Friday, December 9, 2016

Merry Christmas!

A while back I said that we are going to "semi-retire." Well as I have always said there is no such thing as retirement in the Bible and that has proven to be true in our lives.  When I said that we were going to semi-retire I meant that we were not going to be actively seeking a place of ministry away from our new home in Port Angeles.  We found a wonderful little church, Strait View Baptist Church, here in Port Angeles and are  involved in ministry.  I am teaching the adult Sunday school class and Dayle is active in the women's Bible study and we have volunteered to clean the church on a weekly basis.  I have had the opportunity to fill the pulpit once already.  The church is a GARBC church and I graduated from the GARBC flagship Bible college.  So I am quite familiar with their doctrine. Pastor Tim Kluver, is a missionary pastor with CBM (Continental Baptist Missions) and he and I are of one mind doctrinally.  Pastor Tim has had some medical issues this past year and we feel it is such a privilege to be able to come along side of he and his family and give them love, support and to be a back-up for him as needed.  We have already developed a close bond with the Kluver family as well as the entire church family.

Both Dayle and I are teaching Bible classes at Aletheia, which is a one day a week home school co-op led by our Daughter-in-law Shelli and another mom.  I am teaching the junior and senior high grades and Dayle is teaching the younger grades.  Dayle will begin discipling two young moms next week. She also disciples a mom from our previous church in Orovada, NV via phone calls.  In addition, she has an interview with our local Crisis Pregnancy Center to hopefully volunteer on a weekly basis. We also hope to begin a young married Bible study next month.

It is such a joy to be able to serve our great God and Savior in these ways!

All of our kids are doing quite well.  We drove down to Sacramento over Thanksgiving and spent almost a week with Stephen and Neeley and the kids.  We also stopped in Grants Pass and spent a couple of evenings with Mel, Annie and the boys.

Please pray for our son, Jason.  As you know he is a Chief Petty Officer in the Coast Guard and he is due for transfer in June 2017.  He is retiring early 2018 and a transfer far away will create a huge burden on the family especially since they plan to stay in Port Angeles.  We are praying that he will be allowed to stay in the Port Angeles area.

Let us know if you might have any prayer requests.........With much love in Christ, Shelley and Dayle

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