Thursday 1 May 2014

Prayer Letter: May 2014

Thursday, May 1: We ask for God's guidance for everyone who is involved in planning for next year, including those doing work on our budget.

Friday, May 2: Junior Member Joe Kirby will be presenting a paper in Syracuse this weekend. We pray for safe travel and blessings on everyone attending.

Monday, May 5: We pray for stamina and wisdom for everyone who is involved in the final preparations for the upcoming Senate and Board meetings later this week.

Tuesday, May 6: We ask God to bless Senior Member Ron Kuipers, Director, and Allyson Carr, Associate Director of our Centre for Philosophy, Religion and Social Ethics. We pray for energy and creativity for Ron and Allyson and all those who are involved in the planning for the upcoming conference on economic justice in Edmonton next week.

Wednesday, May 7: This evening there will be a double book launch with Cal Seerveld and Lambert Zuidervaart. We ask God to bless everyone attending.

Thursday, May 8: The Senate meets today. We are grateful for our Senators and ask for safe travel and for God's wisdom as they reflect upon and assess the initiatives of the Academic Council and the Professional Status Committee of the past academic year.

Friday, May 9: There is a plenary session this morning. May God bless all who participate.

The ICS Board of Trustees meets this afternoon. We are thankful for our Board members and ask for God's guidance as they deliberate, together with other stakeholders, about the strategic direction for ICS. We pray for wisdom as they make decisions concerning our future, addressing the financial challenges and opportunities facing ICS as we move into our next fiscal year.

Saturday, May 10: We offer prayers of celebration for the successful completion of the academic programs of seven Junior Members, each of whom will be recognized and honoured this afternoon at ICS's Convocation ceremony.

Allyson Carr, Associate Director of ICS' Research Centre (CPRSE) will be presenting a paper in Kalamazoo this weekend. We pray for safe travel and blessings on everyone attending.

Sunday, May 11: Today we celebrate Mother's Day. We ask for God's blessing on all of our mothers, that they may spend a peaceful, joyful and restful day with their loved ones.

Monday, May 12: The Economic Justice Conference begins today. We give thanks for all the work that went into preparing for this event and pray that the sessions are an enriching experience for all the participants.

Tuesday, May 13: The Economic Justice Conference continues. We ask God's blessing upon all the conference participants.

Wednesday, May 14: Today we ask for God's help for those who are struggling with cancer and other illnesses. We pray for strength, patience and for good results from treatment.

Thursday, May 15: We ask God to grant our Junior Members the energy and enthusiasm they need to complete their coursework for this semester.

Friday, May 16: We offer prayers of gratitude for the generous spirit that is always shown by you, our many supporters, who have encouraged ICS with gifts of prayer, money, and expressions of appreciation. We are constantly blessed with your interest and support.

Monday, May 19: We offer prayers of joy for Junior Member Drew Van’t Land and his wife Julianne on the birth of their twins on April 8. We thank God for these wonderful new lives!

Tuesday, May 20: Today we pray for blessings for the Friends of ICS Board and all those who are doing advancement work in the US.

Wednesday, May 21: We pray for blessings for Senior Member Doug Blomberg as he continues in his roles as Acting President and Academic Dean.

Thursday, May 22: Today we pray for the general well-being of the ICS. We ask for blessings and energy for ICS faculty and staff as they work together to manage their many responsibilities.

Friday, May 23: We offer prayers of praise for the talents of ICS alumna Janet Read, who exhibited her paintings Double Door Gallery earlier this month.

Monday, May 26: We thank God for all the applicants to our programs. We pray that the successful applicants will be able to join us in our mission.

Tuesday, May 27: We ask God's help and guidance for all those who are doing advancement work for ICS. Please pray that support for the vision and mission of ICS continues to grow.

Wednesday, May 28: As we continue our annual Phone-a-thon, we offer prayers of thanks for the diligent work of the volunteers, and the wonderful support of the ICS community.

Thursday, May 29: We offer prayers for wisdom and energy for the ICS faculty as they continue to mark the papers from the spring semester.

Friday, May 30: Senior Members often spend much of the summer developing course curriculum and giving attention to research projects. We are extremely grateful for the work of our Senior Members and ask for God's blessing on them.