From Pastor Caroline (9/23/22). . .

Giving Thanks

September 23, 2022

“I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may perceive what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.”

~Ephesians 1:15-19

Greetings church family! What a blessing you are to our family! Thank you all for your kind notes, encouragement and faithful prayers this week as we celebrate one year together! I am so
thankful for each of you and count it a privilege to be your pastor.

You have been so faithful in sharing with me that you are in prayer for us, I want to be sure that you know that you are in my prayers as well. As I pray, I give thanks for you all and I pray that
God gives us strength as a church to follow where God guides us.

Following is not always easy which is why we are taking this time each week to work on our daring discipleship! Discipleship is something that requires intentionality and effort. It requires
that we make sacrifices, that we count the cost of our discipleship. It requires that we recognize that the lost that Jesus talks about are not his lost, but our lost. We then seek that which is lost
and don’t give up. It requires that we wrestle with our scripture, God’s word for us. Sometimes this means wrestling with God which we do faithfully and relentlessly.

Discipleship is a commitment and one that is not for the faint of heart. I hope that you will continue to commit to growing in your discipleship. As a church, we are only as strong as our
individual parts. We truly are a faith family. Be sure to pray for one another and to encourage one another.

I want to remind you to spend your first 15 minutes each day in prayer, reading scripture and in reflection. As you pray, allow the Lord to bring to your mind who it is that you need to seek until
you find. Ask God who you need to invite to the table.

Keep looking up!

Pastor Caroline