What is Fortress?
Fortress is the church plant mission in the Killeen/Harker Heights community through a partnership with the congregation of St. Paul Lutheran in The Grove, Texas, and financially supported by Grace Lutheran and other congregations of Circuit 17. Shepherded by Pastor Gerry Harrow, Fortress seeks to provide a place of refuge in God's strength for people who are connected through fellowship, the study of Scriptural truths, encouragement in life, and eventually Christian worship.
April, 2018 Newsletter
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings from Fortress! May the stark reality of the cross and the good news of the empty tomb continue to fill you with praise and honor for Jesus, our Messiah, as you live out your life for Him!
In our last update, we had indicated we had an accepted purchase offer on property in Harker Heights. Today I would like to share even more good news! The Texas District CEF loan application by St. Paul Lutheran Church-The Grove was approved and we can now move forward with the acquisition! The land will need to be re-platted and rezoned prior to closing so we are probably 2-3 months out. There are also some questions concerning the temporary lease so we are working on those prior to doing anything on the property. Our hope continues to be that we can start using the property sometime in April. Your prayers are greatly appreciated concerning all of this!
We continue to worship together on Saturday nights and have started a Missional Community gathering on Wednesdays where we are discussing the Gospel of Mark.
We are moving forward on the application to receive a Distinctive Religious Group Leader (DRGL) designation on Fort Hood. This approach is “cutting edge” for the LCMS Office of the Ministry to the Armed Forces (MAF), so they are working to make sure the policies are in place and that the MAF Committee approves. Our goal is to have this in place before the current LCMS Chaplain moves this summer.
Please pray for the following:
I encourage you to ponder the sacrifice Jesus made and the gift of abundant, eternal life in Him demonstrated in the most extravagant act of love ever! And then… go and live out that abundant, joy-filled life as a Jesus follower showing others His extravagant love!
Proverbs 19:21 ESV Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Joy and peace,