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23 Years!

Jason Petermann  —  June 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

Been married to this girl for 23 years today! She is my best friend and the joy of my life! Happy Anniversary Jennifer! I love you!

Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you.

Rejoice in the wife of your youth.

                                                                                                                 – Proverbs 5:18

Today is Josiah’s birthday,  so I want to say “happy birthday son” and take a moment to share publicly that I am proud of you. You love Jesus and have been such an display of God’s grace as you have gone through the process of healing after your accident. You still bear, and always will, the physical marks of God’s grace in your life. Those scars are there to always remind you of His love for you, and that He has a great plan for you. When you look on those scars, remember that. You have been an inspiration to many. Continue to use that for God’s glory. Here is your story, or better yet, God’s story written in your life over the last 15 months.

Merry Christmas! It is hard to believe that this time if year has already come around again. Time flies they say, and this year it seems to have gone much faster than any previous year.

As I have studied, preached and contemplated the Christmas season this year, one thing has really grabbed my attention over and over again; and that is this: Jesus was born into a mess. The world was a mess, religion was a mess and all the circumstances about His birth (born of a virgin, Joseph and Mary were not married yet,  the public perception of the events was not good) were messy. God could have sent Jesus to a respectable, rich and royal family, but He didn’t. God still works in messy situations today, and that should bring great comfort to us.

We have had a year of great transition… again! Let me share the brief highlights:

We started the year focused on Josiah and his healing after his car accident. The months after his accident were filled with long days of therapy, phone calls and traveling to Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. Jennifer and I were able to keep working through all of this. Our jobs were very accommodating to us for scheduling, to which we were very thankful. We made it through those very busy and hectic days gaining an even greater appreciation for family and friends that loved on us and cared for us during this time.

In June, I started corresponding with Christ Community Church and their Pastor Search Team about becoming their next Pastor. Over the next few months we went through the process of answering questions and phone calls and then took a couple of trips to the church to seek God’s direction. On October 23rd, the church unanimously voted for me to be the next pastor of the church. We moved down here to Bartlesville on December 1st and feel like we are home! The church is so loving and has a great desire to reach people that are far from God. We are excited about the days ahead as God leads us in this new adventure!

As far as the kids go:

Jordan, Daniel and Madysen are still living in Wichita. Jordan is enjoying being a stay at home mommy, and Daniel works for Haverty’s furniture. They are now only about 3 hours from us, which makes seeing them much easier, and hopefully more frequent! They are expecting their second baby on July 4th!

Josiah is doing fantastic! He has made great progress in his healing. He was able to return to school and graduate with his class on time! He also returned to work at Starbucks and went back to almost a full time schedule after school let out. He also returned to driving and purchased a yellow 2003 Mustang to drive around in. He is currently looking for a job here in Bartlesville and plans to go to college starting this fall.

Joshua is in 8th grade and a typical Jr High boy. He enjoys being outside playing ball and riding anything with wheels. He also recently purchased a chameleon as a pet. He has a tender heart that I am praying God uses to reach others.

Jenna is in 6th grade and thinks she loves Justin Bieber. Her new room is scattered with posters and has the high-pitched sounds of his music coming from her room at most times. She is turning into a beautiful young lady and has an amazing love for people (as long as it is not her siblings).

Jaidyn is my little princess. I seriously think she believes she is a real princess. She has a great fashion sense and displays a different outfit about every three hours. She is full of joy and compassion and loves being around people.

Jennifer is enjoying being at home right now. God has blessed us with a house that has a lot of space in it, so she is enjoying setting up and decorating. We are both very tired of living out of boxes and storage facilities so we wanted to set up the house as soon as we could. It is great to feel settled and home. God has brought us through one of the most trying times of our lives. It has not all been good, looking at it from a human perspective, but it has all been part of God’s plan for us and has led us in our next steps as we follow Him.

We look forward to leading our family and our church in the new year. God has placed us right where He wants us and has great plans for us; of that I have no doubt! We pray that you know that you matter to God and to us, and that you see His hand in your life.

Praying you have a Merry Christmas and a God-sized New Year!

The Petermanns

Our Next Steps

Jason Petermann  —  November 10, 2011 — Leave a comment

For nearly two years my family and I have been praying for God to show us where our next steps in ministry would take us. We know that being in full-time ministry is where we need to be. It is our calling and our driving passion in life. We also knew that our next steps would be different than any steps we had ever taken before because the desire that I have to be a lead pastor of a church.

With all of that being said, we have had nearly two years to learn from not only many life experiences that we have had, but also to learn from a church that is growing and reaching countless people for Jesus. It has been a huge blessing to be a part of Granger Community Church. We are thankful for the time we have had here. We have made friends that we will have for life. They have made a mark in our lives, and they have caused us to love Jesus more.

Now for our next steps, I am excited to announce that on October 23rd, I was unanimously voted to be the next pastor of Christ Community Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. We are packing up things on this end and making plans to move down there right after Thanksgiving. My first official Sunday there will be December 4th.

We will be closer to our granddaughter (and Jordan and Daniel too). We will also be close to Josiah at Baptist Bible College, where he will be attending starting in January.

We appreciate the many prayers, calls and notes of encouragement on Facebook over the last two years. God has been good to us. He has shown Himself so faithful in so many ways during this time.

We are excited to lead a church of people that love God and are doing their very best to love and reach people for Jesus. Please continue to pray for us as we make this transition. And pray even more that God will show Himself strong at Christ Community Church.

It has been quite some time since I wrote about Josiah’s progress. God continues to do great and mighty things through Josiah’s recovery. I still will weep and just stand in awe as I look at Josiah and see him now compared to what I saw the first night at the hospital. Maybe I am a wimp for being so emotional about it, but I am humbled and in awe of not only how God made the body to heal, but also in how God chose to spare Josiah’s life and heal him.

Medically speaking, he is doing great. We had our last visit to Ann Arbor last week. They said that his facial nerves will continue to heal and they really do not think he needs to come back. We visit Mary Free Bed next month, and hopefully he will be released there as well!

He graduated and started back at his job all in the same week of June. He just recently got his full-time work schedule back too! We have filled out all of his paperwork for college and are shooting for attending Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo this January. He has a drive and passion for youth, and will be pursuing that in school.

We are in the process of getting drivers rehab started so that he can drive again. He is SO anxious to get a car and start driving again. More anxious than I am for him to drive, that is for sure!

Once again, I would have never chosen this path for our family, but the last 8 months have been a time of growth, humility and a display of God’s grace that I would not want any of us to have missed. Josiah will carry the marks of God’s grace the rest of his life through the scars that are left on his body. I pray they will remind him daily that God loves him and has a great plan and purpose for his life. God has a plan and a purpose for all of us. You may feel insignificant, unloved or without direction, but God, by His love, mercy and grace does have a purpose for you. Seek Him and you will find all you are looking for.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10  –  God told me, “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”