Away We Go

July 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Dear Caldwell,

Fourteen of your members and friends are west-bound first thing in the morning to learn about global poverty and work toward its solutions. Youth and adults will be in Perryville, Ark. at the Heifer International Ranch. You might know Heifer as the agency through which one can buy a cow or a goat for a family in a developing nation.

Part of the global village at the Heifer Ranch.

Part of the global village at the Heifer Ranch.

Part of our time will be spent in a re-creation of a global village, where we will experience for 24-hours what it’s like to exist on sparse food supplies and live in primitive conditions. As we travel, learn and work, we covet your prayers. I will be in touch during the week with a report. Please also pray for intern Amy Speas, who will travel to Ghana next Thursday, a place where she interned at a church last summer and deeply loves.

As we prepare to work the land, perhaps it’s appropriate that Abong Fankam will preach from Jesus’ Parable of the Sower in worship Sunday (Matthew 13:1-9 and 18-23). Hope you will be there to support her.

Thanks to all who came to Summer Nights at Caldwell last night for a fun night of skits and other ways to reflect creatively on the “gifts of the spirit.” Mark your calendar now for the last Summer Night, Aug. 10.

I’ll see you in a week or so. Please lift up the names below in prayer and celebration.

In Christ, John

Please Remember in Prayer

 The Lord is faithful in all words,
and gracious in all deeds. 

The Lord upholds all who are falling,
and raises up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145:13-14

 Quan Rutledge, whose 22-year-old cousin’s body was found in a pond in Lancaster, SC last weekend.

Fred Powers, who is recovering from successful surgery on Tuesday.

Sky McKee, granddaughter of Riley and Dee Murray, who had successful surgery for adenoids and tubes in her ears today.

Holland and Arthur Pulley as baby Pulley’s due date is near!

Jill Aleong, grieving the loss of her father.

Dee Rogers, whose 46-year-old cousin died unexpectedly last week and Syd Howell, whose sister Robbie was hospitalized this week.

Marilyn Marks and Bob Atkinson, who are caring for a child they mentor following surgery.

Joyce Deaton, who is involved in caring for a friend with dementia following the death of her husband.

Richard Harrison, on the anniversary of his son’s death this week.

Ruby Jones, her daughter Sylvia and granddaughter, Trinity.

Kelly Zellers, as her mother is ailing, and Henry Trexler, whose close relative is critically ill.

Mission trip participants traveling to Heifer International in Arkansas July 15-22: Tatyanna Montgomery, Ben Ratliff, Jermaine Johnson, Rosabella Ethridge, Kalaura Jones, Dennis Testerman, Ann Dorsett, Doreen Byrd, Tianna Scott, Heather Wolsiefer (friend of Tianna Scott), Eric Overcash, Kristen Roehrig, John Cleghorn and Henry Trexler.

We rejoice that Jean Nance and Linda Ellen Horton have received successful eye treatments.

We rejoice that Zoraida Stewart has a new service dog, Bam Bam.


Pie, not Piety, Just This Once

July 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Body parts of christDear Caldwell,

Piety has its place among the “gifts of the Spirit” God that makes available to us as seekers and sojourners, but tonight is more about pie than piety.

We continue our fun exploration and discovery of our various God-given gifts for service to the church and to the world tonight under the leadership of our two terrific interns, Amy Speas and Kristen Roehrig, along with others. Skits, music and other shenanigans are in store.

Grab a friend, your favorite salad topping and, if you want, an entry in the pie offerings. There will be a range of awards! Or just bring a fork and enjoy.

We are grateful that Fred “Scotty” Powers underwent a successful outpatient cancer check and treatment Tuesday and is recovering well. Please pray for toddler Sky, Riley Murray’s granddaughter, who will have a routine procedure for her little ears and sinuses on Thursday.

Also, please pray for Jill and Troy Aleong, who celebrate the life of Jill’s father in a memorial service this morning.

Watch for more in Caldwell This Week later this week. Hope to see you tonight – dinner at 5:30 and program at 6 p.m.

In Christ,


Belonging: Inwardly and Outwardly

July 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

Dear Caldwell,

Last week, I picked up on the word “belong” from the Romans passage that Amy preached on Sunday (wasn’t she a refreshing new voice?).

Caldwell’s heart for ministry and mission so often goes “outward” into the world. That is where we know we belong as Christ’s hands and feet. But we also know that we must stoke our bonds and relationships inwardly, among ourselves, through activities and fellowship gatherings that deepen how we belong to each other, and thus belong to God as one.

Starting this weekend, we have even more chances to deepen our relationships. Six members, or groups of members, have graciously opened their homes for dinner gatherings this coming weekend through July 29. This is the second round of congregational dinners this year, and the first round was a big hit.

The upcoming dinner dates are July 8, 11, 19, 23, and two on the 29th. I bet you are free to enjoy time with your Caldwell community one of those nights.

You can sign up by clicking here – and I hope you will.

Watch for Caldwell This Week with full details on all church activities – and don’t forget about the covered dish after worship this Sunday.

In Christ,