Wednesday, October 18, 2017
We will be meeting at The Rock this Sunday (10-22-17).
Dear Church Family,
What a powerful and healing worship service we experienced together on Sunday! Over 700 of us gathered together, standing room only, at Hessel Church. What a joy to sing out praises together at the top of our lungs! We were able to honor our first responders with a rousing standing ovation and pray over our families who have either been evacuated or have lost their homes. You could hear a pin drop as I read the list of 30 names. We were able to meet afterwards with those experiencing the worst losses and help get some practical help flowing their way. Psalm 46 the perfect text to comfort our hearts. (The sermon is now up on our app and our website.) People hung out afterwords for a couple hours catching up, eating pinwheel sandwiches, and encouraging one another. This disaster has brought out the best in our church, and Barb and I, and the pastoral team, are so very proud of each and everyone of you and honored to be your pastors!
This afternoon I met with area pastors and the pastor who is heading up the Calvary Chapel Association Disaster Relief Fund for our area. Lord willing, this will prove to be of some help to us as we continue to reach out to those in need. Our members, along with some other churches who have heard our plight, have been very generous, and we have been able to be a blessing to many! There are also a few relief agencies that have reached out to us, and we are currently discussing how to coordinate their resources and our needs. All that to say, there is help being offered to us. Praise the Lord!
On a personal note, Barb and I, like so many of us in Santa Rosa, spent our first night in our home yesterday. The house smells a little bit like smoke but we have a house! And we are so grateful.
Every day we hear more and more testimonies of how God is working in such wonderful ways. Keep trusting, keep praying, and keep serving others, as we wait patiently together for the Lord.
Lots of love!
Pastor Ross and Barb