Reflecting on 2018

Reflecting on 2018

Dear ones, 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! What a fruitful 2018 we have experienced together at Nature Coast Church. Could we have imagined Christ’s immeasurable kindness in these 365 days? Nature Coast has added so much… two new staff positions being an integral part! Amy and Allie are a delight who strengthen and increase the message of Jesus + Nothing = Everything to the Nature Coast and beyond. We finish 2018 with the largest staff in the story of Nature Coast!

2018 has also brought with it the flourishing of our Anchor Youth Group. With Christ's goodness, He has added to our student ministry. How can we measure the impact of so many kids engaging with Christ? We are blessed with the most incredible kids and student ministry leaders. Every Sunday our students hear the good news that Jesus loves them and is pursuing them. The number of regularly attending students has increased to more than 25. We are grateful for our Anchor leaders who make a difference in the Youth and give so much of themselves, not because they have to but because they desire to do it! The Lord continues to add children of all ages into the Nature Coast body. Sundays are full with the visible presence of children everywhere as we worship. A special thank you to all who minister to the future of the Nature Coast!

We’ve also added to Nature Coast’s presence beyond the Nature Coast. The availability of the message of Jesus + Nothing = Everything is now heard through our weekly live worship on Sunday mornings across the country and throughout the world, along with the addition of Nature Coast’s Rhythms of Grace devotionals on weekdays! We are grateful to be relentless about the unstoppable, never ending, forever love of Jesus. 

We end 2018 still adding. It is a good possibility that by the end of December, work will begin on the addition of a pole barn to our property. Our growth, especially in our student and children’s ministry, has created the need for more space and we are looking forward to the pole barn to help with those needs. 

The growth in our number of Anchor students has also moved us toward opening up Sunday evenings to our students, in addition to the Sunday mornings beginning in January. We believe this will give additional time for us to listen to the student's stories and what is on their hearts, and provide another opportunity for us to tell them that Jesus loves them, and pursues them without ceasing!

As 2018 comes to a close, we can say for certain that this is the year that has seen the most change and additions in our church’s history. As we finish out the year, I wanted to make sure I had the opportunity to communicate to everyone how grateful I am for their part in the Lord’s work here at Nature Coast. Your passion and participation in the vision of Nature Coast is the instrument Christ has used and continues to use to make all of this happen. Being the end of the year, one of the things we did not quite finish out in 2018 was our capital campaign for our Music Director. Our goal was to raise an additional $50,000. to meet the additional operational need with the addition of staff. As of current, we’ve raised only half of those funds. Your generosity has a direct impact on our vision. As we head to the end of this year and into 2019, I would ask that you consider a one-time end of year gift, or an on-going increase to your regular giving. Perhaps even start giving for the first time as a way to share, invest, and participate as Nature Coast moves forward into 2019. We have good news of great joy for all of the Nature Coast!

I’m looking forward to 2019. I’m so grateful that I get to travel this journey alongside all of you! We plan to have a gathering in the new year to share our vision for 2019. I believe the intentional increase in the prayer life of Nature Coast is changing the soul of Nature Coast. In the end, the only increase that truly matters for Nature Coast, is the increase on our dependence and desperation for Christ and His finished work.  Merry Christmas Nature Coast Church! 

Love you all,

Brad

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