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Busy March

Peter —  March 25, 2019

The last few weeks have been busy with Cor Deo, Trinity, Union and ELF all at once.  Here’s a quick summary:

Cor Deo – We held another women’s intensive as we do every year at this time.  Again it was a special week for the women involved.  Peter taught in the mornings, but left at lunchtime as the afternoon was led by our friends Gretchen and Anniina.  Then after a week off, Peter and Mike led the first ever John Feast . all 21 chapters of John in four full days.  It was wonderful and everyone involved had a great time.  We are planning to repeat this programme before too long!

Trinity – We are preaching through Mark at the moment.  Last week we had a dedication service for one of the newest little members of the TC family and were joined by over 20 guests.  Every Sunday is busy with lots of setting up and packing away, but every Sunday is a special time.  The community during the week is really encouraging too.  We love being part of this church.

Union School of Theology – Peter has driven over to South Wales to teach on campus for three days so far this semester.  There is one more to go and then the school year will be over for him.

ELF – The European Leadership Forum is in May, but mid-March is the deadline for speakers to submit their teaching notes.  It was a big relief to get these sent in earlier this week.  The Advanced Bible Teachers network that Peter leads will be focusing on Galatians this year, and preparing the notes started to build my anticipation for that.

The family is generally doing well, although the last week has been really tough for Melanie with difficulty sleeping at night.  This happens periodically, but thankfully it doesn’t seem to go on forever.  We pray that this won’t last too long for her.  We have a family holiday planned in a few weeks and hopefully that can be a refreshing break for us all.

Hannah is now 18 and will soon be heading off to university.  Her plan is to go to Corban University in Oregon.  She has a place already and so we are now in the financial aid conversation with the university to see if we can reach a level where the cost is not too uncomfortable.  Please pray for this to be figured out soon so she can know what she is doing.

Birthday Month

Peter —  February 19, 2019

Not even three weeks into February and we have had three birthdays already.  Today was Mariah’s (after Kaylah’s and Aliyah’s).  Kaylah enjoyed snow on her birthday, but that seems like a long time ago now.  That snow and ice caused our church venue to be cancelled, but we were able to arrange an alternative at short notice.

Hannah has her good friend from Oregon visiting, which adds another girl into the mix!  Later this month we have a women’s Cor Deo Intensive and there are still spaces available – do you know anyone who could join us in Chippenham for next week?  Please get in touch!  We also have a four-day John Feast in March where we will study John’s Gospel right through for four days.  This is a trial run of this new format, but it should be exciting (all are
welcome to this Intensive).

Thanks for praying for us.  Birthday season is a happy time, but obviously it is a lot of extra activity on top of the normal load of schooling and ministry.  Right now we are in the process of helping Hannah figure out how her desire to study English & Bible at university in Oregon can work out practically.  We’ve had a conversation with one of the universities to talk about financial aid with them.  Thanks for praying for us: for ministry, for family, for these precious daughters who are celebrating birthdays, etc.

(We will get some birthday pictures on here soon!)

Ministry Update

Peter —  November 23, 2018
November has just flown by!  Last night we celebrated Thanksgiving with some good friends from church.  I (Peter) spent the day teaching the UCCF Wales leadership team, and the day before spent the day at Union School of Theology teaching the preaching class.  I don’t really know where this month has gone.  Earlier in November I had a very enjoyable visit to Chicago.  It was great to be able to take Aliyah too, who spent time with Melanie’s Aunt, and with one of Aliyah’s best friends (a successful surprise visit!)  My purpose in going was to lead a seminar for a ministry leadership team, and to get a feel for that ministry.  It was a good time and there is a possibility that I will have further opportunity to influence that ministry, which would be great.  I also got to meet with friends at publishing houses, as well as a weekend at Moody Church (I spoke at one of the adult Sunday School classes) – all of which was a real encouragement to me.
December is obviously a busy season for church, but also for other ministries too. In church we have three Sundays in a row that are very much targeting guests – please pray for contacts to come and for fruit to come from this connection. The end of the semester means a large amount of marking to do – he will have about 60 sermons to watch and give feedback, as well as the same number of essays. Please pray for Peter to be able to get through that quickly, but also giving feedback that will be helpful to all the students. From the 4th-8th December Peter will be in Spain with the year round mentoring group of preachers from all over Europe. This is part of the European Leadership Forum and is a good time of ministry. He is scheduled to do the morning Bible studies for the larger group too. So lots going on, prayer appreciated for it all!