SOWER Ministry Newsletter July 2018
Greetings!
It's hard to believe that we're already into the second half of 2018. How did that happen??? (We won't even mention how many days until Christmas!)  For all of its "vacation time" feel, this middle-of-the-summer month stays full in the SOWER world. Our summer projects are in full swing, and very appreciative of SOWER help. In Lindale, the SOWER office has been busy getting the August/September Sowergram ready to be printed. Here’s a preview of what to expect. The lottery results for our Jan-Feb-Mar “Sunbelt” projects will be listed in that issue (those results are already on-line) and from that point on all sign-ups for those months will once again be first come – first served. You will also find the 2019 Registration Form (also known as the Skill Sheet) tucked inside. Yes, it's ALREADY that time again! Although there is plenty of time to get it in (they need to be back to the office by October 1st) we highly recommend doing it sooner rather than later! Even if you do not anticipate being able to work any projects in 2019, it is still important to fill out and return the form if you want to continue to be part of the ministry. Feel free to change your status to Alumni if you won't be working - it's easy to return to Active status at any time by calling the office and filling in the "skill level" portion of the form. If you are already Alumni, you only need to fill in the top portion of the form, but you still need to return it. Choosing not to return your Registration form will remove you from the membership list and you will no longer be eligible to work projects in the future. We'd hate to say good-bye!
So stay cool, drink plenty of liquids, and hug a baby! Oh, and sign up for a project - the Lord has great things ahead!
 
Resting in His Grace, Thankful for His Mercy, 
Stephanie Conrad, #2509   
SOWER Ministry 
on behalf of the SOWER Board of Trustees
The Votes have been counted!
Your Incoming 2018 Trustees
JEFF BROOKS - 3372
GAIL FIELER - 3187
ROY OLSEN - 2964
BILL MYERS - 3190
(One-Year Term)
Lottery Results are available online and in the upcoming Aug/Sept SOWERGRAM
Mark Your Calendar!
Midwest Reunion
Sept. 17 - 20
Michindoh Conference Center
(MI-139) Hillsdale, MI

Cost - $85.00/couple
includes your full-service camping site and five meals

Cabins are an additional $25.00
(includes linens, towels, queen-size beds, and a dorm-size refrigerator)
Golf carts may be available for a fee

Contact Emory Rockafellow to register and for more details.
810-869-0825

MN SOWER Retreat
Sept 17 - Sept 19, 2018  
Lake Beauty Bible Camp (MN-523)
Long Prairie, MN

Campground sites $26/night
Loon Lodge or Guest cabin $52/night

Reservations Contact
651-636-8049
cell 612-710-3490
Western Wound Up!
SOWERs Intentionally Following Jesus Christ

September 17-20, 2018 Aldersgate Retreat Center (OR-320) Turner, OR. 

Costs include 4 days/3 nights will be as follows (includes 2 lunches and 3 dinners):

         Full hookups - $60
         Dry Camping - $50
         Lodging - $75

Registration is now OPEN!
contact
916.968.0133  

Florida Reunion Parking
Looking Ahead!
2019 Texas Roundup
Alert Academy TX-410
March 24 – March 27, 2019
Northeast Texas is a natural stopover from winter projects to summer projects. Plan to join us for food, fun, and fellowship next March.  
Watch for more information in the months to come. Want to help? Contact Margaret Gearhart for more details! 970-214-4626
2019 SE Florida SOWER Reunion
Where : FL-143 Florida Baptist Youth Camp, Groveland, FL
When : February 25-27, 2019
Cost : $55/rig; Room Rent: $55/couple;   Walk-ins: $7.50/person; Early arrivals: $15/night
Meals included : Supper on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
Breakfast: Tuesday and Wednesday
Register:  Text or call Ruth Stoll at 727-967-0494 or email at wstoll2@gmail.com
Looking forward to seeing you at the Reunion !
Bill & Ruth Stoll, Jon & Cathy Richmond, Jeff & Barb Kaiser,    
SOWER Pictures

Do you have photos from your summer SOWER projects you'd like to share with your fellow SOWERS? Contact Ed Soltes ( ed@soltesweb.net ) to add them to the " Photo Collections " page on our Member website.
" Photo Collections " will be used to archive photo collections associated with SOWER activity, projects and reunions. 

Texas Round-up Photos are up and ready for viewing!
Seen recently on Facebook
Thank you, Deb Long (3326), for sharing about the work done at New Hope Christian School (OR-256) in Oregon. The school asks for 2 SOWERS for the months of Apr, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct, and Nov. There are still some openings this year, so let's see if we can't get that job list completed!
Have you stopped by lately? We're up over 570 members in our FB group, and there is always good sharing of project news and happenings. Make sure you've "checked" the Notification box to receive current posts, and PLEASE post pictures and stories from YOUR projects! Remember this is a "Public Page" and be sure you have permission before you post someone's picture.

If you're a member of Facebook, but haven't joined the SOWER Group, click on the icon to join the family!
While you're on Facebook, don't forget to check out your favorite ministries. Many of our partner ministry locations have a Facebook page and it's a great way to stay up to date on the places you love to serve!

We're at 685 "Likes" on the SOWER Facebook Page ! If you haven't already given it your thumbs-up,  head over there now! It's a great way to spread the word about our ministry. 
SOWER Tip!
Seems like on most jobs there is a shortage of outlets, and rarely is there one that is GFCI protected (that's an extra level of short circuit protection that is needed in wet environments).
There are some that are commercially available, but cost and availability doesn't help us now.
Problem solved with three GFCI protected outlets in a "home-made" arrangement.
Jamey Matheny #3407
This month's group shot is from the June 2018 group at Navigators/Glen Eyrie (CO-458) in Colorado Springs, CO.
L-R: Bob & Elmyra Grant (3348), Chuck & Lore Millet (3492), Joe & Tracy Killen (3484), Jim Strating (3168), Ed & Linda Comer (3021).
(It was the first project for the Millets and the Killens - and the 100th project for the Comers! What a great blend of servants!)
Photo by Chris Wheeler

Header Photo - RV Parking at Living Waters Camp (ME-37) in Danforth, ME. Taken by Peggy Matheny (3407)

Fireworks taken by Mil Sutter (3317) at Camp Barnabas (MO-323)
Camper picture in opening paragraph is from Rock Mountain Camp (PA-40)
Poem submitted by Dick Howard (2527)
New Project!
The Project committee is pleased to welcome Oil Belt Christian Service Camp (IL-540) in Flora, IL to our SOWER project family. This camp was started in 1946 with a few tents and a desire to impact young people for Jesus Christ. Today it offers 22 camping sessions during the summer, and is available for rental use during the rest of the year. Its mission has always been "Making Disciples of Jesus Christ through the teaching of God's Word".  It is located about two hours from St. Louis, MO, and is also about two hours from our other ministry, Lake Williamson Christian Center. Their sponsors are Larry & Mitzi Dion (3465) who live nearby and volunteer there now. 

Watch for their listing in an upcoming PLS for all of the sign-up details!
SOWER Blog Roll
See what other SOWERS are doing around the country! 

Jeff & Mary Peace
Ed & Patty Soltes
Bob & Billie Wakeman
 Gary & Stephanie Conrad
Paul & Juanita Alton
Don & Jenny Rasmussen
Terry & Alice Burnett
 Wayne & Gail Fieler
Ken & Deb Long
Robert & Shana Carman


  Do YOU have a Blog you'd like to share? Send me the link, and we'll add it to the "Blog Roll". 
Clicking on the 
Fireworks above will take you to the Members Page, the Aug/Sept Sowergram and the latest updates to our Project Listings (updated weekly).

As of 6/15 the password has changed for the Members Page. The new password is in the hard copy of the Sowergram. If you are "Web Only" you should have received the information in an email.
If you have any questions, please contact the SOWER Office  
 903-882-8070
Don't forget to check out all the useful information on the Members Only Website! Everything from the SOWER Glossary to the Project Locator to RV's for sale.
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I can't do this without you! Honest!!
This newsletter is always looking for SOWER testimonies, God Stories, project highlights, group pictures, and more! And Bill Myers is always on the look-out for some great tips! Submit stories, ideas and photos to  Stephanie Conrad 
Sam and Sally...
...are enjoying a bit of vacation this month! They are still checking their email though, so feel free to send along your questions. They would love to hear from you!  Contact them at - samandsally@sowerministry.org.   
To send in a prayer request or praise item-
 
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903-882-8070  

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So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,    rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7