“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
November 4, 2018
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.
Weekly News Letter
For GCI Churches in Central Indiana From Pastor David ~ November 4, 2018
Sun. Nov. 4th ends Daylight Savings Time. Turn clocks back 1 hour.
GCI President Greg Williams
Here is a biography with an overview of the life of newly- commissioned GCI President Dr. Greg Williams.
Greg entered pastoral ministry in 1986 with his wife Susan at his side. The couple served various congregations while raising three sons: Glenn, Garrett and Gatlin. Glenn then married Crystal and Garrett married Marlo, and today Greg and Susan are the proud grandparents of Emory, and twin brother and sister Braxton and Ellison. Here is a picture of Greg (in the gray suit) with Susan and other members of the family to Greg’s left:
Concerning family and ministry, Greg said this:
I’ve always taken seriously the scriptural teaching of Paul for an elder to manage well his home if he or she is going to manage one of the churches of God. My marriage is not perfect and neither are my children, but by the grace of God we have been deeply blessed and experience incredible love within our family circle. My most memorable moments were the privileged times when I baptized my three sons and experienced the pride and sense of release as I handed each of them over to the eternal care of their heavenly Father.
Greg notes that his preparation for GCI’s presidency has been a learning process involving various leadership roles. Within GCI, Greg has been a pastor, festival coordinator, GenMins national coordinator, Intern Program coordinator, regional pastor, director of Church Administration and Development, and GCI vice president. Greg also worked for ten years with Youth for Christ, an international para- church youth ministry organization where, according to Greg,
I was exposed to cross-denominational ministry, and actively engaged in youth evangelism. I remained connected to and active in GCI during those years, while gaining rich experience that helped shape me for the role I now fill as GCI’s fourth president.
Greg’s academic preparation included a earning a B.A. from Ambassador College, an M.A. from Liberty University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University (where his thesis centered on cultivating interns for Christian ministry).
One of Greg’s strengths as a GCI pastor was in mentoring young leaders. Many current GCI elders, ministry leaders and lead pastors have been personally mentored by Greg. The formalizing GCI’s internship program and the development of Journey with the Master (a curriculum for helping young adults identify their gifts and discern their calling) are additional evidence of Greg’s passion for incarnational ministry. His commitment to raising up leaders ties in with what Greg enjoys most about ministry leadership:
I enjoy seeing people coming alive in Jesus and then seeing how they blossom in that growing relationship. There is nothing more enjoyable than being in community with people who know Jesus and are growing in his amazing grace and knowledge. When asked what he enjoys most about being part of GCI, Greg said: “I enjoy the national and international relationships of some of the most interesting, loving and diverse people across God’s green earth. As Joseph Tkach Sr. often said, “We are family!” And I love the GCI family.” According to Greg, commitments to relationship and community shape his leadership style: I refuse to engage in the mission Jesus has given us apart from the company of others, and I am pleased with the amazing people that God has placed on our team.
In keeping with his team-based leadership style, Greg is committed to aligning GCI leaders around the globe with structures and systems that position GCI for becoming the best expression of the church of Jesus Christ it can be—a vision for GCI he sums up with the phrase Healthy Church.
John Mincy (Hope)–Nov 4 & Norm Durbin (Laf)–Nov 6
Don Auxier – (Terre Haute) Full recovery from hernia surgery this past Monday
Sue Durbin – (Laf) Prayers that her blood count can stabilize and even go up
Georgia – (Harriette Cox’s daughter Laf.) Recovery from cancer surgery this past week
God is Cheering for You by Max Lucado
If your God is Mighty enough to ignite the sun, could it be that He is mighty enough to light your path? God is for you. Not “may be,” not “has been,” not “was,” not “would be,” but “God is!” He is for you. Today. At this hour. At this minute. As you read this sentence. No need to wait in line or come back tomorrow. He is with you. He could not be closer than he is at this second. His loyalty won’t increase if you are better nor lessen if you are worse. He is for you. God is for you. Turn to the sidelines; that’s God cheering your run. Look past the finish line; that’s God applauding your steps. Listen for him in the bleachers, shouting your name. Too tired to continue? He’ll carry you. Too discouraged to fight? He’s picking you up. God is for you. God is for you. Had he a calendar, your birthday would be circled. If he drove a car, your name would be on his bumper. If there’s a tree in heaven, he’s carved your name in the bark. We know he has a tattoo, and we know what it says. “I have written your name on my hand,” he declares (Isaiah 49:16).
From Let the Journey Begin: God’s Roadmap for New Beginnings (c) (J Countryman 2009) Max Lucado
DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU from Bill Keller
Dear Lord, help me to get through this day and the challenges that I will be facing today. Guide me, strengthen me, and give me wisdom as I make choices throughout this day. Please watch over my family and those I love in this world, and keep them safe. I love you Lord, and depend upon you each moment of each day. Bless me as I go through the day, living my life for your glory. In the name of Jesus I pray…AMEN!
From Pastor David
From time to time I will include words of a song that has touched my heart and encouraged me. “Singing In Victory” is such a song. Please take time to read and think about each line of this song…think of your life and WHO you are in Jesus. He is calling you by name…we are His…and He is ours…forever.
Singing In the Victory by Austin Stone
I will not be anxious, Jesus, You are near The Peace of God surrounding me, and casting out all fears The hand that holds the heavens, is the mighty hand that saves The voice that calms the stormy seas – Is calling me by name
I’m singing in the victory, the victory of the cross I’m resting in the shadow, of Your redeeming love I’m standing on the promise, the promise of new life ‘Cause I am Yours forever, and Jesus, You are mine Oh Jesus, You are mine
When I have forgotten, the fullness of Your grace Yes, I’ll remember Calvary, where You took my place
I’m singing in the victory, the victory of the cross I’m resting in the shadow, of Your redeeming love I’m standing on the promise, the promise of new life ‘Cause I am Yours forever, and Jesus, You are mine Oh Jesus, You are mine – Oh Jesus, You are mine
There is no one like You, God – Love immeasurable and strong There is no one like You, God – So lead this heart to sing in awe There is no one like You, God, no-o Love immeasurable and strong – There is no one like You, God So lead this heart to sing in awe…
Indiana missionary gunned down in Cameroon, family says
Charles Wesco “loved the Lord,” said his brother, state Rep. Tim Wesco. The State Department said it had no further information.
Charles Wesco, his wife, Stephanie, and their children in an undated photo provided by a relative.AP
Oct. 30, 2018 / 5:27 PM EDT / Updated Oct. 30, 2018 / 11:53 PM EDT
By Alex Johnson and Abigail Williams
A Baptist missionary who arrived in Cameroon about two weeks ago was shot and killed Tuesday, his family said. Virgil Wesco, pastor emeritus of Fellowship Baptist Church in South Bend, Indiana, and his wife, Rebecca Wesco, told NBC affiliate WNDU of South Bend that their son Charles was killed as he and his wife were returning from shopping.
Robert Paladino, a spokesman for the State Department, confirmed that a U.S. citizen had been killed in Cameroon, but he said he had no further information. Armed separatists in the region have called for a boycott of local schools, contending that the French-language schools discriminate against English-speaking students.
Wesco’s parents said their son and his family had spent the last two years planning for their mission to Cameroon. Charles and Stephanie Wesco moved to Cameroon with their eight children about two weeks ago, they said.
Wesco served as assistant pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in South Bend, where his father is the pastor emeritus, his parents said.
“My husband has already prayed for his killer,” Rebecca Wesco said. “Charles would want us to do that.”
Virgil Wesco said: “He cared for the people, and he was willing to risk his life to go to them.”
Wesco’s younger brother, Indiana state Rep. Tim Wesco, who represents parts of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties, told WNDU that his brother “loved the Lord.”
“He loved people,” Timothy Wesco said. “The Lord giveth. The Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Friendship Baptist said on its website that Charles and Stephanie Wesco, who were married in 2004, were accomplished musicians who played a variety of instruments, including piano, harmonica, euphonium and flute. Charles Wesco previously undertook missions to South Africa in 2003 and 2004, it said.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement that he and his wife, Janet, “are thinking of Rep. Tim Wesco and his family as they grieve the death of his brother Charles.”
“We ask that all Hoosiers join us in offering prayers and condolences to the Wesco family,” he said