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Dear Mt Carmel Family,

2018 has been a great year of opportunity and church growth for us! You continue to make being your pastor very rewarding for me, and I am happy serving in this capacity. Our work together this year has been both enjoyable and has given the opportunity to learn from each other and build on success in the past.

It is with great pleasure, excitement, and joy that together we gave at Thanks Give over $73,000 toward the building fund. I want to express my appreciation for your generosity and sacrifice in support of our Thanks Give offering. Your personal commitment was incredibly helpful and has allowed us to reach the goal of presenting the opportunity to PAY OFF our existing debt THIS YEAR pending church approval at our Church Family Meeting on December 2 at 6:00PM when we will present and discuss this opportunity. Thank you!

Thanks + Giving = God’s Glory and Our Generosity. Paul shows this so clearly when he challenges us to be “generous in every way, [so our generosity] will produce thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11), because “as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God” (4:15). Giving thanks and giving out of thankfulness have this beautiful reverberating effect that carries out the vision of our church—to help others take their next step in Christ. You have done this – you are doing this. Thank you, Lord, for all the ways you provide.

May we truly be thankful and look forward to the great things ahead for Mt Carmel Baptist Church! Happy Thanksgiving!

Pastor Russ