From Pastor Paul Walker
Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
It has been a whirlwind of a New Year so far, but I hope you all are doing well. One of the things I enjoyed most about this winter was the fact that traffic around town was not bad at all! As you all know, winter is much slower with visitors in Estes Park than the summer time. But the good side about that is that I have had some wonderful opportunities to meet local people and their families!
Now that things in town have slowed down a little, my family and I have been able to visit many local businesses. We love going to the restaurants in town, visiting the coffee shops, and introducing ourselves to the workers. It has been great to meet with them and hear a little bit about their stories. One of the highlights for us was signing our daughters up for a rock climbing class. Not only did they get the benefit of climbing an indoor wall, but they got to meet several of their classmates and interact with them. Along with that, Julie and I got to meet with their parents and have good conversations with them. As another benefit to the rock climbing class, I volunteered to belay (secure the rope for the climbers), so that gave me an opportunity to meet many of the staff! My prayer is that God continues to use these connections with local employees to bring glory to His name and that some of these individuals we come into contact with may come to know Christ if they do not already.
Currently, I am serving on my annual Air Force Reserve duty. In my time here so far, I have run into a lot of Airmen who are deploying overseas for a 6 month mission. Please be praying for these Airmen and their families, as they deal with the stress and anxieties of being away from home for that time. Along with that, pray for those who are returning. It is difficult to reintegrate into the family after being away, and part of my job here is to help them re-learn how to have a healthy way of communicating with family members and how to be involved in their children’s lives after being away for some time.
During my absence, David Taylor has been doing an excellent job of preaching the Word of God on Sundays and leading discussion for our Bible Study on Wednesday nights. I am so grateful for a faithful brother who is willing to do that for our church! He will continue to preach through Hebrews 3 and 4 until Easter.
I am very excited about Easter this year! If you will be in town, or nearby, I hope to see you for our worship service! We will be having an Easter Sunrise service with other Evangelical churches in town. Then, we will have breakfast for you and any of your family and friends at the church at 9:00am. Following that, we will have our worship service at 10:30am. I hope to see you there!
As a church, we just finished our series on Ephesians. That was an incredible book to look at as we read about who God is, what He has done for us, and therefore, how we should respond to His love. After Easter, we will start a new series through the gospel of John. I cannot wait to dig into the Word together as we look at who Jesus is and what He did during his time on earth. Until then, I am praying for you all. I am so excited to see you again soon, and I pray the Lord continue to bless you and reveal Himself to you.