At the end of this week, the elders and ministry staff will be meeting together along with our spouses for our annual retreat. Even though this go-around will look a bit different than other years, thanks to the pandemic, we are looking forward to being together, recharging our spiritual batteries, and initiating some plans for 2021.
For Mike Case, Matt Coppinger, and Eric Tremaine this will be their first retreat of many, Lord willing, to attend and may involve somewhat of a learning curve. But they’ll soon find as we all have that we’re defined somewhat by our collective experiences and dreams for the church. That when we come together, there’s a deeper and richer understanding of how Jesus is as relevent and vital today as he was in first century Galilee. We’re made stronger with each strand of cord, and our aim is to glorify the Lord with the strength and wisdom He gives us.
We covet your prayers this week, and if you are willing, be in prayer for:
1. Our health—specifically that the virus will not show up…
2. Our prayers—that we will be transparent with each other and with God…
3. Our vision—that God’s desires and direction for us as the body of Christ will become ours…
4. The Spirit’s work—seeking boldness in our decisions and trusting His leading.
The elders would like to thank each one who filled out the survey for providing feedback into how we did in 2020 as well as your insights as to how we might improve as a body of believers. We appreciate your willingness to be a part of our retreat in this very important way.
Finally, we anticipate spirit-led discussion on our theme verse for 2021 but wanted to remind you one last time of our verse for this past year.
“For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.” 2 Corinthians 4:5
~East Hill Elders