Shepherd’s Blessing Dinner Doubles the Venues, Doubles the Fun

Two dinners in two locations. That was the 2010 plan for the annual QuietWaters Ministries fundraiser called the Shepherd’s Blessing Dinner. Having maxed out the facility at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in 2009, the challenge for planners was to figure out how to keep growing while still providing some continuity for faithful supporters.

The solution: In April 2010, Shepherd’s Blessing Dinners were held at two locations—Family in Christ Community Church, in Westminster, CO, and Cherry Creek Presbyterian in Englewood, CO. The first dinner drew 101 people to register for a north location, and the second dinner was convenient for over 200 people living in the south Denver suburb…

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COMPASS ONLINE
A Digital Help Toward Renewal from QuietWaters Ministries
Volume 10, Number 5May 2010
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Greetings!  

This month we have received a record number of inquiries about our Leadership Counseling Intensive program and many have scheduled to come to participate in a LCI at our Retreat Center.  That has prompted me to ask for your prayers for these colleagues as well as the counselors and host couples that will be serving them.
 
Prayer is vital to the ministry of QuietWaters. 
 
Double Honor – Highest Regard
by Jim Schlottman 
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This week I played hooky from work and attended the PRO-AM of the 2010 Senior PGA Tournament that is being held at the new Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado.  The golf club is just a few miles from our new QuietWaters Retreat Center which is also in Parker.  For those golfers attending a Leadership Counseling Intensive at the Retreat Center you won’t be able to play at the Colorado Golf Club because it is a private club.  However other public courses are close by.
 
If you are not familiar with a PRO-AM, it is four amateur golfers playing with a touring professional player.  The rumor was that each amateur paid $2,500 for the opportunity to play.  For you golfers, they played a modified scramble they call a stramble.
 
To play as a professional in the Senior PGA you must be 50 years or older.  Being over 50 myself I knew the names of most of the professional players.  Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Nick Price, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller, and Ben Crenshaw were just a few of the players I was able to see play.
 
As I watched the start of the PRO-AM I noticed something that I found very interesting.  As the professional player was introduced there was loud applause, but when the amateurs were introduced there were only a few isolated hands clapping.
 
This scene reminds me of what James says in James 2:1, “My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.”  Was the crowd showing favoritism?  Remember the professional players are well known because they have played for many years and have demonstrated their expertise in golf.  The crowd doesn’t know how well the amateur players can play.  Only their close friends knew them, thus the scattered applause.
 
Now look at the words Paul says in 1 Timothy 5:17, “The elders who direct the affairs of the Church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching”.  Or the words he wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13, “Now we ask you brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you.  Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work”.
 
I don’t believe that favoritism is the same as showing double honor or holding in highest regard.  There may have been a little of both taking place during the introductions at the PRO-AM.  However, the professional players have worked hard at perfecting their ability at golf and they have played the game well.  So they deserve to be respected for that ability.
 
Notice the qualifiers in the above verses.  In 1 Timothy it says, “who direct the affairs of the Church well” and in 1 Thessalonians it says, “who work hard among you’.  Also notice that the favoritism in James was bestowed because of wealth and wearing fine clothes, not service.
 
Although I would have preferred to have every player receive loud applause, I believe that it was understandable and even O.K. for the professionals to receive double the applause – double honor.  They have played well and have worked hard at the game of golf.  Yes, a few of them were wearing fine golf clothes, most of which was given to them by the manufacturer.  The clothes were not the reason they were receiving applause.
 
In the church you are the professional.  The one called to preach and teach.  So as the professional golfers received loud applause, you are worthy of double honor and to be held in highest regard.  I think it would be great if each Sunday as you stepped into the pulpit you received loud applause from your congregation.  I’m sorry to say that’s not going to happen unless it is a special occasion.
 
However, you are worthy of double honor, because your work is preaching and teaching and you should be held in the highest regard in love because of your work.  But before that statement goes to your head, remember the qualifiers.  Those qualifiers are, “. . . who direct the affairs of the Church well are worthy” and “. . . those who work hard among you”.
 
For the past 10 years, from the founding of QuietWaters, it has been my soap box speech that every congregation should demonstrate both 1 Timothy 5:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13.  Every day I talk with pastors where that is not happening, so I continue my speech at every opportunity.
 
My charge to you pastors is to continue to direct the affairs of the Church well and to work hard among your congregation.  If your congregation responds by showing you double honor and holding you in highest regard that will be a blessing.  But always remember that the Lord does.
GENE MEERDINK MEMORIAL
 
Gene Meerdink, former Director of Donor Care for QuietWaters Ministries passed away this April 29, 2010.
 
Gene served with his wife Arlene as missionaries to Mexico and as a supervisor of missionaries for the Reformed Church in America.
 
Many of you may have known Gene for his work with QuietWaters or you may have known him through his work in missions.
 
Therefore we wanted you to know of Gene passing.
 
The family has said that those wishing to honor Gene may contribute in his name to QuietWaters Ministries.  To make an online memorial gift please  CLICK HERE, fill in the Donor Information and in the Gift Designation window select the “Gene Meerdink Memorial Fund.”
 
Or mail your memorial gift to QuietWaters Ministries, 9185 E Kenyon Avenue, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80237.
 
The QuietWaters Compass Online is published monthly as a free service of QuietWaters Ministries, whose mission is to renew, restore, and strengthen Christian leaders and their families. Opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of QuietWaters Ministries, its personnel or trustees. Material contained in this publication is not intended as a substitute for the professional assistance you can receive from a counselor, or health care provider. Requests for permission to reprint articles should be directed to the editor at the address below.
 
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QuietWaters Ministries
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The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
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He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
 
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[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] W [/dropcap]ith this issue we are introducing you to the new QuietWaters Retreat experience. Our former retreat site—the donated private home of a doctor and his wife—served hundreds. We continue our tradition of providing a safe place, a resting place where renewal can take place, with our new retreat site: a beautiful, spacious home that is already welcoming pastors and missionaries. The scene on the cover of this issue represents what you will see around the new QuietWaters Retreat. Deer regularly visit the Retreat property. As you know, our name comes from the last words of the second verse of Psalm 23. With our new Retreat location, we can appropriately use the entire verse. “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.” The Jack and Jill nursery-school rhyme will take on new meaning as you read David Ragsdale’s article in this issue of Compass. He introduces you to what he calls the Distinctives of Counseling Intensives, which can help you better understand what you will experience at a QuietWaters Retreat. Dave describes these seven Distinctives of Counseling Intensives: Accelerated Change, Redemptive Focus, Seasoned Counselors, Integrated Treatment, Systems Oriented, After Care, and the Experiential Context.

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Volume 10, Number 4April 2010
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Greetings!  

 

 

Tonight we will hold our second Shepherd’s Blessing Dinner.  We are holding two dinners this year because we outgrew our location last year.  The first dinner was last Friday and the final dinner is tonight.  The speaker is Dr. Tom Varney, a counselor with QuietWaters Ministries.  Please pray that everyone will be blessed and that we will be a blessing our shepherds by following the instructions from 1 Thessalonians 5. 
 
“Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.”
 
 
 
 

THE BLIND SIDE
by Jim Schlottman 

 

Baby sleepingA couple of week’s ago we rented the movie “The Blind Side.”  I know you’ve heard of it, and you may have already seen this outstanding movie.  It is the life story of football player Michael Oher who currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens.  In his position at offensive tackle he protects the quarterback’s blind side – thus the name of the movie.
 
The movie begins with a lesson on the value of the blind side offensive tackle.  In the movie Leigh Anne Tuohy, played by Sandra Bullock has Oher’s blind side.
 
As I reflected on the lessons of the movie I thought about how each of us needs someone to protect our blind side.  Who has your blind side?
 
After sharing about QuietWaters Ministries on a local radio station, I received a call from an elder with questions about our ministry for his pastor.  He said that his pastor was doing well, but he didn’t want to wait until there was a crisis before making sure his pastor and spouse had some renewal time to avoid a crisis.
 
I’m thrilled when I received calls from elders concerned about their pastor’s well being.  This elder had his pastor’s blind side.  It is my opinion that protecting the pastor’s blind side is a good description of the role of an elder.
 
Is someone protecting your blind side?  If not it is time for you to find that person and ask them for their protection through prayer, as a sounding board, and as an accountability partner.
 
This week I lost the person who has had my blind side for over 10 years.  His name is Gene Meerdink and he died of cancer yesterday.  I’m very sad, but can rejoice because of the wonderful life he lived and because I know that today he is in the presence of our Lord.
 
It was at the event at which we launched QuietWaters Ministries that Gene approached me and asked if he could pray for me and the ministry.  I’m confident that up until yesterday, Gene was praying for me.  What a wonderful gift he gave me of praying for me each and every day.
 
It is my prayer that you have someone like Gene who has your blind side or that you are taking steps to invite someone into your life to protect your blind side.

 

 

GOD’S LEADING AND PROMPTING OF YOUR HEART

The Open Door Campaign

 

 

The New QuietWaters Retreat is open and serving Christian leaders.  This “God Provided” home will be a blessing to many over the coming years.
 
When we say that God has provided the new QuietWaters Retreat, we must remind everyone that although he has led us to this new place we must still secure the funding.  God will provide this funding by prompting the hearts of friends like you to give generously to the Open Door Campaign.  To help us Open the Door please consider a gift or pledge today.
 
To make an online donation to the Open Door Campaign CLICK HERE
 
Or mail you donation to QuietWaters Ministries, 9185 E Kenyon Avenue, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80237.

 

 
 
The QuietWaters Compass Online is published monthly as a free service of QuietWaters Ministries, whose mission is to renew, restore, and strengthen Christian leaders and their families. Opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of QuietWaters Ministries, its personnel or trustees. Material contained in this publication is not intended as a substitute for the professional assistance you can receive from a counselor, or health care provider. Requests for permission to reprint articles should be directed to the editor at the address below.
 
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QuietWaters Ministries
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GOD’S LEADING AND PROMPTING OF YOUR HEART
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QuietWaters Ministries

 

 

 10th Anniversary Year
 

Lake

 

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.

 

He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

 

 

Psalm 23:1-3

 




 

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Volume 10, Number 3March 2010
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Greetings!  

 

 

Thank you for your prayer support and interest in QuietWaters Ministries.  This year started out very busy with the opening of our new QuietWaters Retreat.  We are so encouraged to see couples and individuals coming to enjoy the new Retreat.
 
In our next issue of the Compass magazine we will have articles describing in detail our programs and the Retreat.  If you do not currently receive the Compass magazine, please go to our website www.qwaters.org and subscribe today.
 
Also, would you please pass this Compass Online along to a friend?
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“. . . He withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.”  Matthew 14:13a (NIV)
 
As we have been developing our new Retreat Center we have focused on it being a private place – a place for quiet rest and renewal.  We have created a chapel for prayer and meditation and many quiet locations throughout the Retreat.  It is important for pastors, missionaries and other Christian leaders to get away to a private quiet place.
 
I’ve used the above verse in Matthew to encourage pastors and missionaries to withdraw from their ministry duties, just like Jesus did.  However, I’m hesitant to remind them of the circumstances that led up to this withdrawal and what happened right after he withdrew.
 
As we draw back to look at a larger portion of this passage we find that it says, “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.”  Matthew 14:13a (NIV)
 
Do you remember what Jesus had just heard?  He had just heard that John the Baptist had been beheaded.  Right after burying John, his disciples went directly to Jesus with this horrific news.  Although we believe that Jesus had foreknowledge of John’s death, He still had His human side that had just lost a friend and a fellow proclaimer of the Gospel.  I don’t know about you, but I would be in shock, very upset, and grief stricken.

 

 

Jesus very wisely withdrew to a solitary place.

 

Too often in the middle of an upsetting experience, Christian leaders can’t or won’t take the time to get away.  This is because they know that they are being called to the next responsibility, the next parishioner with a need for pastoral care.

 
Jesus had the same demands.  Look at what happened next in His life.  “When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.”  Matthew 14:13-14 (NIV)
 
He continued His ministry after a time of rest, yet He very wisely had withdrawn.
 
Let me encourage you to know when to withdraw to a solitary place.  Even in the midst of your very busy pastoral or missionary life – withdraw.  It may be only for a few hours or days, but withdraw.  If you have the opportunity to participate in one of our counseling programs you can withdraw to that solitary place we have prepared for you – the new QuietWaters Retreat.

 

  

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you are interested in attending a Leadership Counseling Intensive at the New QuietWaters Retreat, please call toll-free 866-5-Waters (866-592-8377) or email [email protected].

 

GOD’S LEADING AND PROMPTING OF YOUR HEART

The Open Door Campaign

 

 

When we say that God has provided the new QuietWaters Retreat, we must remind everyone that although is has led us to this new place we must still secure the funding.  God will provide this funding by prompting the hearts of friends like you to give generously to the Open Door Campaign.  To help us Open the Door please consider a gift or pledge today.
 
To make an online donation to the Open Door Campaign CLICK HERE
 
Or mail you donation to QuietWaters Ministries, 9185 E Kenyon Avenue, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80237.

 

 
 
The QuietWaters Compass Online is published monthly as a free service of QuietWaters Ministries, whose mission is to renew, restore, and strengthen Christian leaders and their families. Opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of QuietWaters Ministries, its personnel or trustees. Material contained in this publication is not intended as a substitute for the professional assistance you can receive from a counselor, or health care provider. Requests for permission to reprint articles should be directed to the editor at the address below.
 
James L. Schlottman
QuietWaters Ministries
(303) 639-9066
 

© Copyright 2009 by
QuietWaters Ministries
Bethesda Foundation, Inc.
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In This Issue
Privately to a Solitary Place
GOD’S LEADING AND PROMPTING OF YOUR HEART
Quick Links
 

QuietWaters Ministries

 

 

 10th Anniversary Year
 

Lake

 

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.

 

He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

 

 

Psalm 23:1-3

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