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This site is devoted to providing teaching, admonition, encouragement, and information to my people at Faith Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, Florida. Pastor Marion Clark.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Candidating 

Yesterday, Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia voted to invite me to candidate at the church for my previous position of Executive Minister. Ginger and I will travel November 17 and return on the 22nd. On the Sunday of the 21st, the congregation will vote on whether to call me and we will most likely make our own decision that Sunday as well. Should the process continue as expected, we will probably move at the end of the year.

We believe that this unusual occurance of events is being directed by the hand of the Lord, that this is where he would have minister with the gifts and experience that he has given me. Faith Church has been gracious in praying for me and being supportive. Be in prayer for both churches and us as we all seek the Lord's will for each of us.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Voting 

November 2 is Election Day. Do you need a ride to your voting poll? Call the church and let us know. The Local Ministries Committee will provide rides.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

From Gay Greninger 

Four weeks ago I returned to Okinawa. In spite of spending two or the last four weekends in our apartments listening to the howling of typhoon winds, all of the teachers here have rejoiced that we did not experience any damage during those storms, especially when we heard the storm-damage reports to other parts of the world. God's protection has been evident. PTL!

The school year is in full swing. Most noticeable among the changes are the many new faces on the faculty. The Lord has brought a very committed group of teachers and administrators together for this school year. The only teacher lacking at the moment is an additional middle school teacher who would make it possible for one of the larger classes to be split into two smaller and thus more manageable groups.

One of the other changes that really excites me is the splitting of the elementary chapel into two different sessions. First and second graders have chapel from 8:45-9:15 and third through fifth graders have chapel from 9:30-10:00 a.m. every Tuesday. This allows for more involvement by the students in chapel. Upper elementary students can be asked to bring their Bibles to chapel and age-appropriate activities can be done with them. Already we have seen this is a positive change for all the children.

Presently I have 20 students in my elementary ESL classes. All of the 2nd graders are new to receiving this special English assistance. Since many of you like to pray for them by name the new students from the 2nd grade are: Rio, Sawa, Lisa, Mami, Christopher, Sora, Kota, Urufa*, Araki*, and Iruka. These 10 students are split into two different groups: however, the two that have a star next to their names are extremely challenging students, so I would appreciate your prayers for them and me that I would be able to manage our time together effectively. I will update you on the other ESL students next month.

Tuesday of the coming week, October 5, will be the beginning of the Fall 2004 adult English class. I am excited that there are 9 ladies registered to meet with Kayellen Deckert for her beginning level class. My intermediate level English class will be moved from Saturdays to Monday afternoon at 2:00 pm., allowing me to meet with the parents for an hour before their children are out of school. Hopefully we will be able to add some new faces to this class through this schedule change, but I am impressed by the commitment of the ladies in this group which has been going on for two and a half years now.

A special prayer item for the coming week is the fall camps for our elementary, middle school, and high school students. The students and teachers will be gone from October 5-8th. Please pray that this time away will be used in their lives to draw them closer to the Lord.

My thanks to each of you for your continued support of this ministry and for praying over the things mentioned above. I look forward to being able to report how the Lord has answered and is answerings your prayers.

Trusting in His grace, Gay

A Boy's Imagination 

A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found," the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" He answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear!"

Daily Devotions 

We are now in Matthew in our read through the Bible devotions. Check them out in the Daily Devotions site.

College Lunch 

Lunch is provided this Sunday for college students, college-age unstudents, grad students, singles, and anybody who at one time use to be in these categories or hope to be some day. We will gather at Dan and Mary Lee Sonke's home for a "make your own taco" meal. Directions provided at the church.

Game Night 

Game night is the Friday beginning at 7:00. Bring your games and, if you can, a snack.

New Baby Alert 

Pete and Jen Bekins, now living in St. Louis, have a new baby. Henry Elliot Bekins, 6.5 lbs and 20 inches, was born on October 5. Everyone is doing fine.

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