Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Aaron Davitch Announced As Candidate for Minister for Small Groups and Children & Family Discipleship
In mid-July of this year, the South Campus Elders unanimously approved moving forward to call Aaron Davitch as Minister for Small Groups and Children & Family Discipleship. In August, the Organizational Elders interviewed him and they also approved moving forward to call him to this pastoral role.
Highlights from the July 27 Quarterly Strategy Meeting include a Membership Report; a Treasurer’s Report; a vote to call Mike Tong as Minister for Neighborhood Outreach, Downtown; a South Site Building Committee Update and vote to approve an $85K Treasuring Christ Together (TCT) Campus fund expenditure; the Presentation of a Pastor Emeritus Covenant between the Bethlehem elders and John Piper; and two failed motions under New Business.
I am pleased to announce that Jared Wass will be assuming the role of Pastoral Resident for Small Groups, Downtown. His official start date is July 27, 2014, but he will begin transitioning into the role now to get ready for the Fall.
Jared has served as a non-vocational Elder since July 2012 and has been working with Campus Outreach as Mobilization Director.
We're excited to have Jared on the team and to continue to develop our small group ministry Downtown. If you see Jared around, please welcome him!
This past Sunday, Pastor Jason reminded us from 2 Corinthians 4 that our lives are a reflection of the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. We have pain and sorrow mixed with moments of wonderful joy.
At the May 18 Sunday night Special Congregational Meeting, which 15 members called for at the April 27 Quarterly Strategy Meeting, the congregation affirmed the following motion by a vote of 471 to 113 (81%). Pastor Jason moved that the congregation affirm the following statement:
At age 77, Dr. E. Michael Rusten is retiring for the second time, and so he was invited to speak at the Bethlehem College and Seminary chapel service. A true entrepreneur, Mike and his wife, Sharon, have owned and operated a lodge along the north shore of Lake Superior, started a very successful Christian greeting card company, participated in political campaigns at the national level, labored to equip missionaries with water purification systems, published several best-selling books, launched a degree completion program that became Bethlehem College, and more.
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.
Highlights from the April 27 Quarterly Strategy Meeting include a Membership Report, a Treasurer’s Report, approval of the proposed Elder-Recommended Pastoral Staffing Changes, a TCT Church Planting Update, and a Special Meeting Called.
103 names were removed from the Membership Report, leaving 3,279 members at the end of the meeting.
As Pastor Jason mentioned in his March 8/9 sermon ("Adult Discipleship"), the elders are asking the congregation to vote on several pastoral redeployments at the April 27 All-Church Quarterly Strategy Meeting in order to "put our pastors where our priorities are."
Here is an excerpt from that sermon:
From Pastor Chuck ...
I wanted to share a praise with you all:
Dear Church family,
As many of you have purposed to pray for Carol and me in this season that I am fighting prostate cancer, I wanted to give you an update since our trip to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, last week.
I want to praise God for answers to prayers already evidenced:
We found out …
1. My PSA already is below 8. I started with a PSA of 106. So praise God it has come down! My body is responding to the hormone therapy.
2. Mayo confirmed that the cancer was NOT in the bone or any other major organs!