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Good News Leader Offers Hope And Prayer For Denomination In Light Of Episcopal Elections

From: James V. Heidinger II 
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2000 10:21 AM

Prayer Message to E-Mail network

Dear Friends:

Thank you for your prayers of intercession for our Jurisdictional Conferences. In all, our new bishops should make the Council a stronger and better one. Also, I think that the evangelical network was more effective this time and we learned what more needs to be done to improve it. Our next issue of the magazine will carry all the information about our newly elected bishops.

Many of you will remember Dr. Paul Morell, who served as Chairman of the Good News board of directors a number of years ago. Paul served some 22 years at the Tyler Street UMC in Dallas and then a First UMC in Carrollton, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Paul was diagnosed with liver cancer just a month or so ago. He is gravely ill and not expected to live. He remains a Lifetime member of the Good News board and has been an active, important member of the board of the Mission Society for United Methodists. Please pray for Paul, for his dear wife, Ann, and the entire family. Notes of love and prayerful concern can be sent to the Morells at: 780 Elkins Lane, Huntsville, TX 77340.

Then, please be praying for the evangelical pastors in the California/Nevada Annual Conference. Several more of them have decided they cannot remain with integrity in that annual conference and have decided to leave. Most of them are seeing their churches vote to also leave and begin a new congregation outside the UM Church. We have not been urging that, as you know, for that has not been our strategy in the renewal effort. But we also are deeply concerned and do understand why these folks feel they must leave as we have followed what has been going on with the leadership of that annual conference. So pray for pastors John Sheppard, Luiz Lemos, Kyle Phillips, John Motz, as well as others who have left previously. And pray for other congregations that are struggling with what the Lord wants them to do in the weeks and months ahead. A number of evangelical pastors are remaining but they are grieving over the loss of so many of their fellow pastors. Pray especially for the new bishop who will be coming to that annual conference.

Also, please be in prayer for our Good News staff member, Mrs. Maggie Schroeder, and her husband Kyle as they care for Kyle's father who has been diagnosed with cancer. He is in serious condition and all of these folks need prayers for strength and wisdom for the weeks ahead. Please join us in praying for them.

Finally, let's pray for the new bishops who have been elected. They are in a time of transition now and will begin their new responsibilities as of September 1. For most all of them, it means moving to a totally new part of the country. Some of them are going into an episcopal area that needs a fresh touch from God and real healing. Let's pray that these new leaders will bring the sweet savour of God's presence and power to their conferences as well as to the Council of Bishops.

Reflect, now, on these words from Paul to the Philippians: "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you." (Phil. 1:27-30)

God bless you and thank you for joining in prayer with us for these and other concerns facing our church.

Your friend in

James V. Heidinger, II
President and Publisher

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