We Bid Farewell to Al Russell, Director of Chaplaincy

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193Al Russell will be retiring later this year, but it was decided to celebrate his 21 years of service to CBAmerica ministries and chaplaincy at the upcoming CBNW Annual Enrichment Conference. This is one of the largest gatherings of Conservative Baptists and you are invited to attend. The convention is March 9-11, and the retirement ceremony will take place during the evening session on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at the Convention Center in Seaside Oregon. (See article below)

GO HERE for details and to register for the conference.

We plan to present them with gifts that they will find meaningful; one a framed painting, “The Way to Emmaus,” that will come with an engraved brass plaque honoring their service. Another gift we would like to present is a check for $6,800 towards the purchase of a three-wheeled vehicle. With changes in Carol’s health, Al had to give up the motorcycle they used to ride for pleasure. Al believes this will be a safe and fun way for them to travel in retirement, as it is light, economical, and easily towed behind their RV.

The CBA Board has authorized a special offering for the purchase of these gifts totaling $7,000. You are invited to participate in this “love offering.” We would also like to present a memory book with letters and photos of the Russells’ ministry over the years.

Please send checks payable to CBA or items for inclusion in the memory book to the CBAmerica office at 3686 Stagecoach Rd Unit F, Longmont CO 80504. Please mark everything “Russell Retirement.”


Chaplain Spotlight

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Chaplain Dave Lundell is the Supervisory/Lead Chaplain for the Veteran’s Health Administration in Tucson, Arizona. He is dedicated to providing chaplain support as a spiritual resource for Veterans.

He retired from active-duty military (Air Force and Army) as an Army chaplain with combat, prison and medical trauma experience. He has a background in social work and has over 30 years of military service including unit and pastoral ministry experience. The VA is committed to holistic care of our veterans, attending to their medical, psychiatric, social and spiritual well-being. Having Dave on board as a hospital inter-disciplinary clinical chaplain reflects this commitment.

Dave’s background helps him relate to what our veterans are experiencing when re-entering civilian and family life. His goal is to help them “glean the spiritual wisdom needed for successful post-military living, even with a past involving trauma.” From his experience, many veterans are open to “considering spirituality as part of their post-service quality-of-life, either personally or as part of a family.”

According to Dave, “(t)raumatic events associated with military service often raise questions about God and challenge one’s long-held beliefs. Spiritual distress may be experienced as anger, guilt, loss of intimacy, loss of joy, loss of a sense of purpose, sadness and a need for forgiveness.”

Dave invests much of his time doing in-patient visitation. But he is also available for out-patient consultation in his office. He wants to encourage and guide veterans so they can find spiritual and religious support. In addition to his consultation practice, he supports OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan), OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom), OND (Operation New Dawn) and PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) patients and leads introductory PTSD & Spirituality groups as well as Attribute Meditation to build faith. He also leads a variety of topical Bible studies.

If you would like more information on how to contact Dave, please contact the CBA office.


Yuma Area Churches meet to Pray for One Another

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Yuma Prays for Churchesby Pastor Glenn Connell

Valley Baptist Church, Yuma

Back on August 23, 2014 Pastor Rick Seltzer and Grace Bible Fellowship Church of Yuma hosted the Pastors, Deacons, and their wives of First Baptist Church of Quartzsite, Calvary Baptist, and Valley Baptist of Yuma for a time of fellowship, dinner, and prayer.

The main purpose was to pray for Calvary Baptist who had lost their Pastor and was dealing with a difficult time as a church in transition.

The Leadership of all of these churches rallied around Calvary and its leaders to encourage, to support, and especially to pray for them and their church.

To start off the New Year, on January 10, 2015, Pastor Glenn Connell and Valley Baptist Church of Yuma hosted the Pastors, Deacons, and their wives of Grace Bible Fellowship, Calvary Baptist, and First Baptist Quartzsite for a time of fellowship, dinner, and prayer.

They continued to pray for Calvary Baptist, but also this time included prayer for all of the churches and leaders represented. It was a time to encourage and to pray for each other.

It was a great time of connecting as individuals and as churches. Just as the church rallied and prayed for the Apostle Peter (Acts 12) when he was arrested, these churches rallied to pray for one another.

Yes there was a time of fellowship and excellent food, but its main purpose was to pray for one another. The men (pastors and deacons) met around a fire, shared requests and concerns. Then there was time spent in prayer.

The women (wives) met together in a room in a circle. They also shared concerns and requests followed by a time of prayer.

One nice thing about this group of Pastors is that they also meet on a regular basis as part of a Pastor’s Connection Group. This time spent together at the Connection Group helps to give further knowledge and understanding of the churches among these Pastors.

Therefore, just as the Pastor Connection Group supports and adds to these gatherings of churches, so the meetings of these churches and leaders add value to the Pastor Connection Group time.

This is just another way that Churches and Pastors are connecting in the Southwest Church Connection.