From Your Pastor, January 2011

What a remarkable year this has been! As Christmas has come and the New Year is here, I can’t help but look back and marvel at all God has done in the life of our church this past year. There is something about Christmas that helps us perceive the reality of God’s grace in a deeper, richer way, don’t you think?
I hope you will take some time during the next couple of weeks to spend time with the Lord and thank Him for the blessings of 2010, then to thank Him for what He has in store for you in 2011. Don’t forget to add the church to your prayers; He truly has blessed us in the face of financial difficulty for our families and for the church as a whole, showing the greatness of His faithfulness and reality of hope.  Thanks to all of you who have continued to faithfully give even when it has been hard, God never forgets those who sacrifice for His kingdom’s Savior. The coming year will contain joys and sorrows for each of us, but most important, it will contain God’s presence with us, Immanuel.  Immanuel is my favorite name for Jesus during the Christmas season.  It clearly tells us that God Almighty came from heaven to become just like us and was born a baby Boy in a dirty, stinky stable filled with animals.  He could have come as an earthly king but He humbled Himself and took on flesh to dwell with mankind, to be with us!  Wow!
Thank you for what you do in His kingdom, and for being a part of this church and its ministries.  Lynda and I thank you all for your faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and the way you love us and the full staff.  We are humbled by how God has used you in our lives and how you continue to touch us every week.   May the coming year bring you blessings beyond imagining and new opportunities to serve the King.
In the name of the Baby in Bethlehem,
Bill and Lynda