Updates From The Gate

Nov 28, 2017    Comments Off    Posted under: Missions, News & Events, Newsletter, The Gate

Here we are kicking off another church year with advent. The word “advent” came from the Latin adventus, which is a translation of the Greek word Parousia, commonly used to refer to the second coming of Christ. For us Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ in three different ways: in the incarnation of Jesus at Bethlehem, into our hearts daily, and in glory and power on the last day. We at The Gate are celebrating the coming of Christ in a myriad of different ways as well. We praise God for Christ coming to us in the preaching of His Word every Sunday, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and also through baptism. In the last month, we have celebrated two baptisms; one infant, Victor Chodur, and one adult, Vince Garcia.

I got to know Vince through his wife, Whitney, with whom I attended Ankeny Leadership Institute a couple years ago. I sat next to this couple at our year-end banquet and thought, “man, this guy is fun! We need to hang out more.” I recruited him to play on our softball team. He said he was more of a tennis player but boy, he can really smash a softball! I had a few spiritual conversations with him but nothing too in depth. I found out that he grew up going to church off and on but stopped all together when his parents got divorced. Vince was 10 years old at the time. Vince got to know several of the people who attend The Gate like the Pools, Closes, and Rogers.   We all enjoyed the friendships being created on the softball field. Last August, Vince and I ran out onto the field; I was playing first and he was playing second.  I said to him, “Hey Vince, I’ve been meaning to ask you, have you been baptized?” “No, but I kind of feel like I should,” he said. I replied, “Yes. You should! Well, what are we waiting for? Baptism class starts on Monday.” He said, “Ok.” I ran him through Luther’s Small Catechism and we celebrated his baptism and entrance into the kingdom of God on October 29. We are all praising God for the coming of Christ into Vince’s life.

Another “coming” we’re praising God for is our official entrance into the LCMS as an independent congregation.  Our constitution, By-laws, and application for membership in the Synod was approved by the IDW Board of Directors on November 1 and Charter Day is scheduled for December 3. As we enter Advent we have much for which to be thankful and joyful on top of all the lights, decorations, and Christmas music this season brings.

Prayer Requests

- Thank God for guiding us through this process of planting a church and reaching the lost in the Ankeny community!

- Thank God for all the support and prayers offered by the wonderful, mission-minded people of St. Paul Lutheran and the IDW.

- Praise God for continuing to reveal people whom he has prepared to receive the gospel.  Pray that he continues to open our eyes to the mission field all around us.

- Pray that God guides us as The Gate’s leadership and membership takes on all the responsibilities of administering the affairs of a church.

- Pray that God gives us a big breakthrough in mission and evangelism as we seek to obey Christ’s command to reach the lost, make disciples, baptize, and teach.

Pastor Aaron Hannemann


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