CL family and friends,

Who would have thought that these times would get even more unprecedented! Attempting to navigate around the “normal” obstacles of life can be challenging enough, then 2020 adds a myriad of unfortunate and unforeseen challenges, heartbreaks, and landmines. Needless to say, it has been a rollercoaster ride. We are so thankful that God remains unchanging in His position and faithfulness amid this fickle season. Krista and I would first like to take this opportunity to say thank you! Thank you for walking this out with us. Thank you for remaining committed to CL with your prayers, time, and resources. Thank you for believing that there is hope amid havoc and a love that casts out fear. This time has not been easy for many, yet we stand united on the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him, we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” Romans 5:1-2

We were blessed with some time to get away and unplug, and it revived and rekindled our hopes and vision for CL. We know that God is still at work and will continue to work all things out according to His plan. We also know that God is not found in some far off place but intricately and intimately with us in the trenches of life. Where there is the lowly, lost, little, and least, God is there. Where there is pain, suffering, and difficulty, He is there. God is fundamentally more committed to us than we are faithful to Him. Considering His unwavering commitment to us, we will strive to make Jesus our greatest treasure and to propagate Him as such. We believe that in prizing Jesus, He transforms us from the inside out, leaving an indelible mark deep within our hearts. This begins to fuel our discipleship, which empowers our desire to disciple others. We do all of this in the one stream of loving well! We want all of us to love people as God continues to lavish on us His unconditional love.

Therefore, as we get ready to begin our “new normal” and relaunch our different ministries, it is imperative that we do all of this through the lenses of our mission, Prize Jesus – Make Disciples- Love Well. Krista and I are asking that you join us in three things as we move forward:

Do all things with Kindness – in this season of hostility and uncertainty, can you help us foster an atmosphere of Kindness at CL and within our community. When people walk through our doors, bump into us on the streets, or read our words on social media, they will experience a kindness that warms their soul.

Respond and React with Grace – this season is new for us all. We have never faced times like this. Therefore, we will make mistakes, fumble, or say/do something unintentionally hurtful. Let our first employment of thought and deed be laced with grace.

Continue to Serve – We are in this together, and we need your help. We have worked with a skeleton crew for a while now and are excited to get others involved. Please let us know if you have a passion for serving somewhere, or you see a potential hole that you could fill.

We love you all and are beyond excited to see where God is going to take us!

Grace and Peace

Jeremy and Krista

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