February 2015



Pastor Nate’s Peace

Paul writes in Ephesians 1:3-4

3Blessed be the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in
Christ with every spiritual blessing in
the heavenly places, 4just as God chose
us in Christ before the foundation of the
world to be holy and blameless before
God in love.

God has blessed you in Christ, to be a blessing to others. God has blessed Hope to
be a blessing to others. What are the blessings you receive each day? How do you
share those blessing with all others? God has chosen you through Christ, to
emphasize that salvation depends totally on God. Not one of us creates salvation,
nor do we deserve it, it is because of God’s grace that we are able to believe and
give thanks through our lives of faithful living.

We will be moving into the season of Lent this month that instructs us to ponder
our blessings and grace that God freely gives us. This month is also our last days
with Pastor Sarah. I personally am grateful for being able to share ministry with
Pastor Sarah and I thank Pastor Sarah and God for her faithful service and
dedication to this congregation and the ministry of Jesus Christ. Pastor Sarah your
gifts are immeasurable and your blessings have reached much further than you will
ever know for me and many others. I/We are blessed by your gifts from God that
you willingly and abundantly shared.

As a congregation we took a step of faith in 2012. I lament deeply and am
disappointed that what we started out three years ago cannot continue. We
ventured in faith and have grown significantly, but our financial support has not
matched our financial needs to sustain two pastoral positions for 2015. We have
made great strides as a congregation, but the days of realization and decisions we
have faced have been difficult. What is ahead? We share our prayers and
Godspeed to Pastor Sarah as she closes a chapter here and opens an unknown
chapter in the days to follow. As a church we will be seeking persons to help with
a task force to handle the transitions, share communications, and make adjustments
to areas of ministry that will need some restructuring and added volunteers. It can
be hard to see the blessings at this time, but God cradles us continually with the
grace and mercy afforded by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ