BBQ Bonanza. The Fall 2016 BBQ Bonanza was held on 30 September and 01 October 2016 at the 35th Infantry Division (USARNG) Mission Training Complex at Fort Leavenworth. A fantastic team of young(er) and old(er) OCF members joined together to train, mentor, and coach 11 newbies and two alumni in the art of KC style barbeque. On Friday evening, the team of instructors, some pictured above, trained the group on how to prepare and smoke pork ribs, pork shoulder, and beef brisket. The rest of the evening was spent preparing the meat for smoking on Saturday. A small group got the fires going at about 0300 on Saturday morning and started the pork shoulders smoking as they require about 12 hours to cook. The rest of the group arrived at breakfast time and CH (CPT) Will Anderson, the United States Disciplinary Barracks chaplain, gave a great devotional message on offering a pleasing aroma to the Lord. God provided fantastic weather and the fellowship was sweet as everyone carefully monitored their BBQ. Judging occurred in the late afternoon followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. Special thanks to Bob & Pam Meier for their hard work in leading this event.
Highlighted Weekly/Routine Activity
Supporting the Chaplaincy. Tim has been invited by the main Protestant service chaplains to participate in their weekly Pastor’s Meeting and Worship Design Meeting on Thursday afternoons. The Pastor’s Meeting is a time of prayer, training, and open discussion about the upcoming sermon at the 1100 Contemporary Worship service on Sunday. Tim has enjoyed getting to the know the four chaplains that are part of the 1100 service team and participating in their training as well as providing input and feedback on their sermons. They are currently going through “Communicating For A Change” by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones for their training. The Worship Design Meeting focuses on the flow of the 1100 worship service and involves chaplains and lay leaders.
God Sightings of the Month
Field Staff Conference. What a blessing it was to gather at Spring Canyon this month to fellowship with one another, encourage one another, pray for each other, and talk about the vision and mission of OCF together. We particularly enjoyed the time we spent with the other education center field staff couples and were blessed to welcome Walt and Susan Hoskins to our group. Thanks to many of you who encouraged us through prayer and meaningful conversation. You truly were “God with skin on” to us.
Fundraising continues to be a challenge and focus.
COL Gus and April Blumenfeld. Gus and April returned to Fort Leavenworth this summer and are involved in the OCF ministry in a variety of ways. Gus serves as the Neighborhood Bible Study Area Coordinator for Kansa Village and the Blumenfelds host and lead a Bible study in their home. Gus also took over the Individual Mentoring Ministry from COL Dean Nowowiejski (USA, Ret) and will be conducting training for prospective mentors and mentees on December 10th. More recently, April started a group called MOCA (Mothers Of College Age kids) which meets on Thursday mornings. Gus was also recently voted in as the Vice President of the Protestant Chapel Parish Council.