It has been such a fun time at UTA during the month of October and I am so grateful for each of you and the way you guys support me while I get to meet with college students, and learn more about Jesus. It is such a cool thing and if you ask anyone lately the words that just keep pouring out of my mouth are "I can't believe this my job" or "this is just such a blessing". I really am just so thankful that God provides us with these opportunities. Sooo let me tell you what we have been up to this month!
BIG NEWS AT FOCUS
|Jacob, Stephanie, Jordy, Blake, Austin, Me, Rachael|
This is Mandy's class which is called Maturing with Mandy, and it is really fun! We go over different leadership habitudes and spiritual disciplines. We have been learning more about silence and resting with God. I have found that to be very helpful as I typically tend to be someone who values business, but just learning more about how to value rest has been so good.
Fun At UTA
This past week we got to put on a Halloween party, and our staff dressed up as Toy Story as you can tell! Comment which costume was your favorite! Then in core two sweet gals that I get to study the bible with had birthdays just a couple days apart from each other! So we got to have little Bundt cakes and celebrate with each other. It was so sweet to have a mini party and show love to these girls.
Keep FOCUS Growing
So as many of you guys are aware, our pastors raise support, but it takes so much more than that for us to do ministry! There is outreach supplies and activities, administrative support, we are currently planting new campuses like TCC, and then also health and retirement benefits! So we are kicking off our Keep FOCUS Growing fundraiser. This is an annual fundraiser that is focused on being around for the long haul and expanding our reach as a ministry. Some of our generous donors have banded together and agree to match up to $50,000 in total donations during this campaign! So if we receive a total of $50,000, they will donate an additional $50,000! If you are thinking about giving the first day to do that will be November 30th! This is also known as giving Tuesday! The best way to give will be through Facebook, and the various KFG fundraisers that we will be sharing, also a check with KFG in the memo button, or you could give a one time donation to anyfocus.churchcenter.com (where you set up recurring giving) and there is an option for Keep FOCUS growing 2021! Thank you guys so much for already being so generous in supporting me as a pastor, and thinking through this additional opportunity!
- My sweet co-fa who I get to lead core with at UTA had her appendix removed a few weeks ago and is still recovering, so if you could be praying for her!
- As the season is changing we are noticing some seasonal depression and anxiety, so if you could be praying for mental health among out community
- Then just if you could continually be praying for the girls in my core, and that they become friends. I can already see God moving in their hearts towards one another, so all the prayer for friendship will be so good!