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I had a short panic attack. We were cleaning out some areas of the office preparing it for some new paint and making room for a new staff member when they told me the news. We had briefly discussed converting some old attendance records and storing them online. Mostly we talked about how many years to record. When they told me they had disposed of the old records before the date suggested I lost my breath… Now mind you, I’ve never looked at that data before. I’m fairly certain I would never look at that data going forward, but suddenly the decades of ministry preceding my time at Wallula washed over me. I thought, for a moment, I’ve erased everything God had accomplished through Wallula Christian Church over those years! Ridiculous! Of course purging some documents that were just taking up space can’t undo the eternal difference Jesus has made through this church. 

In fact that is exactly why we go through this process of the Vision Dinner every year; God is making an eternal difference in and through you at Wallula Christian Church! Take some time, like I have, and think about the many good things He has done in our community, families and lives in 2018. Consider the hungry that were fed, the shelterless that were housed, the students that were mentored and discipled, the kids that discovered how big their God really is! Think about the relationships that were formed and grown in small groups, praise Him for the leaders that were developed through ministry teams, be awed by the generosity that has been displayed this year at Wallula. Did you know that our Walk to the Manger Offering broke another record as we received $21,880.26 this year! Were you at our Christmas Eve service with 455 people crammed into our worship center acknowledging the birth of Christ? Or did you celebrate the Resurrection with 595 others this year? Did you hear any of the stories from students when they returned from CIY this summer? How many spaghetti meals did you help prepare and serve on the third Thursdays of the month in 2018? Perhaps you were as humbled as I was by the leadership and devotion of our worship team as they led us into the presence of God Sunday after Sunday during our search for a worship pastor. So much more has happened and I would love to hear your favorite memory of 2018, but I can’t wait to see what God will do in 2019! With our help He is going to make it an even better year!

"For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."

                                                                                                                                                           - 1 Corinthians 1:18

- Lance