Jerry and Carol Thorne, ArkLight Ministries
Dear Christian Friends,
God is opening new doors to minister in Mason and Ocean County. One approved in 2018 was outdoor worship at the Ludington State Park. In summer 2019, ArkLight Ministries (ALM) went from six to twelve Sundays and was encouraged by financial support, media coverage and public acceptance. Offerings of $900, net of expenses, are being set aside to open another door. The Oceana/Mason County Jail Ministries is requesting approval to implement an Angel Tree Program for families of inmates of the Mason County Jail. Written approval is pending final procedures and receiving local assistance to acquire and distribute the gifts to the children.
A third door that opened in September 2019 is the placement of a “Prayer Mail” box at 501 Resseguie, Ludington. This is the home of ALM and across the street from the Mason County Jail. After seeing this ministry offered in another community, ALM, under the coordination of Carol Thorne, will receive and pray over all petitions left in the white “Prayer Mail” box. This is an opportunity especially for those who have no church connection, to exercise faith in God by bringing their cares to Him and allowing someone else to join them in prayer. Paper and pencils are provided along with a tract, “Someone Cares”, and an ALM ministry card in case they choose to contact us directly. Our biggest hurdle for this ministry is adequately promoting its availability and location to the public. This is being done by flyers, by local media and Facebook.
As you can see, 2019 was another busy and eventful year for ALM. Twenty-three public events were held in Mason and Oceana counties that reached over 1500 people, raised over $900 for the Mason County Jail Ministries, $700 for the Oceana County Jail Ministries, $500 for the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and over $900 for Grace Adventures’ youth ministries/golf outing, plus $100 was received for a Romania youth ministry worker. Several salvation decisions and numerous dedication decisions were indicated. This was accomplished by twenty one campground worship services, a talent competition at the Oceana County Fair, and a donation table at Shop-n-Save. The above ministry financial support also came from over $3000 in sponsor proceeds from preparing and distributing a two-county summer event brochure. Thank you, community! At the amphitheater at Ludington State Park, twelve Sunday Services were conducted and were appreciated by over 750 in attendance. Another full
summer worship is being planned for 2020. Weekly support will be needed for music, worship leaders and finance the $100 weekly rental fee for amphitheater use. There were numerous talented performers, worship leaders, sound team and helpers that served on these 22 worship events, including Jellystone Park worship in Silver Lake. This is truly public evangelism which is the heart of ArkLight Ministries’ Mission
ArkLight Ministries and Chaplain Jerry and Carol Thorne render year-round weekly volunteer services to the Oceana /Mason County Jail Ministries (OMCJM). As a reminder, OCJM was formed 30 years ago and is a Form 501(3)C organization. In August 2019 the ministry expanded to Mason County Jail and now is registered as “Oceana/Mason County Jail Ministries”. Chaplain Jerry has served as chaplain for over ten years. Carol oversees literature distribution, helps with newsletters and writing studies, public relations and correspondence to inmates who have gone on to prison. Seven years ago, upon moving to Ludington, Jerry and Carol extended their ministry efforts to the Mason County Jail. This included leading weekly men’s worship and one-on-one
services. We also provide Bibles, Bible studies, a lending book library and reentry assistance counseling to interested inmates.
The jail populations vary based on seasonal activities. The numbers are higher in summer and fall. This fall ministry workers have averaged weekly contacts with 40-50 inmates between two jails. Through exit interviews, numerous first time or rededication decisions have been documented. As of October 2018 weekly worship services in the Oceana county Jail were put on hold because of MDOC regulations and jail staffing issues. Please pray some form of worship services will again be allowed in the future.
We appreciate your interest and support of above opportunities to reach the
incarcerated and their families, as well as the public ministries that will present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
PASTORAL SEARCH COMMITTEE
Bruce Lowing, Chairman, Roy Harper, Jeff Beilfuss, Amy Ruba,
Dan Bradshaw, Kristen Wallace, Mike Basler, Lisa Barnett, and Bill Payne
1) The Holy Spirit's leading and for Wisdom, Clarity, Unity and Energy for our Pastoral Search Team as they begin interviewing pastoral candidates.
2) Children and Student Ministries as they partner with parents in making disciples with their kids. For SPIRITUAL GROWTH in children and student's lives as we reach more families, children, and students with the GOSPEL.
3) That we would GROW in being SATURATED in understanding and FLUENT in speaking the GOSPEL to ourselves, people we are connected to in the body, and in the community.
*Connie Wade - hip replacement surgery recovery
*Mikel Bogner - hernia surgery recovery
*Jason Dillihay - knee surgery 11/25
*Al & Cindy Grycki’s daughter Heather -health issues
*Charity Schaffer’s grandson, Dawson
*Coleman’s son, Zach
*Our deepest sympathies to Trudie Brandt and family on the passing of her father Jerry Miller on 11/9 in Bradenton FL.
*Our Deepest sympathies to the family of Brooklyn Root who passed on 11/10. She was the six month old daughter of Vickie Jones and Leo Root and granddaughter of Lisa Jones.
*We would like to congratulate Rob and Sue Lancour on the birth of their 10th grandchild, Joseph Alexander Anthony on November 10. Joseph weighs 8 lbs 3 oz and is 20 1/2 inches long. Parents are Nikki Lancour and Brian Anthony.
Chris & Carrie Brandt family
Gary & Trudie Brandt
Chantel Brown family
Craig Nasson will be serving with Rafiki Foundation in Africa from Oct-Dec
Dear Cornerstone Church,
We are so grateful for your commitment to advancing the gospel in Honduras! We are grateful for your partnership through your full-time
missionary—Corey Ann, your short term teams you send, and also your financial support. God continues to advance the vision of EA through open doors that we can share the gospel while helping our communities in practical & sustainable ways.
Thank you so much for your partnership & belief in EA.
We love you guys!
The EA Team
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