At the end of the year we often take time to reflect on what has taken place over the previous 5o plus weeks, as well as look forward to what will happen in the next 52. At Grace we find ourselves in such a situation, as we continue to see God blessing Grace in numerous ways, both in 2015 and as we look to 2016.
Possibly the biggest transition that is taking effect is the transition to a new church governance structure led by a Council of Elders. Within the last few months the transition to elders has been a major part of the discussion here at Grace, as elders were nominated, introduced, and then affirmed by the congregation. It has been exciting to see God work in the lives of the congregation, as well as those who he has called to Grace to serve on the first council of elders.It is also the time of the year where, in some ways, we experience a break from the normalcy of routine and schedules. With Christmas rapidly approaching , the season for both the Christmas and New Year’s holidays invite with it the end-of-the-year parties, the family get-togethers, and the time spent reminiscing. This past Thursday the final deacons’ meeting was held in Moffat Hall. The time was spent communicating what has been taking place of Grace, encouraging those who will be joining the group of deacons’, as well as praying for those who will be leading the congregation of Grace as elders. In attendance at the meeting were those who have served and will be transitioning off of the deacon board, those who will be continuing to serve, the men and women who will be starting to serve in such a role at the start of 2016, as well as the new members of the Council of Elders.
We remain in awe of what God is doing at Grace Baptist Church and how He has continued to provide people to serve in a variety of ways. Let us continue to lift up all of those who have been serving and who will be serving in the upcoming year. In this Christmas season, let us not forget the blessing of Christ and the blessing it is to be a part of His church.