Christmas Eve 2014
Dearest Upper Midwest Family:
I have just returned from a most remarkable two weeks in the Archdiocese of Jos in Nigeria. It was a time of such rich Kingdom experiences that I am sure I will be absorbing them for months to come.
We had the privilege of visiting a church under siege–truly a persecuted church. Indeed, even in our time there a bomb blast occurred in downtown Jos. But our brothers and sisters there carry on with a Gospel courage and focus–a focus on the lost and the poor and starting new churches…and they do so with joy. How I wish I could transport you there to be a part of the worship!
The only power that can overcome the darkness in Jos or Peshawar or America is Jesus. Praise God the Father for his Son’s holy incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. All things hold together and are healed in Jesus.
Live, preach, teach, raise families, build friendships, serve, work in the name of Jesus. Oh the joy of this–”Good news of a great joy that will be for all the people (Luke 2.10)”!
Katherine and l love you.
Yours in Christ,
+Stewart Upper Midwest
PS One of my great joys was ordaining one of Archbishop’s Ben’s new deacons. I hope you are heartened by the way in which this communicates our being fully received by the Church of Nigeria. I have enclosed a picture of the ordination as well as one of my son Ellison, me, and our host the Venerable Mark Mukan.
Bishop Stewart E. Ruch III
In August, Bishop Stewart also had the chance to visit St. Aidan’s Anglican Church in Kansas City, MO, led by Fr. Michael Flowers, Rector, and Fr. D.O. Smart. Bishop Stewart was delighted to consecrate and bless their baptismal font. Bishop Stewart also performed the Confirmations of Korey & Jamie Kincaid with their children present.
On August 10, 2014, Bishop Stewart Ruch visited St. David’s Anglican Church in Durant, Iowa. St. David’s has been led by Father John Spencer since February, 2011. Bishop Stewart consecrated and blessed their altar, lectern, and baptismal font. Bishop Stewart celebrated the Holy Eucharist with Fr. John Spencer & Fr. Michael Brooks. Members of St. David’s, Harvey & Vonnie Dittmer, were overjoyed!
Photos of Bishop Stewart’s recent visit to St. David’s Anglican Church – Durant, IA
Dear Upper Midwest Diocese,
Fr. Keith Hartsell, the Mission Pastor at Church of the Resurrection, and my Chaplain (communications, events coordination, etc) will be on sabbatical from April 24th through Aug.2nd.
Deacon Karen, Brenda & I will continue to be available throughout the summer. The Diocese has hired Abbey Siebert, to coordinate our Midwest Annual Gathering.
Summer is traditionally a slower ministry season so our communications should not be overly affected; but I did want to inform you of this change for the next few months.
Yours in Christ,