We want to share with you a letter we received from the Saskatchewan Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church regarding Forest Grove Community Church starting a new work in the former site of Living Hope Church. The letter can be viewed below.
June 12, 2016
To my brothers and sisters in Christ at Living Hope Church and Forest Grove Community Church. I greet you with the words of Psalm 117:
“Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD.”
I wish I could be with you in person. I would have deeply appreciated this historic moment. Trust that I am with you in spirit and by prayer.
As I write this letter, I am reflecting on the words found in Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (3:1). Today you will experience both mourning and rejoicing, an ending and a beginning.
In the midst of both, I trust you will look to the LORD and declare that in all things, O God, you are gracious and compassionate, full of loving-kindness. You are sovereign and your ways are right and true.
To the family of Living Hope Church, recall the souls you touched and transformed as you lived out and declared the Gospel. Remember the goodness of God in your midst as you gathered for worship, united for fellowship and scattered for ministry and outreach. As you close this chapter of your corporate faith journey, do so with eyes fixed on Jesus and hearts burning passionately for what is yet in store for you in your service to the King of Kings. Embrace your new relationship with Forest Grove Community Church as Christ embraced you.
To the family of Forest Grove Community Church, I encourage you to stand close with those from Living Hope Church who mourn today. Carry their heaviness as your own, embrace them with love as Christ embraced you. As you begin a new chapter of your ministry in this place, do so with humility, thankfulness and great hope. You too, fix your eyes on Jesus and keep your hearts burning passionately for the on-going mission of proclaiming the Gospel.
May God the Father be praised, Christ Jesus be proclaimed and the Holy Spirit be obeyed. Now, go because of love. Go with love. Go to love.
God bless the SKMB,
Rev. Philip A. Gunther