But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:31
THE Church Leadership Annual Planning last December brought about new larger and better plans for the New Year. Not only did we fill up all the months of the calendar with ministry events from camps, joint bible studies to seminars but we also emphasized the continuous equipping and education of the brethren – all leaning towards to goal to fulfil our Lord’s Great Commission. The pastoral team also stressed the need for the church to be a more prayerful church. We are faced with worsening economic conditions brought about by the IMF Bail-Out; our brethren are facing even bigger challenges in 2011. Prayer will be the core ministry that will bind us all in everything we do and in everything we plan for the future. According to Psalm 50:15, “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Isaiah 40:31 is a very fitting verse to start of the year as it reminds us all from the leaders to the workers of the church how we need to be encouraged that we are capable to do more extraordinary things as we commit our lives to our Lord. As we continue to develop our new church building, establishing our Men’s Ministry, extending our Monaghan Services to twice a month and holding more equipping classes than ever before, we are rising up new leaders and opening new doors of opportunity for us to allow more brethren to heed the call to service. We will also re-launch our new website in the 1st Quarter which will become a larger vessel of the WORD to the vastness of cyberspace. We are truly heading the way in Europe in 2011.
With our New Senior Pastor Manny De Leon and his Family moving to Ireland only in July, our leaders and pastoral staff are faced with even bigger challenges to lead the church. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our leaders have alternately delivered the Sunday Word during the Worship Services while pastors from our WIN Europe churches have been visiting us to deliver the message twice a month. Like young eagles we are given the opportunity by our Father to leave our comfort zones and spread our wings and soar to new heights. We are truly eagles in the ministry!
There’s so much in store for WIN Ireland in 2011. Please mark your calendars so you won’t have to miss any of the important events to come:
Praise and Worship:
Ministry Retreat – 24 April
Independence Day – 11 June
EE Worshop in Donegal – 9 April
Urban Soul – 26 June
Missions and Outreach:
Carrickmacross Outreach start of 2 Sunday Worship Services – 27 Feb
WIN Europe Regional Meeting and Tour (Israel) – 14 – 20 Nov
Church Website relaunch – 20 March
Ushering Ministry Induction – 17 April
Mother’s Day – 3 April
Annual Family Day – 2 May
Father’s Day – 19 June
Annual Family Camp – 15- 18 July
Church 10th Anniversary and Worker’s Appreciation Sunday – 9 Oct
WISL Part 1 “Intro to Old Testament Part I – 11 to 13 March
WISL Part 2 “Spiritual Disciplines”– 1 to 3 April
1st Overnight Prayer – 6 May
Recognition Day for Higher Levels – 19 June
Summer Vacation Bible School (DVBS) – 17, 18 – 20, 21 Aug
Urban Soul – 26 June
Fund Raising Concert – 30 July
Regional Youth Camp (UK) – 8-12 Aug
WinGs 2nd Women’s Conference: 9 April
Letters to God: Miracles of a Widow: 1 May
Reminder: Please note that events and dates are still subject to change. Just watch this space for any changes.
Let us continue to pray that our Lord will continue to be with us and that His presence to continually guide us in all our plans.
God Bless All!