Welcome to the month of August! The eighth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar literally means “inspiring reverence or admiration.” I’m praying that this month will live up to its name in our lives as a church family. The Psalmist once cried out “Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere Him” (Psalm 33:8). May each day of this month inspire us fear and revere the Lord. Let’s live each one of the next thirty-one days respecting the Lord’s power and authority and being in awe of the One who has saved us out of the depths of His love, mercy, and grace.
The arrival of August always reminds me that summer is quickly slipping away. August paves the way for students preparing to go back to school and the long-anticipated return of football (Go Big Red!). August is always a pivotal month for our church family and filled with many special events.
God is doing a mighty work in and through us as a church family as we strive to fulfill our mission of developing dedicated followers of Jesus Christ who worship, grow, love, and share – all for the glory of God! Please take a few minutes to read this month’s newsletter for more information about all the exciting things happening this month. May all that we do this month inspire us to revere our great and mighty God who loves us with an everlasting love and has saved us by His grace.
You are loved and prayed for – serve Him well!
Caleb and Jennifer Palmer
Caleb and Jennifer Palmer are our missionary partners serving with Village Missions in Northern California. They serve at the Ono-Igo Community Church. They have six children: Gabriel is a new graduate from high school. He works at Burger King and plans to become a meteorologist. He will be moving to Kansas to attend school when the Lord opens the door.
Isaiah is looking forward to getting his license. He has taken driver’s education and has his permit. He also works at Burger King. His love is music, and so far he can play three instruments: the harmonica, guitar, and keyboard. Joseph is twelve years old and bought his brother’s candle/soap business which keeps him busy. He is also a big help with the kitchen remodel project going on at their home.
Abigail (9), Esther (4), and Keturah (1) are the younger siblings. Abigail loves to help and play chess and cribbage. Caleb was privileged to baptize Esther on Easter Sunday. She is a very curious young lady which leads to discovery and sometimes mischief. Having started walking at 10 months, Keturah is very busy exploring and learning to talk.
The Palmers live in a gated community which makes it difficult to reach out. They ask us to “pray for open gates, open doors and open hearts.” Easter sunrise service was attended by 19 people. The Palmers are rejoicing for this.
Please pray for the Palmers as they continue their work with Village Missions. They were thankful that four family members were able to fly out from Michigan to help celebrate Gabriel’s graduation. The church family also helped them celebrate. The Palmer’s write: “Pray that our building would continue to be used for the glory of God. That it would serve the communities and their needs. Pray that we would all have servant hearts and attitudes.”
Please pray for the Palmers as they reach out with love to minister to the people of the community. A note of encouragement can be sent to them at P.O. Box 127, Igo, CA 96047 or they can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com