Since the church voted to proceed with Phase 4, your willingness to pray, help, and give to the project has been outstanding. The attitude displayed among our people reminds me of how good and pleasant it is when God’s people unite around God’s work together (Ps. 133:1).
After receiving the final quotes, we are $100,000 away from funding the entire project.
Thanks to your Phase 4 team’s hard work, we have an excellent grasp of the work and what we need to do to complete it. If we can make up that difference, we can do everything we need to do in 4.1 (Fellowship Hall), 4.2 (Offices), and 4.3 (Welcome Center). All of this can be done still under the $650,000 mark that the church approved.
We have scheduled the work in stages so that we don’t overextend our building fund, and we are in a great place as we near completion for 4.1 and continue the construction part of 4.2. As hoped, we were able to save a considerable amount of money by doing the demolition work ourselves and through church members using their expertise to help with this project.
We are asking the church to contribute over and beyond so that we can finish this renovation project.
As I mentioned to our church family, I would never dream in the state of our world to start a renovation project unless we were in arms reach of finishing it. Due to members’ prior generosity to the building fund, the margin in our facility’s schedule, and the reduced costs of certain items, we felt it wise to go ahead with the project. Our church affirmed that leading, and we began the work.
If you are in a position to give, we ask you to remember that this emphasis is an over and beyond gift. We don’t want you to replace your giving to the general ministry budget, but if you are able and willing, we would ask you to pray about what you could give to the building fund specifically. I am praying that we can meet that goal in the next few weeks.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7).
I echo the Apostle Paul’s words here because I can’t stand using a guilt-trip to get people to give. Some of us are not in a position to give extra in these uncertain times, but some of us can. We ask you not to give reluctantly or under compulsion. God loves a cheerful giver. You give what you can give. You must decide that in your own heart. God will provide the rest of this project to wrap up the entire 4-phase renovation, and I believe that God will send generous people to join Him in that process.
What I love about the Kingdom of God is how He uses all of us to do more together than we could on our own. With our gifts, time, and resources, God’s work is done, and we don’t have to worry about who gets the credit. It isn’t about how much or how little any of us gives from a worldly perspective. It’s all about us using together what God gives us to help out with His work through this local church.
Thank you for being willing to pray about how you could possibly contribute to this project. We pray that this renovation will allow us to meet, help, counsel, disciple, and evangelize more people than ever before. You can give online, at the office, mail it in, or drop it off on Sunday. We appreciate your willingness and generosity!
– Pastor Travis