Dear congregation and friends,
December is upon us! It is time to wrap up another year of life and ministry in service to Christ our king.
Many people have been very kindly inquiring about my health (just to be clear, this is Pastor Calvin writing). My medical team is currently developing a treatment plan. Right now, we know that the plan will involve chemotherapy and surgery, but we do not know exactly when or in what sequence. As of December 1, I have taken leave from most of my ministry duties. This is a combination of study leave, vacation, and medical leave, in anticipation of my treatment starting some time soon.
As I step back for a time, Pastor Nathaniel is stepping up to handle more of the preaching work. He has begun preaching through Matthew's Gospel, which tells us so much about Christ our king. Matthew was a "scribe well trained" (Matthew 13:52) who carefully shows that Jesus fulfills the promises and patterns of the Old Testament.