“Gratitude, help us to see what is there instead of what isn’t.”
Wow, this is truly such a BIG question!
To sum it up in a short email is quite a challenge for me. So, after spending much time trying to pick just one way God has been faithful to me this past year, I decided it would be fitting on this day of celebration to give a BIG shout out to the staff at CSC.
WAY TO GO CSC STAFF! (This includes all your family members as well)
Walking us through these tumultuous times has no doubt been a tremendous stretching of your faith. Finding creative ways to keep our church family connected has no doubt kept you awake at night. Countless hours of service to move us outside, online, and into a hybrid model we’re not in the “plan” and yet, you stepped up to the task and did not shrink back! You kept pressing in to the challenge and never gave up aiming high to maintain connection both to God and to each other.
This is how God has been faithful to our family this year.
Watching you press into the strength only Jesus can supply and live out Love for our community has been so inspiring to Walter and I. We are truly grateful to be part of the CSC community and look forward to more of God’s faithfulness towards us this year as we gather together to do life side by side!
With much love and respect,
This year brought me to one of the biggest choices I have had to make in my short life, and I knew that the choice underlying my decision over college was really about where God wanted me to be. It made perfect sense to stay in Placerville, go to junior college, save money, and stay with the people that I love. But I felt a push. The more I prayed to God and chose to truly give this time of my life to him, the more my heart was transformed. God has been faithful in my decision to move to Chico, because I am experiencing him in a way I never have before -- because I need him every day as I feel homesick or feel the weight of new responsibilities. God was faithful in providing for me when I started college: I immediately found a place in a college group that was dedicated to pursuing him and spreading the gospel. He provided me with a job immediately, as well as a stable place to live in which I was surrounded by people who are sincere in their faith. He has given me opportunities to serve in the church here and to grow spiritually, and He answers prayers on a daily basis -- I don't have the words to explain how faithful God has been to me during this time of my life!
I started to understand how God has been faithful to me by "really" reading His word. Then I was able to see and feel his faithfulness
There were so many different selfish ways I wanted to go in life and did go. But though His faithfulness (which took many years) he carefully steered me back into His ways.
His faithfulness gave me a good husband when I only prayed one time for myself. "Give me a good man"
He faithfully gave me and Dean a church and life group that could help us understand God's love and trust.
He faithfully helped me understand my past without resentment and gave me peace with it.
He has faithfully given me an art skill that I can call my own which helped me overcome my felt unworthiness.
I know I am part of His upper story and I'm excited to see what he has in store for me. He is faithful.
In Christ Jenny Engelson
“If we’re going to move out of L.A. we might as well go where we already have family.” When I said those words to my husband in late 2004, little did I know that by Spring of 2006 we would be moving to Placerville!
After much prayer, I took a “leap of faith” and agreed to move. I knew this could be good in many ways, but questioned how I would find ministry fulfillment. I gave up much to move to Placerville - one was ministry with my parents (I was a leader in the church my dad pastored). The quality of ministry life I lived in Southern California was a gift. I didn’t expect God to replicate it.
I admit the first 6 months here were challenging. But God’s faithfulness is everlasting, his mercies are new every morning! He met me each day with his powerful presence, reminding me that home is wherever he is, not something determined by earthly situations. We found Cold Springs Church within a month. Yet I felt God nudge me to remain quiet about my call to ministry. So for months we simply attended and fell in love with the people of Cold Springs and Placerville itself.
Long story short, on March 27, 2007, I was invited on staff at Cold Springs. I cannot say enough that I have consistently felt in my “sweet spot” here. Pastor David is not simply a phenomenal preacher and pastor, he is an exceptional leader who brings out the best in those around him. My dad was a tough act to follow. God knew this. God knew the kind of leader I would need before I even thought to go into ministry.
I am so grateful that God knows us better than we know ourselves! If it were solely up to me, I would have never been bold enough to jump into the unknown. We are called to do the things we cannot do without Jesus. That is the only reason I took the leap.
I love the people who call Cold Springs Church their family. I love that. Calling a church your “faith family.” That’s what we are. And I wasn’t sure I would find that with the same depth again. My “leap of faith” wasn’t that big of a leap after all. Because what I forgot was that my little faith was all based upon God’s great faithfulness, not my own! And isn’t that a great relief?!
With much love,
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1, NLT)
"Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put his foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He had nothing to do with this world except the naked power of His divine manhood. While still a young man, the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth while He was dying—and that was his coat. When he was dead He was taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the centerpiece of the human race and the leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life." -James Allan Francis