Annual Report Letter: Our Refuge and Strength

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God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear
though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved
into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
Psalm 46:1-3 ESV

When life seems turbulent, I find great comfort in the words of Psalm 46. God is our refuge and strength! In fact, he often uses times of great change to build our faith.

“Change” is the word that comes to mind when I reflect on the past year in the life of our church family. Some changes are welcome and others are challenging, but through all that happens, we can be certain that Jesus is building his church as he promised (Matt 16:18).

Last December we said good bye to Jared and Meag Ransom, after 7½ years of Jared leading us in worship. Thankfully, our team of worship ministry volunteers stepped up to the challenge of taking on new responsibilities in 2017, and in May we voted to call Tommy King to fill this important role.

A much easier change came about back in September when we renovated our lobby. In 3 short weeks, Koopsen Builders removed the walls of our former nursery rooms to roughly double the space in our lobby. We also installed equipment for people to watch live video of the worship service in our fellowship room and made some needed renovations to our Office Center. All three projects make our facility a more welcoming place.

Another change we see is the physical, relational, and spiritual growth that takes place in our children. Over 30 kids have been working hard at learning and taking notes during our Sunday sermons each week.

We are also seeing growth among our teens. Last June, 13 students served in our first “Glow Week.” They helped at Vacation Bible School in the mornings and participated in community service and outreach projects in the afternoon. An even larger group of students are preparing to serve this year.

We do not know what changes await us over the next 12 months, but we have already witnessed God’s faithfulness to our church family through 10 years of ministry. Let’s serve him faithfully and trust his good and perfect plan.

– Bryan Craddock

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