Hello all ministry partners!
For Grace and I, the last season of life has been full of change and encouragement. As you all know, I’ve been serving as the Pastor of Mobilization and Ministry at Riverbend Church, and anxiously awaiting baby boy Ross! I will be honest there has been more change than I expected in the last 7 months, while also trying to prepare for even more change as baby boy will arrive in January.
I want to thank all of you for your continued prayer and support even slowdown in our updates. I (Travis) will try to send out more of a regular update but I appreciate everyone’s patience, as I know many of you have already spoken encouragement to me in this season of change as an upcoming father. Grace is now focusing on time at home and preparing for the day of delivery! She has been encouraged during this season to feel little and big movements by baby boy and also setting up the house. Baby boy is strong and healthy and is anxious to share his name with all of you (name is coming in January as it will be our big surprise)! I am excited for this new season of family and life!
In ministry, Riverbend church had the privilege of baptizing 4 people this month and is planning on 4 more in the coming year! In church planting news, I’ve had the opportunity to hold planter gatherings for our network, geared toward encouragement and training for existing and potential planters. Pastor Joe and I have also held several meetings with a potential planter in a neighboring town, discussing the potential of this planter being developed by the Riverbend Network. We have also been coaching one of our network’s current church planters in fundraising and leadership while also continuing to build partners throughout the southeast. In this next season of ministry, I will be connecting with Riverbend’s Community Group leaders in an effort to multiply more groups to further reach our surrounding communities in the Lehigh Valley.
Please know, I am so encouraged by you all and your prayers for Grace and I (and baby boy Ross) as we enter this new life stage! Given our upcoming family transition, I don’t plan on making any more update trips until sometime in 2019 (likely spring time). I would, however, like to provide updates with anyone through conference call or video conferencing - Please let me know how you would like to connect in the next few months. Lastly, thank you to everyone who is also financially giving… we have been overwhelmed by your support in this season. Please be praying for those who are considering giving in the next year and how that fits into their missional vision and also our vision to reach the unchurched.
Along with the changes God has made, the way giving is done has changed, too. If you would like to partner with us financially (whether that's one time, or recurring) here's how:
1. Click here to go to the giving page.
2. Enter the amount you'd like to give where you see the "$0.00"
3. Select either "Give One Time" or "Set Up Recurring" (if you are setting up a recurring gift, you will also select the giving frequency and start date)
4. Be sure the "Campus" selection is set to "Allentown"
5. Under "Giving Type" select "Travis Ross Support"
6. Click "Next" and the site will guide you through any next steps.
The way to give by check hasn't changed much, but here's a refresher just in case!
1. Make the check out to Riverbend Community Church
2. In the memo, write Travis Ross Support
3. Mail to:
Riverbend Community Church
795 Roble Rd. Suite B
Allentown, PA 18109