Giving Letter (8/2007)

August 14, 2007 Dear Family of Friends, Today is August 14, 2007. I can’t believe that we are already more than halfway through the calendar year! The State Fair is in progress and school starts for many next week. I hope you had a wonderful summer, but I have to admit I love it when the crowds are back and …

Giving Letter (7/2006)

July 17, 2006 Dear Family of Friends, I hope you are enjoying your summertime! As I write this, the temperatures are soaring into the 90s during the day. I can’t help but think, however, of the many U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq today. I read a news account recently that temperatures in Iraq will reach into the 110 to 120 …

Harvest Offering Letter (2004)

September 13, 2004 Dear Family of Friends, Let’s do something significant. Let’s do something that lasts forever. Sound like a good investment of your efforts? It is a perfect employment of your effort and money. There are two ways I want to emphasize that we can all do something that will help lost people come to know Jesus and to …

Giving Letter (7/2004)

July 26, 2004 Dear Family of Friends, A couple of weeks ago I returned from our annual trek through the Andes Mountains of Peru. Each year I lead a team of 30 to 40 people on a five-day trek through some of the most beautiful terrain this side of heaven. Our purpose is not sight seeing, however; dotting the countryside …

Farewell Letter (Marty Kelly)

May 5, 2003 Dear Family of Friends, Early in my ministry I learned that saying good-bye to dear friends is a part of life on this side of eternity. When Bonnie and I left Peru almost two years ago it ripped our hearts out as we said farewell to our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Some had been our …

Missions Conference Letter (2003)

February 3, 2003  Dear Family of Friends, Once a missionary that had been on the field in Congo for 40 years had to return home because his age and health concerns demanded it. He had buried two sons and his wife there in the land of his calling. Even with failing health the Missionary Union had to convince him to …

Follow Up Letter to Purpose Driven Roll Out

July 25, 2002 Dear Church Leader, Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to attend our Core Leaders Dinner Tuesday night. I was very encouraged to see the support of our leadership and the growing enthusiasm you displayed. Clearly, if this is to truly have a long-lasting impact on our church family, we must begin as one, …

Invitation Letter for Purpose Driven Roll Out

July 25, 2002  Dear Friend:  In the fall of 2000 the elders formally adopted the Purpose Driven Philosophy of Ministry here at Grace Church. In fact, many of the components of the Purpose Driven Philosophy (e.g. Grace 101, Grace 201, Grace 301, etc.) were started in the late 1990s under Pastor David Nelms. As the Pastoral Search Team conducted their …