Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, I thank God for the privilege of serving you as one of your pastors. Since my family began worshiping with you, we quickly felt at home among you and have enjoyed getting to know everyone better. Now that I am one of your shepherds, my love for all of you has only grown. Your prayers, support, and encouragement have also been a blessing to me, and I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us. The gospel of our Savior has bound us together as one body, and I am grateful to be able to devote myself to glorifying Christ through serving you.
Additionally, for those who are interested, I have written a brief reflection on Thanksgiving for Founders Ministries. In the midst of the busyness of our celebrations, I hope that it will serve as a helpful reminder of where our focus should be. Feel free to share it online if you think that it would be helpful, since I sought to connect the gospel to Thanksgiving.
In any case, I also thank God for our church's generosity throughout the year. I recognize how often many of you humbly serve our church in various ways, and you do an amazing job! Furthermore, while we have had several Above and Beyond opportunities for financial help, many of you have given to help bless people and ministries. For example, as Austin and Kaleigh Lesh were beginning their ministry with Reformed University Fellowship at Penn State, $550 was given. And in the midst of the challenge and damage of hurricanes a few months ago, $2,000 was given for hurricane relief. Half of this has been sent to help with ongoing relief efforts here in the US, while the other half has been sent to aid our sister churches in Cuba as they work toward recovery as well.
With Thanksgiving tomorrow, this also leads us forward to the celebration of our Savior's birth in the season of Advent. So we are planning to have a brief Sunday School series in December for our adult class considering some of the biblically rich Christmas carols. Then in January we are planning to transition to a series on the Lord's Prayer. So we hope that all of you can come and learn together with us.
Pastor Kevin and I have also been discussing some exciting ideas for next year, and we ask that you pray for us as we continue to lead our church to connect Christ to all of life. This is not merely our motto--it is our purpose and focus. But our efforts will only have true and lasting fruit with the Lord's blessing. May we all pray for Christ to use Cornerstone for His glory and for the fame of His name in our community and around the world!
Because of His grace,
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