Happy Friday everyone. I pray all is well with you and yours.
First of all, I was informed this morning that an old friend of the ministry passed away over night from an apparent heart attack. Frank Houtz was a very gentle man and, despite our theological disagreements, he and I never ended a conversation feeling at odds with one another as people. He always remained friendly and I always respected him for that. Beth and I extend our deepest sympathies to his widow, Mary, and their children. Frank will be greatly missed.
On This Day
As most of you know, this month we restarted our daily devotional called “On This Day” after a six month absence. Everyone who has written or commented about it has been enthusiastic about the return of OTD. When I first had the idea to do this years ago, I never would have believed that these short videos would be the most requested series of teachings we had ever done. That’s why, in part, we wanted to update the series and, frankly, I think Brandon did a great job conceptually (By the way, the kitchen we filmed in this first month was at a friend of the family; currently we’re still living in our small 500 square foot cabin). We hope you’ll continue to enjoy “On This Day” in the weeks and months ahead and, please, tell your friends about them. As for me, next week I’ll be back in front of a camera to film another month’s worth of OTDs. Pray that everything goes smoothly.
How’s The New Website?
We’re almost into our third month since the launch of the new site and, so far, most everyone who has communicated with us has raved about its design and ease of use. I tend to agree – the more I use it, the more I appreciate the concept. Once again, I have Brandon to thank for being the visionary where www.billcloud.com was concerned; I think he did a great job and I hope you do as well. Still, we are continuing to update it almost daily and will continue to add different features and improve on it for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, it would be a great benefit to us if you would share with your friends about the site. We think it has a lot to offer.
Currently, there is close to 200 hours of video and audio teachings available with a free subscription. For Premium members an additional 100+ hours of teachings are available with much more to come. I anticipate that by May we will have added another 18-20 hours of new content to the site for Premium partners and we’re not done yet. Thanks to all of you who have signed on as members.
Well, tomorrow we will be hosting our second Shabbat celebration here in Cleveland. This week we will be meeting at the Dwelling Place, located at 523 Urbane Rd just past Omega Center International on the left. We will begin at 2 PM and will conclude later that evening after our Q&A/Midrash. More details are on our itinerary page at www.billcloud.com/itinerary/.
If the weather permits, we will have a time of refreshments and snacks and, so, if you are intending to participate in that, please note:
- No foods that require refrigeration or warming.
- Bring biblically clean foods (i.e. no pork, shellfish).
- We will supply paper goods and ice.
Eating/drinking will occur under the carport of the church. We will discourage eating in the church building and anything other than water is absolutely forbidden in the Sanctuary. We want to properly represent the Messiah in every way including how we treat the building we are being permitted to use. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
Once again, we will not be able to provide any type of childcare and so, parents, please be sure to guide your children accordingly. We want to always be considered as family-centered and family-friendly but always, always, be respectful of others and their property.
Yes, yes, and yes – we will livestream the meeting! Now, there is always the possibility we may fall short if technology or weather aggravates our efforts but we have every intention of live-streaming the entire meeting, including the praise and worship with Brandon and Melody. Make sure to follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the event live. Tell your friends to join us. We’ll try to answer some of the comments after the meeting.
Right now, Beth and I are contemplating some important decisions that must be made soon. While I don’t want to come across as cryptic, the fact is, I can’t really share any details. Just know that we want all of our friends and partners to take a moment out of their day and ask the Father to give us an answer of peace about these decisions. I will tell you that this doesn’t involve any thing life threatening but the outcome might prove to be life altering. I’m asking you to pray with us because we need to hear from Heaven what He wants us to do. Thank you in advance for taking a moment to call out our name before the Father.
With that in mind, Beth and I, once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of you who support us with prayer, encouragement and finances. We couldn’t do what we do if it weren’t for the Father working through you. Blessings to you and yours for this Shabbat and the following week.
Bill & Beth