As you know, we moved to Northern California to take the senior (only) pastor position at Calvary Chapel Truckee.
We actually moved to Verdi, Nevada, as close as you can get to Truckee and not be in California. It’s about a 20 minute drive along the Truckee river, on the I 80, to get to the church.
So I wanted to give you a quick update and share some really exciting news with you.
You may have heard me say this before, but it is true, this is the first time I have taken over the leadership position of a church during a world wide pandemic. So that means there have been a lot of challenges, things I have never faced before. But we’re meeting the challenges head on and getting through them one by one.
GOD IS SO GOOD!
He is able to do, and has been doing, exceedingly, abundantly beyond all we could think or ask for.
When we took over the church on April 1st, officially, I was unable to meet anyone in the church for over 3 months due to the pandemic.
After much prayer, about 3 months ago, the Parks and Recreation Department agreed to allow us to meet in one of the parks. We started out with maybe 40 people, yet by the end of September we were averaging roughly 70 people on a Sunday.
The Parks and Rec Department warned us that the last weekend of September the they would be closing the restroom facilities to prepare for the winter. That means there would be no restrooms for us to use. So we had to make a decision.
Again, after very much prayer, we decided to start meeting in our little facility. I had talked to other pastors who had been meeting in person, listened to what Jack Hibbs and John MacAurther were doing, and announced that we would move indoors. We didn’t want to do anything irresponsible or foolish, but felt strongly we needed to provide church and fellowship for our body.
Our little facility at The Rock, allows for 30-35 people to be fairly socially distant with another 20 people spread out a little more in an over flow room. With roughly 50 people, who feel comfortable to meet together on Sunday, we still have 50 people tuning in watching our livestream on YouTube.
Finally, and this is really exciting to me, we have just launched our new website, https://www.cctruckee.com. We launched the site to get it out there, while at the same time we are continuing to add content. I hope you’ll take a look at it and let us know what you think.
So things are moving along. We’re very blessed to be part of this body and are looking forward, with great anticipation, to see what God is going to do.
BTW — Tina will be leaving for Washington soon as Ashley, our daughter, is due to deliver our second grandson. Florian August Knepper.
We’re super excited to see Flo and see him grow in his relationship with Jesus. It’s really cute to see how excited Noah is to meet his little brother and share his toys with him.
Please keep us in your prayers. We thank God that we have friends and family who are willing to stand with us in prayer for the ministry the Lord has entrusted to us.
**Please pray for the church, that God would give us wisdom and protection as we have begun to meet in person.
**Pray that God would bless the teaching of His word and people would be growing in Christ.
**Pray God would bring people who need to hear the gospel and be saved. **Pray for an uneventful birth of our grandson too.
We welcome and thank you for all your pryers.
As always, we desire to hear from you, how you are doing and how we can be praying for you? Please pray about visiting. We’d love to see you when you’re up in this area.
Gary and Tina