Dear Church Family,

In July, I wrote to you about how Elder Greg and Rachel Berkhouse will be relocating to the Dallas area, beginning this transition in the early part of 2019. Recently, Elder Reed Gilmore has also communicated to the session that he and LuAnn are making preparations to eventually move to Boerne, Texas; he plans to step down from the Session sometime during the first quarter of 2019. In losing two of the three elders and their families in the coming months, suffice it to say, we are entering into a major transitional season in the leadership and government of our church.

Last month, we began an officer training class which will conclude in February 2019. Presently, there are six men in attendance. We have a need for new deacons, but an especially acute need for new elders. From the earliest days of the New Testament church, after preaching the gospel and making disciples, the apostles appointed elders in every church that they had planted (Acts 14:21-23); the purpose for which the Apostle Paul left Titus on Crete was so that he “would set in order what remains and appoint elders in very city” (Titus 1:5). The elders of the church are a crucial and essential part of how the Lord grows His kingdom in this world.

So, please pray for the men in the officer training class that this would a be fruitful time of learning and discerning the Lord’s calling. Pray for our soon to depart elders and their families. Pray for your session as we prepare to make these transitions and select men to nominate to the congregation for office in the church sometime in the first part of next year. Finally, please pray for our church that the Lord would continue to bless us such that we might be “steadfast, immoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58) as we are about our mission of gathering and perfecting the saints (WCF 25.3).

The Lord be with you!
- Pastor Peter M. Dietsch