At Christmas, we naturally take time to thank God for the blessings in our lives. It is God who is the source of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17), and the greatest gift the world has ever received is Jesus (John 3:16).
It is amazing the huge impact a tiny baby has had on our world. And Jesus continues to change lives today.
In this last year at North Pointe, we have had 68 people make first-time decisions to follow Jesus. And 43 people have been baptized. This is exciting! In a culture that often says that Christianity is outdated and irrelevant, the Good News continues to make a tangible difference in lives in Edmonton and around the globe. In our January series titled “Jesus Skeptic,” we will look at the credibility and impact of Christianity through the years and into today. It will definitely be a series that you will want a friend or family member who has doubts/questions to experience.
There is not an area in our church family that has not seen growth in the last year. Children, Youth, Young Adults, Care, 60+, Men’s and Women’s ministries…you get the point! God has helped us to creatively reach people where they are at. “Come as you are” continues to be alive at North Pointe thanks to some exceptional Pastors, Ministry leaders and Team Members (volunteers).
As a staff, we want to thank you for your support. You invest many hours each week with us to share God’s love with those who need it most. Our mission is to Reach up and Reach out with God’s love. You make that possible. And in the generous offering last week you showed your love for our staff at this Christmas season. We are very grateful and pray that you feel our appreciation for you.
Melissa and I would like to take a moment to thank each of you for the way that you have embraced our family as we transitioned into the Lead Pastor role in March. The support, encouragement, and love have been overwhelming in the very best way possible. We are honoured to serve a healthy church that reaches the community around us.
Over the Christmas season take a few minutes to write down some things that you are thankful for. Often I will write down 10 things I am thankful for as rapidly as possible…and then I have a hard time stopping at ten! When we do this, we become aware of the greatness and generosity of God, the ultimate Gift Giver.
Have a very Merry Christmas. And may 2020 be our best year ever!
Year-End Giving Reminder
*Just a friendly reminder that year-end is quickly approaching. In order to be receipted for the 2019 year, all donations must be received by December 31st. If you would like an update as to where you are in terms of giving for 2019, please email our accountant Colleen Nicolajsen at firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you for your faithfulness and generosity in giving. We are able to reach into the community because of your financial commitments throughout the year.