What a Difference a Year Makes!

Dear friends in Christ,

It was just a year ago we began felling trees on our property in preparation for a new building. Now, as you can see, we’re making steady progress for a hopeful completion, by God’s grace, later this fall.

It’s been fun to watch the changes and progress, even though there have been obstacles to overcome along the way. They’ve been a good reminder that it is only by the grace of God that this is happening and will come to completion. One of my favorite Bible passages from Lamentations 3:22-23 says:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

This beautiful love poem is a sure reminder that we can count on Him for all things, and He will see us through. This building project has been a life lesson into full dependence on God, and your prayers for His continued faithfulness are much appreciated.

In  particular, please continue to pray for the safety of the workers and the Lord’s blessing on them and their families, especially Chuck, our site superintendent, a faithful brother in Christ.

Please pray for good weather so the work may progress, for timely delivery of materials, and guidance for all concerned.

Please lift up our neighbors, some of whom are stressed by the changes in the landscape. Pray their fears will be relieved and that they will be at peace knowing our intent to be good respectful neighbors.

Please lift up Fairfax County and all whom we’re dealing with there, that they will treat us fairly and reasonably and that the favor of the Lord goes before us in all of our dealings.

Please pray for our finances. In November of 2018, I challenged us to raise an additional $300,000 this year and next year ($300,000 each year), to finish up this project with everything we need.  By God’s grace, we brought in over $101,639 since then! Thank you. Pray the Lord continues to provide through our generosity and ask of Him what He would have you contribute.

Finally, I ask for your prayers for the leadership of the church. Our vestry and staff work diligently in the service of the Lord. Pray for the Lord to bless, guide and give us His strength to meet the challenges before us, and mostly for us to turn it all over to Him and rely on His strength in the knowledge that:

He who calls us is faithful and true; he will surely do it.”

I am so excited about all that’s gone on this year. Not just in our building, but also our working and volunteering at Willow Springs School, our feeding ministries in DC and Fairfax, the miracles we’ve seen though our Healing Ministry, and the joy of our worship time together on Sundays and other special times.

A big thank you goes out to our Sunday Volunteer team who makes it possible each week, and to all of you who make up the Body of Christ at Apostles. May our Lord bless us this year, and the year to come.

Yours in Christ -

Joe Acanfora