MESSAGE FROM GEOFFREYGreetings in the name of our Lord Jesus. I hope you, your family, and the whole Church family are doing well in the Lord. Despite these difficult times. We are doing well and the Lord has been good to us. Year 2020 has been the most difficult year of my Ministry. I am writing my end of year report on paper because the only cyber that was open has since closed. I hope to purchase my own laptop and comfortably prepare my PowerPoints and other works from my house. This will also help me save on the cost of transport to and from Meru town every now and then. I have also purchased a solar panel, a solar battery, an adaptor and a converter to solve phone charging problems for my neighbors and I, and also provide light at my home. I will update you on these things and the Congregation's progress here via a PowerPoint as soon as I buy a laptop, hopefully by next week. Pass my greetings to your family and The 36th Street Church of Christ family. We always remember you all in our prayers as we know you remember us. May the love of Christ be with you all...and Happy New year.In His service,Geoffrey,Meru, Kenya.
Out of an abundance of caution the elders decided yesterday that we should wait until at least March 7th to return to in-person worship services. We recognize that the uncertainty of this pandemic and the need to depend on virtual online services has been a hardship for many of you. We are also cautiously optimistic that available vaccines will provide an opportunity for a real end to this situation so we can meet together in-person once again very soon. If you need additional communion sets, you can pick those up at the Multipurpose Room. You may need to call ahead to be sure Ethan is in the office. God bless all of you and be safe.
TAKING THE GOSPEL TO TANZANIA
MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2021
Grace and Peace to you friends.
On behalf of the team at Tanzania Missions, I want to wish you a happy and prosperous new year! Last year brought a great many challenges that none of us anticipated, and we are hopeful for a return to normalcy this year. However, despite those challenges, God still did some great things in Tanzania. I want to give you a snapshot of some of those things.
YEAR IN REVIEW 2020
- The Andrew Connelly School of Preaching had 24 undergraduate students.
- 8 students successfully completed their bachelor's degrees
- 4 students earned a master's degree
- 239 lost souls were baptized for the remission of their sins (58 from student evangelism)
- 129 erring souls were restored
- 1 congregation rescued from vanishing
- 2 camps were hosted at ACSOP (Future Preacher Training Camp and Tanzania Christian Camp)
- 1 lectureship hosted (Tanzania Leadership Conference)
- $6,000 raised for COVID relief in Tanzania
As you can see, the Lord has been at work in powerful ways in East Africa. Thank you for your encouragement and support during 2020. Join with me in praying for an even better 2021 for the Lord's work in Tanzania.
One great need that we have for this year is for more monthly supporters. With congregations suffering economically during this pandemic, some of our supporters have had to cut their support. Could you help us recover that support by adding Tanzania Missions to your monthly budget if it isn't already a part? Do you have anyone that you could recommend the work to? Let me know!
Till all have heard,
SUNDAY AM BIBLE STUDY HAS RETURNED
We are now broadcasting Sunday morning Bible study ay 9:30 AM on Facebook live. Mike Moss is continuing his study in the book of John. Plan now to join us for Bible study each Sunday morning!
MARCUS AND KATRINA ARE MOVING TO TEXAS
The Stensons will be moving to the Dallas, Texas area where Marcus will join the ministry team at the McDermott Road congregation in Plano just north of Dallas. Katrina will continue to pursue the next evolution of her dance career. Marcus will remain here through the end of the year - and sometime in January, pandemic permitting...will begin all the things that come along with a transition and move of this magnitude. Marcus and Katrina will both be around for some months until well into 2021. It will be a challenging time for them and they would really appreciate prayers over the next few months. A complete statement from Marcus regarding his move is posted on the church's Facebook page.
CHURCH FACEBOOK PAGES36th Street currently has two separate Facebook pages. Both have the same name: 36th Street Church of Christ. The pages are different in the following way:One is a private group for 36th Street members. This is the profile photo:
Anyone can see the group's name, who's in the group, but only members can be added by page Administrators.The other is a public group. This is the profile photo: Anyone can see the group name, who is in the group, and can post to the page.So, basically, if you want to post something to be shared by only our members (and others whom the Admins have approved as members), use the private page. If you want to post something to be shared with the public, use the public page.
ONLINE GIVING IS NOW AVAILABLE (TITHE.LY)
We are now able to accept contributions and donations online. This is a capability that we believe is going to be very beneficial both now, and even in the future when things get back to normal. Here are a few of the benefits:
YOU CAN MAKE A CONTRIBUTION OR DONATION HERE:
DO YOU HAVE A MEMBER ACCOUNT?
Attention: 36th Street Members
Our website contains much useful information for you as a member of the 36th street congregation. We are updating and improving www.36thstreetchurch.com on an ongoing basis.
In order for you to take advantage of the full (members-only) benefits of the site, you need to set up a personal account on the site. It's easy to do - just go to the homepage of the website and click on the 'MEMBERS' tab and select 'REGISTER' from the drop-down menu. You will need to complete the form there and set up a username and password. Your request will be forwarded to a web administrator, who will review the form and set you up in the system.
We encourage you to access the website and see how it can benefit you.