From Ministerial Services
April 20, 2010
This past weekend Bev and I visited the Seattle congregation of the United Church of God and stayed at the home of Denny and LeeAnn Luker. The Lukers have served the Church for nearly 50 years and have provided inspiration and encouragement to many people in their ministry. The Luker’s have been longtime friends and we have always enjoyed being with one another.
Friday evening we all went out to Bainbridge Island for a Sabbath dinner at the home Brian and Christine Krueger along with a few other families in the area. All three of the Krueger’s children have gone to Ambassador Bible Center in Cincinnati. Their son is graduating next month.
We attended Seattle Sabbath services which are held in Bellevue. This is our second visit to this area and we are always impressed by the warmth and talent of the people in this congregation. Brian Krueger gave the sermonette titled “Pay it Forward” about not only being a receiver of blessings, but being one who blesses others. My sermon followed on somewhat the same theme about service-based Christian leadership. The devastated world we will face when we are resurrected will need rebuilding and care. God is looking for a “millennial corps” that will do the job. It will take a lot of heart and care to rebuild a ruined environment.
On Saturday evening many of us attended a benefit fundraiser sponsored by the Seattle downtown Rotary Club for LifeNets. The purpose was to raise money for building a secondary school in Blantyre, Malawi. This school will have ten classrooms. It will help more children get through the 9th through 12th grades and prepare some for further education. This school will also teach Christian values and become the venue for the United Church of God in Blantyre. The event was attended by Devanni Partridge, Miss Washington, who spoke at the event. More than $10,000 was raised this evening.
May you have a profitable week.
Victor Kubik, Operation Manager, Ministerial Services