Yesterday was the final daily reading and devotional for our series through the gospel of Mark. I want to publicly thank Vickie McKillip for her thorough editing, and Jaron Pitts for overseeing the daily distribution of the emails -- along with painstakingly addressing some of the technology gaffes along the way. Thank you so much for coming along on the journey with me over these last 74 days. We have one final message from the gospel this weekend. It’s the best part of the story! Don’t miss it!
Let me say a word about what’s ahead over the next several weekends. I’ll be sharing an important message with you on the weekend after Thanksgiving. It’s really a fitting application of our journey through the gospel of Mark, and will speak to some of our plans as a church for 2015.
Then in December, we’ll start a new series, “Christmas At Your House.” But we’ll get there by having Christmas in Matthew’s, Luke’s, and John’s houses. December is a fabulous time to invite someone to a worship experience with us. We’ll center our hearts on the Christ at the center of Christmas. Join us with friends in tow!
Finally, after a search process of more than a year, I’m pleased to announce that Jason Bernick has agreed to join our staff as the Minister of Spiritual Formation. Jason has been in ministry since 1993, most recently in Venice, Florida, where he has been the state director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization for several years. During this time, he also served as a chaplain for the Miami Dolphins. He has a bachelor’s degree in English, and two masters’ degrees (Divinity and Theology in Old Testament studies). Born in Minnesota, Jason played four years of hockey at the Division 1 level, and came to faith in Christ later as an assistant hockey coach.
Jason and his wife of 22 years,LuAnn, have two children, Hannah (14) and Kiley(13), who love Jesus Christ and His Church.
Jason will be here in January 2015, and will focus on growing our discipleship culture, and on strengthening our Small Groups and other spiritual formation efforts across our system. He has a powerful testimony and a passion for reaching, challenging,and building communities that make disciples of Jesus Christ.He wants to help us be more and more God-centered, Christ-exalting, and disciple-making.
We are delighted the Bernicks are coming, and look forward to exciting days ahead of ministry, growth, and discipleship under Jason’s leadership!
Grace and Peace,