A Year in Review
A Year in Review
You may have heard of the phrase, “She was smiling EAR TO EAR.” Here at The Family of Faith we might say that we have been so blessed that our ministry is smiling YEAR TO YEAR. Join me in recalling some of our blessings as we prepare to celebrate the greatest blessing of all – the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Day.
On Sunday, April 2, 2017, just a couple of weeks before Easter, many of us gathered to worship God for the first time at our new second location on Fry Road. While there was just dirt at that location, we brought our music, and the American flag, and the flag of the cross, and the processional cross from our established location in Copperfield to our second location next to the Miramesa subdivision. Songs were sung. Prayers were prayed. Pictures were made. All of those gathered then drove down the street and enjoyed a meal of celebration at a local pizza parlor.
Later that same month, on Sunday, April 30, 2017, many of us again gathered to dig the first ceremonial shovels of dirt on our new construction site. For various legal reasons this ceremony was not possible on April 2. Families from both church and preschool took turns digging away at the rock-hard soil. After some effort, the shape of a small cross was made in the top-soil symbolizing that this ground was being set aside to serve the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
On August 21, 2017, the preschool staff was assembled for a training day. During a break, the whole staff went out to look at a wonder of nature in the sky – a solar eclipse. This wonder of nature astounded us. Who knew that just five days later another wonder of nature would visit us – Hurricane Harvey. God motivated The Family of Faith Lutheran Church and Preschool to coordinate relief efforts for our neighbors who were affected by the storm. The gymnasium housed 36 families and 13 dogs during a three-day period. The comfort dogs visited the preschool children when school was able to start. Some preschool teachers and their families received generous grants to help them rebuild their homes.
On October 31, 2017, The Family of Faith celebrated another storm – a religious storm. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther spoke out again the tyranny of his age. He did so as he was inspired by the clear message of Holy Scripture. By Scripture alone, by grace alone, and by faith alone are souls saved. Five Hundred years of Reformation history was celebrated at The Family of Faith and throughout the Houston area.
On April 1, 2018, it will be time to gather for Easter again. The dirt on Fry Road now serves as the foundation for our new second location for ministry. Many new students, teachers, and aids have joined The Family of Faith community. Join us this Sunday as we present our heartfelt thanks to the resurrected Christ at the 10 AM worship service. Join us as we shout “Alleluia!” to the Lord of Life. Take your place in one of the pews as we together sing God’s praises for all of His goodness to us. Join us and experience what it feels like to smile from YEAR TO YEAR.