At the end of the year we start seeing the “Best of the Year” lists pop up: the “Top 10 Movies of 2019,” the “10 most Powerful Images of 2019,” the “Most Influential People of the Year,” lists, etc…
The end of the year also provides us with the opportunity to look back and celebrate what the Heavenly Father has done this year. While I would never encourage a person to constantly be looking in the “rear-view mirror,” I do think it is a good idea to intentionally take some time to look back, see the blessings of this past year, and be thankful.
This has been an amazing year for my family. This year Liz and I both celebrated turning forty, our family was able to take an epic sabbatical trip to Uganda, my kids have done well in school, and many more things that happened that I won’t take the time to list here.
This has also been an epic year for Hope. We had 48 people baptized on Baptism Sunday, we started our Special Needs Saturday Night Service, we raised over $20,000 for refugees in the Pulling 4 Refugees event, we launched our Raising More Hope Campaign, and we just recently broke ground on our new Kids’ Hall and Barn.
There are many more incredible things the Heavenly Father did here at Hope this year. What stands out to you? I’d love for you to take some time, look back at 2019, and shoot me an email (email@example.com) with some of your highlights from this past year.
And don’t forget that the year isn’t over yet! I hope you’ll invite family and friends and join us on Christmas Eve for our Candlelight Services at 2pm, 3:30pm, or 5pm.
And please don’t forget to keep praying for our finances here at Hope! To receive a 2019 charitable deduction, our Year-End giving deadlines are:
- Dropped off in the church office by noon on Tuesday, Dec. 31st
- Online until midnight on Dec. 31st
- If mailed, postmarked by Dec. 31st
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… Ephesians 3:20