Month: May, 2017

Disciple Making

Sunday, May 28, 2017
“Disciple Making”
Pastor Dave Kenny

 

 

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The Sword of the Lord

Sunday, May 21, 2017
“The Sword of the Lord”
Guest Speaker: Greg Vaughn

 

 

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Tying Into the Redemption Story

Sunday, May 14, 2017
“Tying Into the Redemption Story”
Guest Speaker: Nick Blohm

 

 

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When Death Died

Sunday, May 7, 2017
“When Death Died”
Guest Speaker: Mark Fontecchio

 

 

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Elder Update

August Elder Update

Lazy Mountain Bible Church has truly received a Blessing from the Lord with the hiring of the new Worship and Arts Director, Stan McGuire.

Please remember to include Stan and his wife, Jennifer, in your prayer schedule.

With a new staff member, please help them get established with a warm Alaskan greeting and hospitality. Remember we have all been waiting patiently for the Lord’s person to come along for this position. Let’s continue with patience and Love for Stan as he gets accustomed to Alaska and to Lazy Mountain Bible Church.

Senior Pastor Update:

We continue to be able to have some of the folks that have turned in resumes come and speak as guest speakers for us. Thank you to Pastor Kenny for continuing to fill the pulpit with the folks that have been speaking. We have been able to have a nice variety of folks do the speaking for us on Sundays. This should help the Church as a whole to more determine the type and style of a person that will fit at LMBC. The Elders had a lengthy discussion at their last meeting about the folks that we still have resumes on file for. One person has asked to have his name removed from the list, and some of the Elders met with another individual to hear from him. The Elders that met with the person all agreed that the individual has lots of potential, but was not quite ready for a Senior Pastor position. We have solicited a resume from another person that some of the elders met with. Some of the Elders have a time set this week to meet with another person that has turned in a resume as well.

We still have resumes from four people that are interested in the Senior Pastor position. One of the people will be asked to do some more consecutive speaking for us.

P – Patience and Pray for the Pastor position

R – Rejoice in the many Blessings that we all have

A – Always take it to the Lord in Prayer

Y – Yearn to follow Jesus more closely

Remember to allow the Lord to do His Will, not our own.

 

July Elder Report

The Elders have held three meetings since our last report. Much of our time was focused on finalizing arrangements to bring Stan McGuire to Alaska as a candidate to be considered for the position of Worship and Arts Director. In addition, the Elders continue to evaluate resumes received from individuals expressing interest in the Senior Pastor position. At the June 28 meeting the number of individuals being considered was reduced to six; however since that time we have received two additional resumes. Also, at the June 28 meeting the May financial reports were reviewed. General fund giving continues to be down as compared to last year; however our expenses are also down which has allowed the church to build general fund cash reserves by over $13,000 during 2017.

Most of the Elders and their wives were able to attend a Saturday luncheon at the church on July 1 with Stan McGuire. Also, members of the worship teams were invited and many were able to attend the luncheon to enjoy good fellowship, great food and to meet Stan. Following the church services on July 2, a potluck was held at the church to again enjoy food and fellowship, followed by short introduction and question and answer session with Stan. Later that same afternoon the Elders and staff privately met with Stan at the church. Stan’s wife Jen joined the meeting through Skype. Following nearly two hours of conversation, the following motion was unanimously approved: “To hire Stan McGuire as Worship and Arts Director at an annual salary of $54,000.00, in addition to covering moving expenses up to $10,000 and with a start date of approximately August 1, 2017.”

At the July 12 meeting the Elders received a report from Youth Ministries Director Andy Miller, updating us on activities at The YAK. Andy very recently received a resignation letter from The YAK Director, Jeff Gail. The YAK is now operating under a separate Board of Directors, under the direction of Andy Miller as the board chairman, and that board has already begun the discussion of filling the director position at The YAK.

All Elder meetings start with a time of prayer and conclude with prayer. We are united and excited about the future God has planned for LMBC!

 

June Elder Board update

So far this month the Elder board has met twice. June 7th was the first meeting this month, as a special meeting with Debbie Kenny, Laurie Buist, and Andy Miller. Debbie and Laurie have worked together for countless hours to revise the protection policy for the Church. Their focus and end goal was to address and implement changes that were in need of taking place in the protection policy in order to make it a stronger document.

The Elder board unanimously supported and approved these changes to be implemented effective immediately.

Andy met with the Elder board afterwards to discuss his plans for ministry for this fall. He has some exciting plans that he presented to us. More to follow soon.

The Worship and Arts committee has a nominee that they wanted to present to the Elder board for further consideration. The committee was in 100% approval with this person after they held a Skype interview. The Elders have decided to fly him and his wife up for further consideration. A Church member has previously worked with this person in the past. (See the back of this flier for the schedule.)

The next meeting for the Elder board is on the 28th. We will be having more discussion about the people that have submitted resumes for the Senior Pastor position. Pastor Kenny has speakers lined up through August 20th. The next time you see or talk to Pastor Kenny, give him a hug or a handshake for all that he has been doing to keep the Church being a Church.

It may appear on the outside as though the Church is having some challenges, but we are truly Blessed to have the staff and volunteers that we do.

Exercise the grace of God, while waiting on His timing for our next Senior pastor.

From the Elders and the Worship and Arts Committee:

The Worship and Arts Committee has interviewed Stanley D. McGuire via a Skype interview and the committee was in 100% approval of him. This nominee was presented to the Elders and the Elders have decided to fly Stan and his wife up for further consideration as the Worship and Arts Director. Unfortunately, Jenni, Stan’s wife, is unable to travel with him due to work responsibilities. Stan will be at Lazy Mountain Bible Church June 30th-July 2nd.

Schedule of events:

Saturday, July 1st:

  • Stan will be meeting with the members of the worship teams and the Worship and Arts committee.
  • The weekly worship team rehearsal will be held and will be led by Stan.

Sunday, July 2nd:

  • Stan will be leading the musical worship during the Sunday worship services.
  • After the 11:00 a.m. worship service, there will be a potluck for all who are interested in meeting and visiting with Stan. Please bring food to share.
  • Following the meal, there will be a time for Stan to share and to entertain questions. Questions will be accepted and presented by a designated moderator for Stan to answer.
  • The Elders and Staff will meet with Stan at approximately 2:30 p.m. for an opportunity to entertain additional questions.
  • When it has been determined that all questions have been sufficiently answered, Stan and the staff will be dismissed. The Elder Board will be called to order for a time of prayer and discussion, with a goal of ending the meeting with a vote to determine if Stan should be hired for the position of Worship and Arts Director.

 

The May Elder Update

The elders set aside the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month to meet.  Some months, like last month, we had one extra meeting.  In June we are planning to have three meetings also.

The elders continue to pursue the men that have submitted their resumes for the Senior Pastor position.  There are five men who have sent us their information a few months ago that we have been looking at and contacting. Plus, we have just received two new resumes from some other men a few days ago that we are looking at closely.

Pray for us as we continue to seek the Lord and continue to narrow down the candidates to just a few, and then the one.

The Worship and Arts Search committee, (Glenn Moyer-chairman, Bev Earley-secretary, Kyle DeWinter, Ruth Cunningham, Andy Miller and Frankie Emrick) have met twelve times and interviewed three candidates.  It was felt by the committee that two of the candidates did not meet the qualifications. The third candidate was interviewed in depth; he was very qualified, but has since changed his mind about the position and asked that his name be removed.

The Worship and Arts Committee has just received a resume from a new candidate and also a name of another person has come to their attention.

Please pray for these two committees.

Remember the 1st and 15th of each month to fast as much as you can in some area of your life and pray for the needs of Lazy Mountain Bible Church.

In service for the Lord,

Your Elders

The April Elder Update

The Elders and Staff of LMBC will be meeting together on Wednesday, April 26th. The purpose will be to discuss and begin to form a Vision plan concerning the strategic direction for our Church. Please pray for this meeting.

 

The Worship Director Search Committee has received several resumes and completed a number of interviews with people interested in this ministry position. The committee has also reported the results of the interviews to the Elders for their consideration.

 

The Elders have received a significant number of resumes for the Senior Pastor position. They have been evaluated to focus on those we feel are best qualified for our church. These men have been contacted personally or by phone to further the selection process. The next step will be for the Elders to futher interview those best qualified to serve as our Shepherd.

 

Paul’s Prayer Requests

Sunday, April 30, 2017
“Paul’s Prayer Requests”
Guest Speaker: Benjamin Olson
Missionary Instructor/Registrar, Alaska Bible College

 

 

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