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Synod of Mid-America Newsletter Volume 15, Issue 5.  March 10, 2014.
This issue's featured blogger is Nate Pyle.  Nate is the pastor at Christ's Community Church in Fishers, Indiana.  Nate blogs at www.nateplye.com.  Nate's blog has been featured on many other and quite a few of his posts have over a hundred thousand hits.  Nate blogs on being transformed from one degree to another.  Check out Nate's blog, and if you are a blogger and are willing to share your blog with us, please contact Chad Schuitema.  

The General Synod Workbook is now available online. Even if you're not a delegate, you can read reports from commissions, task forces, and other RCA agencies and institutions and delve into the business of the church.

Join the Illiana-Florida Church Multiplication Movement - The Illiana / Florida Classis Church Multiplication team is looking for church planters for upcoming projects!  We provide assessment, training, coaching, support and funding for new church plants.  If you are interested, go to http://www.iplantchurchplanting.com/ and click “start process.”

Participate in a free webinar that will help guide you in creating a narrative congregational budget, which tells the story behind the numbers. It will help you provide your congregation with a vision of your ministry, rather than just a spreadsheet of line items. The webinar will be Thursday, May 22, at 11:00 noon CDT. Sign up here.


Camp Manitoqua Work Day - Spring Into Summer at Camp Manitoqua & Retreat Center with swimming, food, and activities for kids and adults alike, Saturday, May 31, 2014, as we kick off our 2014 camping season. Our annual 12,000’ Run, a family friendly obstacle course run, will be in the morning.  A complete list of the activities are available on our website: manitoqua.org/spring-into-summer.  Run does require registration prior or morning of.
Wayne's Schedule:
May
19-21:  RCA Peace Initiative Meetings/Seattle, Washington
22:  Coaching/Office
23:  Conference Call
24:  Off
25: Sunday Worship
26:  Memorial Day
27:  Office
28:  Meeting/Naperville, IL
29:  Illiana-Florida Student Exams/Living Springs Church/Glenwood, IL
30-31:  Rethinking Discipleship Event/Living Springs Church/Glenwood, IL
June
1:  Sunday Worship
2:  Interchange Partnership Google Hangout Meting
3:  Strategic Planning Team Meeting/Dyer, IN
4:  Synod Executive Team Meeting/Camp Manitoqua, Frankfort, IL
5:  Office
6:  Ridder Creative Conversation Meeting Go-to Meeting
7:  Off
8:  Sunday Worship

Wayne's contact information:
10088 Prairie Knoll Ct.
St. John, IN 46373
Mobile: (941) 302-1281
Email:  wregen@msyn.org
Here are some links to articles you may find helpful for ministry:
On Your Mark, Get Set, Stop (and Reflect) Plan - Do you bring your own agenda to discerning God's Will, or are you will to take the time needed for reflecting together as a congregation to make decisions?
25 Simple Ways to Be Missional In Your Neighborhood - this list encourages us to be the presence of Christ in our neighborhoods through very simple ways.
How Churches Are Finding Abundance In Times of Scarcity - As Christians, we believe that God is the creator and sustainer of all life; the challenge for our churches is to live into this calling. What resources has God provided for the sustenance of God’s people in this place? Persistently seeking this question, I believe, will transform our economic imaginations from the prevailing Western mindset of scarcity to one of abundance.
Slowing Down: Changing Perspective Not Pace - A great look at Sabbath as not just a day to recover from the week but more giving time to the things that renew my soul and rebuild my body and my spirit.

Chad's Schedule:
May
19: Office
20: Office
21: Office
22: Office/Coaching
23: Office/Coaching
26: Memorial Day
27: Office
28: Office
29: Office/Coaching
30-31: ReThinking Outreach and Discipleship Event/Living Springs Church, Glenwood, IL
June
2: Office
3: Office
4: Synod Executive Team Meeting/Camp Manitoqua
5: Office/Coaching/Faithwalking Wisconsin Meeting
6: Ridder Church Renewal Meeting


Chad's Contact Information:
2104 Campbell Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Office: (815) 464-9181
Mobile: (765) 237-7678
Email: chad@msyn.org

Stories of Celebration:

*Telling our stories is a way for us to encourage each other and to share what the Spirit is doing through the churches and people of our synod.  As you share yours, others may be empowered to do similar things or the Spirit may use it as a starting point for another idea to reach people for Christ.  We encourage you to share!

If you would like to share a story for a future issue, please email chad@msyn.org

All stories are shared to give glory and honor to God.  We also hope this stories can inspire and encourage one another as we serve him. 
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