Pastor Scott McDermid and the team at Sheridan Six Points Wesleyan Church had a wonderful weekend of ministry as they celebrated the 140th anniversary of the planting of this ministry. I brought greetings from our Crossroads District in the Sunday morning service. The auditorium was packed for the morning worship service and fellowship dinner. Pastor Steve and Sarah Martin, who served the church for more than 17 years, were special guests for the weekend. The events on Saturday welcomed more than 340 people to the Six Points campus. Their theme was “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future.” Great days are ahead for Six Points Church as they keep on “pointing people to Jesus!”
Pastor Seth Bye and the team at 317Church hosted their official public launch on Sunday morning with 20 first-time guests! Assistant DS Carla Working was able to attend on behalf of the Crossroads District to celebrate this special occasion. We’re praying for Pastor Seth and his team as they make disciples in Hendricks County!
Pastor Theo and Randy Griffin and Assistant Pastor Ben Wade and their leadership team welcomed our monthly Crossroads District Prayer Gathering to Brown’s Chapel Wesleyan Church in Greenfield on Sunday evening. Thank you to Rev. Neftali Lopez, Rev. Carol Schenck, and Rev. Craig Thurmon for joining with Rev. Griffin in leading our prayer service. Our next monthly prayer gathering is scheduled for November 13, 6:00 pm, at Plymouth Wesleyan Church. Praying together is a blessing!
Last week included coaching conversations, our office staff meeting, and a chaplain candidate interview, and concluded with the highlight of our Celebration of Holiness on Friday. This inaugural event was co-hosted by College Wesleyan Church and Wesley Seminary joined in as sponsoring partner. We had registered attendees from several states and several denominations. Our speakers did a great job and there was a wonderful sense of God’s presence as we focused our attention on the promise of holy living in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you to our presenters, Dr. Steve DeNeff, Dr. Chris Williams, Dr. Jim Lo, Dr. Jonathan Morgan, Rev. Carla Working, and Dr. Chris Bounds. We were also blessed to be led in worship by Rev. Jordan Rife and Dr. Daniel Rife.
On Saturday, Rev. Carla Working and I taught the first session of our Wesleyan Church History and Discipline course for nine students, including ministers in process of denominational transfer.
Rev. Grace Lopez works with Rev. Johanna Rugh, Executive Director of Education and Clergy Development, to coordinate FLAMA classes for Hispanic students in Indiana. This weekend, she hosted 17 students for a course on church history taught by our own Dr. Norm Wilson. We’re excited about what God is doing among our Spanish-language congregations and leaders!
We’re always delighted to share stories of baptisms from our district churches. This photo was taken yesterday morning at The River Church in Marion as Youth Pastor Sam Kauerauf baptized another of their students. Praise God for lives being #MadeNew!
I’m grateful to report that World Hope is partnering with local Wesleyan churches to provide disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Dr. JoAnne Lyon confirms that World Hope is “on the ground in Ft Myers (FL) – Villas Wesleyan Church Gym – staging area – site Director and 6 volunteers – desalinating and purifying water and making further assessments of needs.” Visit World Hope’s website: https://worldhope.org
Sherry and I will be traveling out of the country for the next three weeks. In addition to our long-anticipated vacation in celebration of Sherry’s graduation, we are also planning to visit one of our district missionaries serving with Global Partners. You are in great hands in my absence. Dr. Chris Williams, Assistant DS, is on call as chair of the District Board of Administration and Rev. Carla Williams, Assistant DS, will be handling administration. Don’t miss the next three weekly team updates when you’ll have the opportunity to hear from our Circuit Riders, Rev. Mark Atkinson, Dr. Jim Lo, and Dr. David Smith!
Thank you for all you do to advance the Kingdom!
Your servant in Christ,
Crossroads District Superintendent
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! All lead and assistant pastors (and their spouses) are invited to attend a Crossroads District Christmas gathering. There are 6 locations and dates from which to choose. All gatherings will be at 6:30pm. Please pick the one location that is most convenient for you. Dr. Mark Gorveatte and the district team are looking forward to this time of fellowship and celebration as we prepare to lead others through the Advent season. Dinner is provided. Please RSVP by November 12, 2022.
Dates & Locations:
November 28 @ Waterline Church in Fishers
November 29 @ Plymouth Wesleyan in Plymouth
December 1 @ College Wesleyan in Marion
December 5 @ Lifeway Wesleyan in Fort Wayne
December 6 @ LifeSpring Church in Richmond
December 8 @ Frankfort Camp in Frankfort