I have a great love for local church pastors. There is no tougher job in the world than being a local church pastor. Here is some good news – Windermere is offering pastors a free gift!
We are inviting all pastors (senior pastors, youth pastors, children’s pastors etc.) to a Pastor’s Retreat Weekend, March 2-3, 2018 … absolutely free of charge. It will be a refreshing weekend of fellowship, relaxation, worship, and peace. It starts with dinner on Friday, March 2 and ends at 2 pm on Saturday, March 3.
As we dreamed of this retreat we were drawn to a theme verse – Philemon 1:7
For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
This paints such a beautiful picture of Philemon. Paul said that Philemon was a loving person and that he brought tremendous joy and comfort to the apostle. Moreover, because of Philemon’s love, the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through him. Apparently, people who had been struggling, suffering, and hurting in one way or another were refreshed by Philemon’s love for them. I don’t know about you but I could sure use some Philemon-friends in my life!
Scholars who know their Greek say the word for refreshed is a military term that speaks of an army resting from a march. Philemon brought troubled people renewal; he was a peacemaker. Conflict with another person can sometimes feel like hand to hand warfare. However, when one encounters a forgiving Christian, it is like resting after a weary battle. It is utterly refreshing, and one is enabled to relax in the presence of such a person.
That is our desire for the weekend! If you want to be a part of Pastor’s Retreat, call us at 573-346-5200. We just need to know how many to plan for….
100 Giving $100 Campaign. Don’t forget to be one of the one hundred who are pledging $100 more a month, for each month in 2018. Windermere is making strides in turning around our ministry. Will you be one of the one hundred to invest in our future? We have 89 of the 100 pledging so far.
The extra mile that Jesus talks about in Matthew 5, is the place of opportunity. We expect God to lead us all beyond the minimum to the extra mile. Join our pledge campaign and see what God is doing.
How can you give? There are three ways you can make a tax-deductible donation to Windermere –
- You can make your check out to Windermere Baptist Conference Center
- You may make a donation by credit card by going to our website – Go to windermereusa.logosconnect.com
- You can donate an investment such as stocks, CD’s, etc. It is a simple process. Just give us a call and we can walk you through the steps.
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