November 30th, 2018
A Letter from Mike Tilley, Senior Pastor
Dear Lake Baldwin Church Family,
We’re gearing up for a beautiful Advent season, and I’m writing this letter to reach out to you before life gets busy for the holidays. My hope is to encourage you with what God is doing in and through your church, and to ask you to prayerfully consider the needs of the church as you plan your year-end giving.
Let’s thank God for some milestones in 2018!
Our youth ministry has grown to 25/week. Five students came to Christ at camp!
Over 100 of you are serving monthly in SPLASH. The kids have organized back-packs for under-resourced students at Glenridge Middle School and have had Skype calls with missionary families. A number of kids have affirmed their faith in Christ and have joined the church.
LBC now supports six missionary families around the world, along with local ministries making a difference in our city. 3% of our budget assists front-line church planters.
God has added new elders, deacons, deaconesses, and community group leaders to strengthen our shepherding, care, and discipleship.
We voted unanimously to call Joe White as associate pastor.
Last year’s Easter service was our largest yet, and God continues to bring new people.
Many in our church are involved in grass roots efforts in loving their neighbors, caring for one another, and serving the city.
Countless lives have been changed by the gospel, as we all have engaged the means of grace.
God has blessed us with a devoted and talented staff team, fully engaged in serving the church and extending Christ’s kingdom.
Thanks to the many who give faithfully we have 87% of our expenses funded as of the end of October. We are trusting God for $83,000 in special year-end gifts to close the gap.
We believe that all of our ministries will be fully funded as we all participate in the grace of giving. Scripture encourages us to “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10)
Please take a faith step in your giving.
While there are many worthwhile ministries to which many of us give, we encourage you to make your local church, the bride of Christ, a priority in your giving. This might be a chance to renew your monthly tithe, or to give a special year-end gift.
Those in our church who give generously would all tell you that there is great joy in giving. May you experience his joy and contentment as you give back to God the first fruits of what he has given you!
In his grace,
Mike Tilley, on behalf of the elders
P.S. You can give a secure gift at through our online giving platform, found here.
Senior Pastor, Lake Baldwin Church