Hi Everyone,

Sorry for our long hiatus. A lot has happened in the last couple of months. First of all, we had a baby. Elijah Andrew DeJong McCarron was born on November 22 at 7:46pm. He came out a whopping 9lbs. 8oz. and stretched to 21 1/2 inches. Both Mom and Eli did a fantastic job. He continues to grow and is doing well.

Second, as you might have already observed we haven’t added any video components to the blog yet. Unfortunately there have been some speed bumps in that process. We still have a strong desire to put up some video components, but we have to wade through it a little more before it becomes a reality.

Thirdly, we’re blessed to let you know that God moved and our end of the year fundraising requests were answered in dramatic fashion once again. In November we set an end of the year goal for $26,500. We prayed over the amount and informed our donors. As we waited through November and December we continued to lift it up to God. Fundraising is an amazing way to stretch one’s faith. Just the other day we complied the donations given thus far and were blown away by God’s provision and the body of Christ’s generosity. As of today, $18,500, in cash and pledges has come in since our request – 70% of our original goal. God is good! We aim to raise the remaining $8,000 in the next month or two. Ultimately this money will carry our ministry into June of this year and beyond. We can’t thank you, our family and friends, enough for your support and encouragement!

Fourth and finally, we also are looking forward expectantly to this new year. We look forward to starting a study group with people interested in joining us in planting this new church next Thursday. We look forward to beginning meetings with our Leadership Team in mid-March. We look forward to our first preview service on April 17th. And we look forward to our public launch service on October 23.

2011 is a big year for us and it is a big year for prayer. We ask that you join us as we pray for God’s leading and guiding. Pray that He would bless us with discerning hearts, with willing hands, and with Gospel driven words. Pray also for those who will join us in this venture. Pray a blessing over them and their homes. Pray for strength and courage.

We thank God for you all and lift you up before Him and we pray the Aaronic blessing over you. We pray:
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you his peace.”

In Him,

Nate and Sam