This year was met with so many new faces at Sacramento. We’ve had some near and dear people leave, but God has been gracious, of course, in surprising us with new and different people to become part of this family. And a family we are. We celebrate special occasions like baby showers, births, birthdays, holidays, graduations, and the everyday; loose teeth, babies sleeping through the night, vacations, and meals. So many meals. And through this year, it has become apparent that in the midst of ministry, and in life; to God, community is important.

During this holiday season, all but two of our staff families traveled during Christmas time. It rarely happens, but it certainly ended up being a party at camp. From our festive Christmas party to our quiet and sweet Christmas-Eve service, to our loud Christmas day board game extravaganza, we enjoyed our time together. We’ve enjoyed sharing in the miracle of Christmas and getting to know each other even more deeply.

And so our community of co-workers and families, makes up much of our days and our holidays, and we celebrate and mourn all that is big and small. We meet together, usually eating, and we laugh, talk and we encourage. I can not impress upon you enough how important community has been to me personally. And I am sure to the whole of camp, it has made a difference. In the way that we work, treat guests, serve, and live, is a testimony to our rural little community, and glory to the Lord we serve.

In this new year, I hope you find your community; with a group that encourages, celebrates, and does life with you. As we face a new year, let us do so surrounded with people that steer us toward bettering ourselves and our respective communities. A new year is upon us, with an opportunity to embrace those around us.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Hebrews 10:24-25