We give praise and thanks to You, O God, we praise and give thanks; Your wondrous works declare that Your Name is near and they who invoke Your Name rehearse Your wonders. (Psalm 75:1)
Greetings NPC Family! I hope last week was filled with a concentrated time of exercising in thankfulness. Personally, I was with family and old friends in Sacramento. Many remarked that I lost weight. Though that might seem like a compliment, it’s actually a very cultural way of saying, “You haven’t been taking care of yourself, so let me now take better care of you!” You often hear around Chinese gatherings, “You’re too skinny – eat more rice!” Well, I did lose weight, partly because I’ve been without Mary’s great cooking, but also because I have been exercising more.
In this busy holiday season that’s jam-packed with so many opportunities and responsibilities, I pray that we all would exercise more – physically for sure, but also in growing strong hearts of gratitude. One trainer offers these stages of exercising, which are also applicable as we think about growing in thankfulness:
Stage 1: Corrective Exercise
How do we push through bad attitudes, selfish perspectives, un-reconciled relationships…?
Stage 2: Stability
Stage 3: Endurance
Experts say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. This Advent season, build into each day a specific time of praising and thanking God alone and with loved ones.
Stage 4: Strength/Power/Speed
This level reminds me of my Mom who endured two rounds of cancer and health issues, untimely family deaths, and responsibility for her separated parents and aging in-laws. She shows her strength in God as she models what a heart filled with gratitude looks like. Her attitude is reflexive and contagious because she deeply believes that God is good and that His love is never failing. She’s a giant, even standing at only 4’10”!
Be blessed this Christmas season and New Year, NPC family. The staff shares in gratitude for each of you and for the call God has upon us together. THANK YOU!
Greg Yee, North Pacific Conference Superintendent
Please save the date for Leadership Matrix, Saturday March 1, 2014 @ Kent Covenant Church. Leadership Teams, Church Councils and Boards—come with your pastor and staff. Superintendent Greg Yee will be speaking and casting vision for this next era in the North Pacific Conference. More info will be available this month with seminars and details of the conference. Check the website and Facebook.
Have you joined the North Pacific Conference Facebook group? Don’t miss out on conversation and up-to-date information!
CROSS CULTURAL MINISTRY and MISSION
Reconciliation Tour with Rev. Andy Larsen and Rev. Wayne Smith to Israel/Palestine March, 14-25, 2014. This will be a spiritual pilgrimage visiting the places where Jesus lived and touched lives as well as entering into his heart for peace and justice in this Holy land. This tour will be in conjunction with an excellent conference on a Christian response to the tensions in this region called Christ at the Checkpoint sponsored by Bethlehem Bible College on March 10-14. For more information about that conference go to: http://www.christatthecheckpoint.com/ For more information about and to register for the post-conference tour, go to: https://www.mejditours.com/open-tour/walking-in-christs-footsteps/
M.U.D. Retreat for high school students and leaders is coming up January 17-20th, 2014. Don’t miss this great gathering of youth and leaders from around the NPC. A great weekend of worship and teaching, fun and amazing activities, and relationship building with God and each other. [Click here] for more into. [Click here] for flyer.
Registrations are open for summer camp at Cascades Camp and Conference Center. [Click here] to check out all the options.
WORSHIP and the ARTS MINISTRY
On behalf of Fuller Seminary, the Brehm Center and Bethany Community Church, you are invited to the (Trans)Formation Worship Conference, January17-18, 2014 in Seattle. Dr. Todd Johnson, professor at Fuller Seminary, also an ECC pastor, will be a presenter. Dr. Johnson wanted to make sure North Pacific Conference churches are invited.
Cedarcreek Covenant Church in Maple Valley, WA is seeking a Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry. The Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries will lead the youth ministry program, and will guide and oversee children’s programming and ministries at Cedarcreek Covenant Church. This position covers infants through grade 12. This is a paid position averaging 30 hours per week. It is posted on our church website under the YAC Search tab.
Pine Lake Covenant Church (Sammamish, WA) seeks to hire a fulltime Children and Family Ministries Director. For more information, go to PLCC.recruiterbox.com. You will also find the position listed at www.plcc.org. You may address questions to email@example.com with Search Team in the subject line. If you know anyone who might be interested in this job, please forward this announcement on. [Click here] for job description.
Do you have info to share with Covenant churches in the North Pacific Do you have info to share with Covenant churches in the North Pacific Conference? Let us know if you have news to share, an event in which other churches are invited to participate or other information to share with your fellow NPC congregations. Contact Krisann Jarvis Foss at firstname.lastname@example.org.