Below is a letter I wrote to our extended missionary family. . . something I try to do every couple of months or so in an attempt to keep them tied into all that's happening here at Grace. . . . .--Pastor Tim
Beloved Grace Church Missionaries,
As Summer emerges here in beautiful San Luis Obispo, I am thinking about you all and realizing its been a while since I have dropped you an update. It's been a fantastic and fast Spring. God is at work in our midst and in our community.
Rather than tell you all the details, I thought the most valuable thing I could do is to send you our 25 page 2005 Annual Report, presented at our 2005 Annual Meeting a couple weeks back on May 22. It was a great evening together, where we looked back on God's faithfulness to His people and His work here at Grace. But it was also a time to look forward by faith to what God might be pleased to do in and through us in 05/06. You all are a valuable part of the Grace Church Family. Therefore, it is important that you know where we're headed! I encourage you to take 45 minutes or so to sit down and read the 2005 Annual Report thoroughly! As you do, you might also find it helpful to listen to the audio from the meeting at . . .
I also wanted to take this opportunity to inform you of an important change in our leadership that particularly pertains to you, our extended family of missionaries. After years of faithful service, Tim Cleath has stepped down from the chair of the Grace Missions Board, but will be continuing as an invaluable part of the board in the future. We give thanks for Tim's leadership and passion for the spread of the Gospel around the world.
We are pleased to introduce to you our new Missions Board Chairman, Tom Phillips. Tom, his wife, Paula, and their children Daniel and Sarah, have lived here on the Central Coast for 9 years or so. Tom works in the area of commercial property development and management. Tom and Paula together have been instrumental in starting the vibrant Heritage Builders Adult Bible Fellowship, which meets on Sunday Mornings. Paula serves as our part time Graphic Designer here on our staff. For the past 2 years, Tom has served on the Finance Trustee Board, where he has exhibited a unique knack for administration, but also an unmistakable passion for missions. We're excited about the gifts, skills, experience, and ideas that Tom will bring to the position of Missions Chair.
I commend Tom to you and have encouraged him to reach out and email you all directly. Welcome and encourage Tom when you hear from him.
We are committed to you here at Grace. We are eager to know you and serve you better. We want you to know that we are more committed than ever to our mission of celebrating, proclaiming and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ here on the Central Coast and beyond (thats you!).
If you are going to be here on the Central Coast at all this summer, please let us know, so we can make arrangements to serve you with transportation, hospitality, service opportunities and fellowship gatherings.
As always, we welcome your feedback and questions. Feel free, at any time, to email me directly or the Missions Board at mailto:email@example.com.
We give thanks for you!
Yours for the cause of Christ. . . . Pastor Tim
Grace Church, SLO