Dear Family and Friends,
Merry Christmas from the Rhodes family! It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of another year! This year went by quickly and brought about a lot of change for our family!
To sum up, we began the year with our newest family member Titus! It is hard to believe that he will be one year old at the end of this month! He has been an amazing blessing in our lives and it is as if he has always been there! In January we were given a facility to meet in for free for Fusion, which was an answer to prayer and has made it so much easier for us as a church. It has been great having a place to call our own. Gabriella also turned 6 this year and is doing an excellent job in first grade. Josiah just turned 5 and is looking forward to going to Kindergarten next year. Our new house has been great so far. We love the neighborhood and are looking forward to getting to know our neighbors better.
As the year comes to a close so does the financial support we have from Converge. In our last few newsletters we have appealed to you all about continuing to support us this coming year as well. We have received many positive responses and are excited to see how God is using you all to fill our needs. We are about half way there and are still in need of your help. If you have not yet let us know if you are able to continue your support, we would love to hear from you. Any amount will help make us closer to our goal.
Jeremy just got some additional hours at the Jesus Center and the additional income is helping us quite a bit, but it is still not enough for us to make all our bills. We are not ready to give up on Chico and the people here. God has uniquely designed us for this task and we are ready and willing to serve here for as long as He allows us.
We decided when we started this church plant that we were going to trust God to build his church. We were going back to the basics of being a community filled with Faith, Hope, and Love. We don’t have a lot of bells and whistles. Our goal is to preach the message of Christ and make disciples. We have grown our church one relationship at a time. Doing church this way has made it much harder and slower than we ever could have imagined and we are unwilling to compromise our beliefs to get more people in the door. This is what God has placed on our hearts and we are going to stay on this path. We need your help to keep the doors open!
If you have any questions or would like to know more about what is going on here we would be more than happy to talk to you. We are more than willing to share with you in an open and honest way.
If you have already committed to continue giving to us please begin sending your support directly to Fusion at 1354 East Ave. Ste R #180 Chico, CA 95926. We will send you a reminder in the mail.
Jeremy and Elizabeth Rhodes