What an exciting few months it has been here! And, how busy we’ve been! With the upcoming Christmas season, we will continue to be very busy, as I’m sure many of you will be also.
I would like to share how pleased and blessed I am by our little church. For the past few months, we have been averaging about 15-16 people on Sunday mornings. We have been studying through the book of Deuteronomy, and we’ll be finishing chapter 4 this week. We have also been blessed by the musical talents of one of our members, and we’re excited to begin singing Christmas music in anticipation of the celebration of Jesus’ first coming. We will be holding our first ever Christmas Eve service at the Shilo Inn on the river at 5pm. If you live in Idaho Falls, we ask that you consider visiting us for this celebration of Christ’s birth. If you don’t live in Idaho Falls, please pray for us that our service would be well attended, and that it would help us to build toward a more formal launch in the months ahead.
We have been meeting in my basement, and we hope (Lord willing) to find a location in the next few months and begin to worship somewhere near downtown Idaho Falls. We have been looking at properties, and we will not be able to afford much for rent at this time. That is where you all come in: please continue to pray with us that we will find a space to fellowship and worship, but also that our ministry and financial partners would help us to afford rent, and that more people would join us in this endeavor.
More than our gatherings on Sunday mornings, we have been reaching out to our community’s homeless and needy population. We began this outreach by several of our members (myself included) actually working shifts and volunteering at our men’s homeless shelter. But, our little church overall has rallied with us and has taken to loving and serving this community as well.
On Thanksgiving, our church helped cook for and serve the homeless at the City of Refuge for the community meal there. Aside from one family that was out of town visiting relatives and friends that week, we had every member of our church represented at that meal, whether serving, or by cooking and delivering food for the meal. I was so blessed to see that nearly our whole church participated in that thanksgiving meal.
We had also planned to seek out families in need at our local family shelter. We received one family’s needs, and planned to fill those needs over the course of a week. Our church gathered supplies, and we collected them at my house. Over the course of that week, I could tell that we were gathering much more than the family requested. People began to buy Christmas presents for the family, and before we knew it, we had a large moving box full of gifts and household supplies to give this family.
Please pray for Marie, and her three boys. We pray that our gift to them blessed them, and also that we may continue to reach out to families in need at the FAITH house in the months ahead. Pray with us that this ministry would be fruitful and a blessing to those who live and work there.
I have been abundantly blessed by the generosity of our ministry partners, and at the end of December, I will be no longer be working part-time at the homeless shelter. I have mixed emotions about this. I love the men down there, and I love the chance to spend time with them and listen to them, and minister to them. However, working nights and weekends (aside from church work) has really been wearing me down. So, I will happily continue to volunteer at the mission every so often and maintain contact with the men that we are already ministering to there. Please pray for us that our ministry to these homeless men would continue to be fruitful.
As I mentioned, it is the generosity of our ministry partners that allows me to work more towards full-time with the church. With the end of the year only weeks away, I would like to let you all know that we welcome any year-end tax-deductible giving to Emmaus Road Church that the Lord puts on your hearts. Feel free to visit our giving page on our website: walkemmausroad.com/give-online, or our Go Fund me page: gofundme.com/EmmausRoadChurch. You can also make checks payable to Emmaus Road Church, and send them to the PO Box listed below. For ideas on non-cash giving, please let me know and I will put you in contact with our church treasurer.
As a church, we truly have much to be thankful for, and we cannot wait to see what God has in store for us as we move into the new year. Thank you all for your prayers, and your generosity in giving. And, as always, if you are local and you would like to know more about what we are up to, or if you would like to join us for worship, please feel free to contact me.
Blessings to you all this month of December,