A Message From Pastor Craig
Paul is in jail. He is writing a letter to the church he planted in Ephesus a few years earlier. In the middle of the letter, Paul begins praying for them. One of the things Paul prays is: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.
-Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)
Paul has experienced immeasurably more. The forgiveness of sins. Deep community with other believers. The birth of dozens of churches. People being healed right in front of him. Times he experienced healing. Moments he felt so close to God. Purpose and passion for life. Paul experienced immeasurably more, and he wanted this for the Ephesians.
Paul was the right person, in the right place, at the right time. His entire ministry was and continues to be immeasurably more. He walked and sailed thousands of miles to serve people who needed Jesus. The world still needs Jesus. The Water’s Edge is the right church, in the right place, at the right time for many people in the western parts of Omaha and beyond. I believe our congregation’s response in 2024 will be like Paul’s response throughout his ministry: one of commitment and obedience.
I remember walking the church’s property with Benjamin late one night in the summer of 2011. Twelve years later, I look back and am grateful for so much immeasurably more. I don’t even know where to begin. From adopting and serving the Miller Park neighborhood in North Omaha to providing water to countless people in Nicaragua. From all the friendships that have been created to the relationships that have been healed. From the children and students who have been mentored and loved to the new people who have been welcomed and are now family. It’s all immeasurably more than I could have ever asked or imagined.
The Water’s Edge is a hopeful place, and I’m a hopeful person. I believe so many more immeasurably more moments will happen in 2024, and I believe our best immeasurably more moments are still in front of us.
I’m grateful for your generosity that has made immeasurably more happen and allows The Water’s Edge to remain in a robust financial position, setting us up for much more immeasurably more in the future. Our giving to ministry and missions is up 14.2% over last year, and our mission giving is up an astounding 26.9% over last year. Immeasurably more, for sure.
The Water’s Edge is known citywide as a generous church. The blessing is twofold. Hope and help for the recipients and fulfillment and joy for the giver. Generosity frees us from the chains of materialism and consumerism, restores us to God’s image, and allows us to partner with God and others in serving and loving the world.
I encourage you to read this brochure’s pages and celebrate The Water’s Edge’s impact on the lives of so many. Also, take a look at the financial information and the giving challenge. And, join me in praying about deepening our financial commitment to The Water’s Edge and God’s Kingdom in 2024 so that WE and others can experience immeasurably more.