Beloved in Christ,
Grace and peace to you as we begin a new year. In ancient times, years were counted in the reigns of kings. Our present time is no different, as we count the 2017th year of the reign of King Jesus. And we can be sure that even thought earthly rulers rise and fall, our Lord remains sovereign and we can find joy and peace in this.
Under the sovereignty of our Lord, we have begun the new year opening up a new chapter in the life of Church of the Apostles. We have moved to a new worship location at Willow Springs, and are beginning to explore the opportunities to how we will bring the life of Jesus into this community that is new to us. As we do this, we will face challenges, and we will experience joy. It is my hope and prayer that we will work through the challenges to experience more and more the joys of our lord Jesus. I hope you are as excited about the possibilities as I am.
Part of the challenges will be getting to know people that are different than us. Different ethnically, culturally, and different in their beliefs. We can take confidence that all are called to the family of christ and the church exists to welcome them in. Over the next six weeks, as we settle into willow springs, we will be offering a class on how to spread the joy of Jesus to all. It will be on the next six Saturdays from 10:00am to noon.
I lovingly encourage you to participate in this,