Hi everybody! Jamie and I hope that all of you are doing well!
Time is going by so quickly that it’s hard to believe that we’ve been in Boise for over a month now! Can you believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner?! (In case you were wondering, I’m really hoping that Santa brings me a pool table this year. :)) Though Jamie and I love all of the sunshine here, it is getting pretty cold. In fact, we had our first snow fall last week!
Speaking of church, things are going well - though the “I don’t know anyone stage” has been a little difficult. The fact is though that both Jamie and I know that it’s just a stage and won’t last forever. Part of the problem has been that we’ve not yet had a chance to plug in with a life group…however that may be changing very quickly as it looks like Jamie and I might be leading a group here very soon.
As far as work at the church goes, it’s going well. I’ve been working on a number of different projects as we continue to see how I will best fit into the purpose of the church. The main project that I’ve been working on lately has been to help one of the ministries in the church become more organized and basically help it function more effectively. The ministry is called Youth Serve and its sole purpose is to intentionally plug students who want to serve into the various ministries of the church. One of the main problems was simply that nothing was on paper and so for the last couple of weeks I’ve helped define their policies and procedures and get everything written down. Our next task will be to communicate with the different ministry team leaders in the church so that they are up to date with what we are doing and how it will affect them. Youth Serve has the potential to have an enormous affect on our retention rate with students as its been shown that the more connected youth are with the church and adults in the church, the more likely they are to stay involved with church when they go off to college. In addition, Youth Serve plays a vital role in providing volunteers for the various ministries…and without our volunteers (all 470 of them) our church would simply not function.
I’ve also learned a great deal about leadership and church organization over the last 30 days. It’s exciting to see things work efficiently and the church work towards specific goals. A couple of the goals for which we are currently working towards include expanding the seating in our auditorium because our 11am service is maxed out (though we have four services total), improved audio and visual in the auditorium so people in those new seats will be able to see and hear everything, a sign on our building so people know we are here (sort of important eh?), to install a baptismal, improved lighting and cameras so that we can video podcast and improved lighting in our auditorium and lobby area. We’re hoping to have these accomplished by the end of this year. In addition to the above, we’re hoping to launch two new campuses by the end of next year…one in east Boise and the other in Nampa. We’re definitely striving to advance God’s kingdom here in the Boise area and it’s exciting to see progress in tangible ways.
On the home front, life is great and Jamie, Josiah, and I are doing well. At the moment, both Jamie and Josiah are in San Francisco with Jamie’s mom…which means nothing but peace and quiet at home; much needed peace and quiet at that! It’s given me a little time just to relax and do a little bit of reading – which I really appreciate.
Jamie is doing well also. For those of you who weren’t aware, she has been working about 19 hours a week from home for Warner Pacific College. She is the first employee that the college has ever allowed to work from home and though it was pretty difficult to do while we were moving all over the place, I think it has gotten much easier to manage over the last couple of weeks.
Well, as I said before, Jamie and I hope all of you are doing well, staying healthy, and growing in the faith. Keep in touch!
Robbie, Jamie, and Josiah
Robbie’s email: Robbie.C.York@gmail.com or Robbie@thepursuit.org
Robbie’s cell: 971-221-4471
Jamie’s email: JYork0329@gmail.com
Jamie’s cell: 971-221-5133
Josiah’s email: LookOutLadiesHereIcome@I’m_A_Stud_and_I_Know_it.com
Quick financial and prayer update:
As of right now it looks like we have about $1600 a month that has been committed and a number of folks who have said they intend to help out. We need to raise about $1000 a month more in order to continue working at the church full time. Thank you to all of you who are either supporting us financially and/or through prayer. We appreciate it so much…and for those of you who are not able to support us financially but are intentionally praying for us, that is just as important. Thank you, thank you, thank you. If you would like to support Jamie and me and are not already, please just shoot me an email or give me a call.
Below are this months prayer requests:
- That God would help Jamie and I set aside time for each other despite all of the craziness and transition in our lives at the moment.
- That God would help both the leadership here at the church and myself know where I best fit into the ministry here at The Pursuit.
- That God would give us wisdom with our finances and that he would specifically help Jamie and I spend less and less.
- That God would give us patience and wisdom as parents.