Christmas in Colorado
Christmas in Colorado has been beautiful so far, although our dreams of a white Christmas seem unlikely! It’s been a pretty warm December, warmer even than Georgia’s! We have enjoyed a slightly slower pace to the Christmas season, with fewer parties, socials, school programs, and musicals than we are used to. We are trying to make good use of our time, exploring new traditions and experiencing Christmas in a new way. There is certainly something beautiful about Christmas decorations with snow-capped mountains in the background! We have enjoyed some snow activities, though! Our kids got free ski lessons and rental at Vail just for being Colorado Public School students, which was amazing! And I might even get to go ice fishing with some friends tomorrow, which will be a new experience.
We’ve enjoyed the opportunity to connect with more people around Parker as well. We’ve continued to connect with a couple of local churches (some of whom may even be willing to send us families to help with our plant! Pray!), and I even had the opportunity to preach at one of the churches again, which was a huge blessing.
Our main event, however, has been The Joy Project, a program that we introduced to give our neighbors the opportunity to provide Christmas gifts for children in the foster care system of our county. We were so blessed by how people responded to this community service project! Our neighbors stepped up and provided for 22 local kids! In the process, we had two get-togethers at our house (one to give out lists, and one to collect and wrap gifts), which allowed us to open our home to over 30 people, while also making a difference in our community.
In the coming weeks we have several projects in the works. We will begin our first in-home Bible study in January, and we will likely assume leadership of the Bible study that we have been attending and begin building and training some of them as core team members. I’ll also continue my official training with NAMB through March. We will also planning several community events in the Winter and Spring, including a technology seminar for parents and a series of family events called Phone-Free Fridays. We will also be rolling out an official name and church website soon too!
We are so thankful for your continued support and prayers. We are eager to see God continue to move in Parker. He has been so faithful to us so far! If you would like to join our official prayer team and receive more specific updates via email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to contribute to our planting effort financially, click HERE and choose “Colorado Church Plant.” Thank you all so much, and Merry Christmas!