Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So Much To Be...

Thankful For!

What a year! We hope you are well, and that you, too, have much to be thankful for. We’re foremost thankful to God who is our Father, our Hope and our Redeemer. And we’re thankful for friends like you who have carried us through 2011!

As most of you know, 2011 has been the year to walk out the vision God gave to start a new church in Galesburg….and thankfully we’re not walking it alone! God has connected us with a great church planting organization (Converge), a great local church (Bethel), and a great  pioneering team of people who have been committed to the idea of church for people who aren’t in church. Together, we are now in our second month of leading Fields Church!

A resounding theme of Fields Church is that everyone is on a spiritual journey, whether they realize it or not. Our focus has been helping people evaluate their journey and move forward on it. Sounds like all fun and games, right? It’s been the best of times. . . and the hardest of times. God has been teaching us to rely on Him in deeper ways. Personal challenges involving extended family medical issues, death, depression, pregnancy, support raising, and spiritual warfare have kept us in a constant state of dependence upon God. We are thankful that He is the author and finisher of life, and during the trials He is faithful and active.

This week Mark had the opportunity to talk and pray with a woman who placed her faith in Jesus Christ. As a single mom, she has many worries in this life. Yet she’s now settled her eternity and is connecting to a church family where she can thrive. Seeing lives changed never gets old!

Seeing lives born doesn’t get old either! Our son, Corban Mark, was born in August bringing our kid count to five. Having a baby in the house again keeps us smiling and sleep deprived! Claire, 10, enjoys reading, drawing cartoons, and being the Big Sister. Twins Luke and Caleb, almost 8, loved their first year of baseball on the Cubs team, are hooked on The Magic Tree House books and fill the house with laughter and loudness. You’ll find Lydia, 4, wearing a dress everyday. She has loads of personality and loves to perform for anyone who will watch.  Our children are a blessing beyond measure and we treasure them.

To catch a few more pictures of our year, check out and Please let us know how we can stay in touch and pray for you. We wish you sweet times over Thanksgiving and Christmas, and may God surprise you in 2012!

Thankful for you,
Mark & Jody
Claire, Luke, Caleb, Lydia, & Corban


Kelly said...

Great picture! It's so nice to see you thriving even in hard times. Happy Thanksgiving.

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