It is just so amazing how fast 2012 flew by. We want to take a moment to reflect back on the blessings, the work, the memories and the fruit that have been born in the name of Jesus and unto His kingdom. It is an encouraging thing to look and see what together, following the lead of God we have been able to accomplish and it encourages us with anticipation of what a new year might bring.
We have been strengthened by the generosity of one another as we watched the family take bold steps for future growth. Pulling together to purchase the land and to add to our parking lot. Watching new families not just come into the fold but get involved, teaching classes sharing in opportunities and just generally being involved. Watching members grow in their own roles and work within the church and take new opportunities to reach out and strengthen hearts and souls. From personal bible studies in homes of members to an advanced bible class the word of God continues to show us opportunities to learn, to grow and to fellowship.
We continue to watch our youth grow and opportunities for them to be involved are growing. We had a wonderful VBS and we hope to build on that in this upcoming year. SHINE was a record event and early shoots of a new opportunity through Lads to Leaders and Leaderettes breaking the soil. We anticipate the fruit that it might yield.
Our praise is unto God for by His power, His Strength and His grace we continue to minister here together as the family of God in this community. Our prayers are continually lifted up on behalf of our brothers and sisters dealing with various sorrows, struggles and illnesses. Our hearts are encouraged along the way knowing that God hears and answers our prayers.
Let us pray together that this coming year, if God so desires, that we would grow in our understanding, grow in our walk with Jesus, in grow in our efforts to share His beautiful message.