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803, 2018

Waiting, Loss, Restoration

March 8th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

This Sunday, we celebrate the call on Deacon Lance Williams’ life to ordained ministry as Priest.  What encouragement we can find in hearing one another stories- may we be blessed and encouraged by Lance’s words. Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!  ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?’  ‘Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’ For from him and through him and to him are all things.  To him be glory forever. Amen. (Rom. 11:33-36). The call of ministry in my life has been filled with the script of long waiting, painful loss, and glorious restoration- all against the backdrop of God’s grip on my life.  Throughout this journey, I fought hard against self-pity often wondering where God was in the midst of difficult circumstances- losing my wife, Tricia to cancer after 30-years of marriage and being laid off from work that had provided for my family for many years. Although I wanted to be in full-time ministry, I did not want to be behind the pulpit--even though both my [...]

103, 2018

Sharing the Gospel

March 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

This month, we as a community pray for and highlight our new missionaries, Fr. Evan Pillsbury and his family serving in Portland, ME. Fr. Evan Pillsbury is the priest at Light of Christ Anglican Church, an ADNE church plant serving the Greater Portland area, with his wife Kathryn and three kids, Silas, Simeon, and Karis. He is a native Mainer, his family having lived in the Greater Portland area for generations. He began his ministry work in Portland in 2002, was confirmed at All Saints in 2010, and was ordained at All Saints (alongside Fr. Nathan Baxter). The first gathering of Light of Christ was in 2013, in a friend’s living room. Their vision is: “Christ’s light set aflame in every community and culture in Greater Portland”.  Over 71% of Greater Portland has no religious affiliation, an increase of 12% in just the last decade, and Light of Christ was formed especially to reach the “educated secularists” that represent the leading culture of the city. They are working to rediscover what it means to be the “family of God on mission” to neighbors, friends and colleagues. Ministry Updates: Light of Christ is participating in 3DM ministry. We are encouraged by [...]

2202, 2018

Sow What, Then?

February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Can you see those seeds? The ones above and below the words "Growing Together"? They’re mustard seeds—so small and difficult to hold that they’re in a small plastic bag. Take a better look in this picture. The hand you see is about an inch-and-a-half wide, and the specks you see are mustard seeds (the biggest dot in the center is part of the drawing). These are Mustard Seeds like the ones in Jesus’ parable: Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.” In Cross Training during Lent, we’re asking together: What might small ventures might the Lord be giving us to try out this year as we focus prayer and energy on making community connections? What my we Sow? What might those seeds become? Come join that conversation at 9am on Sundays during Lent. And, consider joining in a venture that has already “sprouted”—the Community Garden that began as an extension of [...]

1502, 2018

To listen to one another and to God

February 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

This week, continuing to reflect on our mission of "Training Together"- John Haile invites us to listen to one another and to God. There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening, that despises the brother and is only waiting for a chance to speak and thus get rid of the other person. This is no fulfillment of our obligation, and it is certain that here too our attitude toward our brother only reflects our relationship to God. It is little wonder that we are no longer capable of the greatest service of listening that God has committed to us, that of hearing our brother's confession, if we refuse to give ear to our brother on lesser subjects.”         ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together The simple joy of being together in a small group setting was driven home to me last Thursday evening at Phil and Sue’s home when I arrived a little late for our weekly meeting. Kicking off my shoes at the door, I walked into the living room to find the group gathered around a new print Phil had hung [...]

1901, 2018

Tim and Margarita Revett, Paraguay Update

January 19th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Mission Moments|0 Comments

Please pray for our newest missionaries Tim and Margarita Revett: We are serving in Paraguay with the Nuevo Horizonte School, the Torre Fuerte and Nueva Esperanza Churches, and the National Missions and Evangelism Ministry. We serve in educational ministry primarily at the Nuevo Horizonte School, which provides a quality, Christ-centered education to children and youth of what once was a squatters’ village outside of Asuncion, Paraguay. I (Margarita) was born in Paraguay and hold a degree as a learning disability specialist from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Asuncion. I work with low-income students who struggle with learning disabilities. And I (Tim) am a native Texan with an MA from George Fox University in Oregon. I serve as a chaplain and classroom teacher at Nuevo Horizonte and teach Church History at a local Bible institute. Additionally, I coordinate evangelistic activities in neighborhoods, rural areas, public schools and prisons. In 2018 we are focusing on the city of Nemby, which is a growing suburb of the Asuncion-metro area with a high need for church-planting and church growth. We have three children: Ana, Antoine, and Gabrielli. Prayer Requests: Please pray that churches and ministries in Paraguay have massive success in making disciples of Jesus. [...]