Monday, September 21, 2009
WCA at Standing Stones
I attended the Washington Chaplain's Association meeting held at Standing Stones Orchards in Wapato on Tuesday, September 15. Greg Von Tobel and Bob Jordan presented the clean and sober transformation ministry held there at Standing Stones.
Here, Greg and Bob are sharing together during a break during the meeting. Bob Jordan and I collaborated on the notes for this meeting as Bob is the WCA secretary. I rode over with Bob and we had an awesome time sharing together.
The WCA is a great chance to network with the Department of Corrections prison chaplains across the state. When I go on our PFC eastern Washington and Oregon trips (EWOMT) several times a year, I am well-acquainted with the chaplains.
One of our participants in this program is Noey, who is here sharing his heart with the WCA group. Noey has completed the first 10 month phase of the program and is being invited to continue with the next leadership segment.
Our next missions trip is the first weekend in November with a band from Olympia called "Just Five Old Men." We'll be going to Walla Walla for two services, perhaps two services at Two Rivers in Umatilla, and Pendleton Corrections Center in Oregon, and finishing with several sites in Yakima, as it now stands.
This past Saturday, I joined Jim and Linda Dixon at the Olympic Corrections Center outside of Forks for a concert with a remarkable group of young Ukrainian men and women. Jim sang several of his fantastic songs and played the piano as we sang "Amazing Grace," and "Nothing but the Blood of Jesus" with the Ukrainian choir. It was a rich blessing.
In late August, our church holds a potluck and baptism out at Lake Retreat with four of our young adults being baptized by Pastor Aaron. Here, PA is praying for each of the young people as they prepare for the service and a number of our congregation enjoys fellowship and the potluck.
Scheduled activities over the next several weeks:
Ongoing ministry at the RJC in Kent.
This week meet with Jerry Corelli and Jim Dixon for future PFC concerts.
26 Preaching two services with"Just Five Old Men" at Maple Lane.
28 RJC volunteer appreciation dinner at Valley View Christian Church.
3 Concert with Jim and Linda Dixon at OCC in Forks.
4 Family worship with John Coleman at Twin Rivers in Monroe.
5 Chaplaincy Advisory Group, RJC, Kent.
17 Teaching missionary class at PFC University in Bothell.
23 and 24 Converge NW meetings in Beaverton, OR.
6-8 EWOMT with "Just Five Old Men"