Dear Christ Church,
While Peter is the one being ordained this coming Sunday, in many ways this is a milestone for our entire immediate family (born and unborn) and our family in Christ (that’s you!). This Sunday will be the fulfillment of much shared faithfulness, sacrifice, and hard work and much, much, grace. We see this Sunday as a celebration of all that God has done in leading us into abundant life, bringing us to Austin, and in drawing us to Christ Church.
As we anticipate the big day on Sunday we wanted to take a moment and thank you, our extended family in Christ, for the ways you have been a blessing to us and helped get us to this point.
Thank you for welcoming us into your lives and into this community. Christ Church’s generosity and hospitality are among her most evident features and we’ve experienced them in abundance. We have received and been blessed with so much from the very start of our time here with you. From meals to prayers, we are always provided for and are constantly reminded of your care for us.
Thank you for your patience and grace toward us all, but especially toward me (Peter). We have learned much since coming here and still have a long way to go. Thank you for your patience with our struggles and growing pains. We are so thankful to have found a gracious community that has allowed us to grow and find our way.
Thank you for your faith in us. Time and again over the past year and half we have been strengthened by your words of encouragement, your trust in us, and how you’ve come alongside us, supporting our work in ministry. We also love how you delight in Lucy. She is so at home with you.
And finally, thank you for your faithfulness to Christ and His Gospel. We are challenged, convicted and inspired by your desire to be faithful stewards of the Gospel in your homes, workplaces and schools. We have had our imaginations fired by the creative ways you each serve Him and we have been blessed to see the Holy Spirit at work in and through you. We have been challenged to keep on running the race and to push deeper into the life and love of God. Keep it up!
In short, you have been for us, a sign of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Our hearts are full as we approach this Sunday and we thank God for you! We are excited to share this moment with you and look forward to all that God will do in the coming months and years.
With much affection,
Peter, Shannon, Lucy and Emmett (!) Coelho