Dear <<First Name>>,
As we head into the Thanksgiving season we are very thankful to have you as part of our extended family! Even though the economy and the world may be going through a lot of upheaval and turmoil we have a lot to be thankful for! :) I am reminded of an old hymn Solid Rock, the words written by Edward Mote. In these times of uncertainty we are grateful to have the Solid Rock of Jesus to rest on. I have included the lyrics to the song below to ponder.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
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In This Issue:
A Whirlwind in Late August and September
World Team Update
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A Whirlwind in Late August and September
Where in the world are the Weavers?
What a six weeks we had from mid-August till the end of September! Candy wrapped up a summer class, we traveled to Pennsylvania (PA) where Tim interviewed for a position with World Team, we celebrated Tim’s Grandmother’s 90th birthday, and Candy’s parent’s 50 years of marriage. We went back to Massachusetts (MA) and promptly left four days later for Duvall, Washington (WA) to visit our friends and extended church family in WA. While there we saw so many people we had been connected to during our time in WA and also saw the completed Family Life Center of the Duvall Church, which was under construction before we left in 2006. All in all it was a great trip with gorgeous weather.
We came back to MA in mid September and jumped back into full swing with our lives in MA. Candy started her two fall Harvard classes and is already neck deep in readings and papers. Tim ramped up his work with the preparations and oversight of the Global Awareness Week (November 9th - 16th) at Grace Chapel. Then at the end of September we headed back to PA as Tim was one of two final candidates for the World Team position (read below for the rest of the story)! So by the end of September we were ready to stay put in one location for a while! :)
World Team Update
The World Team (WT) board met at the end of October and made their decision on the US Sending Country Director. It looks like Candy and I will be here in the Boston area for the foreseeable future. The WT board actually decided not to go forward with either candidate and elected to start their search process again. While they said there was a "good" fit and overlap of skills and abilities with the position, there was not a "great" fit for either candidate and they felt they really needed a "great" fit. One of the search committee members did offer a few suggestions for my continued development. First was getting some formal Bible training. This is something that I already knew was a gap and have looked into possible opportunities for the future. The committee member also noted that continuing to develop the fundraising and development skills I have might provide an opportunity to get a foot in the door at an organization and then seek out additional opportunities to grow and develop other skills once inside.
While it wasn't the answer we might have been hoping for, we have had some time to sit with the decision. Both Candy and I are at peace with the decision, and even a bit relieved as the economy continues on its roller coaster ride.
Thank you all for your support and prayers during this process! It was very apparent that your prayers covered us as we walked through this time. We appreciate all the prayer and support that everyone put forth on our behalf. God truly is in control and provided overwhelming peace as this process concluded. Candy's Update
Fall is in full swing! I am taking a linguistics class called Intro to Syntax. I make this class harder than it really is and that shows in the tests when I provide paragraph long answers to questions only meriting a 2 sentence answer. My second class is a writing intensive history of science and human nature. In 15 weeks of this class, I will cover 24 readings, 6 sizable books and the rest multiple chapters out of other books or journal articles. The material is really challenging and I am not the fastest reader, but I am intrigued by the material. So over all classes are tough this semester, but I am still eating them up and enjoying my second to last semester! Graduation here I come – June 2009!
Our early fall travel to see our ‘Washington family’ was great. A lot physically changed in Duvall, WA, but the people are the same people we love! I had so much fun being able to just relax and visit with everyone. And what would I have done without Elizabeth Foley and Katherine Wade-Easley; they fed my horse addiction for the week. I had such a great time with every body, and it made me sad to leave. It appears I am torn between two coasts and two sets of family that God gave me. It is a good place to be and keeps me eager for updates and photos from everyone, so be sure to pass along photos and updates this Christmas!
Our fall trip to Maine was the weekend before our 14th wedding anniversary – yes I said 14th! We spent one day sight seeing together, and then the next day I stayed at the campground to work on a paper while Tim went out to get some photos. It was a great time and writing seems easier in a quiet and beautiful place – the foliage was awesome.
Outside of our travels and the interview process at World Team, most of my time has been focused on helping to coordinate the activities of Global Awareness Week (GAW) at Grace Chapel. This event took place from Nov. 9th to 16th. This year’s focus was on children at risk around the world, and the theme for the week was One World One Child. To give you a quick sense of this event, it is a week long production with a $20K budget and 14 different ministry partners coming in from around the world. The partners who were invited work with children all around the globe. They connected with the congregation in Sunday school classes, small groups, and special events throughout the week of GAW. So yes, the logistics are definitely more complicated than the events we produced at Duvall Church, but I was surrounded by a great team of people that helped spread out the load and kept everything manageable.
We kicked off the week on Sunday Nov 9th with special guest speaker Patrick MacDonald, who works with Viva (www.viva.org
). Viva creates networks of very small churches and organizations working with children at risk around the world. Patrick was a great speaker and really challenged the congregation at Grace Chapel to be sure to focus on the least and lost in this world, especially children.
Sr. Pastor Bryan Wilkerson wrapped up the week with a message on the changing role of the western church in global outreach. It was a fairly hard hitting message that focused on three main points. 1. The American church needs to move from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s seat. We need to focus on partnering and encouraging the work that is already going on in the rest of the world. 2. The church needs to move from cultural Christianity to Biblical Christianity. We need to stand out from the crowd. Instead of whining about the culture we are in, we need to go out and show the culture an attractive alternative through Christ. 3. The church needs to move from local to glocal. No, that is not a new language; rather it shows that the world is increasingly global and interconnected. Missions is no longer just going over there, but also working with unreached peoples in our own backyard, and realizing all outreach efforts can have a global impact.
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Praise we had a great camping trip to Maine and New Hampshire for our anniversary!*
Praise Global Awareness Week went very well!*
Praise Candy survived the 4 week intensive summer class in Linguistics!*
Pray for Candy as she works through the fall semester. Pray she'll keep up on the readings and do well on her writing assignments. *
Pray for our contries economic situation. It is affecting friends of ours around the country and around the world at mutiple levels, from layoffs to losses of homes. Pray for guidance as many are struggling to pay their bills and pray that people will come along side the homeless and helpless duing these tough times.*
Pray for ongoing guidance as we continue to minister here in Massachusetts.Pictures
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and clicking on the photos tab on the left hand side.
Candy & Tim in New Hampshire
Waterfall along Kancmagus Highway
Fall color - lakeside
Candy & Phil Claussen in WA
Family Life Center - Duvall Church
Potluck dinner at Mike & Liz Boone's
African Hut display
Missions pastor - Jeanette Yep
World map showing missionary partners
Missionary parter in the Middle East
Guest speaker - Patrick MacDonald
Europe & Asia displayCalendar of Events * Thanksgiving in Belmont, MA
* Christmas in Lancaster, PA
* New Years in Boston, MA *
January 21 - Candy's fall classes end*
January 26 - Candy's spring classes start *
May 21 - Candy's spring classes end
June 3 - Candy's Graduations Links* Harvard* MIT* Grace Chapel* Candy's Work* Tim's Work