Beloved in Christ,
Grace and peace to you in Jesus Christ this Advent Season, as we joyfully anticipate the coming of Emanuel.
As we progress through this season of expectant waiting in anticipation of the coming of Emanuel, we’re exploring this season through the four lenses of Peace, Hope, Joy and Love. The first week of Advent we talked about Peace. Peace that has come between God and man by the saving work of Christ, and because of that, the peace that is permeating creation because we can now have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We talked about the effect this makes in our lives, how we can be at peace with others, and even the world because Jesus’ redemption is for all. This past week we discussed the Hope of Advent. How we are people of hope not because of a blind optimism, and certainly not because of worldly evidence that it all will be fine, but because of the character of God. His love for us, his generosity toward us is so great that we can be hopeful because we know He is in charge and is bringing about his grand plan for our good and the good of all creation. In the next two weeks we’ll talk about Joy and Love, so stay tuned for that!
As part of being people of hope, we know God has good things in store for us when we remain yoked to Him and are co-laboring with him as the Body of Christ. As I appealed to you two weeks ago regarding year end giving and Phase 2 of our Destined For Joy campaign, I encourage you to prayerfully consider your year-end giving, and over the next two years supporting the long range work of Church of the Apostles and Apostles Campus Church by financially supporting the completion and launch of our worship and ministry outreach center at 11717 Lee Hwy in Fairfax. We have furnishing to buy, a kitchen to complete, and we want to have a quality sound and audio system in our sanctuary to praise God in Spirit, Truth, and Beauty without distractions. We are counting on God’s faithfulness and your generosity to work toward these ends. As of this writing, you’ve already contributed $7,360 toward Phase 2 of our Destined For JoyCampaign, plus we’ve raised an additional $1,830 through our craft sale just for the kitchen! We are off to a great start as we end 2018. As I stated in my letter to you two weeks ago, we are hoping to raise about $600,000. during this Phase 2 period of Destined For Joyover the next two years, and we can use the typical boost we get at year’s end to help jump start this effort, so I hope you will prayerfully consider being generous to this cause.
Most importantly, please join the Vestry, Staff and Beth and me in continuing to pray. While our financial need is real; it will continue to take the Hand of God to propel us forward. I know, as Paul tells us: “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” - (1 Thes. 5:24)
Let us take joy in knowing we serve our Lord who is faithful in all things. Let us remain rooted in Him, connected to Jesus as the branches of His vine, empowered forward by his Holy Spirit. As we look ahead, prayerfully awaiting the coming of Emanuel, I pray that “the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, that your whole spirit and soul and body will be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – (1 Thes. 5:23) And that you would take joy in knowing our heavenly Father finds you blameless by what our Savior Jesus has done for us. May all we do give him honor and glory, and be a blessing to the people he loves.
Let me hear from you if you have any questions; God be with you.
Your brother in Christ,