Celebrating lifts one’s soul. Celebrating tells His story. Celebrating is contagious. There’s so much to celebrate:
Let’s celebrate the KidsWorld team members. Ministering to His children, TOGETHER, with such a talented team of people is my number one celebration. I celebrate and I thank God for His bringing us TOGETHER. Each of us individually, graciously bringing our gifts and talents that He has blessed us with to create, to equip, and to impact. It is glorious!
Let’s celebrate Sunday mornings. The previous KidsWorld director always said, “every Sunday is a miracle.” I see that! That’s why on Monday mornings we begin with prayer and praise for what He did.
Let’s celebrate the completion of our church’s most recent giving project, Operation Christmas Child. Last year fifty shoeboxes were sent, and this year God more than tripled that number – over 170 shoeboxes were packed and sent! Yay God. I celebrate because the number of shoeboxes increased. Yes. Wow.
I celebrate, too, because Operation Christmas Child was done TOGETHER. “It was AMAZING!” Church team staff members made shoeboxes. Many church members took a shoebox, filled it, and returned it. Some brought items to fill the shoeboxes. Some gave money towards shipping expenses and/or items to purchase for the boxes. Some participated in the packing party and packed boxes until the supplies ran out. Cold Springs Church people were generous – with their money, their time, their energy, and their love.
There is so much to celebrate! Plus, celebrating is FUN!
I’d like to close with a few of my favorite CELEBRATION Bible verses:
“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
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