2019 - 2020
A Look Back
Dear Church Family,
There isn’t too much to report from this past year: You called a new pastor (me). Then, we immediately went into Shelter-in-Place and have now convened church with screens for six months. We have lost in-person weddings, funerals, graduations, and the normal gatherings of family and friends that typically punctuate and bless our lives. Deep political divisions have been magnified as has the current racial trauma which has sadly remained a steady current throughout our nation’s history. We have experienced the most destructive fire season on record in the State of California and the economy is now squeezing many of us out. Tongue in cheek aside, much of great import and impact has happened in this last year—Wow!
Go back and re-read that first paragraph to simply allow it to settle into your heart—just how much has been endured! The amount of physical exertion and emotional dexterity that it takes to simply be a human being right now can feel quite overwhelming. And yet, with nothing trite about it, God remains faithful! And you remain faithful as well. I have been blessed to hear stories about how our church has continued to love and serve through faith and good deeds. As Christians and as neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family members, you have modeled what genuine faith and trust in God looks like—you have taken a moment that should be riddled with anxiety and you’ve used it to demonstrate a steady calm to carry on and to trust that God’s got this!
Much has been accomplished! As a church, we have launched a thriving groceries ministry and have raised over $50,000 toward the Covid-19 Relief Lend-A-Hand Fund. Out of this fund, we have issued 17 grants and given large gifts to the Monument Crisis Center and the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano. By God’s grace, we have continued to meet in community (albeit virtually) through community groups, men’s and women’s ministries, children’s and student ministries, and in bible studies. And we have managed to gather for worship every Sunday, albeit virtually, to be together and to be present to God and to one another.
A Look Forward
As we move toward the hinge between 2020 (good riddance!) and 2021 (come quickly!), God has impressed a verse upon my heart that I would like to claim as the theme verse for WCPC. After chronicling loss and suffering, Paul writes to the church in Rome:
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
“What if?” Two small words that, when joined, form a question with the potential to envision a new reality—a new way of being.
The “What if?” question shows up all over Scripture: What if Jesus is the Messiah? What if Christ did rise from the dead? What if followers of Jesus launch a church against which evil will never ultimately prevail? What if Jesus will return to bring a final restoration of all things beautiful, good, and true?
“What if?” shows up in the mission of every local church, including our own:
- What if the Gospel (“the Good News of God in Christ”) really changes everything?
- What if we continued becoming a church with our unchurched friends, neighbors, and coworkers in mind?
- What if lives are changed forever through the Holy Spirit’s work?
- What if grace grabbed us in such a way that we cannot help living lives of gratitude that spill over into generosity?
- What if the mercy and justice of God really did flow from the church in a manner that brings peace to our beloved East Bay?
- What if our work mattered to God and God mattered to our work? What if the children of WCPC knew the love of God, learned the Scriptures, and wanted to live out the grace and truth of God in Christ?
- What if the youth of WCPC explored an authentic Christian faith that they could make their own—a faith that will weather well in the good times and bad?
- What if our church continued to partner with other churches and began to plant new churches to multiply our efforts of bringing the Gospel to the East Bay?
These “What if?” questions are the questions that we always want to pray over and try to live into at WCPC.
If you are new to WCPC or still trying to better understand who we are and how our heart beats, then you will see that the many “What if?” questions we ask tend to cluster around three postures:
- UP—Loving God in Worship
What if God would meet us in worship in such a way that we see our very character beginning to match God’s?
- IN—Loving One Another in Community
What if we made sacrifices of our time and energy to enter into deep relationship with one another in the context of becoming a community that feels like a genuine family?
- OUT—Loving Our Neighbors, Friends, and Coworkers in Mission
What if, trusting God, we took relational risks in bringing our friends, neighbors, and coworkers into faith?
By God’s grace, all of these things have happened, do happen, and will continue to happen at WCPC. We worship a God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and who promises to be with us to the very end of the age. We invite you to bring all of your “What ifs” into this next year at WCPC and let us see what God will do in our midst.
If God is for us who can be against us?
2019 - 2020 Finances
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2019 - 2020 Projects
Death - 6, Other - 42