On to the Next One

Don’t get me wrong, I’m focused on Christmas, especially considering I still have shopping to do.  amazon.com completely hooked me up, and I knocked out a strong majority of my shopping on the laptop with Monday Night Football in the background which is unarguably the best way to shop, but there are still some elusive gifts I need to track down. On a more serious note, we have had a great Advent worship season, which will conclude on Friday night. Our theme is “Light in the Darkness,” drawn from the beautiful Scriptural imagery of Christ being the light of the world and challenging us to live out that light. So, Christmas is forefront on my mind, and I cannot wait until Christmas day; however, today I found myself thinking about the New Year.  Don’t forget about the greatness of New Year’s Day. It’s quite the holiday, too.  Why…? I’ll tell you.  1) College Football kicks into overdrive via Bowl Mania. 2) Black Eyed Peas (not Fergie and her friends, but the food). 3) All the optimism and changes found through resolutions.  So my thoughts recently about New Year’s really revolved around #3, and my excitement for NorthPointe in 2011.  We have had tons to celebrate in 2010, and I expect more of the same in this next year. 

In 2010, at NorthPointe, we celebrated 5 baptisms, welcomed 15 new members to join our church, launched 3 new LifeGroups, and named volunteer leaders to step into ministry roles: Nursery Coordinator, Children’s Ministry Coordinator, and Youth Coordinator.  We’ve seen remarkable growth in our Bible Study participation numbers, from an average of 20 people per Sunday in the summer to an average of 34 in November.  We had our most successful VBS this last June, our best Trunk-r-Treat, and our Thanksgiving Thankfulness Fellowship was amazing.  Also, our Girl Scout Families Outreach Banquet was a success.  In September, NorthPointe organized its first mission trip as 4 of our members shared the Gospel and built relationships with West African Muslims in New York City.  We set a NorthPointe record for Operation Christmas Child boxes, and we partnered in support of the Arlington Pregnancy Center.   I’m sure I am leaving out some things, so please forgive me, but we have had a great year with so much to celebrate.

And that is why I am in a state of optimism for the next year.  In 2011, I want to see our LifeGroups continue to grow and launch new groups. I am prayerfully committed to helping our groups be places of community and welcoming environment.  I am looking forward to growing our Leadership Team with people who will help us accomplish our vision. I am excited about finding new ways to support and meet the needs of the community around us. I am excited to communicate clearly the church’s needs and encourage each member to give in a variety of ways to our church, taking a vital role in its growth. I am anticipating new members and visitors, new relationships and friendships, and the continued strengthening of our community at NorthPointe.  Lastly, I am blessed in looking forward to another year of worship with our church family. 

I hope you close out this year well, and move on to the next one with a sense of anticipation that God is alive and well, and working in your church and your life.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3.12-14, ESV)

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