As we journey from Thanksgiving into Advent, I want to thank you all for your compassion and care, your faithfulness and hope throughout the year. It has been a time of chaos and tumult, of construction and confusion for us all. From parking lot to patio, classroom to choir rehearsal, somehow we made it through this once in a lifetime experience. Thank you for putting up with the noise, the dust, the mud, the construction fencing and the detours. Those are now mercifully behind us – at least until the Cal Water project is completed!
We came through this unusual year because of you. Our mission with children and families, our outreach and care for the community around us, not only continued but grew. Despite all kinds of obstacles we found a way to help an extraordinary number of people. From weddings and baptisms to funeral and memorial services our campus, and our congregation, scarcely ever rested. Your patience with me, and your grace toward one another, remained steady and true.
Thank you also for your generosity in support of our ongoing mission, as well as toward our new facilities. As we complete this year’s work and look toward the next it will be helpful for us to finish strong. December is a time of grace and hope, as God’s people look to the birth of Christ as our greatest gift and hope. God has chosen us to follow through on the work that began in the dark of night, on the edge of a tiny town in the hills of Judea. What more could we hope for?
Thank you for all that you have already done to make our mission possible. I am grateful beyond measure, and even more hopeful for the year to come.
Grace and peace,