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HEADING TOWARDS SUMMER
I cannot believe that the end of our 2015-16 church year is upon us and we will quickly be jumping into the exciting days of summer and a new church year. I am anticipating a great May as we close out the year with a wonderful giving report for the various EIF accounts. May is always a great month for giving and I expect the same this year. As I write this, there are still four weeks until the end of our church year and we are only $5,000 short of having already reached our WEF goal/apportionment. Praise the Lord! I believe we are on track to be 100% in our other three key giving areas as well (education/ONU, ministerial pensions and district ministries). It is so very important that we do more than our fair share. Thank you for your faithfulness!
Besides the end of year challenges and responsibilities before us, there are many special events before us. Among them ONU graduation with several Michigan District grads completing their ONU experience, Regional Celebrate Life, May 12-14—let’s go Michigan teens, bring the RCL trophy back home! J If you can go to Olivet and support our teens, please do so, it’ll mean a lot to them. We are all anticipating great holiday fun at ILNC at Family Festival, July 1-4! I’ve got some new, very festive socks!
There are two extremely important events that I wish to emphasize in this brief article: District Assembly (July 10-11) and Family Camp Meeting (July 10-17). Would you please commit to intercede for both of these gatherings? We welcome our new general superintendent, Dr. Gustavo Crocker to the Indian Lake campus. You will love Dr. Crocker and Rachel as he leads us over the next two years. This year’s district assembly is important not only for the challenges that will be given and the election of members of different boards and committees, but because this is the year we will be electing delegates to the General Assembly to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana in June 2017. As the Manual makes clear, the General Assembly is the “supreme doctrine-formulating, lawmaking, and elective authority in the Church of the Nazarene.” I cannot emphasize strongly enough how important it is to elect strong, sanctified leaders as delegates to the General Assembly. Our delegates must be men and women who are truly devoted followers of Christ and who love and are committed to the Church of the Nazarene . . . and demonstrate both by their lives and action.
The second great summer event is our annual Family Camp Meeting that immediately follows the district assembly. For the entire existence of our district, camp meeting has been at our heart. It is at camp meeting that many were saved, sanctified or received God’s call on their lives. It is still happening! Those stones at that great altar have been stained by tears across the years as God worked in lives. We have an outstanding team of workers again this year. Dr. Susie Shellenberger, one of our leading holiness preachers, will be speaking as well as evangelist Billy Huddleston. This will be a great preaching team! Complementing our preaching evangelists will be this year’s teacher, Dr. Bill Selvidge. Dr. Selvidge is a leading missiologist and directs the missions program at NTS. I am really excited to have someone with his global experience as our teacher! Of course, we will be prepared to hear God’s Word preached by the anointed music of Jennifer Walker and her team. Everyone needs to mark camp meeting on his or her calendar. God will be there, so that’s where I want to be!
Dr. Susie Shellenberger Rev. Billy Huddleston Dr. Bill Selvidge
Thursday, October 20 - Saturday, October 22, 2016
1 Samuel 24:10 (NIV)
This day you have seen with your own eyes how the LORD delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, 'I will not lift my hand against my master, because he is the Lord's anointed.'
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