Hello Church Family,

Let me begin by telling you how honored I am to be your pastor. We are so thankful for the love and care you have already shown our family. We look forward to getting to know each of your personally in the coming weeks, months, and years. In putting my new office together yesterday, I came across a box filled with pictures of the church—some of which were close to a hundred years old. I thank God for the previous members of this church who have paved the way for us here today. I thank God for the depth of relationships that has always existed throughout this congregation. I pray that we will continue to build, as they have, upon the foundation of Jesus Christ. I also pray that Allison and I would be blessed with the same kind of close friendships that can only exist because of the Gospel.

In other news, this Wednesday (9/16) is Carlos’ birthday. 1 Timothy 5:17 says that pastors who serve faithfully are worthy of “double honor.” So, let me encourage you to take this opportunity to thank him for his tireless service, laboring to minister the Word of God. Whether it is a kind word or financial gift, make sure to let brother Carlos know how much you appreciate him.

I am thankful for you.