San Diego Mount Carmel Church of the Nazarene

When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

John 13:12-17 (ESV)

This has been a challenging, yet wonderful year for our church. We have grown both in our care for each other, and in our ability to care for those who come in our doors who are unknown to us. In reflecting over the year I am so blessed to have been the pastor of a church who is welcoming those who don’t know Christ, striving to know him more and is moving in the direction that He has called.

I am so grateful that God is sovereign and in control of all things. In August of last year, I found out that I had thyroid cancer and would have to have my thyroid removed in October.  As the Senior Pastor, I have always been the one to take care of other people and help them. This has been a year where I have learned to truly receive help. I’ll say it hasn’t been the easiest lesson for me, but still an important one. The support that Chelsea and I received while going through this challenge in our lives was a true picture of what the church should look like. We received meals, we had Elders in the church pray over me before I went into surgery and the people and staff of the church filled in the gaps while I had to be away. I cannot thank you enough for the love, care and support that the Church offered to me. I would also like to personally thank Al & Kitty Jones who shepherded the flock in my absence.

I am also thankful that God has provided us with more staff members to train and help discern the call of God on their lives. In September we had Noah Daniels come on staff as our Worship Intern. He led worship two times a month and also while Chelsea and I had to be gone on certain Sundays. Again, I am so grateful that God sees the big picture as having Noah leading worship was a huge help. The Lord also brought Bryant and Lauren Dougharty to our church and it has been a joy to see them jump right into our church family and use their gifts for God’s glory.

This next year I am looking forward to the ways God will grow our church. Our staff has a passion and desire for God’s Spirit to move in our church and they are willing to use their gifts for His purposes.  Our desire this year is to use our gifts to empower and equip the congregation to move forward in making disciples of those that God has put in their life.  We pray that God will bless us as He uses us for His glory.

Pastor Jeremy Peugh
Senior Pastor

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