And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11 NASB)
November 21, 2012
To the Chorus Church Family,
Ten years ago, Staci and I moved to Temecula to help start a church. It was an exciting time for us and one that required many steps of faith. The first of these was leaving our family in San Diego. We had no real promise of income and only a commitment from the Lord to always direct our steps. God proved to be faithful, providing for us every step of the way and eventually leading us to Chorus Church in 2007. Here at Chorus He has established for us a loving church family.
For the last five years, we’ve had the privilege of walking with you (Chorus Church) through some exciting times. We’ve been a part of three different locations, various outreach events, and multiple kidney stones! You as a church family have walked with us through some exciting and challenging times as well. You were there with us as we welcomed our third child Asher Ray into the world. You walked with us through our oldest son’s heartbreaking Perthe’s Disease diagnoses and treatment. You’ve cooked meals for us, prayed for us and most recently celebrated the birth of our fourth son Noah Ryan with us. I can’t tell you what a blessing it is to have a family like Chorus Church.
When Pastor Dave and I first met and talked over five years ago, we discussed the possibility that I would serve at Chorus for a period of time and then venture out into a church plant shaped around my unique gifts and calling. In light of recent events, including a time of careful ministry assessment, further development of my own vision and ministry plan, and the financial situation of the church it is apparent that our time on staff at Chorus Church has come to an end. While the timing is not exactly what I, Pastor Dave, or any of the elders originally chose, we all agree that it is God’s timing.
We want to thank Pastor Dave and Elena for their support over the last five years. They’ve always gone above and beyond in supporting us, as have many of you in the church body. We’d also like to thank the elders of the church, who have continually led with character, integrity and the utmost respect. We’ve truly never felt more loved, encouraged and supported by a church before. It will be hard to find a family like the one God has developed here, but we know that God has greater things in store for us in the future.
We know that God has great things in store for Chorus Church as well. We will continue to pray for you regularly, please think and pray for us as well. While we’re not sure where we’re headed at this time, we are confident that God will provide for us every step of the way. If you’d like to follow our journey, I’ve purposed to begin chronicling it on my blog. You can find it at ericbeeman.com or you can follow us on twitter and Facebook.
My final Sunday with staff responsibilities will be December 9. However, the church will help facilitate this transition by graciously providing salary and health benefits through February 15.
With much love and respect,
Eric, Staci, Joshua, Micah, Asher and Noah