Christ Graciously Grows His Church

Life in the city continues to be wonderfully active, filled with many great opportunities for mercy work and Gospel proclamation. Thank you for your continued support of our Lord’s gracious work here.

November was a wonderful month! We concluded our third ten-week Adult Information/New Members class with the reception of a mother and her two children, ages 10 and 13, as members of Shepherd of the City. While our growth has been measured in small steps, we have seen increased interest in classes from current members as well people inquiring ‘off the street.’

In December, I had the joy and privilege of baptizing three young attendees: Brandon, age 10, son of a new member (Dec 3), an infant, Savannah (Dec 14), and Marlon, affectionately known as “Tank,” the young son of a new member (Dec 21).

During December, we also had an Advent dinner and prayer service mid-week. Most regular Sunday attendees made it for our midweek services, and we grew together through our time of fellowship and evening prayer. We held both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services to celebrate the joyous incarnation of our Savior.

Since Epiphany, we have been holding another Adult Information class with four potential new adult members, who also bring three young children.

Finally, we will welcome two outside congregations for community outreach in February and March. One group will assist with a community dinner and the other, a work day to enhance the property.