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What a beautiful view from the top of ROA!
[01/02/17] Hey this coming Saturday we are going to be taking down our Christmas decorations. If you are available to help from 1pm-3pm that would be greatly appreciated!Please spread the word!
We had a wonderful year at Rock of Ages LB Church. The Lord has blessed us in so many ways! I am going to copy and paste a letter I wrote to our church last week. If you did not receive this letter and would like it (or would like to be added to our mailing list) please inbox us your address. Its two pages... what can I say, I am a pastor!
Dear Rock of Ages,
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. (1 Peter 1:3,4)
Now that is Good News! That is what Rock of Ages is all about! We want to be a body of believers who gather at ROA for corporate worship but are dispersed throughout the Seattle area. A group of believers who are sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with our family members, neighbors, co-workers and others who God puts in our path.
We have had a great year at Rock of Ages LB Church as God has blessed us in so many ways.
This year God blessed us with a second pastor. Pastor Jordan has worked tirelessly for the sake of the Gospel since his arrival in June. God is really using him in the areas of youth and young adult ministry. We have seen spiritual and numerical growth in both groups! In addition to working with our young people he also preaches and helps with visitation.
God has been using ROA in our Phinney Ridge neighborhood. This summer we started the Coffee Cart Ministry. We pushed our coffee cart out on the sidewalk each Saturday and made lattes, mochas and coffee for our neighbors. This gave us the ability to have valuable conversations with so many people who live in our church neighborhood! When people stopped at the coffee cart it gave us the opportunity to get to know them. Then we started inviting them to our neighborhood party. At our neighborhood party we provided live music, food, inflatables and most importantly, fellowship! We did this with the help of Our Redeemer LB Church (Minot, ND) who brought about 15 people to serve with us for one week. They also helped us put on a VBS for little children. The next event we did to connect with our neighborhood was Trunk or Treat. People from our church parked their cars in our lot and decorated their trunks. When kids walked by we handed out candy. We also had our coffee cart ministry out there to provide warm drinks to all. We had over 300 people connect with us on this day. We also lead a trivia night, a neighborhood garage sale and served people during the car show. Each of these events helped us to connect with people who do not attend Rock of Ages.
We have continued to preach and teach the Word of God, as you would expect. God’s Word is being taught on Sunday morning in our Sunday school classes and in both our worship services (English and Japanese). This year we also started a Monday Night Life Group. This group has a very specific schedule. On the first and third Monday’s we have Bible Study. On the second Monday we meet at someone’s house for prayer and the fourth Monday we try to have some sort of service opportunity or community time.
We also want to thank God for adding to our Elder Board. Rich Erickson is now an Elder and David Wills and Dale Mclarren are Elders in training. Please be praying for the Elder Board as we continue to lead Rock of Ages in vision, strategy and in the preaching and teaching of God’s Word.
I hope that as you read this letter you get excited! I know I sure am and I haven’t even told you about the best part yet! I honestly believe that 2016 has been a year of great joy for Rock of Ages! On Sunday mornings we do an extended meet and greet time and it is so wonderful to just see our church mingle and greet new people. When church is over people stick around and talk, no one leaves! I love it! On the first Sunday of the month we eat lunch together in the fellowship hall, giving us a chance to just talk to each other. I have friends who come and visit Rock of Ages and just about every time they tell me that they could feel the joy! What a compliment to receive! Praise be to God!
Now as we close out the year I would like to invite you to join us in two areas of need. First, please join us in prayer. Pray for your pastors (Jordan and myself), our Elder Board, God’s leading, our ministry to the people who have yet to come to know Jesus and for the people of our congregation who have physical ailments. Second, would you please consider giving at this time to Rock of Ages as we finish the year? We are currently about $7,000 behind in our budget. I am hoping and praying that we can finish strong in giving so that nothing can put a damper on all the great things that have happened this year. Also, we are getting ready to go to Mexico for our mission trip. We have about 15 people who are interested in going on this trip and that means we need to raise $14,000 to cover the expenses of this trip. You might not be able to go on this trip but maybe you are interested in paying for someone else to go. Last year this trip helped me to bond with some wonderful people who go to Rock of Ages and I am looking forward to this trip. Please pray about giving to either our budget or the Mexico Mission Trip.
In closing I would just like to say, “Thank you!” This is my second year leading Rock of Ages. I want you to know that I don’t just love being your pastor; I love you! I am a blessed man.
Because Of His Great Love For Us,
Pastor Brandon Pangman
The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us!
God with Us!
Christmas Eve Service 2016, 5:30 pm. Tonight we celebrated the birth of our Savior, Jesus. A wonderful service with family, friends and some of our Phinney Ridge neighbors.
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