End-of-the-Year Members’ Meeting
Dear Church Family,
Thank you for participating in the members’ meeting last night (December 5). We enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship and thoughtful conversation about the church; our ministries, vision, finances and the church’s constitution. I’m thankful to the Lord for the atmosphere of unity and humility and the deep love that was present for the Bride of Christ.
Many shared ministry reports. How encouraging it was to hear the joyful accounts of VBS and conferences and home groups and FCA and student ministries and Sunday School and missions and children’s church and AWANA and the many Bible studies in 2021 and more.
I delivered the elders’ report, sharing our thankfulness to God for many answered prayers in 2021, and our commitment to focus mainly on three areas in the coming year: evangelism, discipleship, and fellowship.
Evangelism because “it has pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe (1 Corinthians 1:21).” Our world and our community need Jesus Christ, and the hope that comes only through him and his death on the cross and his triumphant resurrection. We want to spread that good news, and the fame of Christ’s name, in 2022!
Discipleship because, in God’s love and wisdom, he has designed us to grow together. So, in 2022 we will press into what it means to be a people committed to “teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in our hearts to God (Colossians 3:16)” in both formal and informal ways.
And fellowship because we are a family, and families need to spend time together. If the last couple of years of pandemic craziness has taught us anything, it is that fellowship is vital. We sense that “all the more as we see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:25).”
I also shared that the elders are putting forward Cole Wyatt as the new elder candidate, believing him to be biblically qualified (see 1 Timothy 3:1-7). Cole plans to share his testimony during the gathering this coming Sunday, and the church will meet to vote on December 19, following the worship service. We are inviting members to share any concerns or questions they have about Cole’s candidacy with an elder before the meeting on December 19.
Sam Parker shared details about the church’s finances, and our thankfulness to the Lord for his provision in 2021. He also presented the 2022 budget proposal, and the church voted unanimously to approve it. We proposed two minor constitutional amendments. One passed unanimously. The second we tabled after a few members helpfully suggested wording changes. The elders agree with these suggestions and will present this for vote also on December 19.
We then adjourned the meeting and made our way to the RidgeRoom for a wonderful potluck dinner and a time of sweet fellowship. What an encouraging Sunday night this was!
As we come to the end of 2021, my heart is full of gratitude to God and I am so humbled at how merciful and gracious he is towards us. I am grateful to the Lord for his church, and this local church especially. I look forward to 2022 with hopeful anticipation. May the Lord Jesus Christ be made much of among us and by us, for his glory alone.
Pastor Mike, for the Elder Team