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Summer ROTC Advanced Camp & Pulpit Supply

Dear Church Family,

ROTC Advanced Camp Chaplain Ministry

This summer, I have the opportunity to serve as a chaplain to about 600 Army ROTC cadets at Fort Knox, KY. ROTC Advanced Camp is the training that all Army ROTC cadets attend between their junior and senior years of college. It is a pretty fast-paced time of training and is a major component of their evaluation and commissioning process as future officers. I attended ROTC Advanced Camp thirty years ago in 1991; it will be interesting to see how things have changed. And, I pray for a fruitful time of ministry.

My wife and children will remain here at home, but I will be away June 2nd – July 14th. In the first thirteen months of my ministry here at HCPCA, I have not taken a Sunday off, though I’ve had a couple of opportunities to get away at times mid-week to get some rest; I thought this necessary during the first year, especially coming into a new call amidst the pandemic. The details of my call as the pastor of HCPCA include four weeks annual vacation and two weeks annual study leave. I will be using all of that time this summer while at Fort Knox for the month of June and the first two weeks of July.

Pastoral Care & Preaching

While I’m away, I will still be available by phone, text, or email. Please do not hesitate to contact me; just because I will be away, I will not cease to be your pastor. I do not yet know all of the details for the ROTC Advanced Camp training schedule; however, I suspect that I will have time at various points during the day to communicate and will make time to respond.

Except for the Monday morning men’s prayer time, most of our other week-day meetings will be on break for the summer and will resume in the fall. For our Sunday morning worship service, I have invited and coordinated with other ordained ministers to lead worship and to preach for us. Here is the schedule of who will be preaching, what they will be preaching on, and a 2-3 sentence bio of our guest preachers.

- June 6 (Way Rutherford) – John 14:1-6 - “There’s No Place Like Home”

- Way Rutherford is an ordained minister in the PCA, currently serving as the RUF Campus Minister at Baylor University. Originally from Mississippi, he and his wife, Amy, now live in Waco, TX, with their three children, Miles, Davis, and Lucy.

- June 13 (Sam Bratt) – Galatians 3:1-14 - “By Faith Alone”

- Samuel Bratt is an ordained minister in the PCA. He is an Army Chaplain serving the 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team here at Fort Hood. He and his wife, Brittany, celebrated eight years of marriage this month. They have two children, Zoey and Laney.

- June 20 (Ben Dunson) – Exodus 20:7 - “Wearing God’s Name”

- Ben Dunson is an ordained minister in the PCA. He currently teaches New Testament at several Reformed seminaries, and lives in McKinney, TX. He and his wife, Martha, have four boys.

- June 27 (Ben Dunson) – Revelation 10:1-11 - “Eat This Scroll”

- Ben Dunson is an ordained minister in the PCA. He currently teaches New Testament at several Reformed seminaries, and lives in McKinney, TX. He and his wife, Martha, have four boys.

- July 4 (Timothy J. Hammons) – 1 Corinthians 1:10-25; Isaiah 29:9-16 - “We Preach Christ Crucified”

- Timothy J. Hammons is an ordained minister with the OPC and spent 17 years in the PCA, pastoring churches in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, New Mexico, and Texas. He and his wife, Heidi Ann, live in Waco, Tx where he teaches SPED students at Waco High School to live a normal life. He and his wife have four children, two adult daughters and two teenaged sons, along with three grandchildren.

- July 11 (Collin Coats) – Matthew 11:28-30 - “The Gentle Heart of God”

- Collin Coats is an ordained minister in the PCA, currently serving as the Assistant Pastor at Redeemer PCA Church in Waco, TX.

Prayer & Service Opportunities

I wrote last week about the three-part strategic plan for our church. Please pray that the Lord will bless our endeavors to grow and establish our church. As we enter the summer months, please also pray for me and for a fruitful ministry as a chaplain to the young men and women this summer. And, please pray for our guest preachers as they prepare to come lead worship and preach God’s Word for us.

Finally, there are opportunities to serve in our church, especially while I am away. These opportunities include: hosting a guest preacher (and his family, if they come with him) in your home for lunch on the Sunday that he preaches, assisting in setting up and closing for our worship service on Sunday mornings, and serving as a greeter for Sunday morning worship.

Michele Shaver is organizing these service opportunities and will be the main point of contact. I will send out a separate email with those details tomorrow.

The Lord be with you!
- Pastor Peter M. Dietsch