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.

8 Ways To Encourage the Flow of the Holy Spirit

J. Lee Grady was editor of Charisma for 11 years before he launched into full-time ministry in 2010. Today he directs The Mordecai Project, a Christian charitable organization that is taking the healing of Jesus to women and girls who suffer abuse and cultural oppression. Author of several books including 10 Lies the Church Tells Women, Grady has just released his newest book, Set My Heart on Fire, from Charisma House.

In this article from Charisma magazine Grady offers advice on how to push back against trends in a culture that has pushed the Holy Spirit to the edges. After you’ve read it, feel free to offer your comments below.
          Eight Ways to Encourage the Flow of the Holy Spirit