Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Gaylord E-Free Church

Laura and I are very excited to announce that this past Sunday the congregation of the Gaylord Evangelical Free Church (GEFC) in Gaylord, Michigan (a place that averages over 150 inches of snow each winter) issued a call for me to become their new Senior/Lead Pastor. I will begin my ministry with this wonderful local body of Christ-followers on Sunday, March 27th, which means we will be moving north in just 3 weeks. Over the next several blog postings I will share how God clearly directed us to this decision as well as sharing with you why we are so excited about living in Gaylord, Michigan and why I am absolutely thrilled to become a servant-leader to the church family of GEFC. If you would like to listen to my candidating message that I preached at GEFC on February 20th, you can do so by going to the GEFC website at http://www.gaylordefree.org/.





22 comments:

Ryan and Carrie said...

We suggest you guys stock up now on hats, gloves, boots, scarves, coats, and snow-shoes! Hee hee hee! (and Ryan says golf clubs, too!). See ya soon! :)

Anonymous said...

So glad for you, but sure would have rather came to visit some place in the warmer. God bless you guys as you do God's work!!!!
Pat G

Rick Glass said...

So excited for you guys!!

Marcus said...

The Lord has moved in His wonderfull and mysterious ways to bring us together. Welcome Pastor Scott and Laura. Praise the Lord.

Marcus
Search Team Chair
GEFC

Vicki said...

Congratulations!

Heather said...

Praise God! Such a blessing this will be for you and Laura and your family.
Will your sermons be online every week?

kimmer4life said...

We are extremely excited for you! It's only 5hrs away from us! Expect frequent visits!

DRDAN said...

May God continue to bless you and your ministry. Thank you for all you did at Grace Church. My family and I will never forget how we have grown under your leadership. We've been looking but still not found a suitable replacement pastor. Thank you Scott! Maybe we can attend your church on-line! DRDAN

Real Life said...

Sweet! I am excited for this new start. What an answer to prayer!

Ryan Snyder said...

Congrats!! So happy for you, Laura, and the family. Just wondering if you had to disclose to the likely Wolverine faithful in the congregation your allegiances to the Buckeye nation?:))

Praying for you all during this time of transition.

Ryan and Jamie

TheJoyOfTheLORDisMyStrength said...

So glad for you! Looking forward to reading the whole story!

Ryan said...

Nearest Cracker Barrel looks like~ 70 miles away in Traverse, MI

3620 North Country Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684-4581

You'll have to try Gobbler's Restaurant in Gaylord...turkey lavished with gravy..maybe they have banana pudding too:)

Craig said...

From someone who had the privilege of sitting under your ministry for 4 years, the folks at GEFC are in for a real blessing! We are happy for you and Laura and will continue to follow your blog for spiritual nourishment. We love you and miss you! Craig F.

Larry Crull said...

I'm very happy for you and your family. I'm excited to see what God has in store for your ministries.

Pastor Scott said...

Thank you to everyone, on behalf of Laura and I (and the kids), for your kind and encouraging words! We appreciate each of you!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I was looking at this recipe (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/02/chicken-fried-steak/) today, and it reminded me of you. We're so excited for this ministry opportunity in Michigan! God bless!!
Suzanne

Pastor Scott said...

Thanks again to everyone for the very encouraging comments. We also want those of you in the Lititz area to know that Rick and Ginger Glass will be hosting a "drop-in" style open house for us at their place (22 Duffield in Lititz) on Saturday, March 12 from 6-8pm. If you would like to drop by to say "good-bye" we would enjoy seeing you. All four of us (kids will be home for spring break) will be there. Blessings to all of you!

Keith said...

Welcome Aboard Pastor Scott!

There is a buzz around GEFC...we are very excited!!!

@Heather (and others intersted)...unless Pastor Scott or Church Leadership decide otherwise...his weekly sermons will generally be posted to the GEFC website within moments after concluding.

@Ryan Snyder- He did! And we voted him in regardless. It shows the love and grace we up here in Northern Michigan extend to our weaker brothers and sisters in Christ ;) (He's lucky the sound guy didn't shut off his microphone!)

Keith "The Sound Guy"

Pastor Scott said...

Thanks, Keith! Alwys good to hear from "the sound guy." I know to treat good the person who controls my volume!! Looking forward to rolling up my sleeves with you at GEFC for the cause of Christ!

Ryan Sharpe said...

http://www.lssulakers.com/sports/m-hockey/index

Thought you should know my former team is taking your team down on Friday. ;)

Pastor Scott said...

Ah, Rayn...If they do it will only be because of the "dirty playing" proven by those massive amounts of penalty minutes some of their former players tallied!!!!

Ryan said...

Touche. Haha!