Tina and I have now spent eleven Christmas seasons here at GMC and our great community. We are thankful that we can serve here. We feel fulfilled and content. Last year was a bit unique because Tina healed out from her major head surgery in December of 2016 and I had an unexpected hernia surgery in March. We are grateful for all the prayers, love and care that we received from you, the wonderful people here at GMC. We are encouraged and motivated to continue serving.

I am so grateful for our church structure that enables us to function, lead and serve well. Our structure gives us clarity and prevents confusion and overlaps. We have many leadership teams and serving roles and there is good unity and harmony. Thank God. There is no one person, position, team or serving role more important than another. We all work together for the same God and purpose. We all work more directly with some people and we get to know them the best. I work more directly with the staff, elders and deacons and they are great people to work with.

My work as pastor doesn’t change much from year to year but I am motivated, inspired and encouraged over and over and I thank God for that. Very seldom do I dread waking up and facing the day. Most days I love getting ready and going to work. I often get to work at 6ish and all too often we have dinner later because I didn’t get home earlier. But I thank God for all the work that I can do and all the people that I can serve, help, minister to or just connect with and hopefully give encouragement. Now-a-days with social media it is so easy to connect with people and it is a daily way how I interact with people.

I am truly excited for 2018! I anticipate that there will be much good and many blessings. As Pastor, I will work hard, be diligent and cooperate with all the leadership teams and ministries. I love bringing my monthly reports to the elders for discussion and testing. Their wisdom and experience always bring clarity and focus to my questions, thoughts, ideas and whatever else is on my plate. We as elders will spend a whole day together again on January 27th where we will evaluate, test, project and plan. So exciting and helpful!

Paul told the Church in Corinth; “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (I Cor. 15:58) That is my attitude and plan for the future and I have the confidence that you do too. And together, we will do what one can do alone. Let’s keep loving God, loving each other, stay humbled and serving God with joy while we can. Jesus has said: “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” – John 9:4 May God bless us and give us success for His Kingdom and Glory. Amen!

Pastor Bill Wiebe