31 December 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Sayonara ’09 – Bring it on ’10!

For those who didn’t get one, or if it got lost in the mail (as I’m sure yours did), I figured I’d go ahead and post our Christmas letter as a way of quickly looking back on 2009…

Another year has passed and it’s time for the third annual Marchessault family Christmas letter.  We recognize that in this age of Twitter and Facebook statuses, it’s become difficult to read anything too long, so in order to help you out, we’re writing Twitter style.  A summary of the year in bite sized pieces of 140 characters or less.  Here we go:

  • Started 2009 with 40 members of our church, building a house and serving the working poor in Mexico. Great way to bring in the New Year!
  • 02/09/09 we had healthy baby boy #2 – Micah Robert Marchessault. He’s super cute and Caleb was stoked to be a big brother.
  • Bobby continued his triathlons racing his first half Ironman at Wildflower in May. Took him 8 hours, but at least he finished, eh?
  • Many city storytimes ended ($$$). Rachel & friend Kendra started SCcreative play.  Moms keep comin & great connection w/community.
  • We raised over $3500  4 Hemophilia in Zachs name & Bobby rode his bike from San Fran 2 San Diego. Thanks 2 all who supported #coastalrace09!
  • Caleb started preschool this year w/Santa Cruz city. He loves getting to go to school & Rachel loves the 1 on 1 time w/Micah.

Hopefully that kept your attention.  In all seriousness, as we look back on this year we have seen our family grow and have had some great adventures, both with ministry and family.  We sensed a time of transition coming and spent lots of time this year asking God what that meant.

As we look ahead to the coming year it is certain to be one of huge transitions.  We recently announced to our church that Feb. 21st will be our final Sunday on staff at Christian Life Center and we will be starting a new church/movement here in Santa Cruz.  This is a dream that God planted in our hearts over 5 years ago and we are both nervous and excited to see what the coming year has in store.

We have been discussing partnership with an organization called Converge USA and they will be sending us to a 4-day Church Planters assessment at the end of January.  We ask for your prayers as we head into that final step before really starting this journey.  We look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months.  And maybe there are some of you who would want to prayerfully consider joining us here, as well!  Can’t find a better place to live. ;)

We hope that this year has been great for you as well.  We’ll include our contact info and would love to hear from any and all of you.  Also, as usual, stop by our blogs and dialogue with us regularly.  We can’t wait to see what next years letter will look like!

God bless.  Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I don’t like to join in on the hype of a New Year.
But at the same time it truly does provide a great, natural opportunity to look back and reflect on the past year, and to consider what God has in store for the year ahead.

This year more than ever for me, the change over in year actually feels like a significant transition point.
I am incredibly excited, anxious, stoked, and nervous to see how God is going to pull things together in our lives over this next year.
So this year I’m thanking God for 2009, for the great stuff and the tough stuff.  And I’m saying goodbye to ’09.  It’s been nice knowin ya!

Now bring on 2010!!
Thanks for livin it with us.

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