December Family Talk
What a wonderful ThanksGathering celebration we had last night! And to have it in our own facility made it even better. Like me, most of you can remember the last time we met in that room as a church family. There was no roof, bare walls, and folding chairs. God has certainly brought us a long way, hasn’t He?
In addition to celebrating Thanksgiving together, we also celebrated the results of our Ensuring the Vision capital campaign. As of today, 52 families have covenanted to give $161,696 toward reducing our debt and funding much-needed capital improvements, both to our main building and the Beacon. But that is only the beginning! We have almost 140 worshiping families in our church, and many of you are faithfully giving both through your tithe and to our building fund; you just haven’t turned in your covenant card yet. It’s not too late! And don’t forget: the purpose of the covenant cards is advanced planning; you can give as the Lord leads you whether you turn in a card or not! My prayer is that God will enable us as a church family to give $250,000 to our debt reduction and capital needs before this time next year. And your covenant commitment means that we are already almost 65% of the way there! I love you all dearly, and I can’t wait to see how God will enable us to continue moving forward as we ensure the vision He has given us of winning our community to Christ!
Now, on to other things...after all, this is December, the month of celebration! This year, Sharon and I will mark our 24th annual Christmas Open House, and we would like to invite all of you to celebrate with us! That’s right...it was December, 1992, when we first opened our home to our family and friends for the holidays. And every December since that year, we have invited our church family to come and share the joys of the birth of Christ with us. This year, our open house will be held on December 20, from 2:00 until 4:00 in the afternoon. Please plan to join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord!
The front page lists all of the church events this month, so I won’t even try to duplicate them here. However, I do want to tell you about one thing that is not on the calendar on page 1. On December 6, I will begin a new preaching series from the Gospel of Matthew titled “All Authority”. Together, we will examine the first 13 chapters of Matthew’s gospel, and see how the theme of authority runs like a scarlet thread through every chapter. This would be a great time for you to invite your friends to join you as we examine what it means for Jesus to be the One who indeed has all authority...in heaven, on earth, and over the lives of all humanity. (By the way, if you are looking for other opportunities to invite your friends to join you, December is full of them!)
It is such a joy serving you as your pastor! Please continue to pray that God would equip me ever to be more faithful to the calling He has placed on my life, and to you, my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ! You are always in our hearts and our prayers.