Fairmount Family Camp wrapped up on Sunday evening, July 29, with Dr. David Smith bringing the final message and Rev. Chris Williams leading the congregation in celebrating the Lord’s Supper. The week was filled with strong Bible teaching from Dr. David Smith and Dr. Brenda Young.
Pastor Jordan Rife and the College Wesleyan Church arts team did a terrific job leading in worship. Mrs. Angela Spangler and her team were gracious hosts to this family camp experience that connected with four generations. Thank you to Mr. David Tippey (Board Chair), the Fairmount Camp Board, Dr. Rich Schenck (Director), and the Fairmount Family Camp Committee for offering this wonderful opportunity for deepening relationships with God, family, and friends. Mark your calendar for July 21-28, 2019!
Sunday morning, I was able to worship with Sherry at Waterline, our home church, with Rev. Damian and Anne Williams, founders of Leadership League. The Williams were generous donors to our church revitalization efforts when we first started in Indiana and it was a joy to introduce them to more of our district team. It was a special morning at Waterline as Pastor Danielle Freed thanked the interns from this summer and introduced two church planting residents for the coming year.
In addition to taking part in several services at Fairmount Family Camp, last week’s schedule included signing legal documents, our weekly staff meeting, hospital visitation, interviewing a prospective church planter in Indianapolis, being interviewed by Dr. Ed Love for his Wesleyan Seminary class, connecting with Pastor Nicholas Zarate in Cicero, meeting with Pastor Don Bayne and Pastor Tom Cochran in Michiana, connecting with Rev. Terry and Lennaire Vaughn about potential meeting locations for The Bridge church plant in South Bend, and a planning session with Duffy Smith via ZOOM.
One of the highlights of the week was joining Pastor Jarod & Esther Osborne in Warsaw to host a team of Hispanic church planters from northern Indiana led by Rev. Eliorgy Guerrero. We have one new church that has launched in Elkhart, another potential partner in Goshen, and the possibility of planters for Warsaw and South Bend. These are exciting developments as God answers our prayers for workers for the Harvest!
Our sympathies and prayers are extended to Mrs. Patsy Fletcher, Dallas and Marty, and the extended Fletcher family at the loss of Rev. Steve Fletcher, pastor of Nelson Street Wesleyan Church in Marion. Pastor Fletcher had battled with health complications for many years and had been hospitalized for more than a week. He passed away early on Wednesday morning. The visitation was held at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon and the memorial service is scheduled for Monday morning at Fairmount Wesleyan Church. Obituary for Rev. Steve Fletcher
Congratulations to Pastor Mick and Melanie Veach on their 2nd Anniversary from the planting of Mosaic Midtown Church, a disciple-making church in Detroit, Michigan. Mick was discipled at Marion Lakeview Church by Dwight Robertson and is another of our many Crossroads family members making an impact for Christ!
There’s still time to register for the Global Leadership Summit. Both Fountain City Wesleyan Church and Marion College Wesleyan Church are host sites for the simulcast. We’d love to have you join us for this premiere event for leadership development. Here’s the link to register: https://www.willowcreek.com/rega/#/reg/select
Speaking of leaders, hats off to Rev. Duane Seitz for courageously leading the charge at Silver Lake Wesleyan Church. Pastor Seitz has committed to personally knocking on all the 366 doors in their small community. This past week he completed visit number 192. Thank you, Pastor Seitz for reminding us that if you plan your work and work your plan, your plan will work!
Keep on making a difference in the only cause that counts for eternity!
Your servant in Christ,