1-10-2019 – e-News

A Note from Pastor Jim
 
A New Year is upon us!
 
As I write, Pastor Chelsea is assembling the 2018 Annual Report from all the data and pictures submitted to her by staff and ministry leaders.
 
I want to offer you a short preview and two requests.
 
First and foremost, as you remember, we were significantly behind in projected giving and ahead in expenses in September prompting the Leadership Team to send you a letter calling you to pray and give as you were able. As you may recall, we began September with a deficit of $98,000. I know many people prayed and even responded to God’s voice to give more as a result. Well, I am happy to report to you that we ended the year with a small surplus of $3,200! Praise God! And thank you for your faithfulness in giving!
 
We are also ahead in our giving to the Generation Next Campaign. At years end, we were 20 months into our 36-month campaign. So far, we have received $318,398 of the pledged $560,493 in the cash gifts. When you add in the gifts-in-kind, we have received $361,758 of the pledged $603,853. That means we are a bit ahead of where we expected to be at this point! That’s another reason to praise God and another reason to thank you for your faithfulness in giving!
 
But enough about money …
 
I hope when you get your report, that you will be thanking God with me for the 13 baptisms that happened last year, the record VBS attendance and the strong number of students that participated in IMPACT.
 
I hope you will also rejoice with me over the 21 new families who joined our church in 2018!
 
I could go on … believe me, but I want to be sure you actually read the report!
 
Now two requests …
 
Please make plans to join us for the Ministry Forecast Meeting on Sunday, January 20 at 6 p.m. The 2019 budget will be presented along with some of the major events and ministry ideas for the future. We will also be having an important conversation about some upcoming building maintenance issues. It’s very important that you be there! Childcare will be provided.
 
I believe we need to begin with a combined, heartfelt prayer together every day over the course of this year. C. John Miller studied the kinds of prayers that were present in different revivals throughout history. Here they are: A request for grace to confess sins and to humble ourselves A compassion and zeal for the flourishing of the church and for reaching people far from God A yearning to know God, to see his face, to glimpse his glory.
 
Would you join me in praying for these three things every day? I think these issues are so critical for us, for our church and for our community. We can do nothing significant apart from the supernatural power of God and that is what we need to be asking for. Looking forward to 2019 with you!
 
Pastor Jim
 
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