It was great to hear the reports during the annual meeting for Shepherd's House this past Sunday.
The meeting was held appropriately this year on Pentecost Sunday, the day Christians celebrate the Spirit-infused initation into being sent into all the diversity of this world with the verity of the Good News.
Among the highlights was a report on the house churches from Rev. Hank Spaulding, a district licensed minister and leader of the MVNU house churches. The first group of 24 crammed into the living area of the on-campus apartment of Phil and Lauren Lanz. The group fixed a meal, spoke honestly about their lives, prayed for each other, read the week's lectionary passages, and celebrated the Lord's Supper. Eight months later, there are now six groups with almost 60 meeting every week some place on campus. Next year a couple of the groups plan to expand off campus.
This year we also sent Dave and Coralee Behr to Asia-Pacific Nazarene Seminary to serve in the communications department. They will return this week on their half-time APNTS & MVNU assignment with World Mission as part of the Global Faculty.
Elections were held. Dave Arnold is the lay delegate to the District Assembly, Alice Williams is the at large delegate to SDMI and NMI convention. Deb Minard will continue as missions (NMI) president, and Phil Lanz will serve as SDMI president (home discipleship groups) since Jacob Hale, the current SDMI president, will be moving to Columbus at the end of the summer. The church also gave a vote of affirmation to the appointment of Matt Price as the regular pastor.
The financial report given by treasurer Dave Arnold reported $67,000 total giving for the year. The giving included all connectional interests to the North Central Ohio district, MVNU, and the World Evangelism. Next year, we were reminded that we needed $1300 per week to maintain the ministry focus of our local church in our current location.
Notes from Sunday
Last Sunday Sunday Word & Table in Apple Valley Attendance: 35 Giving: $1438
This Sunday at Church Worship at 10am in Apple Valley Home Group at 6pm (meeting at church)
Readings for Trinity Sunday Call to Worship: Psalm 8 Old Testament Reading: Prov. 8:1-4, 22-31 Epistle Reading: Romans 5:1-5 Gospel Reading: John 16:12-15
Coming Up June 12 -- Sundays at 5pm Word & Table in Downtown Mt Vernon starting summer practice services again and meeting every other week.
June 19 -- Missionary Speakers Bernie and Rhonda Slingerland are Global missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene serving in the Mesoamerica Region overseeing the work in 31 countries in Mexico, Central America, Panama and the Caribbean. The MAR Regional Office is in Panama City, Panama. They have served in missionary assignments in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Venezuela. They have served as missionaries since 1995. Their daughters Hannah and Abigail are students at MVNU.