Here is my update newsletter for November – Enjoy!
As you know we’ve been pushing to get out support back up from 81% to at least a reasonable level. Many of you have responded with bumping up your support and we’re up to 86%. Thank you all for your support!
If you’re still deciding whether to give or raise your support we could still use it! Visit http://www.gcmweb.org/getinvolved/Give.aspx
Our church had the joy of seeing 8 people baptized (two from the Rock – Anthony and Anna) a couple weeks ago.
Anthony hung out with the Rock a couple of years ago and then took a break. Last spring he got re-involved through some of our students in the dorms, chose to finally devote his life to Christ and participated in our summer program where I was in a small group with him. He’s been humming and hawing over getting baptized since then and finally decided to jump in – literally! It’s always a blast to work with young believers as they take steps of faith!
Anna came around this fall as a result of several of our students handing out free snow cones on campus. She was looking for a church to get involved with after a car accident last year. One of the other staffers had the opportunity to go through the gospel at length with her, she trusted Christ with her life and chose to get baptized as a public declaration of her new life in Christ!
We had over 40 students attend our annual fall conference a couple weekends ago. This year it featured Rob Gerber from our sister church in Wisconsin. He did a fantastic job sharing the gospel and calling us to live grace-filled Christ-centered lives.
The conference was rounded out by some great tie-down times that our students took together to cement the lessons that God was teaching them and share them with one another. These conferences are always a fantastic time for relationships to deepen around the core connection that we have with God.
The Rock Underground
In case you haven’t heard – I feel that one of my biggest roles is to make disciples. I’m always looking to make that more streamlined but it never gets past that life on life interaction – people connecting and learning together. A big way I try to streamline the process as much as I can is meeting with those in the Rock with the desire and time to go deeper in their faith.
We’ve had a weekly Rock leaders time on Sunday nights for 10+ years. It has taken different forms over the years from prayer focused times to seminar style teachings to discussion centered Bible studies. This year we’re changing it up again. We’re upping the training/teaching element of the time in order to equip the students for the work of ministry so that we can be united in discipleship together as we all grow toward Christ.
These Sunday nights are always a treat for me as I have the opportunity to challenge and encourage our core saints directly, interacting with them on the trials of life, the rewards of following God and the truths found in scripture.
Eph 4:15-16 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
New baby on the way! (If you’ve been keeping up on this site I announced this months ago)
That’s right, Christie is pregnant and we’re expecting the little one around Dec 24th! According to the ultrasounds Theo will have a little brother and he is very excited! We keep telling him that the baby will come when it snows and he can’t wait!
We’ve been working on fixing our basement up so that Theo will have a place to play this winter where he can expend some energy without waking up the baby. I have been able to do a fair amount of the work alongside several students and staff to make the most of that time. It’s fun to work on a project together.
The next time you hear from us will hopefully be a birth announcement just after Christmas, so look forward to the news as we celebrate the birth of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.
Keep the faith!
Paul, Christie and Theo
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I really appreciate your prayers and support in ministry and want to continue to keep you informed about the things God is doing here!