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A Letter from Pastor Wayne

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To all those who worship with us at Wellington,

I’m sure you’re aware of the recent notices issued regarding the contagious nature of Covid-19. Kentucky’s governor is closing schools, restaurants, churches, and venues where large crowds gather, to promote “social distancing”.

Some churches closed last Sunday while others remained open. Please know the Wellington leadership is committed to faithfully shepherding those who seek to worship and serve our Lord through this ministry. As we have been for many years, we are deeply committed to being faithful in our worship of the Lord (Hebrews 10:25). However, we also have a responsibility to be the best citizens this country, state and city have seen, realizing those who rule over us are divinely ordained to maintain civility for the good of our community (Romans 13:1-4).

This is one of those special times when we as Christians need to seek wisdom through prayer as to the best way to live out our faith through worship and also express His love and concern for others.

Though I am listed among those who are “high risk” I really have no fear of this virus or any other infectious or contagious disease. I say that not because I am confident in the overall health of my own body (which is probably not that great) or because I lack understanding of the dangers such viruses can pose for those who are most vulnerable due to their compromised immune system, as I have a daughter and grandson who suffer from Crohn’s disease. 

My confidence is not at all in myself, but I am totally convinced and know without a shadow of doubt the Lord is sovereign over all things, including my life, my calling, and my purpose for living.

When Moses penned Psalm 90, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he wrote: “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”In other words, reveal to us O Lord the brevity of our life on earth that we might maintain an eternal perspective.

Christ gave us a parable about numbering our days in Luke 12:19-21. A rich man, because of his many possessions, thought he had plenty of time to “eat, drink and be merry” and he was wrong.   

We are exhorted in Ephesians 5: “Be careful how you live! Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.” (verse 15)

So should we as Christians be living in fear? Yes! And No!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who realize it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! Psalm 111:10

In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. Proverbs 14:26

Only a fool would live without a healthy fear of the One before Whom he will one day stand and give an account, so absolutely, we live with a healthy awe and respect for the holy One to Whom we owe all things, including our redemption.

However, those “born again” in Christ do not live with a “spirit of fear” but of power, love and a sound mind. 2nd Timothy 1:7

As the Lord said to Isaiah: “Do not fear, for I am with you. Don’t be anxious, I am your God who will strengthen you.” Isaiah 41:10

Christ reminds us, if the Lord cares for the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, how much more will He provide for us. Matthew 10:31

As Job said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Job 13:15  Amen!

Spread Your protection over us Lord, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You! Psalm 5:11

The CDC has posted: “For most people the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes Covid-19 is thought to be very low.” 

However, every effort is being made to protect those who are the most vulnerable from coming in contact with all influenza viruses. And we want to do everything we can as a church to not  only cooperate with government officials but to also reach out to help those in our congregation who may need assistance during these unusual times.

Our elders will let you know more about the morning worship services as the week progresses, but at this time I intend, Lord willing, to continue our Bible study and worship with a “skeleton crew” of those who will lead us in song by means of “live streaming” like we did last Sunday. 

As of this time, all activities involving children (Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings and during the week) have been cancelled in a spirit of cooperation with government officials.

Until we can all meet together once again please join us in the following ways:

  1. Pray for our civic leaders, locally and nationally, that they might make the most effective decisions to curtail the spread of this virus and minimize the pain and loss others may suffer.
  2. Pray for members of our church who are struggling at this time.  The front office sends an email each week of those whose health and/or families are in need. Please check on them. Offer to do what you can to help.
  3. Pray the Lord will use these extraordinary times to expose the illusion that any of us have absolute control over our lives or our circumstances.  Hopefully this reminder of how fragile our mortality really is will be used to prepare hearts for the good news our Lord has entrusted us to proclaim.

I love you guys. All of you. I’m grateful to have you as a part of our family and consider it a privilege to serve our Lord and Savior with you.

Deo Volente,

Wayne

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Preparing for Ministry

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Preparing for Ministry
 
As I wrote in a recent blog, Tim Stec has retired from the U.S. Marshal's office and began contemplating how the Lord might best use him in the future.  Having served as a deacon for several years and pursuing an opportunity to serve as an elder at Wellington, he continued to prayerfully explore job opportunities, trying to find the best fit for how he could be most effectively used in ministry. His desire to help those in need kept leading him back to counseling. However, Tim didn't want to be just 'a counselor', he wanted to provide wisdom and direction from the source of all truth, God's word. Therefore, he has decided to seek an educational degree in Biblical Counseling from the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville.  
 
Tim and his wife, Jenn, have been a vital part of the Wellington ministry for eight years and have been a great blessing to our church. Jenn was the founder and organizer of the Overstone Co-op at Wellington, that has become a model for home-school co-ops throughout the country. Together, they have faithfully served the Lord as a family. Tim's training and pursuit of ministry, which is leading them back to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) from which they came, is something the Wellington leaders fully support. 
 
However, this transition in their life has raised questions as to the future of Overstone. Please know, Jenn has not only laid a firm foundation for the infrastructure of the co-op and along with other board members has mentored a number of our families in the Charlotte Mason approach to eduction, but both Jenn and Tim will be continuing their involvement at Overstone. While Jenn will no longer serve as the headmaster of the upper school, there is another young lady within our church family who has experience in effectively leading home-school co-ops and she has been working with Jenn to provide a smooth transition. Plus, Cheryl Nichols, the headmaster of the lower school, will continue doing the incredible job she's been doing for several years. There is also the possibility of expanding the Overstone board in 2020 to ensure the health and progress of this dynamic ministry for decades to come.
 
The Stec family has recently moved to Lancaster and Tim will begin his training and pursuit of ministry opportunities within the SBC next semester, but we also rejoice that they will be continuing service with their Wellington family through the Overstone ministry for several more years. 
 
I couldn't be more grateful, pleased or excited for how the Lord will be using Tim and Jenn to His glory and I trust our entire church will support them.
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