Happy New Year!  I hope 2018 ended well and 2019 has started well for you and your loved ones.  Dawn and I recently returned home after spending two weeks with another couple enjoying a delightful time visiting lots of Christmas Markets in France, Germany and Czech Republic.  It was a wonderful adventure but, as always, it’s good to be home again!

Regarding the new year, on Sunday, January 6th, Dawn and I will open our home as a place for The Haus (German word for House) to gather.  We are following God’s call to start a house church with Acts 2 in view as our model to imitate.  Our intent comes from verse 42, which says that the people who responded to the gospel “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”  With the Lord’s help, we will put into practice the mandates of Jesus, plainly stated in His Great Commandment (Matt. 22:37-39 – Love God; Love Others) and Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20 – Make Disciples).  This expression of church will have no paid clergy or staff, but all involved will be encouraged to exercise their particular spiritual gift(s) in community for God’s glory and the edification of all involved.  Our goal is simply to experience a loving relationship with the Lord and one another in the context of a caring community of brothers and sisters in Christ. Our hope is to reach people who are not involved in a local church, and perhaps interested in this particular expression of Christian community.

We would appreciate very much your prayers for The Haus to be all that God wants it to be as caring, loving community of brothers and sisters in Christ.

Submitted by Bart Physioc, Director of Disciplers International

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