CL family and friends,

A year ago today, Krista and I walked into CrossLink. Our first visit was for an extensive interview for the pastoral position around a week prior. For our second visit, Sept. 15th, 2019, we had the opportunity to share a glimpse of our testimony with the CL family. Krista and I didn't know what to expect. I think those moments are always at least a little awkward for everyone involved, typifying two people on a date for the first time as they attempt to put their best foot forward while suppressing the nervous and anxious feelings. However, no matter what would happen on that day, Krista and I knew our calling was to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, walk with the wounded, and love people well. We all have walked through a myriad of seasons. Some "good," leaving an indelible imprint of joy on our souls. Some "bad", leaving us beaten, nursing our wounds, and hiding our scars. Even though seasons are ever-changing, our Savior and King never changes. His message remains steadfast amid our fluid seasons. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only remedy for the wounds we receive and is the only hope that provides an anchor for our soul.

We have been with you for a year since our introduction. Our family collides with CL's family, each one carrying hopes and baggage. Now we are one family moving forward in one hope carrying one message, striving in one Spirit, and carrying each other's burdens. As I sit in my office writing this letter, it amazes me where our journey has already taken us. The challenges that exist in a pastoral transition can be complicated, frequently crippling churches and stifling their mission. But then you add in the unprecedented variables that we have faced in 2020! It is nothing short of a miracle that we are still here, not merely surviving but thriving. Considering all this, I fall to my knees wholly astounded by God and His mercies. Constantly reminding us that He is in charge, that His church will remain to carry the beacon of hope, the Gospel, to our world no matter how dark and bleak our world becomes.

I just wanted to take a moment, a year out from our introduction, to say THANK YOU. Thank you for loving my family well. Thank you for your steadfastness in these shifting times. We understand that with new leadership comes change, so thank you for walking this change out with us. Thank you for trusting us. Thank you for serving alongside us. We are in an age where it is easy to walk away. Our humanity makes it easy for us to run, hide, or fight. So thank you for remaining! There is something beautiful that happens in God's people when they choose to endure and remain. Lastly, thank you so much for joining us in treasuring Jesus above all else.

We are excited to continue in our mission to Prize Jesus, Make Disciples, and Love Well.

Grace and Peace

Jeremy and Krista

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