Reflecting on the Year of Hope
As we near the close of this calendar year of 2009, I think back over the tremendous goodness and grace of our Lord to my life personally, to my home, and to our church family. Our theme this year has been Hope in God—from Psalm 46:10. Hope is the anticipation of good in the near future. That theme was established nearly a year ago, yet we did not realize all the great things our Lord would do for us this calendar year. Thus, I find myself reflecting back on God’s goodness to us this year.
I will never forget this month of October. Recently, we experienced the great Compassion Campaign with our church family. Thank you for the compassion that was demonstrated toward our bus ministry and for the time and work put into soul winning and the 100,000 Door Campaign. Thank you also for responding to our Missions Conference and for literally making a difference in the lives of thousands of people.
As I look back on the month of September, I am reminded of the opening of all of our schools and our 24th Annual Pastors’ and Christian Workers’ Conference. We also experienced the reorganization of the adult Sunday school department with the establishment of 17 adult Sunday school classes. Needless to say, this also etched great memories in my heart.
The summer of 2009 was four great months of camps, Youth Conference, soul winning, family fellowships, church fellowships, door-knocking campaigns, and an Anniversary Sunday that will never be forgotten. Thank you for your labor of love.
The first four months, January through April, will be remembered with our “I Love My Church” Sunday in which we raised the funds that enabled us to finish the bridge and tower project and receive a final inspection—thus allowing us to use this property to its fullest. And, of course, how could we forget the dedication of the Kidz Kampus and the establishment of the Kampground to provide Sunday school space for primary and junior departments. To God be the glory!
In addition to the activity and busyness of North Valley, I reflect back on our Lord’s goodness on raising up the people of God to tithe and give on a weekly basis. Of course, this has been a difficult year financially, yet I believe God’s people are doing their very best. Please pray with me that, by the time we close the calendar year on December 31, we would have met all of our obligations and would be current with all of our expenses.
I certainly love you folks and appreciate the privilege you have given me to be called your pastor. Thank you for being the world’s greatest church. God bless you.