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I briefly considered not posting this week, because there isn't a lot to say about last week. As I reported, last Sunday we discovered that Benjamin's passport had expired. On Monday morning we gathered all the material to apply for a new one, and I drove it to an expediting service in Washington D.C. I worked with Bonnie Mitchell, our new assistant, in the office on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Then I flew to Newfoundland on Wednesday for the underwater robotics competition, hoping that Benja... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 29 June 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I went to New England to take care of a few things I missed in April. I had a pleasant dinner with Solomon and Jane Kim on Tuesday, and with Eddie and Annie Park on Wednesday. The Parks are learning how to manage a house full of three boys, but Eddie is well-established in the ministry at Brown. Solomon and Jane are still settling into the rhythm of campus ministry. They're all doing very well. Wednesday morning I met with David Richter and Bob Sawyer to discuss a possible m... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 23 June 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Wow, a lot has happened since I last wrote! On June 1 I flew to Atlanta for RUF New Staff Orientation. This year I have two new campus ministers and six new interns. Brandon Haan is taking over RUF at the University of Minnesota, and Nick Owens is beginning RUF at the University of Delaware. Brandon and Erin grew up in South Dakota, so the Minnesota winters will not be new for them. Brandon is replacing Chad Brewer who is moving to southern California to start RUF at UC Irvine. Nick and Erin (tw... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 15 June 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Actually Summer Conference Week 3 ended over a week ago. We've just been spending the past week catching up from three weeks away from home. The last week of RUF Summer Conference was as good as the first two. For me it was a little more rewarding. More of the men I supervise were there, the crowd was less overwhelming, and I had encouraging conversations. Oh, and since the meeting hall was not packed, I was able to hear the evening sermons. Ricky Jones, former RUF minister now pastor... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 31 May 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We survived! Actually we did more than survive. Last week we had a wonderful RUF Summer Conference with over 1200 students. It was different. Most of the ministers and many interns had to stay on a property a mile away and we ran a shuttle back and forth all day. Meal lines were long. It was crowded! But we didn't hear any complaints from students. Thunderstorms threatened for three days, but it rained only 5 minutes all week. Most of all, students really appreciated the teaching. I p... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 17 May 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Today is the last day of the first week of RUF Summer Conference. Last week Ruth and I plowed through a long list of office and house projects in preparation for being away three weeks. Last Saturday we flew to Panama City Beach, FL. On Sunday we drove to Pensacola to worship at Circle PCA, a church plant pastored by Clif Wilcox, who used to work with us in RUF. Staff arrived during the weekend, and students came on Monday. It's been an excellent week. Weather has been sunny and mi... Read more...
By: David Green On Friday, 08 May 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
After my father's funeral on April 16 I stayed in Maryland and spent some time with my brothers that night and the following morning. Friday evening I had dinner with a man who is considering joining our ministry in Mexico City. He is a gifted individual who could be the answer to many fervent prayers for a minister at the university there. Last Monday morning (April 20) I left early to go to Mexico. Our campus minister left there three years ago, and the ministry has been hanging on ... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 28 April 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's been a challenging and unexpected month. My last post was on April 6 from College Park, Maryland where I had gone to visit Chris Garriott and his interns at the University of Maryland. We had a pleasant dinner, during which Ruth called to say that her father, Douglas Feaver, had died. I canceled the rest of my meetings for that week and headed home first thing in the morning. Ruth's brother John and his wife came from New Jersey on Wednesday, and her brother Peter and his family... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 28 April 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
After my trip to College Park last Monday for the meeting of the Mid-Atlantic RUF ministers, I spent the rest of the week at home. I worked through some office matters and attended to house projects that get shelved while I'm traveling. For example, while taking branches to recycling in the trunk of the Honda, I discovered a puddle of water under the spare tire. Now I'm working on finding and fixing the leak. Ruth's father had a stroke the previous Saturday and is not doing well. Her ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 06 April 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
One of my Facebook friends posted this: "March... In like a lion, out like a carnivorous lamb that roars and has a mane." I'm sitting here in my dining room looking out at a sour sky. Last Monday I had a pleasant, sunny drive to Burlington, where on Tuesday the New England ministers had our spring meeting. Everyone loved Burlington, and John and Megan Meinen were great hosts. We had a good discussion about how to plan our fall and winter conferences as our ministry grows, good prayer ... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 31 March 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week at this time I was flying to Atlanta for the semiannual meeting of the RUF oversight committee. It was a good meeting, and I enjoyed jogging outside in the 75° sunshine. I did not enjoy that somehow my phone did a factory reset while jogging, wiping out all my data. Everything was backed up so I didn't lose anything, but it was a nuisance restoring it all. We coordinators had our own meeting on Wednesday, in which the most significant business was placing th... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 22 March 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's Pi day! We (and everyone on Facebook, it seems) are celebrating by eating pie. At 9:26:53 today's date and time represent the first 10 digits of the number pi (3.141592653). On Monday I made the six hour trip to Boston. I began Tuesday by meeting with Bob Sawyer, who is our presbytery contact for the Boston ministries. We discussed the current works at Harvard, MIT, and Boston University - and also some expansion possibilities. I spent the rest of the day with Jeremy Mullen, camp... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 14 March 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
After typing last week's report I headed to Philadelphia to pick up Stephen at the airport. He finally made it out of Texas, through the winter weather, and safely home. We arrived at 2:00 am Monday. My father had been in the hospital with multiple problems and was released last Saturday. On Monday I hauled myself out of bed and headed to Hagerstown, MD to help care for him. When I arrived, I learned that the winter has been hard on my brothers. One of their wives had also been in the... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 08 March 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The good news today is the morning temperature was 22°; yesterday it was 9°. The bad news, if we're thinking that March should bring more moderate weather, is that it's snowing again - a reminder that spring is in fact three weeks away. Last week was surreal. Early Sunday morning we got an email saying that Judy Harvey, the wife of Scott, our assistant pastor, had died. We began the day by shoveling 8" of snow from our sidewalks and cars, then headed off to church. Our pastor was ti... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 01 March 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
This week I'm writing from home - one of only two or three Mondays in which I'm not traveling. Last Sunday afternoon Ruth and I were heading to Atlanta when we heard that there were "mechanical issues" with our airplane. We landed in Dulles Airport and were there for several hours while the plane was being repaired. That meant that we missed the evening briefing and arrived just at bedtime. This trip was for RUF Assessment. We spent three days evaluating 14 couples and one ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 23 February 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm in the air again. Today Ruth and I are flying to Atlanta for RUF Assessment. Last Monday I caught an early flight to Kansas City, then drove to Manhattan, Kansas - the "Little Apple." I had a good time with Jon and Tricia Dunning and the students at Kansas State. This is their second year with RUF, and the ministry is growing nicely. Four Bible studies and impressive student leaders are a good sign. We discussed when and how to launch a Large Group Meeting - maybe next fall. Brian... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 15 February 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
These days we're watching the weather pretty closely, and last Sunday night the next storm was supposed to pass through Connecticut and move on by late afternoon. That was fine for me; I could just follow it. Monday morning I set off for Manchester, CT, but soon discovered that it was raining through New Jersey. The roads were not dangerous, but everyone was being cautious. Traffic on I-78 normally goes 65-85 mph, but Monday it was going 50-60. I made it to the Hudson River without in... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 08 February 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It's winter, but the weather last week was not too difficult. There was a light snow as I left Bethlehem Monday morning, and a light snow as I pulled into State College - but nothing on the drive. The light snow continued into Tuesday, making everything wonderfully beautiful. Campus minister Joe Dentici made a solid transition to Penn State in the fall, learning his way around and adapting to a ministry with a much larger student leadership component. Now the challenge is to train nex... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 01 February 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last weekend Ruth had a wonderful time at the RUF wives retreat. I commented how it seems this retreat has slowly been gathering momentum, and this year there were 11 women in Ruth's dinner group. She was kept up late talking - a striking departure from her "normal" life - but a good sign of camaraderie developing among the women. She arrived home tired, and is still recovering! I completed the family letter with Adriel's help. We've finished spring semester travel plans and made revi... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 25 January 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I was expecting to post this on Monday, but the refrigerator died, the sink drain cracked, I had to see some people, etc. Finally here I am. Ruth and I had a short vacation to recover from the holidays. We went to Annapolis and watched football, read, and strolled through the picturesque town. We returned in time for me to fly out on the 6th to the annual coordinators retreat. The retreat was productive and fun. Other coordinator meetings are focused on the business at hand... Read more...
By: David Green On Thursday, 15 January 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Happy New Year! I'm posting this quick update because I expect to be away next week. Ruth and I are leaving tomorrow for a short get-away, and then all the RUF Coordinators have a retreat next week. We had a very nice Christmas at our house. All of our boys were here except for Peter and his family. Ruth's brothers and their families joined us 26-28. Adriel came in yesterday and we wrapped up things in the RUF office ... Read more...
By: David Green On Thursday, 01 January 2015 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Not much exciting to report these days. Perhaps that's why only 20 people checked my post last week! We cleaned the office (an on-going project), I wrote two Sunday School lessons, worked on my budget for next year, put up Christmas trees for us and Ruth's parents, email, etc. Christopher and a friend arrived on Wednesday. I picked them up at the Philadelphia airport, and we spent time with them until she left on Friday. Stephen flew in from Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas on Satur... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 22 December 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week's staff training in Denver went very well. I think we had more compliments of the speakers than usual. I had profitable meetings with all the staff I supervise, and we were able to address some lingering issues. The weather was wonderful - sunny with temperatures in the 50s! But it was physically challenging due to the altitude and dry air. I slowly got a bit dehydrated and dragged toward the end of the week until I realized what was happening. But it was a very good training. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 15 December 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week I spent every day in the office. The good news is that I accomplished all of my goals. I completed the winter newsletter by Thursday night. Adriel is finishing adding new names and making address corrections, and the newsletters should hit your mailboxes by the end of this week or early next week. If you aren't receiving our newsletter, send an email to Northeast@ruf.org. Friday afternoon I finished preparing for staff training this week. By bedti... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 07 December 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday my travels took me all the way across town to Lehigh University. I spent most of the day with campus minister Scott Mitchell, whose ministry is going really well. He corralled three of his student leaders for an hour, and it was especially good to spend that time with them. Alas, the office beckons yet again. RUF has adopted a new logo, so I created new email signatures incorporating it. I won't bore you with my other feats of office accomplishment. We opted for... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 01 December 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Ruth and I left church immediately after worship and drove to Newark Airport to catch our flight to Atlanta last Sunday. The Coordinators meeting began at 9:00 Monday morning. We had a good time of sharing and prayer in addition to decisions about placing staff, etc. A bit of excitement ensued when everyone left for lunch while I was in the bathroom. Upon my exit I was unable to leave because the doors were deadbolted, and I set off the motion detection alarm. Ruth joined us that even... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 23 November 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday I woke up in Milford, Connecticut, and headed to Cambridge for the New England staff meeting. We had a good time together sharing how things are going and praying for each other. I led a brief review of fundamentals of freshmen outreach. On Tuesday and Wednesday I met with Solomon and Nathan, our two new ministers in Boston. I visited them in September, but wanted to check up on them again since I was in the area. Solomon passed his exams and was ordained this fall. He has... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 16 November 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm getting a bite to eat in Milford, CT, where I'll be spending the night. I'm on my way to the New England staff meeting in Cambridge tomorrow. Last Monday I picked up Scott Mitchell and we drove to Millersville, PA, for the Mid-Atlantic RUF staff meeting. It was a good time of fellowship, prayer, and review of some ministry fundamentals. On Tuesday I seized the first opportunity this fall to turn over my garden in preparation for winter. That took an hour in the morning,... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 09 November 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
A week ago Ruth and I were savoring our last night in Carmel-by-the-Sea near Monterey, CA. We had gone there to see Stephen graduate from the Defense Language Institute and to celebrate his birthday. Monday we flew home. Tuesday morning I met with Adriel Adams, my office assistant. Adriel worked here last spring, but took a different job in the summer. We're glad to have her back in the office! Late in the morning I headed down to Maryland to visit Chris Garriott and his interns at th... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 02 November 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I arrived in Atlanta last Sunday night, and intern training began first thing Monday morning. I taught two sessions and took the interns in my area out to dinner. I also had a good time catching up with Philip, who is in Mexico City and is harder to stay in touch with, and the other coordinators and office staff. I left Atlanta Wednesday morning and flew to San Francisco where I met Ruth. We drove to the Monterey peninsula and checked in at our hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea, an amazingly... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 27 October 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I missed this report last week. We spent Sunday celebrating with Ruth's family. Her brother John's daughter Megan got married on Sunday in New Jersey. We drove part way, stopped for worship, attended the wedding, and drove to south Jersey for the reception. Canadian relatives joined us, and it was a wonderful day. On Monday, October 6, I was scheduled to drive to Pittsburgh to visit Derek and Luda Bates. We've been discussing bringing RUF to Frostburg University in western Maryland. I... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 19 October 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I left for the airport before 6:00 last Monday. Do you see a pattern here? Fortunately, that was the last early flight I need to take this semester. Monday to Wednesday was spent in Atlanta. All the coordinators came in and we met with the national oversight committee. Business was relatively routine - which is a very good thing! No problems with health insurance or finances! On Wednesday we coordinators and the office staff met to discuss operational and ministry issues. One of the t... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 05 October 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
It was another early start, and two flights to reach St. Paul, Minnesota, where I joined Chad Brewer and Bart Moseman for lunch last Monday. Chad and Bart moved to St. Paul seven years ago to plant a church and start RUF. Last Sunday the church became a self-sustaining congregation with over 150 people attending regularly! In those seven years Chad has built an impressive RUF ministry at the University of Minnesota. He always prepares a written report for me when I come to visit, and we used tha... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 29 September 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I enjoyed last week! The week began with an unenjoyable early bus to Newark and flight to Boston, but it was great from then on. Nathan Dicks and I spent all Monday afternoon on the campus of Boston University. He was full of questions, and I think we covered all of the first three years of training in one afternoon. Over dinner with Nathan and Sarah we discussed their adventures in adjusting to marriage, job, and a new church. I spent Tuesday with Solomon Kim on MIT's campus. He's me... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 22 September 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Every trip to Mexico is wonderful! I arrived a few minutes late for the Large Group meeting Tuesday afternoon at the UNAM, and found the group waiting for me. There was a good crowd of students, and the pastor seemed to have a solid message. It was in Spanish, of course. We had a picnic lunch afterward, and then I gave a workshop on personality differences with Zurielly translating. That is the third time I've done that seminar, and the students always love it! Over the next two day... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 15 September 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Well, I finished painting the shutters, swept the chimney, and insulated the kitchen floor. Now I'm on the bus to the airport for a flight to Mexico. Since my last post I mostly wrapped up house projects, oriented Lori in the office, and mostly completed fall travel plans. I drove to New Jersey to discuss books for campus ministry with the people at P&R Publishing. This fall is going to be a tight schedule, so I decided to catch Lehigh's Large Group meeting early. I enjoyed my time at... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 09 September 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
The calm before the storm. This is my last week based here at home. Next Tuesday I'll fly to Mexico, and travel every week until Thanksgiving. My major project last week was to prepare my Sunday School lessons in the book of Revelation. I spent a couple of days on background work, and then dived into the lessons. I finished 1/4 of them. I had hoped for more, but that will carry me most of the way through the fall. Otherwise, my week was consumed with email and other communications and... Read more...
By: David Green On Wednesday, 03 September 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Students began arriving on campus last week! This is a fun, exciting, and tense time for campus ministers. It's the opportunity to reconnect with returning students, and meet others for the first time. We do fun activities for a week or two, but the planning and organization take a toll. Pray for our campus ministers and student leaders! While the campus ministers are hard at work on campus, I am laboring behind the scenes. My week consisted of phone calls, email, and preparation for... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 24 August 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
As predicted, I visited my father and brothers in Maryland this week, Monday to Wednesday. It was a very nice visit and good to see everyone there. The rest of the week was spent with more office work - email and planning fall travels. The more I do now, the more time I have to spend with campus ministers later. I also had a couple of breakfast meetings and lunch with Ruth's brother John and his family. I'm working my way through a large backlog of house chores. Today I preached at ou... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 17 August 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Today I preached at Providence Presbyterian Church near here in Quakertown. We had not been there for a couple of years, and it was good to worship with those friends. So part of last week I spent preparing my sermon. I spent part working with Lori in the office. Actually, she does most of the work. I advise (i.e. give instructions)! When September hits, she's pretty much on her own, so this is the time to make decisions about how to handle office tasks. I'm doing some work on travel ... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 10 August 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We entered August yesterday, and we're in the midst of four weeks without any RUF travel. I'm planning a couple of days visiting my family in Maryland, but otherwise we'll be in Bethlehem the whole time. It's a wonderful opportunity to catch up in the office and in the yard. My last report was from College Park, MD on March 24. Since then life has raced ahead at a rapid pace. March 31 was the deadline for our four new campus ministries to raise 40% of their budget. It was a huge job... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 02 August 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Well I never made it to Penn State last week. Alex, the interns, and a team of students were just returning from a spring break mission to San Francisco, and I was still recovering from my cold. So we decided to postpone the trip until April. I divided my time Monday to Wednesday between the office and home maintenance. Our new gas fireplace stopped working, so I worked on it and ended up calling a repairman. The bathroom fan also quit, so I disassembled that and ordered a new motor. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 24 March 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Monday I spent the day at Lehigh University. We had a rich time at Noon Prayer, praying for everything from Eastern religions to job needs to the lost Malaysian airplane. After lunch I attended the exec team meeting. It was great to see the Lehigh students interact with each other and with Scott Mitchell. I was scheduled to see more of Lehigh, but first I needed to get up to Burlington, Vermont, to catch the Wednesday night Bible study there. I headed out on Tuesday and stopped i... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 16 March 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I left you last week as I was on my way to Atlanta for the spring RUF oversight committee meeting. Pastors and elders from all over the Presbyterian Church in America make up this committee which supervises RUF. Each of the coordinators gave a brief report. In mine I highlighted the four new RUF ministries we are starting in the Northeast. On Wednesday the coordinators and office staff met to assign new interns to campuses. We have 60 new interns beginning in June! We also discussed s... Read more...
By: David Green On Tuesday, 11 March 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
One of the qualities of RUF that I love is the commitment to reach beyond our comfort zone and establish ministries in challenging areas. Last year we began a ministry at Kansas State University in conjunction with a new church plant. Last Tuesday I flew out to "The Little Apple" - Manhattan, Kansas - to visit Jon and Trisha Dunning and their new ministry. Jon got a quick start last fall, leading two Bibles studies with students connected to PCA churches in Kansas City. This semester he's leadin... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 03 March 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I see it's been almost three months since my last post. Shocking! The Green household and the RUF ministry have been prospering. We had a wonderful holiday with all of our children except Christopher in town, and Ruth's brothers and families. I wish it weren't the case, but I have to admit that winter drains my energy level. But spring is about two weeks away, and I'm back with these reports. January highlights include our coordinators retreat, a fundraising event in New York City, a ... Read more...
By: David Green On Thursday, 27 February 2014 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Sunday was the first of December, the beginning of Advent, and another flight to Atlanta. The coordinators had not met since early October, and we had a lot to discuss. We spent a long day Monday and most of Tuesday. Ruth went along because we had our Christmas party Tuesday night. It was a fun and productive trip. Thursday I drove to Baltimore to meet with the RUF committee of the Chesapeake Presbytery. They are a wonderful group and I enjoy working with them. They are pondering whic... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 07 December 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I see that it's been almost a month since my last post. This semester is racing to the finish! Fortunately it's all good. I returned from the Global Missions Conference on November 10 and spent the next two days in Bethlehem, visiting Lehigh University. Scott Mitchell has an excellent ministry there. I had a good time meeting some of his leaders and attended his Large Group Meeting. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, I drove to State College, PA, to visit Alex Watlington at Penn State.... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 07 December 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
On Friday I flew to Greenville, SC, for the Global Missions Conference. This was a joint effort of RUF and Mission to the World, the foreign mission agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. This was the fifth missions conference our denomination has held, and the first jointly produced with RUF. It was a fantastic weekend! I don't have any official statistics, but it appeared to me that there were about 1,000 people, half students. For a denomination the size of the PCA and a stu... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 10 November 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
In my last post I alerted you that the next three weeks would be packed, and so they were - which is why I have not posted since then. But they've been very productive weeks. On October 22 I drove to Pittsburgh and spent the week there. Derek Bates was not well, so my schedule with him was a little lighter than normal. In its sixth year, this ministry has shown very satisfying growth. They have made enormous strides in reaching freshmen, but they still have a ways to go. Student lea... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 10 November 2013 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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