October 16, 2019
Four Winds Forecast
Greetings Dearly Beloved Philadelphia District Pastors and Partners:
(I humbly ask each pastor and leader to carefully, prayerfully and thoroughly read this email for possible inspiration, useable information and increased communication. i am Grateful, very. pastor kerry)
God’s Grace Truly Amazes Me!
A Commentary by Pastor Kerry
Larnelle Harris sings a song that is embedded deep in my own heart; “Were It Not For Grace” is the song title. The words of the chorus really speak my soul own story:
“Were it not for grace,
I can tell you where I’d be;
Wandering down some pointless road to nowhere,
With my salvation up to me.
I know how that would go,
The battles I would face;
Forever running but losing the race, Were it not for grace.”
I have spent a lifetime attempting to get my human brain wrapped around the indescribable idea of God’s holy grace. The longer I live as a God-loved Jesus-believer, the more God’s amazing attitude of undeserved favor towards me comes into focus. I am simply and profoundly overwhelmed by the countless ways He continuously and wondrously works in my own life. His grace and mercy are ever surrounding me on all sides.
Finally, let me say that as I serve as your d.s. — yes, as your district servant — the reality of God’s Grace Truly Amazes Me! I’m so tenderly grateful that I have not had to worry one moment about not having God’s face shining upon me. In four words, “I am a debtor.”
Truly, my days so far as your district servant, including today, can best be described in two words I repeat often: “AMAZINGLY GRACED!”
I pray the same for you. I really do.
Presence Matters Most!
No Invisible People! UNITY!
Please keep reading…
Here are a few FOUR WINDS Updates:
#1: FOUR WINDS / UPDATE — Our 2nd Annual District Pastors and Leaders Christmas Gathering will be Saturday, December 14, 2019, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at our Ephrata Grace Point Church. (Save the Date: Official detailed invitation to follow.) If you attended last year, no doubt you’ll be back again. Nothing like the family gathering together for a light-hearted, yet love-laced Christmas Brunch. We’ve got some wonderful things planned for you, because you deserve wonderful things as pastors and leaders our district. And because we love you. Deal with it. 🙂
#2: FOUR WINDS / UPDATE — Our Zone-Wide Gethsemane Gatherings held in September 2019 for the purpose of prayer partnership across Eastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey will surely bear fruit that will last. Thanks so very much to those who purposely prepared the way for us to pray. Thanks also to those who hosted the gatherings, led the sacred prayers and were determined to be present to pray.
Remember, January 26, 2020, is our next Gethsemane Gathering Zone-Wide prayer date. Please mark your calendars. Zone leaders will follow-up with details. Surely, the district that prays together will celebrate God’s Presence and Power, together. And everyone said: “Amen!”
#3: FOUR WINDS / UPDATE — PCDC is underway, again.
75 pastors and leaders were able to join us for our first session of PCDC (Pastors Career Development Center) at our Fairview Village Church on Monday, October 7, 2019. The Lord met us there. Many said it was among the best and most helpful PCDC sessions they’ve ever attended. We are humbled by God’s faithfulness and by yours.
Next PCDC session will be Monday, November 4, 2019, Fairview Village, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
FYI: Calendar for PCDC:
* Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, 9 a.m.
* Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, 9 a.m.
* Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, 9 a.m.
* Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, 9 a.m.
* Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020, 9 a.m.
* Thursday, Apr. 2, 2020, 9 a.m.
(*NO PCDC in MAY, District Assembly)
* Thursday, June 4, 2020, 9 a.m.
#4: FOUR WINDS / UPDATE — Retired Pastors and Spouses Luncheon. We enjoyed a wonderful time together at Weaver’s in Denver, PA. Thanks to Rev. B.W. Hambrick and precious Melanie Cook for planning such a special time for us to celebrate those on whose shoulders we all stand. Pastor Jim Lucas led worship so beautifully, too. Reach out and encourage one of our retired brothers or sisters whenever you can.
We really do need Jesus and each other.
Deo Volente — whatever God wants.
pastor kerry and kim willis
* Some More 2019-2020 Calendar Dates Looking Ahead…
* Oct. 26, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. DAB Retreat Day at Toms River.
* Oct. 27-29 Pastor Kerry in Revival / Oxford
* Nov. 2, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. / NMI Training Day, Brookside (Macungie, PA)
* Nov. 3-5 Pastor Kerry in Revival / Lansdale Immanuel, PA
* Nov. 4, Monday, PCDC #2, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. / Fairview Village
* Nov. 4, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
* Nov. 19, Tuesday, DAB, Royersford
* Nov. 22-24, MAC, Black Mountain Retreat Center
* Nov. 28, Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, USA
* Dec. 2, Monday, PCDC #3, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. / Fairview Village
* Dec. 14 District Pastors & Leaders Christmas Brunch, Ephrata Grace Point, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Mark your calendars now. Don’t miss Christmas with your District Family.) It’s a Saturday Brunch Celebration!
* Dec. 25, Christmas Day
* Jan. 9, THURSDAY, PCDC #4, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. / Fairview Village
* Jan. 14-17, Four Winds Prayer Retreat — Black Rock Retreat Center, Quarryville, PA
* Jan. 18-19, Pastor Kerry in Revival, Gardners, PA. UMC
* Jan. 21, Tuesday, DAB, Royersford
* Jan. 26, , Sunday evening, Gethsemane Gatherings, Concerts of Sacred Prayer across the district on each missional zone. Contact your zone leader or Kevin Griffin for information.
* Feb. 1, Saturday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Familiar Grounds, Pennsville, NJ
* Feb. 6, THURSDAY, PCDC #4, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. / Fairview Village
* Feb. 15, Saturday, Holiness Symposium / Royersford
* Feb. 18, Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PK leading “Lordship Living” Workshop #3: “The Advantage (Season/Campaign) of Lordship/Stewardship” / Royersford
* Feb. 18, Tuesday, DAB, Location TBD
* February 29, Board of Ministry TBD
* Mar. 5, THURSDAY, PCDC #5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. / Fairview Village
* March 5, Board of Ministry, 1 p.m. until done. Fairview Village.
* Mar. 22-24, Pastor Kerry in Revival, Bridgeton, NJ
* Mar. 28, Chaplain’s Luncheon, Noon, Royersford Office, PA
* Mar. 29-Apr. 3, Pastor Kerry in Revival, Bangor, PA
* Apr. 2, THURSDAY, PCDC #5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. / Fairview Village
* Apr. 5, PALM SUNDAY
* Apr. 12, EASTER SUNDAY
* Apr. 23, THURSDAY, Tentative Date Change for DAB Conference Call.
* Apr. 26-28, Pastor Kerry in Revival, LaVelle, PA
* Apr. 30-May 2, THE GATHERING — DISTRICT ASSEMBLY AND CONVENTIONS, our Crossroads Church, Lewisburg, PA
* June 28-July 5, 2020 Philadelphia District Campmeeting, Erma Campground, Cape May
You are beloved and believed in!
Presence Matters Most!
Pray everyday with me at 4:44pm specifically for lost souls.