Hey, Open Door, I’ve got a few things I wanted to share with you today…
Before that though, thank you for all the kind words and prayers. Deana and I certainly appreciate each one of them. Our lives seem to be so busy, but very productive. We are so grateful to pastor a people who are so easy to care for.
Many have asked about Deana's mom. She has been placed in a nursing facility in Greensboro, and is settling in. Hopefully, she will respond to therapy and do very well. It was such a blessing to find a new facility for her.
We are enjoying this beautiful fall weather and looking forward to a few days away next month. But as we bring October to a close don't forget Fall Festival Monday night. It should be a wonderful time for all.
I can’t tell you how exciting the past few weeks have been for myself and for us as a church. I wanted to quickly recap some of the incredible things we’ve seen God do over the past few weeks and encourage you to pray with us about a few things:
#1 – We recently had our Night of Worship last week. It was incredible. The altars were full as people gave their hearts to Jesus and received the Holy Spirit and healing. I can’t wait for the next one!
#2 – We’ve also seen many lives changed and impacted in our Worship Services. Over the past month alone we’ve seen over 28 lives either come to faith in Jesus Christ or rededicate their lives to Him, and over 8 of those were in our KIDMO and 418 Ministries for kids and students. I’m so excited for what God’s going to do next!
#3 – We also opened up a new wing of our Child Development Center, which has allowed us to grow our CDC students to over 140. We enlarged our playground and have made some improvements around the grounds of the campus. To top it off, we were given a free gift of soil to use for future constructions totaling well over $100,000.
#4 – For those of you that could attend, we had a special Night of Worship for our volunteers and Life Group leaders at the end of September. We felt strongly that we needed to record this and we are so excited about the possibilities for this being a powerful tool for ministry to our church. We will release more details about this CD project as soon as we can.
#5 – We are really praying for our 418 Students and their parents to continue to see the importance of the environment we are creating for them each Sunday night. I believe that it is so important for Middle School and High School students to be engaged and active in a Student Ministry. Not only does this require the commitment from the students, but also from the parents. Our prayer is that parents and their students would see the importance of this and participate with us.
#6 – In light of all the lives that are being changed and saved by Jesus we are trying desperately to hear the voice of God and seek His direction about how to create more opportunities for people to grow in their faith. We are evaluating our Life Groups and seeing how to encourage discipleship to happen more and more.
#7 – Aaron Kennedy, our Administrative Pastor, is the keynote speaker at an upcoming conference, so please be praying for him as he will be speaking to church leaders from many different churches and countries. Also, our Student Pastor, Tyler Braden, has the opportunity to preach at Christ Covenant School to their entire student body. Our prayers are with him as well.
#8 – Lastly, we are praying about launching several new ministries at the beginning of the year and into next year. Please pray for us that we would clearly hear the voice of God about these areas, that we would act in faith, and that we would have people step up and commit to helping us accomplish what we feel God is calling us to do.
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