Merry Christmas from the Frymires! This blog post is as close as we will come to sending out Christmas cards this year. We keep telling ourselves, one day we're going to do that...
Let us start off by saying thank you. Thank you to all of our supporters that provide us with an opportunity to serve in a church we love, in a city we love, and alongside people we love. We can't do this without you and that isn't lost on us. You are God's gift to us and we thank you for your continued support of us.
In addition to meeting our physical needs, many of you often lift us up in prayer before the Father. You regularly send encouraging texts or messages through social media and some of you even randomly send gifts to us. Friends, there is just no way to quantify or describe what all of this means to us. God uses you to sustain us in ministry and we just love you to death for it. So, in sincerity, thank you. We love you!
Like many of you, I'm sure, this time of year is really fun and really busy for us. We've gotten the chance to spend more time with family over Thanksgiving and then also in the coming weeks for Christmas. We love it, but it involves plenty of time in the car and abnormal routines for the kids.
We forgot to take pictures with our Missional Community, but our group has been growing closer together as the semester has moved along. We got together for a big Thanksgiving meal, which was a first for a couple of the college guys in our group who are from Great Britain. They brought some more of their friends from across the pond and it was a good chance for us to meet them. They also brought a couple of their favorite dishes from back home. After the meal, our group pooled money together to purchase high chairs for a woman in the community who is fostering her 4(!!!) grandchildren. It was a proud moment for me to see our group quickly jump at the chance to do that.
As you can tell, we've posted several more pictures this time around. We are a little later in the month than usual in posting this blog, we we figured we'd give you a little more of life that's happened. Moving forward, we will probably post updates every other month. So don't think we're going quiet on you guys!
Our church is nearing the end of renovations at our new building. February 4th is the day I expect us to begin meeting in our new space. We. Are. Excited.
The above pictures are from our first workday. If you're interested, I've done two video updates in the building. You can check those out here: first walk through & second walk through.
This is a massive step of faith for our young church, but we believe it's one God is leading us to take. This will be Providence Road Church's home for the next 10 years at least, possibly 20 or more. To date, we have raised/pledged just under $300,000 of our $500,000 goal. We are thrilled with that number and look forward to watching God provide for us over the coming years.
This whole process has been a new experience for me. It's been a challenge as I try to navigate new responsibilities – with hard deadlines – on top of regular responsibilities at the church that haven't gone away. I've appreciated the opportunities that have come up as a result of the project, but I am also looking forward to having it completed.
We wish you the very best this Christmas season and pray that you are able to reflect on the birth of our Savior, experiencing anew his love for you. Blessings!
Jay, Brooke, Henry, & Eden