Bill Nickerson (L) and Thomas Kennon
This past week I traveled down to the Advent Christian Village (ACV) and participated in the ACV board meetings on Thursday and Friday. It is always a blessing to go to the Village and visit old friends that I worked with and served when I pastored the Bixler Memorial Church as senior pastor and director of pastoral care. The Village continues to be home to many retired missionaries and pastors, not just from the Advent Christian Church, but from many other denominations as well. It is one of the greatest values in retirement living in Florida and certainly one of the best places to live out your retirement years. During the board meetings we heard many reports about the ongoing ministries of the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Dacier Manor Assisted Living Center, the many apartment options available and the independent living options. The Village is able to offer a place to retire for a wide variety of price ranges and all with the quality of care that is second to none. The opportunities to participate in ministries and activities are so vast that it is impossible to do them all, so you must chose the ones that fit your interest. I do not want to steal the thunder from the Village, but there are some exciting things coming in the near future – additions to the Village and new ministries that will be launched that will reach out to young people in the Suwannee County area.
AGAPE HOUSE – PHILIPPINES
Ministry Leader Rowena Cabrizos reports:
I arrived to the Philippines from Japan on August 31 with Zoe and stayed in Manila for two days. September 2 was my flight back to Davao. Praise God for his protection and sustaining grace. Below are some highlights of events in the past two months.
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Caroline and Lee Welkley
News from Urban Ministry Consultants Lee & Caroline Welkley
Recently, I participated in a retreat sponsored by the Mayo Clinic with an emphasis on providing pastors with tools and information for greater wellness for themselves. We were made aware that when wellness for pastors is addressed, the last area to be given attention is our emotional needs. As a result of that retreat, my attention has been specifically drawn to the needs of urban pastors and church leaders. Therefore, I have chosen to use this column to share some information with you, hoping it will sharpen your concern for our urban pastors and leaders and cause many to care and to pray.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend and teach at the National Youth Workers Convention in Memphis, Tennessee. This event, put on by our partners at Youth Specialties, has long been one of the premier youth ministry training events in the United States. This year, the event was in its 48th year, making it probably the longest running youth ministry training event of its kind.
I have been attending the National Youth Workers Convention since 2006. That year, in an effort to make the event more affordable, Advent Christian youth workers were invited by ACGC and Dulin’s Grove Church to enjoy free lodging in Dulin’s Grove Church’s youth building. This not only made the event more tangible, but gave me the opportunity to meet many of the youth workers serving all around our network. Many of these connections have turned into friendships that I still enjoy today.