So there I was, it was just after 10:30pm and our family headed off to the tent as it began the gully washer of the century. As I opened the tent, I noticed that the rain was pouring down through the rain tarp and into our tent. At the bottom of the tent was about a 4-inch pool of water. Our stuff was soaked. At the end of May, The Table went camping. We traveled about 45 minutes northwest to the Cuiver River State Park. We had planned this trip for a couple of months. The meals were planned out. The campsites had been reserved for about a month. The only factor that we could not predict a month out was the weather. And it rained almost the entire weekend. Did that stop us? No way!!!! We set up canopy tents around the campfire, modified our sleeping arrangements (The Simmonds clan slept in our Suburban), and even spent some time hanging out at David and Amanda Springer’s house while it rained during the day. We got to swim, fish, play games, and hangout around the campfire all the while being joyful that we were together. This campout was by far one of the greatest events of The Table thus far. It is hard to believe that next month will be a full year into our church-planting journey. It is even harder to believe that we have been regularly meeting together as a church for just over 6 months. We have grown such a deep bond with our core families and have met so many new faces. We can definitely look back this past half-year and see that God has been on the move.
Here are some of the highlights from January 1st to June 30:
Here is our financial picture at the halfway point. Through June 30th, we have received $9,190 in contributions.
As you can see, we are just under halfway to meeting our 2015 budget of $20,000. Several people have asked us where our funding comes from. We are primarily funded by The Table families. However, we wouldn’t be anywhere close to being on track without the help of the 15 individuals or families who make up our Individual Ministry Partners. 2 churches are also supporting us: Cypress St. Church of God in West Monroe, LA and Highland Park Church of God in Lebanon, MO. Every penny counts as we continue to do God’s work here in Saint Charles County.
It is amazing the common language that develops as you gather in community. We began our work here in Saint Charles dreaming about Life at The Table. Since we share so many stories together in our small group, we have begun to use the phrase that I started this correspondence with…”So there I was...” Whenever we do something worth remembering we often quote this little phrase to each other. It is a phrase of significance…it is proof that we were together and it is proof that we are doing something worth remembering.
Thank you for your continued love, prayers, and support.