NewsThis month’s featured blogger is Phil Sneller. Phil blogs at Pray Continually. He says: Driven by a passion for Jesus Christ, prayer is a vital part of my life. I am energized by the Lord through reading the Bible and praying to Him daily. This is my blog. I live in Wisconsin and serve the Lord with joy. His plan for my life has led me along an interesting path. And I am privileged to share with you lessons I have learned from Him. I pray that, through what the Lord inspires me to write in my blog, He will inspire, encourage and challenge you. If you are a blogger and would like to have your blog highlighted in an upcoming issue of the synod’s newsletter, please email Chad Schuitema.
Regional Synod Mailing Address – A reminder that the mailing address for the synod has changed to P.O. Box 2147, Valparaiso, IN 46384. The physical office address remains located at Camp Manitoqua, but please send all mail to the P.O. Box. Thank you!
Join the Illiana-Florida Church Multiplication Movement – The Illiana / Florida Classis Church Multiplication team is looking for church planters for upcoming projects! We provide assessment, training, coaching, support and funding for new church plants. If you are interested, go to http://www.iplantchurchplanting.com/ and click “start process.”
2015 Regional Synod Urban Ministry Grant Applications – Urban Ministry Grant assistance is for ministries to, in, and/or for areas considered urban in geography of our regional synod. The minimum criterion is that it is a ministry to, in, and/or for the urban area with a vision, plans, and goals for outreach into the community. Those ministries applying for a grant that aren’t in a traditionally geographic urban setting should take into account that the ideal of the grant is that it be used for those living in geographically urban areas, multi-cultural areas, and lower socio-economic areas. The synod’s goal is to see lives changed through the work of Christ and the Gospel. Check out the updated Guidelines and if applying, fill out an Application.
Regional Synod Website Updated – The Resource Page of the synod’s website has been recently updated with up-to-date Synod Statistics, Pulpit Supply List, and Specialized Transitional Ministers Handbook. You can also find prayer and discipleship resources among other things you may find interesting.
*Telling our stories is a way for us to encourage each other and to share what the Spirit is doing through the churches and people of our synod. As you share yours, others may be empowered to do similar things or the Spirit may use it as a starting point for another idea to reach people for Christ. We encourage you to share!
If you would like to share a story for a future issue, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
It Is Well With My Soul…
As you read this I want you to know that I’m “slaving away” for the Kingdom of God in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. The newsletter article is due on July 7th and I didn’t accomplish the task of writing it before leaving for vacation. So I am sitting on the balcony of the Administration Building at the YMCA Camp in Estes Park reading, reflecting, and enjoying God’s beautiful creation. I know – it’s a really hard place to be but someone has to do it. I’ve been reading a book of devotions by A J Russell called “God Calling”. This devotional struck a chord in me and I want to share it with you. This is what Russell says:
“Turn out all thoughts of doubt and of trouble. Never tolerate them for one second.
Bar the windows and doors of your soul against them as you would bar your home against a thief who would steal in to take your treasures.
What greater treasures can you have than Peace and rest and Joy? And these are all stolen from you by doubt and fear and despair.
Face each day with Love and laughter. Face the storm.
Joy, Peace, Love, My great gifts. Follow Me to find all three. I want you to feel the thrill of protection and safety Now.
Any soul can feel this in a harbour, but real joy and victory come to those alone who sense these when they ride a storm.
Say “all is well.” Say it not as a vain repetition. Use it as you use a healing balm for cut or wound, until the poison is drawn out: then, until the sore is healed; then until the thrill of fresh life floods your being.
All is well.
As I read Russell’s words I am reminded of an old hymn that comes to mind:
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul.
It is well, it is well with my soul.
The person who wrote It Is Well had just lost a child to death. He would know about peace in the midst of the storm. As I am enjoying the magnificent beauty that God created and reflecting on the marvelous work of His hands, I’m reminded not let my doubts in the midst of the storms in my life to take my joy away. Have a great month of July!
— Wayne Van Regenmorter
Wayne’s Schedule: July
7: Conference Call
8: Synod Executive Team Meeting
10-14: Meetings in Florida
16: Meeting/South Holland, IL
17: Meeting/ Holland, MI
20: Preach/New Hope Community Church/Wausau, WI
22: Meeting/Hammond, IN
24: Coaching, Office
25: Meeting/Tinley Park, IL
27: Sunday Worship
30: Ridder Implementation Team/WI/Mid-America/Preparation Conference Call
31: Office August
2: Performing Wedding in Minneapolis, MN
Wayne’s contact information:
10088 Prairie Knoll Ct.
St. John, IN 46373
Mobile: (941) 302-1281
The following are some links you may find helpful… New future for an aging congregation: A dwindling congregation in Dallas shares its space with four international congregations and a health clinic as a way of ensuring that its legacy lives on after its members are gone. The Folly of Fear:Our fearfulness when it comes to engaging in something new is certainly a big part of our problem in the old mainline. At a fundamental level, it demonstrates a lack of connection to the Spirit as well as to our scriptures and the stories of our faith. Learning the Lessons of Failure: Often when new ideas fail, churches move on from them and never speak of them again, perhaps feeling the shame of failure. But what if we spent time learning from those failures? What if we looked at them as experiments? Churches that Inhale and Exhale: A great look at the “Slow Church” movement and it’s hallmarks.
Chad’s Schedule: July
7: Conference Call; Office
8: Conference Call; Synod Executive Team Meeting
9: Coaching; Office
10: Coaching; Office
15-17: Ridder Church Renewal Faculty Retreat
30: Ridder Implementation Team/WI/Mid-America Conference Call; Meeting with Tony Campbell & Jason Perry
31: Coaching; STM Conference Call August
Chad’s Contact Information:
2104 Campbell Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Office: (815) 464-9181
Mobile: (765) 237-7678