Today we feature a post from the chairman of our elder team at ACC – Ray Demich:
Dear ACC Family,
Jamie & I will be moving on to the next phase of our lives up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin beginning sometime in April. I have accepted a position with the Lake Geneva Youth Camp, which is an organization that we’re passionate about. We wholly support their mission and vision (www.lgyc.org). Christian retreats and camping is a life-changing experience and God has used this organization mightily in ministering to churches in the Midwest for over 60 years. For me personally, many of my greatest spiritual decisions and growth have taken place during times at Lake Geneva Youth Camp and Conference Point Center. We’re very excited and look forward to being a part of this wonderful ministry!
One of the most difficult parts of this decision is moving away from ACC and the many friends we have made over the last 19 years that we’ve been attending the church. You are precious to us and we’ve gone through good times and difficult times with many of you. As I step down as an elder, I reflect on the humbling experience to serve God and the people of ACC in this way. I have been greatly impacted in this role and I’m grateful to the other elders and what I’ve learned from each one of them.
Over the years, ACC has been faithful in keeping the focus of all that is said and done, on Jesus — exalting Him, discipling His people and seeking the lost. Salvation offered through faith in Christ is the only hope of our world, our sin and separation from God is man’s biggest problem and need. May God continue to richly bless ACC and all that is being done for His glory & kingdom.
Please know you will continually be in our thoughts and prayers:
- To the Elders (1 Peter 5:1-4): We discussed together on our elders retreat!
- To the Congregation (1 Cor. 15:58 & Heb. 13:17): “So my dear brothers & sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” and “Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for our benefit.”
“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into His glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to Him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power and authority are His before all time and in the present and beyond all time! Amen.” (Jude 24-25)
Love in Christ,
Ray & Jamie Demich
Ray and Jamie have both been so heavily invested in the ministry here and we hate to see them go, yet we are happy for them and know that a new and fruitful ministry adventure waits for them in Lake Geneva. Thanks Demichs for your extraordinary leadership, generosity, hospitality, faithfulness and friendship. We pray God blesses you in every way imaginable in the coming years!