Dear Sister and Brothers at DCC…
Ian and Sally Boa, our dear friends from Stirling, Scotland, will arrive for a few weeks visit with us as the month of June wraps up. Rev. Ian Boa, a clergyperson in the United Free Church of Scotland will be preaching in our worship at the end of June. He has recently been Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Free Church of Scotland. (It’s a big deal and an indication of deep regard by colleagues of his leadership within the denomination).
We also commission our Appalachian Service Project team on the last Sunday of June and pray them off on July 1. This is our 26th year in a row for this energizing mission-work.
I will be pleased to participate in the opening festivities at the community-wide Joey Bella Festivities/Fundraiser on July 3rd.
Also this summer, Gabriele will be enjoying some whirl-wind family-heritage vacationing in Germany with our oldest grandchild, Dylan. We will travel to Gabriele’s hometown in Obereichenbach, Bavaria, and then continue to visit with family and friends all over the country. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Neuschwanstein Castle, Nurnburg, the Black Forest, Cologne, up to northern Germany for a visit to more family and a quick junket into Holland.
When we are away, my dear friend and a welcome guest-preacher, the Rev. Dr. Tanya Linn Bennett, is looking forward to preaching and leading worship for the 2 weeks!
There is something else going on in July that is extremely important in our life-together. With the support of our Staff-Parish Relations Committee, we have an opportunity to help our Music Ministries Director, YoungKwang Jun, secure an R1 Immigration Visa, so that he will able to expand his role among us. YK finishes his Masters of Ministry degree at Drew University School of Theology by the end of 2017, and will need a change of status on his immigration visa in order to remain with us here in the United States. Attaining this R1 (Religious Worker) visa will assure that he will be able to remain here and be employed in Church Music Ministries.
In the coming weeks, YK will be submitting all of the necessary documentation for his R1 application, and I would like to issue an invitation to everyone at DCC to offer a bit of financial support for this process. The cost for the Immigration attorney is over $3,000. YK’s parents are helping him reach ½ the goal, and I hope we will be able to help raise the other half.
If you would like to contribute to this unique opportunity to assure that YK will be able to stay with us on the ministries staff after December 2017, please talk with me. I look on this as an extremely important step for us to help assure that YK, who feels called to deepen his commitment and strengthen his calling as a Church Music ministries director in the United Methodist Church here in the United States, will stay here in this congregation he has come to love. I have full confidence that your DCC generosity in the form of gifts of $25, $50, $100 dollars or more will add up to full support and we will very quickly raise the full financial support that is needed. Thank you in advance for your generous show of support for YoungKwang. I know that you agree he has been an incredible blessing to us already!
By the end of July, we will be in full VBS mode, in preparation for a week of fun, music, learning, and fellowship (August 7-11). This year the theme is: “Maker Fun Factory: Created by God, Built for a Purpose”. There is still a need for support staff for the week, and we can also use more teacher support! I hope you will begin praying now for a week of Bible-learning, great singing, community-building!!!
In the month of August, you can look forward to the Trustees accomplishing some beautiful renovation/upgrading work in Dreisbach Hall…
For now, let’s enjoy the summer… with vacations, swim team events on the lakes in town, special worship opportunities, and time for the kids to unwind from a busy school year.
Deep peace blazing orange of the setting summer sun to you… Pastor Ed