In August we began a new routine as a church. We started meeting in our renovated facility and holding services there, rather than in our homes. The launch was a great night! We were grateful to celebrate with old friends and new neighbors! We are still in a time of transition; planning and gauging how to best use our building to be in the community in intentional and meaningful ways. Just this weekend we had a Neighborhood Barbecue and met more neighbors. We had ten neighborhood kids playing with us and checking out our building. When two teenage boys say “this place is legit” and “this place is awesome” you know you’re headed in the right direction! We loved eating and sitting around the fire with new friends! Our regular group of Gatherers has also grown, new faces have come and there is interest building in the area. What an exciting time! Please pray for our team as we lead and guide a fantastic group of people to create communities to expand the kingdom through radical compassion!
As of this year, I have two elementary children! This school year Abi is in 4th grade, her last year at Monroe and Clay entered kindergarten. This will be the only year that Abi and Clay are in the same school and they are both doing great! Abi loves to read and is working her way through Harry Potter. For a couple of years she has wanted to join an after school choir Monroe has, this year she has had that opportunity and we are looking forward to her performances. At church Abi is one of the oldest kids, she has been helping with the babies and providing an example to the younger kiddos. Last month she was recognized as having the Characteristic of Responsible, an award at school.
Clay, while not loving the idea of going to school all day, has been doing very well! His thoughts about the first day, which he still maintains, were that “it is too long” and “they don’t let you play with the toys unless the teacher gives you permission.” Despite both of those, he is one of the top kids in his class. His reading, writing and math skills have impressed his teacher. He is also a great role model for his classmates. Whenever someone in Clay’s class has a need, Clay makes sure we remember it in prayer at home. Last month, Clay took the steps to accept Christ as his own personal Savior. One week at church, he clearly felt God speaking to him, asking him to “focus on Jesus more.” A couple weeks later Jon was able to help him finalize his decision and commitment to God. We are very proud of him and excited for this next step in his journey. For Clay it was one of the most exciting things to happen to him! He could not wait to get to church and it was the first thing he told everyone he saw, “I became a Christian today!” He was also excited to call his grandparents and tell his friends and teacher at school. What a blessing!
The beginning of this year I worked for a large CPA firm, processing tax returns. It was a temporary position and I enjoyed my time there. This fall I had the opportunity to go back to work for them in a permanent position. I am working 30 hours a week as the Firm Coordinator for Brown Smith Wallace. I am enjoying my job and the opportunity I have to meet awesome people. Before I came to work here, a friend from Springfield had come (back) to work for the same firm. Once here, we realized that Jon works with the daughter of my boss. Also a couple weeks ago I made a friend here whose daughter and son in law are very involved in LifePoint Lebanon – small world! Jon’s job has continued to be a blessing. Jon’s boss, Doug and his wife Deni have joined our church! They have been such an awesome addition to The Table!
Thank you for joining us on this journey!
The Simmonds Family