Pressing Forward Boldly

It is October and Fall leaves are coloring. Laila's favorite season. Becoming mine, too. We love the morning views from our home.  Laila and I are working on our home to prepare for approximately twelve invitational events during the upcoming holidays. We look forward to your signing up and allowing Laila, Josh and me to host you.   I am writing to you on October 8. From now to December 31 will be totally and wonderfully intense. Ministries are stable and healthy. Construction will be focused to bring us as near completion as possible by the end of December.    Elders and pastoral staff are already prayerfully engaging in discussions and planning for more holistic ministry application internally, community outreach and missions giving and resourcing. I pledge to you that we will dedicate ourselves totally to maximize our efforts to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), i.e., evangelize, win souls, baptize and make disciples.   As people walked through the new area yesterday they expressed amazement.  We will have much more than a new lobby, as fantastic as it will be.  Additional classrooms for adults [seating up to 300 adults], much more ministry space for children, an elevator going to all 5 levels, additional kitchens and fellowship spaces [including an outdoor eating area], increased storage, plus the ability to access everything without going outdoors. Excitement mounted as people toured!   As I write this letter to you on Monday morning, a crew is coming to resurface the gym floor. Masons are traveling from North Carolina to complete their work. Preparations are being made to install HVAC units on the roof and numerous other efforts that will reveal dramatic progress in the coming days.   Mordecai said to Queen Esther: "Who knoweth but that God has appointed you to be Queen for this season and purpose? (“For such a time as this?” paraphrased Esther 4:14).   Psalms assures us that God weaves us together in our mother's womb (Psalms 139:13). He breathes soul into us (Genesis 2:7). We know that God would not create us without purpose. We are born for this time and place!    Thank you for your patience during construction. Yes, it has taken longer than we expected. But we have done many additional projects that were not planned. For example, we replaced HVAC units (some 36 years old) for $83,000, which was a huge savings, because contractors were already on site with the new building.    Thank you for your faithfulness in stewardship. We journey together. As we enter a special season of giving Laila and I are with you. While we have been giving monthly, we are prayerfully asking the Lord what we can do in addition to our tithes and missions.    As we pray, praise and labor together to serve Our Lord's Church we know there will be victory.   Blessed to serve you and Our Lord Jesus,   Pastor Bare and Laila Psalms 127:1a Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it...