Welcome to Our Newest Partner Church
ON sUNDAY, sEPTEMBER 13, LAY PASTOR mIKE pETRAK OF THE bRUNSWICK HILLS aPOSTOLIC cHRISTIAN CHURCH SHARE WITH US THEIR INTENTION OF JOINING OUR NETWORK OF CHURCHES TO HELP SERVE THE POOR OF OUR COUNTY IN THE NAME OF CHRIST. pRAISE THE LORD! tHEY ARE NOW THE 48TH CHURCH IN OUR NETWORK.
WE WARMLY WELCOME THIS COMPASSIONATE AND CARING CONGREGATION AND PRAY THAT GOD WOULD USE THEM IN SIGNIFICANT WAYS TO TOUCH THE LIVES OF THE "HARASSED AND HELPLESS" IN MEDINA COUNTY.
YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS CONGREGATION AT ACCBRUNSWICKHILLS.ORG.
Mike Van Arsdale Announces His Retirement
“We, the board of Love INC have some bittersweet news: Mike Van Arsdale, our longtime Executive Director, who has been instrumental in designing this ministry for Medina County, has announced his intention to retiring in the near future. We are sadden at the thought of losing him, but we are confident that God already has in mind the person to replace him. We’re looking forward to what God has in store for this important outreach ministry.
We are beginning our search now for a new Executive Director. Mike has agreed to continue the work until we find the right person. It is our hope and prayer that we might have the position filled by the first of the year. Please watch your email box for a job opening announcement and a job description.
Now, here are a few words from Mike:
Ecclesiastes declares, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: … “ 3:1 After much prayer and discussion, my wife Linda and I have decided it’s time for us to “retire”. This has been a difficult decision, because we are so blessed by our associations through Love INC – our Board, Pam, our Clearinghouse Coordinator, our volunteers, and, of course, the 48 churches in our Love INC network.
Our decision was precipitated in large part by my health challenges over the past year. If you aren’t aware, I spent 3 months recovering from prostrate problems at the end of 2014, and was hit with congestive heart failure in July of this year. By God’s grace, I am recovering well. When people ask, I usually say, “I’m at about 85%. However, these episodes have reminded me anew of the brevity of life and of some of the dreams Linda and I have shared about how we would like to spend our senior years.
When I announced this to our office volunteers and staff, Pam asked me, “So what’s on your bucket list?” I’m not looking to just sit on the front porch and rock myself to death. One of my dreams has been to help a smaller church to revitalize and get healthier. We have that opportunity now with a church in Creston. We also hope to travel while our health is still good and spend more time spoiling our grandchildren. If the Lord allows, I may also “finally” get around to that book I often threatened to write. The tentative title is “It’s About God”.
Well that’s my story (at least in part), and I’m sticking to it. In closing let me assure all of you who support Love INC that I’m not leaving under any compulsion or pressure. The Board has been so understanding and supportive. I will be hanging around to be sure that we get our clearinghouse relocated to a suitable location and until we find the person God already has in mind to lead Love INC of Medina County to even greater levels of accomplishment “in the name of Christ.”
Our sincerest thanks to all of you who have (and will) pray for us. It is my fervent prayer that you will all continue to support the work of Love in the Name of Christ of Medina County. I am convinced it is a ministry dear to the heart of God. It will always have a special place in my heart.
In the name of Christ,
Mike Van Arsdale