Tuesday, October 22, 2019

So, I Humbly Ask for Your Support...

One thing I enjoyed most about being a local church pastor was raising faith through raising funds. In other words, I truly miss being able to ask people face-to-face on a regular basis to give generously of their time, talent, touch and yes, especially their treasures to the God-given mission and vision we were called to support as a community of Jesus-believers.

Now, as a district servant (superintendent), while I continuously ask for prayer partners in the new vision and mission God has now entrusted to me, I haven’t yet figured out how to ask others to join me in the financial giving of the vision and mission. 

I have led two well-attended District Lordship Lifestyle Workshops to equip and encourage local pastors how to better raise faith and funds in their own local churches, nevertheless, I am still trying to find an avenue to ask for funds to help facilitate district-wide opportunities to further serve people and projects that are not specifically tied to local churches. The needs are massive in the city of Philadelphia, alone. The opportunities are wide open across Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

So, in conclusion, I do have a fund setup at the district office called "The District Servant’s (Superintendent’s) Discretionary Fund." While it’s still not always easy to know how to invite people to give to this fund, at least it is officially in place and some have given to it. 

"So, I humbly ask for your support..." if it would bring you personal joy to give above and beyond your own local church tithing/giving to invest extra generosity in my direction. Whether your gift would be small or large, one-time or ongoing -- the point is this -- your partnership matters to me. No intimidation, only invitation. 

Here’s the detailed information in case you’re inclined now or later to enter in and embrace my immediate God-given mission and vision invitation:

Checks payable: Philadelphia District Church of the Nazarene

Memo: District Servant’s (Superintendent’s) Discretionary Fund

Mail to:

Philadelphia District Church of the Nazarene

P.O. Box 259

Royersford, PA. 19468

I am grateful for your considerations, alone. Because of God’s grace and mercy towards me, I am a debtor to Jesus, and to you, and to everyone everywhere. 

Presence Matters Most! No Invisble People.

UNITY!

Pastor Kerry Willis

Monday, October 21, 2019

Images -- Autumn in the Northeast States of the USA

Kim, Lucy, and I were able to mix some personal pleasure with church business in the Northeast States of the USA -- primarily Rhode Island and Massachusetts -- during this lovely season of Autumn. Now, I share some images for your viewing. Hope you enjoy them. Continue to pray for our Four Winds journeys. 



















































Presence Matters Most! No Invisible People!

UNITY!

Pastor Kerry Willis

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Become > Be Learned

These words came into my mind Sunday evening. I sense the idea is from the mind of Christ. Yes, it’s a short saying, just one sentence, nevertheless, surely deep enough to think about for a long time, if you ask me. 

"A Christian is more about someone to become, than some things to be learned." -kww

Presence Matters Most! No Invisible People!

UNITY!

Pastor Kerry Willis 


Saturday, October 19, 2019

"Thickly Settled"

Kim, Lucy and I have been in the Northeast part of the States since Wednesday and still have a few days left to spend here. 

As district servant (superintendent) of Philadelphia Nazarenes, I am automatically on the Board of Trustees at Eastern Nazarene College. So, this week we’ve been here to support the inauguration of our new college president, Dr. Jack Connell. It’s been great. In the days ahead, we actually meet for our Board of Trustees meetings.

It’s been a nice visit so far. Today, Saturday, we had some free time so we ventured away from the college campus in Quincy, Massachusetts, toward Cape Cod along the coastline. Lighthouses and fishing boats are everywhere. So it’s been an inspiring scenic day for me as an island boy. 

As we were riding in the Four Winds RV towards the Chatham, Massachusetts Lighthouse, we kept passing these yellow road-signs that were totally foreign to us. The signs display two words: "Thickly Settled." We were really thrown for a loop so I texted my friend, Brian, who grew up in these parts to ask "what do the two words mean exactly?"

He said the sign, "Thickly Settled" is a familiar road-side warning in these parts reminding drivers, "You may not see us but we’re all over the place so slow down." Another translation might be, "Lots of people live here. Don’t drive over 30 m.p.h."

So glad I asked someone who knew the answer. "Thickly Settled" truly was was like Greek, even comedic, to us. But in reality, we lacked understanding that we surely needed. 

Reminds me of God’s Word: "If any of you lacks wisdom (understanding that you surely need), you should ask God, Who gives generously without finding fault, and it will be given to you." (James 1:5)

Don’t know an answer? It’s okay. Ask Jesus. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. (Matthew 14:6) In other words, Jesus is The Answer. 

Speaking of signs, I have a little sign in my office that says: "Jesus is The Answer, now what was your question?"

Presence Matters Most! No Invisible People!

UNITY!

Pastor Kerry Willis 

“Not Wanting Anyone to Perish”

This passage recorded in ‭‭2 Peter‬ ‭3:8-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬, has been embedded deep within my heart for about thirty years. It’s a passage that enlarges my hope concerning God’s love for perishing souls. 

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

Presence Matters Most! No Invisible People!

UNITY!

Pastor Kerry Willis


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Operation Christmas Child Article -- Our GRAYson Quoted 

This online article link below is about Operation Christmas Child. Our son, Grayson, is employed by the local church, Harrisonburg VA First Church of the Nazarene, as their Podcast Producer, and has served a few years now on the OCC Board in the local community to help with public relations for the yearly Christmas project. He was quoted in a recent article in the local paper -- The Daily News Record. It touched my heart deeply, simply because Grayson is such a behind-the-scenes servant. 

People who don’t take the time to know him really miss out on the real deal when it comes to Jesus-believers. I have learned so much from being his dad and his friend, but mostly from being his brother in Christ. I am a debtor to God, in part, because God has entrusted Grayson and me to wear the same family name -- Willis. 

Here’s the article: 

http://www.dnronline.com/dnronline/operation-christmas-child-campaign-kicks-off/article_367585c6-07d6-5cf6-861d-397f7a4df8ab.html

Presence Matters Most! No Invisible People!

UNITY!

Pastor Kerry Willis 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Four Winds Forecast -- October 15, 2019

(This is the district newsletter to Philadelphia Church of the Nazarene pastors and leaders. It is also presented here for those who partner with us in prayer. Thank you so much.)

October 15, 2019

Four Winds Forecast

Greetings Dearly Beloved Philadelphia District Pastors and Partners:

(I humbly ask each pastor and leader to carefully, prayerfully and thoroughly read this email for possible inspiration, useable information and increased communication. i am Grateful, very. pastor kerry)

"God’s Grace Truly Amazes Me!"

A Commentary by Pastor Kerry 

Larnelle Harris sings a song that is embedded deep in my own heart; "Were It Not For Grace" is the song title. The words of the chorus really speak my soul own story: 

"Were it not for grace, 

I can tell you where I’d be;

Wandering down some pointless road to nowhere,

With my salvation up to me.

I know how that would go,

The battles I would face;

Forever running but losing the race, Were it not for grace."

I have spent a lifetime attempting to get my human brain wrapped around the indescribable idea of God’s holy grace. The longer I live as a God-loved Jesus-believer, the more God’s amazing attitude of undeserved favor towards me comes into focus. I am simply and profoundly overwhelmed by the countless ways He continuously and wondrously works in my own life. His grace and mercy are ever surrounding me on all sides.

Finally, let me say that as I serve as your d.s. -- yes, as your district servant -- the reality of God’s Grace Truly Amazes Me! I’m so tenderly grateful that I have not had to worry one moment about not having God’s face shining upon me. In four words, "I am a debtor." 

Truly, my days so far as your district servant, including today, can best be described in two words I repeat often: "AMAZINGLY GRACED!"

I pray the same for you. I really do. 

Presence Matters Most! 

No Invisible People! UNITY!

pastor kerry

Please keep reading... 

Here are a few FOUR WINDS Updates:

#1: FOUR WINDS / UPDATE -- Our 2nd Annual District Pastors and Leaders Christmas Gathering will be Saturday, December 14, 2019, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at our Ephrata Grace Point Church. (Save the Date: Official detailed invitation to follow.) If you attended last year, no doubt you’ll be back again. Nothing like the family gathering together for a light-hearted, yet love-laced Christmas Brunch. We’ve got some wonderful things planned for you, because you deserve wonderful things as pastors and leaders our district. And because we love you. Deal with it. :)

#2: FOUR WINDS / UPDATE -- Our Zone-Wide Gethsemane Gatherings held in September 2019 for the purpose of prayer partnership across Eastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey will surely bear fruit that will last. Thanks so very much to those who purposely prepared the way for us to pray. Thanks also to those who hosted the gatherings, led the sacred prayers and were determined to be present to pray. 

Remember, January 26, 2020, is our next Gethsemane Gathering Zone-Wide prayer date. Please mark your calendars. Zone leaders will follow-up with details. Surely, the district that prays together will celebrate God’s Presence and Power, together. And everyone said: "Amen!" 

#3: FOUR WINDS / UPDATE -- PCDC is underway, again. 75 pastors and leaders were able to join us for our first session of PCDC (Pastors Career Development Center) at our Fairview Village Church on Monday, October 7, 2019. The Lord met us there. Many said it was among the best and most helpful PCDC sessions they’ve ever attended. We are humbled by God’s faithfulness and by yours. 

Next PCDC session will be Monday, November 4, 2019, Fairview Village, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

FYI: Calendar for PCDC:

* Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, 9 a.m.

* Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, 9 a.m.

* Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, 9 a.m. 

* Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, 9 a.m.

* Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020, 9 a.m.

* Thursday, Apr. 2, 2020, 9 a.m.

(*NO PCDC in MAY, District Assembly)

* Thursday, June 4, 2020, 9 a.m.

#4: FOUR WINDS / UPDATE -- Retired Pastors and Spouses Luncheon. We enjoyed a wonderful time together at Weaver’s in Denver, PA. Thanks to Rev. B.W. Hambrick and precious Melanie Cook for planning such a special time for us to celebrate those on whose shoulders we all stand. Pastor Jim Lucas led worship so beautifully, too. Reach out and encourage one of our retired brothers or sisters whenever you can.

We really do need Jesus and each other.

Deo Volente -- whatever God wants. 

pastor kerry and kim willis 

* Some More 2019-2020 Calendar Dates Looking Ahead...

OCTOBER 2019

* Oct. 26, Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. DAB Retreat Day at Toms River. 

* Oct. 27-29 Pastor Kerry in Revival / Oxford

NOVEMBER 2019

* Nov. 2, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. / NMI Training Day, Brookside (Macungie, PA)

* Nov. 3-5 Pastor Kerry in Revival / Lansdale Immanuel, PA

* Nov. 4, Monday, PCDC #2, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / Fairview Village

* Nov. 4, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

* Nov. 19, Tuesday, DAB, Royersford

* Nov. 22-24, MAC, Black Mountain Retreat Center

* Nov. 28, Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, USA

DECEMBER 2019

* Dec. 2, Monday, PCDC #3, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / Fairview Village 

* Dec. 14 District Pastors & Leaders Christmas Brunch, Ephrata Grace Point, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Mark your calendars now. Don’t miss Christmas with your District Family.) It’s a Saturday Brunch Celebration!

* Dec. 25, Christmas Day

JANUARY 2020

* Jan. 9, THURSDAY, PCDC #4, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / Fairview Village

* Jan. 14-17, Four Winds Prayer Retreat -- Black Rock Retreat Center, Quarryville, PA

* Jan. 18-19, Pastor Kerry in Revival, Gardners, PA. UMC 

* Jan. 21, Tuesday, DAB, Royersford

* Jan. 26, , Sunday evening, Gethsemane Gatherings, Concerts of Sacred Prayer across the district on each missional zone. Contact your zone leader or Kevin Griffin for information.

FEBRUARY 2020

* Feb. 1, Saturday, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., Familiar Grounds, Pennsville, NJ 

* Feb. 6, THURSDAY, PCDC #4, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / Fairview Village

* Feb. 15, Saturday, Holiness Symposium / Royersford

* Feb. 18, Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PK leading "Lordship Living" Workshop #3: "The Advantage (Season/Campaign) of Lordship/Stewardship" / Royersford

* Feb. 18, Tuesday, DAB, Location TBD

* February 29, Board of Ministry TBD

MARCH 2020

* Mar. 5, THURSDAY, PCDC #5, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / Fairview Village

* March 5, Board of Ministry, 1 p.m. until done. Fairview Village. 

* Mar. 22-24, Pastor Kerry in Revival, Bridgeton, NJ

* Mar. 28, Chaplain’s Luncheon, Noon, Royersford Office, PA

* Mar. 29-Apr. 3, Pastor Kerry in Revival, Bangor, PA

APRIL 2020

* Apr. 2, THURSDAY, PCDC #5, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / Fairview Village

* Apr. 5, PALM SUNDAY

* Apr. 12, EASTER SUNDAY

* Apr. 23, THURSDAY, Tentative Date Change for DAB Conference Call. 

* Apr. 26-28, Pastor Kerry in Revival, LaVelle, PA

* Apr. 30-May 2, THE GATHERING -- DISTRICT ASSEMBLY AND CONVENTIONS, our Crossroads Church, Lewisburg, PA

* June 28-July 5, 2020 Philadelphia District Campmeeting, Erma Campground, Cape May

You are beloved and believed in!   

Presence Matters Most! 

No Invisible People! UNITY!


Pastor Kerry Willis

District Superintendent

Philadelphia District 

Church of the Nazarene