Dear Friends and Partners,
As I reflect on our first year as a church, my heart echoes the praise of Psalm 9:1.
“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.”
Since we began meeting regularly, we have seen our attendance more than triple. This past year we prayer walked hundreds of homes and apartment buildings in Central Lakewood. By God’s grace, we completed several community service projects with the city of Lakewood. We were able to hold our first soccer and arts camp this summer, and had hundreds of people attend our Spring and Fall Festivals. We shared Christ with many and witnessed many lives transformed by the gospel. We also sent out our first church-planting intern who hopes to begin church planting this coming summer. None of this is possible without the generous and even sacrificial support of friends and partners like you.
Sending Out John and Jessica Reid
Even with these evidences of God’s grace, these past 12 months have been hard. Church Planting in Denver is difficult. From the city to the mountains, this area promises so much mirage-like hope to the millions who live here. So many people in Denver, including professing Christians, are committed to being uncommitted and certainly when it comes to the church. In a city that chases so many empty promises, we believe with all our hearts Jesus provides the true hope and joy they seek.
As we head into 2017, we anticipate at least a 10% reduction in our monthly donation income compared to last year. This potential loss in funds greatly curtails our ministry. We desire to do so much more next year to reach this community for Christ, but we need your help. As the church in Philippi gave to the mission of the Apostle Paul, we need financially giving partners.
Please, take a moment to stop and pray for this church plant. If the Lord leads you to give, please do whatever He tells you. We are deeply grateful for all your prayers and support!
His Kingdom Come!
Jordan Branch | Pastor
Calvary Church – Lakewood