Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! – Psalm 34:3 (ESV)
The last twelve months at Church at the Cross have been filled with ups and downs. We have witnessed God do some great things in and through our people and sustain our people through some very difficult things. We have seen people come to saving faith in Jesus and step into the water to be baptized. Many new people have been added to our church, and we have helped accommodate that growth by expanding our auditorium. Our children’s ministry continues to explode, having now tripled over the last four years. We have added key staff positions; launched new ministries, including CATC Women under the leadership of Colleen Searcy; birthed new life groups; and implemented a plan to pay off our debt in the coming months. We have expanded our missionary footprint into Utah, Africa, and Ecuador while continuing to help start and strengthen new churches in DC and Virginia. For all that we say in joy, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!”
We have also felt the sting of sin and death and painful realities of living in a fallen world where sickness and suffering are never remote. Many in our church family are enduring challenges and trials that are heartbreaking. Through it all, God is showing his faithfulness and manifesting his love through his people. For that we say in hope, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!”
We praise God for all He is doing, and we also acknowledge that there is room for maturity and growth. This next year we will continue to give ourselves to Reaching, Teaching, Training, and Sending. We will make the changes necessary to become more effective in making disciples of our neighbors and the nations. We are not married to a model, but we are settled on that mission. By God’s grace we will help many people and places encounter Jesus.
The Church is not primarily a place, but a people. God has used so many of you to bring about these works of grace. Thank you for your love, service, sacrifice and generosity for the glory of God and the advancement of His Kingdom.