Thank you for the prayers and encouragement in my running the Austin Marathon. God blessed, and I finished with my best time and no injuries! I was also able to raise money to help serve and bless refugees. Again, thank you to all who helped me through prayer and support. We had several members of our church run either the half or the full marathon. Our own Kayleigh Williamson was the first person with Down syndrome to run the half marathon in Austin. Way to go, Kayleigh, and mom Sandy; we are so proud of you both.
Sunday we will continue our study in the book of Nehemiah as we look at chapter 3 with a message entitled “Hidden Figures.” Thank you for the very positive feedback from this study. I rejoice with you and am grateful for how God is speaking to so many in our church family through His awesome Word.
Terry Hurt and I had an excellent meeting with our finance team and deacon officers on Wednesday night to discuss our church finances. We are encouraged by what we see God doing in our midst and are very grateful to you for the way you continue to give your tithes and offerings for the ministry God has given to each of us. Let me share a couple of fiduciary updates. First, we are getting close to finalizing the ground lease and eventual purchase of the corner lot of our property. In these final days, please join us in praying that all would continue to go well. I cannot thank Fred Eppright enough for his herculean efforts in securing this enormous blessing for GHBC. Second, let me encourage you to continue to give to our Building Vision fund. One of the first things we want to do is replace some aged AC equipment.
Please continue to pray for our church plant. I have spent many weeks researching and working on this new endeavor. As the sending, or mother, church, we will support the new church with finances and prayer, and will ask some of you to be the core team. Pray for our church planter, Stuart Smithson, and for numerous details that still need to be ironed out.
Have a blessed weekend.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5