Dear Family and Friends,
We are excited to share this update with you. For the past five years, since our daughter, Stacie moved to Heaven, we have been seeking the Lord for His next assignment for us. The search led us to several states, on many church visits, contemplating different ministry possibilities, and looking at hundreds of physical houses and acreage to call home. God's plan has been revealed and we are thrilled to announce that after the 2017-2018 school year is over, Dennis will retire from teaching, and Franklin, NC, and Cherokee Bible Church, will be our new home. This is where we will establish Macs MountainView Ministries, our next assignment. We won't share details now, but will keep you updated as we get closer to the vision becoming a reality. Hint: As our "tag" line for the ministry says, it will be "A Resting Place Where Books and Songs are Born and Shared." Please pray for us as we prepare to make this transition.
In August, Dennis will begin his last year at Challenger Early College High School in Hickory, NC, as counselor, basketball coach, and director of the Firebird Chorale. Though he is looking forward to retirement and our move to Franklin, being a music teacher, counselor, and coach has been his calling. He has enjoyed every minute, well, almost every minute, of his almost 40-year career with the school systems in Kansas and NC. But he is looking toward a new venture that will center around writing and recording his own work, and others. As often as he can spare time, Dennis is in his home recording studio working on his new songs. Or he takes the time whenever the Holy Spirit gives him a song. Writing songs and recording will be the focus of his part of Macs MountainView Ministries.
Jeannie's writing has kept her busy for many years and it will continue to be her focus for Macs MountainView Ministries. Though her library job was her calling for a season, being a writer is clearly her assignment now. She recently released Book II in her Trinity Tales of Tresia series, her fourth published book. Her summer project is a short story ebook that will be available this fall as a free download on her website and Amazon, based on the Tresia series.
With the help of Carol Nelson, one of Stacie's dear friends from Kansas, and a technology guru for the McPherson, KS, school district, this website has been revamped and updated. Check out all the pages for lots more information (and photos!) on J.A.'s books and more. Updates on the progress of Macs MountainView Ministries will be posted on the "Ministry" page. For those who are already on the email list and received this newsletter in your inbox, we hope you will stay in contact and let us know what God is doing in your life! If you are reading this through a link on Facebook, then please go to the website and subscribe to the newsletter so you won't miss out on any future news from the Macs and all the arms of our new ministry.
God has been so good to us over the past five years. We miss Stacie more than we can say, but God gives us His unexplainable joy and peace that passes understanding. They have sustained us, and now given us this new vision for the future. We can't wait to share more about Dennis, Jeannie, and Macs MountainView Ministries!
Still, Heaven's Sounding Sweeter All the Time.
Dennis and J.A. McPhail