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S.H.I.L.O.H Committees

Director Davis has begun an unprecedented project at FDM by calling the entire staff, along with the Deaconry Sisters and our volunteers who are visiting from Germany, to gather into these specific committees. We have formed six committees to kick off this project: Systems, Hospitality, Infrastructure, Leadership & training, Outreach and Housing. Put them all together and they spell S.H.I.L.O.H. 

Through evaluation and prayer each committee is asked to bring forward up to five recommendations that they believe FDM should undertake to improve operations, appearance and guest service. 

Director Davis says there is inspiration to be taken from Nehemiah chapter 3: Remember, Nehemiah had been sent to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall: In chapter 3 we have a list that describes how particular sections of the wall, and individual gates, were rebuilt and repaired by different segments of the population. Taking a lead from Nehemiah, each group is focusing on repairing a different “section of the wall”. Each group is focusing on an aspect of the FDM operation by identifying problems, and recommending solutions. A final review will be conducted to identify which projects should become part of a strategic plan. 

Everyone is excited and feeling encouraged, and we look forward seeing to the results. 

We cannot do this alone and are in need of your help to bring these changes into reality. King Artaxerxes provided the financing for Nehemiah’s project, the people provided the labor, and the Spirit of God provided the protection against mockers and enemies. 

Your partnership is essential in the form of volunteering, continued financial help (for materials, supplies, signs, new printed matter) and continuing to intercede for us as we pursue God’s purposes for the Deaconry. Please pray about how you can help us in this process, and consider signing up for volunteer opportunities.

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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection

It was our privilege to be a drop off site for Operation Christmas Child again this year.  Volunteers worked hard for two weeks collecting boxes and getting them ready to be shipped overseas. In total, 1,890 boxes were collected!  We're so thankful for the dedicated Operation Christmas Child volunteers who make this program possible and ask you to join us in prayer for all of the children who will be receiving boxes and attending the discipleship program overseas.

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Introducing our new Executive Director, Rev. Joel E. Davis

It is with great joy that we introduce Rev. Joel E. Davis as Executive Director at Fellowship Deaconry Ministries.  He joined us in the beginning of November 2016, having previously served as Assistant V.P. of Finance at Pillar College.

Pastor Joel is a faithful servant of God.  We believe his gifts as a pastor and finance professional are a combination that will help him grow our current ministries and develop new ones.  Joel is a church planter, a people-person, and a lover of the Word.  He understands our vision:

"To glorify God by facilitating positive, life-transforming experiences for all who come."

And he wants our core values, or DNA, to motivate our Staff and be evident to each person who visits these hallowed grounds.  These core values are Joy, Unity, Stewardship, and a Servant's Heart

Please join us in welcoming Pastor Joel to our Staff and continue to pray with us for God's Glory to be further manifested in our midst.

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New Entrance to Bethel House and Improvements to Mother House

Bethel HouseRecently, Bethel House received a new entranceway (pictured left) providing a safer experience for our guests.

Power upgrade to Mother House

The Mother House is one of our oldest and most identified buildings here at the Deaconry. It is the place where our kitchen and dining rooms invite our guest to partake in hearty meals and houses the Sisters who have served us and God faithfully for all their lives. The electrical service is old and greatly in need of upgrading so we have started a project that will modernize the electrical infrastructure to meet our needs for years to come. It is just one of many ongoing needs we have to maintain and sustain our facilities so that we can continue to provide a resource for our guests to enjoy.

Would you consider helping to support this and other strategic needs with your prayers as we manage this process? Perhaps you are handy and have time to volunteer or can help to underwrite our maintenance and renovation fund, with 29 buildings there is always a big list of things to fix or maintain.

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