Smiles. Greeting. Love. Energy. Ideas. Sharing. Compassion.

This is what you will encounter on an average Sabbath at The Way—or at any other meeting during the week. We have been working hard together to reach out and reach in.

We hosted a Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program at the beginning of 2019. Several people from our church, nearby churches and the community enjoyed the weekly sessions. The information was valuable and the discussion groups were inspirational and encouraging. One participant expressed that the principles for improving brain health would highly benefit everyone, whether or not they were experiencing depression. 

In the summer, we invited Randy Rincon, who had joined us in 2018, to return as our Evangelism Coordinator for a few months. He studied with interested individuals and coordinated outreach opportunities. He worked hard to build up our young adult ministries. We also enjoyed spiritual refreshment in a ten-day revival series with speaker David Machado of Revelation of Love Ministries in California, and singer Laura Williams from Washington. 

In September, we celebrated a baptism. For this special day, Tracii Hauck shared her inspiring testimony to a packed church. Many from the Hmong community came to witness this event.

Our Family Life team invited Pastor Kevin and Shelly Powell from Arkansas to speak for a weekend event. Their message encouraged and inspired us to be positively proactive in relationships with spouses, children and other family members. 

The year of events culminated in Fire Awareness month, when many of the members stepped out in the local community to pass out batteries for house smoke detectors. Many homeowners expressed appreciation for the thoughtful gift. 

Besides the major events, smaller groups of church members were able to participate in other outreach—from raking leaves to feeding the hungry to helping with a move. We are thankful for God’s blessings this last year and for all the opportunities He has given us. 

Sarah Little is a member of The Way Church in Shoreview, Minnesota.