Saturday, December 29, 2012

Merry Christmas!

We loved spending time with family this Christmas. Here are a couple shots with the grandparents.

Here are Grandma and Grandpa Ayres (along with cousin Mary):


And here are Mimi and Papa Welch:


Friday, December 28, 2012

Santa Baby

Christina played dress up with Noah and I took pictures.



And my favorite pose...


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Carissa's Christmas Program

Carissa's preschool has an annual Christmas program. They sing nursery rhymes and holiday songs.


With her teacher, Ms. Tammy.



Sunday, December 9, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

A New Season

Yesterday, a letter was sent out to our church highlighting some upcoming changes. It will also be discussed during this weekend's services.

In short, I will no longer be on staff at Vineyard Church after December.

I have been on staff just over five years and it has been a wonderful time for me and my family. Over a year ago, the leadership (including me) began to discuss and put into place a new, more fitting leadership structure for our church. As this new structure began to take shape this past summer, it became clearer that as some point in the future, my role would change drastically. In prayer with Matt, the Lead Pastor, and other leaders, we felt like the end of the year was it.

Let me be clear, this was no easy decision. There has been much heart break and tears shed through this process. I, and my family, have invested so much into this church family we so dearly love. As hard as it is, we have felt peace that this is what God is doing.

Moving forward, we are making the transition from leadership to members. Just normal people. We aren't moving anywhere. We aren't going to another church. Vineyard is still our home.

I have a chance to now utilize my education that I spent so much time and money on. We would appreciate your thoughts and prayers as we make this transition and I look for a new job.

With love,
Nathan, Christina, Carissa, and Noah