Potter's Hands Christian Church has closed.
Our last gathering was Sunday, October 12th, and we celebrated the ministry and victories of Potter's Hands Christian Church.
It is difficult to understand and explain why this happens. We know how a forest fire works. After the fire, there is new growth. Sometimes with churches there needs to be an ending in order for a new beginning. Our God is great, awesome, and mysterious. He always has a plan. He always wants what is best for us. We need to trust that He is at work through all of this.
We came to this decision at our staff meeting on Tuesday September 23rd. We had knocked on all doors. We explored every possible scenario. These doors included: seeking help from other churches, collaborating (merging) with other churches, attempting to hire a lead Pastor, offering Jason to stay as lead Pastor, looking for less expensive buildings, meeting with Elders from other surrounding churches and asking NWCEA's director and our former lead Pastor Sean Thome' for help and insight.
One of the pressing facts that led to the decision was the expense of the building and cost to run the church, coupled with the decline in attendance and giving. Also pressing was the decision of our teaching Pastor, Jason Cybulski to find full time employment elsewhere and Elder, Bob Bonebrake needing to step down for health and family reasons. We had two meetings in September with our extended staff that included Karen Gardner, Bob and Carolyn Bonebrake, Jason and Carrie Cybulski, Melissa Palmer and me and my husband, Tim Moreno. We spoke honestly and prayed together and encouraged each other to ask God for direction.
My hope and prayer is that through this dramatic change in all of our lives, that we hold tighter to our faith. That we continue to press in and seek God in a more meaningful and deeper way. That we make it a routine to read and study scripture. That we encourage each other on a daily basis. That we make it our mission to be a blessing to those around us. That we never forget the hope that we have in Christ Jesus.
I am so thankful for you. I love you sincerely with the love of Christ. We, as believers have much to be grateful for. He has blessed us in so many ways. I continue to pray for you and look for good things to come.
"The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace." Psalm 29:11
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