“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them..” –Hebrews 6:10
As the conclusion of the 14th year of our existence as a church approaches, I want to pause on this Thanksgiving week to thank each of our members and regular attenders for the inestimable contributions you have made to Northstar since its inception. It is a daunting task—but one which I relish—to attempt to express my gratefulness for the people of Northstar who have facilitated, strengthened, and enhanced our mission to help the whole world find and follow Jesus.
When Northstar began in 1997, we immediately encountered a culture of servanthood that was unique in my experience, and to my delight that willingness to serve has stayed with us through the years in countless ways. There has always been a willingness to open your homes for small groups and a willingness to open your lives to those far from the heart of God. Scores of those have turned to God and joined the church as a result of your caring. I know this because I have heard the stories.
Hundreds of you have served in numerous capacities and the church staff has been unfailingly blessed and encouraged by the joy, creativity, and effort that you bring each Sunday. I so would like to recognize a few of you by name, but when I try to come up with a short list, I discover I just can’t shorten my list to a sufficient level. Instead I will simply say I thank God for Northstar’s devoted, creative, sacrificial, and delightful group of volunteers.
My summary of your contributions has been written in the past tense, but there’s a “present tense” to your contributions I want to mention. I want to thank you for your support and contributions to Bold Love. It started with people opening their homes, and it ended with you joining with the staff in eagerly waiting to see what God would do next in the life of Northstar Church. Whatever the ultimate outcome in terms of money contributed, we believe Bold Love will sow the seeds of future churches, and thousands of people hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ. We also believe through the Bold Love outreach, we will see marriages healed, families strengthened, and relationships repaired. My hope is that, whether you contributed money to Bold Love, or your time and talents to the church, you will recognize that the service you have given, the prayers you have prayed, the generosity you have expressed, and the talents you have contributed, are having an enduring effect on impacting the world with the gospel.
I thank God for you, and am humbled by the privilege of laboring with you on our journey as a church.
With enduring gratefulness,