First of all, by the time you read this newsletter, I will, with God’s healing, be mostly recovered from the worst head and chest cold I can remember in my lifetime. It really set me back during the week I was supposed to be working full steam on our Christmas services. While it was a privilege to worship with you and bring you God’s Word Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, I felt I was one step behind in preparation. But you were all very gracious and understanding, and I appreciate all your prayers and concern.
Along with that, Jill, Alex, Aaron and I thank you for your generous gifts, cards, and well wishes this Christmas. Your loving-kindness and support for us reinforces our belief that God has placed us here in your midst to do His joyous work. We look forward to another blessed year in service to you and Him.
Speaking of the new year, I believe 2013 will be an exciting year for our church, because some special things will be happening. One of the first things is the ground-breaking for the elevator. I expect once it is completed, we will enjoy the company of those who otherwise haven’t been able to negotiate the stairs or steps of our church building for a long time. Not only that, but we’ll also enable those of us who in the future, will find it increasingly difficult to climb stairs and steps, continued access to all areas of our church.
Because of the renewed commitment to better accounting practices, I also expect, and you can too, improved policies and procedures in regards to managing our God-given resources. Along with this I also hope to see more joyful giving and an increased focus on being Christ’s disciples in a world which desperately needs to know the Gospel. This summer some of our youth will be going to San Antonio Texas to attend the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod National Youth Gathering. Our confirmands will also spend a week at Confirmation Camp at Camp Lutherwood. These and many more we give thanks and praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as He leads us as a church, together united in the Good News of salvation and eternal life. I look forward to working with all of you to the greater glory of God.
Now, as Saint Paul says in his letter to the Church in Rome, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Peace be with you,