Knowing we are aware that the month of October is set aside as Pastor Appreciation Month, I trust that you are purposing to show in tangible ways your love and support to your precious pastors. Undoubtedly throughout all the months of the year you express your appreciation for your shepherd, but please plan this month to make special effort to acknowledge your care for God’s holy servants among us. The Scriptures give us this holy instruction: We urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves (1 Thess 5:12-13). We are instructed to render... honor to whom honor is due (Romans 13:7). May God help each of us show kindness to our shepherds in special and appreciable ways!
A beautiful description of the spiritual role of the pastor is given us in Hebrews. We are instructed to pray for and give heed to the shepherds among us for they watch for [our] souls (Hebrews 13:17). What a fearful and awesome responsibility. No one but a faithful pastor can tell of the prayerfulness in the watches of the night that comes from concern over a beloved parishioner. The Word instructs the shepherds: Feed the flock of God that is among you, and watch out for them (1 Peter 5:2)! This careful watching is both spiritually rewarding and taxing. And though I am certain that this spiritual labor is a labor of love, I also know that the burden is made lighter by the love and care which you give to your shepherd!
Bless your pastors with your prayers. Bless them with your strengthening words. Bless them with deeds of love. Bless them with gifts of appreciation.
Rev. Dan Gilmore
Blessings to you all in this season of Lent and in our upcoming Holy Week observances. This holy time of year could be called the “Holy of Holies” of the Christian calendar. May it be to us a fresh and vital reminder of our SaviorGod’s love for us and our holy call to share His love with all men! Lent in particular is a time to dedicate ourselves afresh to preach Christ crucified (1 Cor. 1:23). These greatest themes of the gospel must be ever sharpened in our hearts and minds. Dear Father, we hallow Your holy name, and we pray that Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth just like it is done in heaven!
Please continue to keep the Pickford, Clare, and Kalkaska Churches in prayer as they are in the midst of pastoral transition. Rev. Tim Fall is the interim pastor at Clare. Kalkaska is just starting the transition process. Rev. Jim (Barbara) Heckathorn’s first Sunday at Pickford is March 31st. The Heckathorns are ministers with New Church Specialties and are beginning a nine to twelve month interim. NCS includes a full church assessment and implementation process and Pickford is a pilot church for our district of the NCS ministry.
On Saturday evening, April 13th, the first of five pre-launch services for the Upper Room Church of the Nazarene in Petoskey will take place at the Petoskey High School auditorium.
Please consider joining with us for this kick-off service. Please pray for our church planters, Josh and Stephanie LaRoque. Please be in prayer for the Northern Michigan District’s 34th District Assembly, held April 26-27, 2019, at Alanson Church.
We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God does not hear us. Hereby we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error (1 Jn 4:6).
Recently in my devotional reading I was reminded of a precious gift that is our heritage in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit actively works in the child of God exposing error and revealing truth by His Word in our hearts. Praise His name! We are bombarded with error all the time by the working of the evil one, but as the redeemed of the Lord (if spiritually attentive) we can distinctly hear the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me" (John 10:27). I find this to be of great comfort in times like these. May God raise us up as a LISTENING church! Much of the deception of the enemy is intended to make us think we cannot discern truth and error; by faith let us affirm that we can by the Holy Spirit. In your scriptural meditation, make sure to spiritually listen, and be assured that our Lord will speak specific applications of His eternal word to our daily lives. This revelation is specifically intended to equip us to stand in the truth. Amen.
And when he puts forth His own sheep, He goes before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. And a stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
Greetings! Rejoice, for The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety in His embrace; and the LORD shall cover His beloved all the day long, and His beloved shall dwell in the cradle of His arms (Deut. 33:12 para.).
The Northern Michigan District Pastoral Ministry Team Retreat concluded Sunday morning with a communion service. This retreat was a special time of fellowship and refreshing for our ministers. General Superintendent Dr. Gustavo Crocker led our retreat and brought a series of messages dealing with avoiding burnout by making sure to abide in the presence of Jesus! I believe this timely theme was a great blessing to our ministers and spouses.
The Scriptures abound with promises of blessing and peace to those who make it their priority to abide with Him: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3); He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Psalms 91:1); Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him (John 14:21).
Please remember that your October 2017 attendance stats are now due. Thank you for your timely attention to this matter. I appreciate the many who have already submitted their October stats. See below for submission options.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:3-6).
In Our Savior’s Service Together! Rev. Dan Gilmore
The Petoskey Church plant is in the works!!! With the help and leadership of Pastor John Carr and the Charlevoix Church of the Nazarene, church planters Josh and Stefanie LaRoque have been diligently working, praying, and preparing for this new ministry in Petoskey. The goal is to launch this new work in September 2019. Monthly pre-launch services are planned to begin in April 2019.
Pastor LaRoque is willing to come to your local church to share their vision. Here are three ways to be involved in this exciting new ministry.