Inspiration in Chicago and Vancouver

Ministers Rev’d Up and Focalized

Hearts and Spirits Renewed for Advancing the Kingdom!

John Sprecher

by John Sprecher, Lead Elder for US FCA

Late April and early May are “convention season” for the North American FCA. I had the distinct privilege of attending the US convention in Orland Park, (Chicago) Illinois and the Canadian conference in Richmond, (Vancouver) British Columbia. Combined attendance at the two conferences was about 500.

The highlight of both meetings was the opportunity to worship, learn, and pray together. Our annual gatherings are always marked with the joy of seeing old friends, meeting new brothers and sisters, and expanding the networking that makes our fellowship work.

Mike McCartney

Pastor Mike McCartney teamed Christian Hills Church and other area congregations for a wonderful job hosting the “All things Chicago” event with special food and decor to carry out the theme. The convention, called Rev’d Up, was based on Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Links to video or audio from the plenary sessions are available on the fcaministers.com website (https://www.fcaministers.com/resources/convention-audio/) if you want to hear the sessions again or were unable to attend.

Jim Reimer

Pastor Jim Reimer from Nelson, British Columbia led the Canadian team. It’s always a great challenge to host a conference that is not near a large church, but the local Vancouver team did a great job with the logistics. The theme was “Focalize: Refocusing our vision in an ever changing world.”

Workshops and plenary sessions addressed some of the great challenges of the day, including reaching a post-Christian culture, addressing the LGBTQ issues, abortion, and immigration. We left with a fresh perspective on the love of the Father for his creation and the incredible power of redemption through Jesus Christ.

Both gatherings were infused with excitement for the upcoming international convention in San Diego, California, April 27-30, 2020. The theme will be “The Promise Still Stands.” Information and registration is available now at www.fcaconvention.com. Make plans to be there with your whole ministry team and expect to be refreshed and renewed.

US 2019 Convention Wraps Up

The Fellowship of Christian Assemblies 2019 US Convention took place April 30 to May 3 at Christian Hills Church in Orland Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Pastors, missionaries and international guests were challenged — and inspired — by the atmosphere of worship and the ministries of a number of speakers, including Pastor Nate Mullen, Pastor and recently named President of Moody Bible Institute, Mark Jobe, and ministry comedian Brett Hollis. “All the speakers were amazing!” said one attender. “The convention was absolutely fantastic.”

Attending the convention were 277 registrants from across the country as well as 12 international guests — Partners and Affiliates of the FCA based in other countries. Others from the area also attended the evening services.

If you couldn’t attend or you just want to revisit some of the highlights, check these out from the convention:

Tuesday, April 30 — Pastor Brett Hollis (video)
Wednesday, May 1 — Pastor Mark Jobe (video)
Thursday, May 2 (AM) — Missionary Tony Simon (audio download)
Thursday, May 2 — Pastor Nate Mullen (video)
Friday, May 3 — Pastor Gabe Carlson (audio download)

Other photos and comments can be found by going to #fcaconvention on Facebook or Twitter.

Her Final Journey

Sylvia Kempas, lifelong missionary to Native Americans, passed away Easter evening at the age of 102. Sylvia was born in Chicago and raised in northern Minnesota. She attended nurse’s training and Bible school in Chicago, entering ministry in 1946 through Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle (now Journey Christian Church) by serving the Ojibway (Chippewa) people in Sawyer, Minnesota.

Sylvia was joined in ministry in 1951 by Geraldine Tornfelt and together they served as missionaries for “The American Indian Crusade” on reservations in Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, ministering among the Sioux, Dakota, Oneida and Ojibway. They returned to the Cloquet area in 1984 and continued to minister—visiting, praying for, and serving the many people with whom they had built relationships through the years.

Sylvia will forever be remembered as a servant of Jesus, a friend of the Indian people, a prayer warrior, and a vital part of Journey Christian Church. She will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held at Journey Christian Church, 1400 Washington Ave, Cloquet, Minnesota, at 11:00 Friday morning April 26, with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM.

“The Gospel that has been entrusted to us is too valuable not to share with others”
—Sylvia Kempas and Geraldine Tornfelt

Additional information can be found HERE.

Missionary Garnette Petersen-Doty

Home At Last!

Long-time FCA missionary to Liberia, Garnette Petersen Doty, 96, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 15, 2019 in Duluth, MN, surrounded by her loving family.

Garnette was a lifelong member of Duluth Gospel Tabernacle and active in its Sunday school and music programs. She married Sidney Petersen of Minden, NE, in 1949. They lived in Duluth until 1957 when they went as missionaries to Liberia, West Africa.

In addition to their missionary work, Sidney and Garnette served churches in Breckenridge, MN, and Palisades Park, NJ. After retirement, they were interim pastors at churches in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY.

After Sidney passed away, Garnette later married Russell Doty. At the age of 92 Garnette chronicled her early years as a missionary to Liberia in her book titled, Ma Petersen’s Liberia.

Garnette is survived by two daughters: Patricia (Keith) Hansen and Rebecca (Leonard) Haapanen, who is the children’s pastor at Duluth Gospel Tabernacle, a daughter-in-law Catherine (Sutera) Petersen, 11 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Family and friends will gather Thursday, April 18 from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service at Duluth Gospel Tabernacle, 1515 W. Superior St.

In honor of Garnette’s work and love for her friends in Liberia, memorials to Duluth Gospel Tabernacle Medical Missions are appreciated.

The full obituary can be viewed at https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/…/4599723-garnette-linnie…

Fellowship Minister at ASU

Dr. Mona Davies, director of Community Outreach Ministry in Wildomar, California, along with her husband, Bob, will attend the four-day National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference to be held in Phoenix April 14–17.

At the conference Davies will share her approach to helping families of incarcerated parents—the results of her research and ten years of ministry experience called “Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration.”  

In addition to writing a book on the subject, Davies has conducted a number of workshops and seminars in Riverside County (California) communities, schools, and churches. Now, she brings her findings to a national audience at this conference, hosted by Arizona State University’s Center for Child Well-Being.

Dr. Mona and Bob Davies are co-founders of Community Outreach Ministry, established in 2000. The ministry serves advocates for at-risk and needy children, especially those of incarcerated parents. They use outreaches, camping experiences, mentor protégé and workshops, among other activities to provide social, spiritual, educational, and vocational opportunities to children who have been affected by parental incarceration.

More information on the Davies’s organization can be found here.