There...I said it.
We have had an incredible Fall. God has provided many incredible new members of the R28 Serve Team. The F-Squared events have been a MASSIVE success (with 2 of them surpassing 60 students!). We've been able to continue to meet not only on Sunday mornings but also in the evenings and special events. AND we launched Core Group and our Twitch video game streaming platform!! We are about to enter several weeks of slower ministry. After Thanksgiving, things slow WAAY down for us, and that's okay! We are still here! It's been an INCREDIBLE Fall...but we are just getting started!
I think the worst day of the Fall so far was this Monday. On my way to the office, it was actually snowing. And a few days before that, I actually found myself excited for snow...(Don't tell Mike Firman). There are a lot of not-so-great things about Winter....the cold...the lack of sun...the annoying people who actually like long Winters. There are also some really great things about Winter. Christmas, sledding/tubing, ice-fishing, and if you have them, snowmobiles. In the Route28 world, it's one home to one of my personal favorite events: Winter Retreat.
Much like everything else, Winter Retreat will look different this year. However, we are still hosting a weekend retreat. Instead of going to Cran-Hill Ranch, we've decided to go to Camp Living Waters where we can have the whole property to ourselves. Instead of going for two separate weekends, we are going to go at the same weekend, but have two separate retreats going on at the same time. As much as we can, the two groups will be separate. We'll have our general sessions separate, most of the activities will be separate, and even most of the housing will be separate! We will have more details released as we get closer to the event, but mark your calendar for January 22nd-24th.
Although we should start preparing for snow...we are still at least a week (hopefully 3-4) away from that happening. As a matter of fact, we are still planning on an entire month before snow hits! We have two more F-Squared events, another Core Group Brunch, and multiple youth group gatherings all hopefully before the snow sticks!
We give God all of the glory for the incredible Fall He allowed for us to have...and we are SO excited for what He will do through Route28 in the months to come!