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.

Church Goes to the Dogs

Riverside Christian Assembly in California has pulled off something few churches have ever done, building an evangelism team affectionately known as the “Dog Wakers.”

Not Dog “Walkers. Dog “Wakers.”

The neighborhood near the church, it turns out, has a large canine population—and most of the dogs bark incessantly when the team canvasses the area. “I bear a scare on my right index finger from a pit bull,” laughs Pastor Drew Brattrud. “He didn’t enjoy our wake up call and got his teeth through a gate.”

The evangelism team has contacted their neighbors in multiple ways. To date: 300 postcards, 324 emails, 1,057 app notices, and 100 door hangers—all of which have contributed to 1,000 website views. The theme of their effort is appropriately named “Bombard the Back Yard.”

Each member of the evangelism team has had a role. Carol Bennett has been a tremendous help with labeling mail and sending out invitations. The “Dog Wakers” also do their part, visiting homes in the area.

While they have kept boots on the ground, the church has also released daily short clips of preaching on Facebook and Instagram, spending a little extra to boost the posts and put them in front of more than a thousand viewers.

Brattrud has challenged members of the congregation to invite their friends and not just rely on “cold-call” neighborhood contacts. “Nine out of 10 people visit a church because a friend or family member invites them,” he reminds them, “so let’s invite more of our friends.”

Though the campaign is not yet finished, they have already seen results. Several have visited church services, and three families have continued to attend. An amazing baptism took place. “On average you must invite someone seven times before they will attend an event,” notes Brattrud. “With six contacts in the can, now we have to be ready meet them.”

Riverside Christian Assembly’s ongoing outreach will next include a local coupon mailer, reaching 5,000 area residents—1,100 of whom have already received postcards from the church. Their message will be on the middle front page once a month for four months. And they are improving their video message posts, even experimenting with some drone footage!

“We are proud of our church,” Brattrud says. “We no longer want to be the best kept secret in Riverside.” He notes that the 1,176 residents who live in their target area have, for five weeks in a row, received a postcard from the church.

And their dogs received a wake-up call.

 

Convention Hotel Filling Up

The convention hotel is filling up fast! 

The Quality Inn / Georgio’s Convention Center is already 75 percent full with reservations for Rev’D Up, the FCA convention this April 30 – May 3. If you haven’t already reserved your place, don’t delay. Especially if you want the convenience of staying right across the road from Christian Hills Church in Orland Park, Illinois — our convention hosts.

But it’s about much more than the convenience. It’s also the savings.

It’s only $89 per night for a room — and that includes a breakfast! Once the Quality Inn is full, we will need to connect you to a second hotel — most likely the Wyndham, three miles away and about $129 a night.

Check out the convention website.

You’ll find an overview of convention speakers and events — as well as the details you’ll need to register for the convention and the hotel. If the link above doesn’t work, copy and paste this into your browser: www.2019fcaconvention.com

Pastor Mike McCartney,
Christian Hills Church

Host pastor, Mike McCartney, says, “I’m looking forward to a great time of fellowship and encouragement this spring with our Fellowship pastors, missionaries, and a number of global ministers.”

With a great slate of speakers and workshops planned, convention goers can all expect to receive something to bless them in their ministries.

New Pastor for Alaskan Church

Branden & Jacqui Dyer

Branden Dyer was recently appointed pastor of The Little Chapel in Cordova, Alaska. Cordova is about 160 miles by air east southeast of Anchorage.

Branden, originally from Friend, Nebraska, grew up in Friend Christian Assembly. He attended Philadelphia School of Ministry in Seattle before going to Cordova a few years ago to assist the church there. Branden is married to Jacqui Gonzalez.

Not only does Branden have a shepherd’s heart for the people of Cordova, he also enjoys the fishing, hunting, and trapping of the Alaskan lifestyle.

The Philadelphia Church in Seattle plans to ordain Branden into the ministry January 27.