Dear church family,
What an amazing weekend we had together this past weekend! After months of meeting online and a couple of weekends of meeting outside, it was such a joy to come back inside our building and worship the Lord together. We know that not everyone is able to come to the building for in-person worship yet, so some of you are joining in with us online. We want you to take the time you think is necessary, and we look forward to seeing you when you are able to come back and meet in person!
Twenty years ago this past February, our family moved to Queensbury for the Lord to work through us to start New Hope, and it has been an amazing ride! Wow, how the Lord has worked beyond our wildest dreams! Now, though, we stand on the threshold of maybe, Lord willing, another 20 years’ worth of vision ahead of us (I don’t intend to be setting any time frames. Only the Lord knows, but I think you know what I mean. In other words, we have a lot more ahead of us together!). And as the first big phase of New Hope’s life is kind of wrapping up, I have begun to realize that I need to pause and take some time away to rest before leading us into the next one. As I have shared that with our pastors and ministry leaders over the past 3-6 months, that has been affirmed by them as well.
So, I am going to be away for about 3 months. I will basically be gone for the months of August and September but also including the last week of July and the first few weeks of October. My last Sunday will be June 26-27, and I will plan to be back in worship again by the last weekend of October for our 20th Anniversary Celebration!
I know something like this takes a little time to soak in, so we wanted to share this with you this week in this letter and with a Q & A sheet below. We’re also having our normal business meeting this Sunday, July 19, at noon, so that will give us some opportunity to talk about it some more together.
Church family, I cannot thank you enough for the amazing way you have responded to the Lord over these past 20 years, and as we seek Him for the next steps, I believe He has so much more ahead for us together. I love and appreciate you all so much!
God bless you,