WORDS FROM THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT
GREETINGS: Thank you for your prayers for our District Pastor & Spouse Retreat which was held last week at Miracle Springs Resort in Desert Hot Springs. Hot it was - 107-109 degrees! Sixty people from nineteen congregations were able to attend and listened to Dr. Ron Benefiel’s anointed words based on John 11 and Romans 8 as he intimately shared his journey with his wife’s illness and death. Plans have already begun for next year’s retreat.
OCTOBER IS PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH: This is a reminder that October has, for many years, be designated as “Clergy Appreciation Month.” Helpful websites on this are www.pastor-appreciation.net and www.my-pastor.com/pastor.appreciation. I encourage all our congregations to express appreciation to your pastors throughout this month. God will bless you as you bless others!
RWANDA & BRUNDI MISSION TEAM PRAYER REQUEST: The District Work & Witness team are in Africa, scheduled to return on Oct. 1, 2014. They are requesting prayer on each day at 1:17pm. Their theme verse is Isaiah 1:17, “…learn to do right!
Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”
CHURCH FINANCIAL SEMINAR: America’s Christian Credit Union is offering a free seminar for pastors and church leaders on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9am-3pm, at their Glendora campus, 2100 E. Route 66. Focus will be on “Church Finance/Budgeting & Campus Preservation.” Lunch will be provided.
Registration may be made at 800-343-5328 ext. 5450 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also get information at www.stewardshipinaction.com/seminar.
TRAN FAMILY MINISTRIES: I have recently received this announcement from former district pastor and evangelist:
We will again be in the Southern California area this winter. We will be arriving in December as we are scheduled to do a Christmas concert for one of the PazNaz adult classes on the 13th and will be there through January and February and a portion of March. We do have some open dates available. You can find us on our website (www.tranfamilyministries.com)
ENCOURAGEMENT: Receive word from the prophet Isaiah as recorded in Isaiah 1:18-20 ““Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” NIV
Have a great week!
Jerry L. Ferguson