Sunday is a bitter-sweet, transforming morning for me. September 30this my wife Beth’s last Sunday as the CIL Worship Leader. After 21 years of leading worship – 6 of it as CIL’s primary Worship Leader – Beth’s role on staff will change to other tasks on our team. We are excited that Aubrey McGowan will now be CIL’s worship leader, and will celebrate that gift later.
For now, I remember 21 years that my constant partner in ministry has always brought it musically! Whether she was tired, sick, pregnant, recovering from pregnancy, grieving the loss of her father, managing Lincoln’s early health issues, or dealing with an immature, unreasonable boss (that, would be me!) – Beth always brought anointed, Jesus-exalting worship. She voluntarily and sacrificially gave up her role as worship leader to cement the merge of the churches that became CIL. When ever we were in a pinch, she always stepped it up. She raised up so many talented worship leaders, singers and musicians for the worship team, lovingly encouraging each to step in their God-called role.
So here are all the places for now I can remember her leading worship at: Cornerstone’s Jr. High room, Tabernacle, Gym, and Sanctuary. In Frisco, there was Hillcrest Day School, Beary Best Academy, our house on Santa Clara St., and the apartment clubhouse. At Sumner Life, there was Guild Elementary School, the Palace Theatre, Sumner Regional hospital, the Glen Oak clubhouse, and Station Camp Middle School. Then, came CIL. Remember those Wednesday night services? No one will ever realize how hard that was for an elementary Mom to lead worship on a Wednesday night. At every place. At every service. During every song. She brought us all Jesus.
So, now I am excited for a new era in our ministry and marriage. I’m looking forward to Beth helping me more directly. I need her more than ever before, and it is wonderful to imagine all God has for our ministry. Thank you Beth for being my all-time, favorite worship leader!
I am happy to announce that Josh Sakis will be joining the CIL staff in September as our new student pastor. Josh and his wife Brooke have been in vocational ministry for the last three years in Florida, and are excited to bring their newborn son Krew to Tennessee. Josh is a pastor’s son who is passionate about the local church. The Sakis’ are both alumni of Southeastern University (Florida), where Josh earned a B.S. in Church Ministries.
This is how Josh describes his ministry:
I am a highly relational individual. I love to have fun with the people I do ministry with… God has given me a passion to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ unashamedly. Ministry excites me and it is my desire to reach every person I possibly can with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
Please pray for Josh and Brooke as they prepare to move to our area in mid-September. They are leaving behind family, a great church, and many other opportunities in Florida to serve our congregation. I believe the Sakis family will be an important part of CIL’s future and I am thrilled to have them on our team!
We are going to have a CIL Ten Year Celebration t-shirt for purchase this Sunday ($10). It’s been years since we have sold a CIL product, so we concluded – why not now?
It’s a cool t-shirt, and a great way to remember a special day.