Updates from The Gate

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

Phew! We made it to 2018. When I look back at the last year of life at The Gate I am just shocked and humbled by what God has done among us. We’ve participated in two sports camps at Moulton Elementary along with other service opportunities along with that. We’ve done several outreach events in our neighborhoods and community including picnics, barbeques, and having a booth and float at Summer Fest. We’ve baptized two adults and four children. We’ve gone from two to four consistent Connection Groups. Our worship service continues to proclaim the gospel and engage people with God’s Word.  We’ve gone from no formal organizational structure to having a leadership board, life team, a called pastor, and 70 members! Praise God for all he is doing among us!

It’s a new year and with that always comes the discussion of New Year’s resolutions (which, in my opinion, are usually just a knee-jerk reaction to over-eating and being lazy/busy in the month of December). What are you giving up? What habit are you trying to get into? The resolutions I usually hear about have to do with diet and exercise, which reminds me of something St. Paul wrote, “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value you in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Tim. 4:7-8). I agree with St. Paul, bodily training is good, right, and salutary but training your mind, body, and soul to be in tune with the almighty God of the universe-now that is truly worthwhile. How will you train for godliness? Will you ask God to help you get in the Word every day? Will you make worship on Sunday morning a priority? Will you resolve to pray with your kids daily? Will you resolve to wake every morning, make the sign of the cross, remember your baptism, and how Christ has redeemed you from sin, death and the power of Satan? Anyway, those are just some ideas.  The new year is a great time to get in some new, godly habits. May God fill your 2018 with many blessings!

Prayer Requests

  • Thank God for bringing The Gate to the point of being governed effectively and a chartered LCMS congregation.
  • Thank God for the continued prayer and financial support of St. Paul Lutheran and the Iowa District West.
  • Praise God for the people we’ve been able to minister to in the last year and those who have come to faith in Jesus through our ministry.
  • May God grant us his grace as we seek to fulfill his command to make disciples of Jesus.
  • For our families, that they would be filled with God’s love, patience, and grace.
  • That God would give us a breakthrough in evangelism and outreach-that more lost and disconnected people would be found and brought into an abiding relationship with Jesus.
  • That our Connection Groups would continue to grow and impact our community.
  • For those in our community struggling with mental illness, depression, substance abuse and anxiety.

Pastor Aaron Hannemann

 

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