We rejoice in the Lord and give thanks to our God and Savior for you and your remembrance of us in our labors here in Bryan, TX. It has been almost a year since my family and I arrived in the Lone Star State to take up the work of pastoring/church planting at Living Way RPMC. In that time we’ve endured a poisonous snake encounter in the back yard, a long hot Texas summer, a close call with Hurricane Harvey, a rare Texas snowfall, several rodeo events, a variety of BBQ and Tex-Mex venues, and (not to rub it in on our northern friends and family) a spring that actually began at the end of February and continues to shine upon us today. It has been a year of adjustments but we’ve been thankful for the Lord’s blessing as we settle into a Texas routine. Thank you for your prayers for our family as we’ve made this transition.
We also rejoice at the work the Lord is doing in and through the congregation. After a few discouragements last summer/ fall with a few families moving away because of jobs, we are thankful that the Lord has provided a new family who recently became members of the congregation and He has given us several opportunities to share the gospel and minister to those in need in our community.
The above passage from Nehemiah 2 expresses the commitment the members of the congregation have demonstrated in seeking to work together in building up the church, by the grace of God.
In January we had a brainstorming meeting to consider ways in which we could reach out to the community. The excitement from this meeting continues as we have begun taking steps to accomplish the goals we set for ourselves. We’ve already set aside some cupboard space where we meet for a small food pantry to assist individuals or families who call or stop by looking for help. We’re also working on developing plans how we can make use of a monthly family activity/arts festival in downtown Bryan as well as hosting a community event at the church later this summer.
Another project we have committed to is getting involved with a local ministry (Family Promise) that serves homeless families. We’re especially excited about this opportunity because the entire congregation (all ages) can be involved serving meals and providing social/recreational activities for families in our community who are trying to get back on their feet. We completed our volunteer training and are awaiting our rotation in the schedule. To show our unity (and to help with advertising) at these events, the young ladies of the congregation combined their creative gifts and designed a congregational t-shirt which we hope to have in the next week. Please pray for us in these (and other) outreach endeavors.
As we look ahead we are thankful for the work and support of the Bryan Commission of the Midwest Presbytery as they have given approval for us to begin moving toward organization from a mission church to a particular congregation. We’re currently working out details/timing for the election of local elders d.v. sometime this summer. We’re very thankful for your prayers of support and encouragement as we seek to be a beacon of light and hope in the Bryan/College Station community. Here are some particular prayer requests:
- Give thanks with us for the Van der Merwe family who recently united with the congregation. They’ve been a great blessing and encouragement to us.
- Pray for wisdom for the Bryan Commission as they continue to lead and counsel us toward organization.
- Pray for those men who may be elected and called to serve as elders in the congregation, their discernment of the Lord’s call and their examinations.
- Pray for the Lord’s blessing on our ministry and outreach efforts in our community.
- Pray that the Lord would continue to add to our number, and that we might be bold with opportunities to share the Gospel.
- Pray for Pastor Rockhill as he speaks at Horn Creek Camp this week.
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Steve Rockhill