Goodbye 2018 and Hello 2019

John 14:12; “I tell you the truth, whoever believes in me will do the same things that I do. Those who believe will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

It always amazes me how quickly the time passes. It is helpful to look back and count all of the blessings God was able to give through your works in the kingdom. Many people in out community and outside our community were served by you in 2018. From events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, the Ladies Day, Trunk or Treat, Breakfast with Santa, Willow Brook Christmas Party, and Joy in the Box to other ministries such as Food and clothing for Mifflin School, socks and meals for the men at the homeless shelter. Many youth events took place such as Winterfest, church camp, and the monthly events held during the year. Approximately 370 classes were taught from the youngest to the oldest. You helped raise over $6,000 to purchase Bibles for HIM missions through a church-wide garage sale. You helped support two missionaries, a mission trip to Honduras, and a mission agency serving Honduras.

Each week you served anywhere from 20-40 meals to members and friends who struggle to provide their own meal through the Meal Ministry. When you add it up, served more than 1500 meals. Several of our members were blessed through baby showers. You transported needy persons to W.A.R.M. almost three hundred times. Community organizations such as Boy Scouts, the Woodworkers, and Alchoholics Anonymous were able to use our building for their weekly events. Many members of our community were aided by our food pantry.

We had 83 visitors last year that filled out communication cards, as well as many others who did not. A number of new members were welcomed into the church including Liz Costas, Rachel and Cami Potvin, Kristi Woods, Torri Readnour, Sue Ballinger, Colin, Dana, Olivia, Benjamin and Judah King, Joey, Sherry and Kelly Atkinson, Tom and Wandalene Daggett, Kyle Ryan, Danielle Spryn and Alex, Jessica, Abigail and Eleanor McGaughy.

At the same time, some of our members went home to prepare and receive their eternal reward this past year. Ronnie Dye, Edith Maust, Vivian Gaskalla, Esther Bankes, Dorothea Patterson, Bob Stanley, Jessica McCoy, and Harrison McGaughy.

There were other events and works God were able to accomplish because of your willingness to serve not the least of which included building and grounds maintenance, decorating, and cleaning. All glory goes to God for His marvelous works and many thanks to you for allowing God to work in your life. May 2019 be filled with even greater works!

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