My beautiful bride wrote this one.
I am going to cross-post it at two other locations on the BLOG.
January 13, 2021
“Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. . . . For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places . . . With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” Ephesians 6: 10, 12, 18
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS. Sometimes ministry seems like two steps forward and one step back. We all experience this in life, but here are some current examples for us. Note, I’m not complaining—just saying.
Meeting outside or inside?
With the cold weather and increased Covid 19 concerns here in South Carolina, our Sunday morning worship has gone to Zoom format. Our first was January 10.
Give thanks that our one-time use of the American Legion facility went very well even though some families refrained from indoor participation. We continue to await the American Legion’s decision if we may use their facility on Sunday mornings in the future. We’ll keep you posted.
Please give thanks to the LORD that the Emmett Scott Center has rental times for us on Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. until the end of February. We will use this park district, indoor location for training our leadership starting January 15. Please pray for the good health of the flock and effective equipping and leadership development.
Delayed discipleship appointments
We continue working to equip men and women with one to one discipleship training, but occasionally we need to postpone appointments due to travel related quarantines or family sickness and awaiting their Covid test results (thankfully all have been negative). We have eager disciples, but pokey progress.
CHANGES IN GIVING for our financial support
You may know that in a new church plant “processes” change often. To assist the bookkeeping for The Sanctuary, the church is no longer receiving contributions. (This is to keep church funds separate from personal support funds, that are toward the Schoenleber financial support.)
Instead, and thankfully, Planting Churches Ministries is including us with other church planters they assist to process contributions, handle our paychecks and taxes, etc. You may use this link to go to their GIVE page. Your electronic giving can be done by debit/credit card or from your checking/savings accounts. Please be sure to click Marty Schoenleber at the dropdown APPLY TO box.
If you wish to contribute by personal check, please make the check payable to
Planting Churches Ministry.
Add a note that the contribution is for Marty Schoenleber.
Mail it to:
Marty and I appreciate your understanding in these changes.
If you have questions, please let us know.
[Marty 630-308-4088] or by email.
- Good health and the development of the believers of The Sanctuary to reach new people and to grow in grace and truth.
- Effective communication and understanding; and teaching over Zoom, and through email communication with the church. [There have been some “dropping” of emails . . . it’s either a computer thing or spiritual battle. We do not want anyone to be left out. It’s so easy for folks to misunderstand when errors happen. Please pray for grace to abound.]
- For Marty to discover those families that God has ordained to be a part of our prayer and financial support team. (Support raising is not easy when you can’t visit people.)
We would love to pray particularly for you. Please send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pray for you.
We send our love and appreciation for your partnership with us.
God bless you, and you bless God.
Stephnie (and Marty)