions.
3. Congregational Meeting stuff – We had our annual congregational meeting yesterday, and it was great! We had an election of our very first Leadership Team. Faith Church has been working on a governance change for years, and earlier this year we voted it in place. A six-month transition took place, and on January 1, 2015, the new governance system, including the Leadership Team, will begin. Basically we sought out biblical principles to guide us in creating a governance structure. The Bible is wisely very flexible in that regard, but one clear principle emerged as it relates to who should be a leader. That principle is that the most spiritually mature should lead the church. So we implemented a process to select leaders by virtue of spiritual maturity, and God provided! Congrats to all who were selected. I’m excited about working with you, excited to see what God will do in and through Faith Church!
Now to clean up this mess!