Fall Greetings, Members of APA,
It is hard to believe that the months of summer are almost behind us. Many of our members are busily working as they kick off their Fall church year and may be pondering where did the summer go. As I write this letter a bible passage from Philippians 4:6 comes to mind.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”
All of us worry. We worry about the future. We worry about our weight. We worry about our family. We worry about money. We worry about work. It seems that the list of worries can go on forever. As your president, I worry about APA. I worry that I am not doing enough or what I am doing is not good enough for our members. I worry that APA is impacting my health because of the high demands and expectations put on me by members of this organization. I worry that my health is keeping me from doing what I set out to do at the beginning of my term. I worry about what the future of APA will hold. I worry if we will find leaders to fill the ever demanding roles. I worry that times are changing faster than we can keep up with in our organization. I worry that General Assembly will not pass our overture. I also worry, worry, and worry some more. Then I remember that the Lord is in complete control—and the Lord is greater than any of my worries. I know I cannot change the future, I cannot change human hearts, I may not be able to change the circumstances of this organization—so worrying is simply a waste of time and energy and that my energy is better spent in prayer. During time of prayer, the Lord has shown me that my worries are being answered with the leadership that surrounds me. It is great to witness your Executive Board and committee chairs enthusiastically serve APA. It is comforting to know that our leadership is very dependable, driven, and compassionate as they fulfill their job duties. The Executive Board, committee chairs and committee members have been busy within your organization since we last met in May to fulfill the mission of APA.
The National Planning Committee is diligently working to make the 2018 National APA Conference a success. Again, there will be lots of opportunity for learning and fellowship. The keynote speaker will be our PCUSA Co-Moderator, Jan Edmiston. She graciously accepted our invitation and is excited to be a part of the conference. The National Planning Committee will soon be posting the tentative schedule for the 2018 conference to our website and will make registration available in December.
Your Membership Committee has also been hard at work. Kudos to Annette Houtz and the committee for doing such a great job of reaching out to our members that are impacted by the national disasters that have taken place this past month and in recent days and for keeping all of the membership informed of their status and needs. As a collective body, we will continue to pray for those in need during this difficult time for all of those impacted. Also, if you are not aware the Membership Council is excited to share the news that they have launched an online pictorial membership directory through Instant Church Directory. APA members can set up their passwords (using the email address on file with APA). Instant Church Directory is a secure site and only people listed in the directory have access to the information. You can access the directory from a computer or by downloading their free app for your smart device (phone or tablet). Visit https://www.instantchurchdirectory.com/ and click Church Member Sign In. Then, register, using the email address on file with APA. If you notice that your information is incorrect, please contact Nancy Fine.
The Nominating Committee is also working hard at seeking a candidate for president. The office of the national president is a six-year commitment with the first two years serving as president-elect. If you or
if you know of someone that would make an excellent candidate to serve, please contact Bobbi Hoffman, Nominating Chair.
The special task force that was appointed to determine the future of APA has met and they continue to discuss what the future of APA will hold. Ex-officio member, Bobbi Hoffman, will have an update to bring to the Executive Board annual meeting in November.
As your president, I will be meeting with the Executive Board November 2-4 in Grand Island, Nebraska. We will gather to hear updates from our board members, discuss issues that face our organization, and prepare for the 2018 annual meeting. I encourage any members that have suggestions or concerns that you would like discussed at our annual meeting to email them to me by no later than October 15th.
In closing, I understand that one can choose to worry or one can decide to lift up those worries to God, and in return, we will find ourselves thanking God for all He has done. I ask that you join me in the following prayer, “Thank you, Father, for giving our APA members the confidence that You are for APA and with us. We know that life holds nothing that You can’t overcome. No power is greater than You. We can rest in Your arms today, knowing that You have everything under control. May God comfort our APA members in his arms. Amen.”
APA National President