As the church we are called to become more and more like Christ and to lead others in the adventure of becoming like Him. And an adventure it truly is! The final quarter of 2015 has been full of developments here at St. Peter’s. Patty and I joined you just 4 months ago, and we already have 11 new members, 2 baptisms and countless others who have started attending! 4 of our youth finished 1st Communion and 4 more are currently participating in Confirmation. Our quilting group is back up and running, and new programs such as Peace of Mind and weekly bowling are popping up. St. Peter’s long running ministries are also thriving, with over 120 people in attendance at this year’s candlelight choir concert, and an abundance of smiling faces serving and receiving at our monthly pet food ministry.

Our adventure in Christ continues with building repairs. In the last 4 months we have begun repairing our roof, carpet, and insulation, and we have received a grant for these projects that we need to match 3 to 1. Originally, raising the funds for these projects looked like an impossibility, but now we are over two thirds of the way there through your abundant giving!

Not only have I seen this congregation give financially, but you also give you time and talents. This January we continue our leadership team meetings here at the church. Please consider supporting to one or two of these teams. I am also excited to announce that we will be introducing our new Vision Board at the end of the month, which will be our new Church Council, simply with a new name. At the end of the month we will be having a congregational meeting where we will be voting in the new leaders of our Vision Board.

Patty and I are super excited about the growth we have already seen here at St. Peter’s, and we are eager to see where we will go, but to continue this adventure we will need leaders, like you. Leaders that are enthusiastic to learn together on this journey of becoming more like Christ, as we dedicate the month of January to talking about Christian Leadership.

So this New Year,
let’s begin a life of abundance (2 Corinthians 9:8),
a life where Christ lights our path (Psalm 119:105),
a life of radical welcome (Leviticus 19:34) and compassion (Matthew 7:1-2),
where we give abundantly (Deuteronomy 15:10),
a life of servant leadership (John 13:1-17).
The best is yet to come!

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