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August 2016 SEC Newsletter
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SEC Women's Retreat

Oct 18-20
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Word from the Superintendent
As I have moved around the Conference this summer and visited churches, I am hearing and seeing the good things that are taking place. SEC churches are investing and getting involved in their communities and lives are being impacted and changed.

For example, SEC churches are currently affiliated with two food banks that are helping to care for the needs of the residents in under‐served and under‐resourced communities. Another SEC church is setting up an entrepreneurial enterprise by developing a barbershop & working with ex‐offenders who are re‐ entering the community. While another SEC church just reported that their preschool will reach 100 children in enrollment by September 2016, when just several years ago the school had suffered a decline. Additionally, there is one of our churches who is reaching out to help in the relief and pastoral care for those who were victimized by the tragedy in Orlando in June 2016. I learned just the other day that in one SEC church, over 20 people have come to faith since the beginning of this year. 

All of this leads me to believe that the gospel is on the move in the SEC. As I quote a friend of mine, “let’s just move the needle for Jesus”, it would appear that SEC churches are doing just that, they are ‘moving the needle for Jesus’. 

I have preached in a number of churches this summer, and the message has been on the power of prayer. I know that prayer is a one of our most powerful weapons for those who engage regularly in this discipline of the Christian journey, God moves and things happen. 

As we close out the summer season and enter the fall, may we do so knowing that God has called us to be salt and light in this chaotic and confused world. May we live in the power of his resurrection and call others to do so as well.


Southeast Conference
1553 Virginia Avenue, Suite 201B
College Park, GA 30337
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A Memorial Tribute to Elesa Bentsen

Elesa, an integral member of the Southeast Conference Spiritual Director’s Network, was called home to heaven to be with her Lord and Savior on July 1, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.   Elesa joined our network in 2014 while still a student at the C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction at North Park Seminary where she completed her training in the summer of 2015.  

Taken from her obituary from:

“Elesa was a life long learner as evidenced by her varied degrees ranging from a PhD in Tax Accounting from the University of Texas to her Masters in Ministry from Richmont University along with certificates in Spiritual Direction from North Park Seminary and in Spiritual Formation from Renovare Institute.

Elesa’s true passion was people.  Her joy and generosity knew no bounds.  Everyone that encountered Elesa was moved by her true delight in helping, loving and rejoicing in every person she met.”

Having known Elesa personally for the past two years, I can attest that her obituary speaks so much truth.  Elesa joyfully joined the network’s monthly calls, willingly taking minutes and researching possibilities for retreats and workshops.  She loved to spend time getting to know you and listened deeply to your stories of your life.  She loved art and nature and Jesus.  Elesa delighted in sharing her love of Jesus with you.  Having known Elesa as colleague and friend, I am profoundly saddened by her death but thankful that she is now pain and cancer free.  Her husband, Tim and three precious daughters and their families survive her.  Please join me in praying for them in their time of grief.

-Jeannie Cheuvront & the SEC Spiritual Direction Network

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We know this will be another great retreat! We have Adam Gustine, Director of Ministry Initiatives for Love Mercy, Do Justice, as our speaker & Lighthouse Key Resort & Spa providing a relaxing and restful atmosphere.

Sept 26th- Registration Due
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