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Pastor Michaele R.J. Wood

From The Pastor:

Pastor Michaele Wood

Be Thankful!

Again this morning I am amazed that we have come to the end of another month as October has slipped through our fingers. One family member observed, “How can October be over before we even know who’s cooking thanksgiving?” Granted, that family member is only twelve and likes to know everything about everything but I understand how he feels. We are looking down the double barrel of the holidays and another new year when it seems like we haven’t come to terms with the year we currently have on hand. So one holiday at a time, please.

 

It has been nearly 400 years since the very first official Thanksgiving in the United States. The actual date of the celebration shifted around throughout the years before finally resting on the last Thursday of November, but the spirit of the celebration remains the same. This was set in motion by President Abraham Lincoln on Thanksgiving Day October 20, 1864. President Lincoln stated:

 

Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.”

As Christians, we should live in a constant state of thanksgiving toward the creator. We know the many things that God has done for us.

 

We know God has rescued us from harm on many occasions. It is through thanksgiving that our faith is strengthened as we rehearse the blessings that are ours. Did you know it is practically impossible to grumble and complain about our life with a thankful heart?

 

I know some of you are concerned with all the troubles that you have experienced this year and the problems you anticipate in days to come. Keeping a thankful heart will remind you that God has always brought you through even the toughest times. A thankful heart reminds you of God’s everlasting love for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” God wants us to give thanks, not because God needs to hear it but because we need to hear it, to remember where our strength comes, to recall the love that is ours and the security that comes from that love. How can we not be thankful?

So celebrate the day of Thankgiving. Then continue to be thankful every day from now till eternity. Be thankful for God's love, care, and God's gifts of life, family, and friends.

And to my 12 year old family member, don't worry – I'm cooking.

Revelation 7:12 Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Pastor Michaele

 

 

Capital Campaign!

 

Dear KPC Members and Friends,


We need your help! We’re kicking off a Capital Campaign to raise $30,000 for our historic buildings and grounds. This year has been a challenging one, to say the least. Likely no one expected what God had in store for us, Kanapaha Presbyterian Church, our country and the world. In spite of a global pandemic, raging politics and natural disasters, we, as a KPC family, managed to stay connected, worship virtually and now in-person, and continue spreading God’s love through various mission projects. We give thanks to God for his many blessings, in spite of the challenges we’ve faced this year.


While the KPC family has been very generous and faithful in tithing and contributions, and the Session has reduced expenditures, we have had to defer some needed capital projects or use cash reserves when there was a critical need. We are blessed to worship in a historic sanctuary, sitting on a beautiful piece of property. However, our buildings are aging and require(d) some much needed work such as:
 

1. Reroofing of McCormick Hall: $10,300 (replenish cash reserves). The roof was leaking and shingles coming off. Work was done on an emergency basis.
 

2. Ductwork under the sanctuary: $5,325 (replenish cash reserves).
Ductwork had fallen down, impacting air conditioning, and needed immediate replacing.

 

3. Western portico of the sanctuary: repair, remodel and fix sinking stairs. $12,338 (yet to be raised)
 

The portico, held up by unsightly metal poles, is rotten in many places. The first stair on the southern stairs has sunk ~4 inches creating a fall hazard.
 

4. Replace and repair lattice/animal barrier around Sanctuary and McCormick Hall: $2,037 (yet to be raised)
 

Help make a difference! Please prayerfully consider making a contribution or pledge to help us reach our goal! While the Capital Campaign will be going on for some time, this is the time of year to make a contribution that could lighten your tax burden for 2020. Maybe you received a stimulus check and were looking for a good cause to support?

Kanapaha Presbyterian Church is a 501c3 non-profit organization and donations are typically tax deductible, however KPC does not give tax advice. If you want to make a pledge and spread the contribution out over time, that’s wonderful too! Please put “Capital Campaign” on the memo line of your check. You can also use the yellow Donate button at the very bottom of this KPC webpage to donate safely and securely right here on www.kanapaha.net.
 

With thanks and praise to God,
The Session

Rev. Michaele RJ Wood was born the eldest of four children in Harrisburg PA. Her father was a Marine and Korean Veteran and her mother was a caterer. Michaele says, “Dad maintained order and discipline and mom added the spice.” She attended Catholic school through her junior year before graduating from a public school closer to home. It was during a school assembly about teen suicides that the message “God is love” became real and the Bible became a favorite read.

The years following high school were a hodgepodge of military service as an EMT / Practical Nurse and a liaison to the Military Police Units working narcotics, often accompanying them on the execution of search warrants and arrests. She met and married her husband during that tour and one year later put military service behind to be a mom to a new daughter. The following year she gave birth to twins.

In 1990, she was ordained as a minister in Kingdom Fellowship Ministries, a Charismatic fellowship, and assigned to Fountain Gate Ministries, an inner-city Harrisburg Church. There she served for 15 years as an elder, ordained minister associate and part-time instructor in Biblical & Church History for the ETS School of Ministry. She also held the position of Chief Financial Officer for a Harrisburg non-profit organization, while maintaining employment as a medical claims adjuster and raising a family.

The church grew quickly but the authoritarian form of government did not support the growth which led to problems of discipline and doctrine within the fellowship. This led her to a time of discernment. Seeking the help of a more experienced female pastor, who just happened to be Presbyterian, she was introduced to the Book of Order and Reformed Theology. Michaele states, “I had found the missing piece of my faith journey but the church I served was not ready

to change its style of government.”  In 2005, she became a member of Capital Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg. She was soon asked to serve on session and was ordained as an elder in the Presbyterian Church. Michaele completed the Dubuque CRE training in January 2006 and was then accepted to Lancaster Theological Seminary receiving her Master of Divinity in 2009.  In 2010, she was ordained by Carlisle Presbytery as  Minister of Word & Sacrament. Subsequently, she was  accepted as a member of the initial class of the “For Such A Time As This Program” leading to her installation as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Pontotoc, Mississippi,  where she served until December 2017. 

She now comes to Gainesville as the called pastor of Kanapaha Presbyterian Church and will be installed as the way is made clear.

Pastor Michaele holds an Associate in Human Services from Harrisburg Area Community College; a Bachelor of Christian Ministry from Chesapeake Bible College; a Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary; a diploma from the CRE program at Dubuque Seminary, and Certificates of Completion in Spiritual Direction; Clergy Tax Management & Law (Chitwood); and Stewardship (Kirby-Smith).

She is the widowed mother to three adult children, grandmother to (10) ten grandchildren, great-grandmother to two boys, ages 2 years and an infant of 3 months, with another due in October. Saying of her journey thus far, “Life has not always been easy, but then, God didn’t say it would be. God did promise to give us strength to continue the journey even when it seems impossible, even when we are afraid, even when we aren’t sure where God is leading us.  And so, I look forward to our journey together.”

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