Rev. Daniel T. Gilmore - District Superintendent
Greetings! Rejoice! God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have left in their wake unprecedented destruction in several southern states. This is a time where we need to rise to the challenge as Christ’s Church. I trust you are praying for those suffering under this devastation, the emergency workers, and others who our helping in this great need. I also trust that you are looking for opportunities to minister a ‘cup of cold water in Christ’s name.’ Please take the time to visit the NCM website to find ways you and your congregation can help with disaster relief. Remember the Scriptural injunction: Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).
I had the privilege of attending the Saturday evening Tent Service at Clare Church. Dan Bohi preached on the theme of faith particularly in reference to Divine healing. It was a powerful message. He emphasized the truth that God is looking to show Himself strong in the behalf of those who fully trust in Him (see 2 Chronicles 16:9). My prayer is that our eyes will be lifted up to these glorious things of our wonderful redemption.
Sunday morning Jackie and I worshiped with our Big Rapids Church. There was a wonderful spirit in the service and we shared in a Church fellowship dinner following the morning service. Please keep Rev. Bob and Laura Lyons and the Big Rapids Church in your prayers. I believe they are strategically positioned to minister the Gospel of Christ in the Big Rapids area.
Welcome Rev. Bryan and Dorcus Cheever, our new pastoral family at Boyne City. The Cheevers have been graciously helping with the renovation of the Boyne City parsonage for the last couple months. Though they have been up over several weekends, there ‘official’ start date was September 3rd. Please keep this precious family and congregation in prayer. The Cheevers are a warm and joyous couple, you will want to get to know them as soon as possible. These are exciting days for the Boyne City Church! Thank you to Rev. Damon Carpenter for his help at Boyne City as interim pastor.
Please keep these ministry events in prayer and be sure to participate as you have opportunity:
• District Men’s Retreat: This Friday-Saturday at Lost Valley Bible Camp, Gaylord. Mark Murphy is the speaker. Rev. Daryl Burt is the District Men’s Ministries director.
• “Evangelism Multiplication Training” with Dr. Mark Bane, September 29-30, at Cadillac Cherry Grove Church. Times of these meetings will be communicated soon.
• District Women’s Retreat: Friday-Saturday, October 13-14, at Treetops Resort, Gaylord. Carrie Wisehart is the speaker. Becky Ek is the District Women’s Ministries director.
In Our Savior’s Service Together,
Rev. Daniel T. Gilmore