Pastor’s Annual Report, 2015
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
Paul used this greeting in each of his letters to the churches that follow the Book of Acts in the New Testament. Grace and peace, in full measure pressed down and overflowing is my wish for each of you as we serve together here at Living Faith in the coming year. In his letter to the church in Philippi he writes,
“Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Phil 1:3-6 NLT)
I feel the same about each of you, my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ! I give thanks to my God for you and I hold each of you up in prayer, making my requests for all of you with joy. Paul continues and I echo his words: “I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.” (Phil 1:9-10 NLT)
This past year was a challenge as we all got a little impatient with our contractor. In God’s perfect timing everything came together and we are now settled into the new building where the church (all of us) gathers to worship, fellowship, and be encouraged in our mission together. Gary Witkop, our regional Pastor said it best at the dedication, the building is a tool to use in ministry. As we plan ministry outreach together and pray for God’s direction may we make good use of God’s rich provision. Thank you to all who gave, it’s miraculous how we exceeded all of our financial goals!
The church records show one baptism, two confirmations and one new family accepted into membership. We are seeing many new families attending each week. I would encourage each of you to welcome visitors by inviting them to have a meal with you and come with you as you participate in church activities and programs. Of all the church growth programs churches try the most success comes from making friends with newcomers.
Blessings in the coming year,
Trustee Board Annual Report
The definition of a Trustee in the dictionary is as follows:
Trustee: an individual person or member of a board given control or powers of administration of property in trust with a legal obligation to administer it solely for the purposes specified.
Trustee Board Members: Justin Smith, Kent Pedersen, Chad Ellis, and Angela Smith.
In 2015 the board of trustees met approximately every 2 months. The trustee board also met with the Elder Board numerous times this past year. We discussed and made decisions pertaining to the church property both interior and exterior along with the building and general fund distributions. We worked along side the building committee in the finishing stages of the church project. We are thankful to report that the church was completed in the month of September.
In 2016 the board will focus on making solid financial decisions that will help Living Faith develop it’s mission in our community. We plan to meet monthly as a board and would like to incorporate quarterly congregational business meetings to help keep our parishioners informed. We are challenged by creating a new budget for the coming year and are excited to add new line items for future ministries and outreach. God has richly blessed our congregation and helped make the dream of having our own church building a reality. We ask for prayer in making good financial decisions as we prepare to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Ephesians 2: 19-22
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Angela I. Smith
Faith Finders Annual Report
Faith Finders is Living Faith CLBA’s children’s ministry. Classes started Wednesday, September 09. This year we chose “The Hands on Bible” as our ministry curriculum. Each Wednesday our students gather in the sanctuary for praise and worship, followed by study time and close the evening with a game/craft and a snack. We have been blessed with an average of 18 students in attendance. Their ages range from 4 years old to children in the 6th Grade. Each student received a new children’s bible to keep as their own and use at Faith Finders every week.
This year Faith Finders hosted an event and invited the congregation to help us pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child and bags for our local Social Services. Through many generous donations we were able to make 27 bags for social services and over 60 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Faith Finders also purchased Christmas gifts for four children through our local Giving Tree sponsored by the local Eagels club.
We have continued to do “care crafts” care crafts are a special project we do various times throughout the year; during this scheduled time the students make cards for individuals who are sick. We try to have every student make one card for every person who we feel could use some uplifting. Are hope is, these cards would bring joy to those who are ailing and they would draw closer to Christ through our students words of encouragement and prayers.
Faith Finders’ mission statement is to prayerfully create an environment filled with the joy of Jesus Christ and share his love with others. “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Mark 9:37
The future plans for Faith Finders are to focus on new endeavors and growth. We would like to encourage our students to invite others to attend our classes. It is important to be active in our community therefore we will look into other children’s ministry ideas such as helping with items needed at our local social service.
On behalf of Faith Finders, I would like to ask the congregation for continued prayers and support for the children in our church and for all those who are yet to come. I would also like to thank all who have made a difference in the life of our children’s ministry. To God be the glory.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
This year Joy Ministries sent greeting cards, visited the residents of the Good Shepherd home and planned meals for those in need. We also have added three new team members to help with our ministry. We are excited for the New Year to see where God leads our ministry and pray that our actions will bring glory to Him.