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Pastor Paul's Blog

Thrive! One Year Later...

I was nervous. I had never made such a big, bold ask. $750,000 is a lot of money. Two years isn’t that long of a time. Yet, through prayer and discernment, we had been led to this big ask and it was the time. And in October of last year you responded! As we celebrated our Commitment and Celebration Sundays in October of last year, we were so pleased to know that you had pledged $660,000 (and many give without pledging) and we were on our way to a significant event in the life of the church, paying down the debt on this church building. We were a church that was not just going to survive, we were made to THRIVE!

So, here we are, one year later, and your faithfulness is showing. We are well on our way to achieving our goal of $750,000 by October of 2019. Bob Inskeep will give us the numbers on Sunday. What I want to do is give you information about “what’s next?”

This Sunday, we will announce the amount received so far and give you some great news about what your giving is allowing us to do already! We want to celebrate what God is doing through you with a covered dish meal after the 10:30 service, and there will be games and a bounce house for the kids! We are hoping everyone will purchase and wear your “Thrive” t-shirt on Sunday! We think this is a great way to show our solidarity in support of this project. We have much to celebrate and we want the energy and enthusiasm to shine!

It is also important that we continue to connect the “Thrive!” project to our Mission statement. Our new mission statement is, “God calls us to open the door, make room at the table, and create spaces to foster lasting relationships with Jesus Christ.” We believe building this facility is a part of opening the door and making room at the table. When the church was at its last location, it was landlocked and unable to grow. The rationale behind building the new church at this location was so that we could “make room at the table.” And we did! This building at this location offers us amazing space and great facilities to live out this mission statement. This church functions as a “community center” and enables us to offer so many blessings to our neighbors in the community. We are thriving in this area.

There is one remaining step, though. We have to be more focused at creating spaces to foster lasting relationships with Jesus Christ. Those spaces may not be literal, but figurative. They may be in conversations on a baseball diamond, a basketball court, or a soccer field. They may be at a race that we host with a community partner that helps bless the community by raising funds for a great cause. It may be as we hammer nails together at a Habitat for Humanity house. We must engage with the community, using words when necessary, to connect with a younger generation that is not just going to show up at our worship services just because we have them. To build a “Passionate, Thriving, Loving Community,” we have to meet people where they are, just like Jesus did, earning the right and privilege to share in their lives the good news we have found in Jesus Christ.

Your giving to the “Thrive” work frees us to put the dollars we need in the right places. Every dollar given to pay down debt is like a vote of affirmation that we trust God will complete this awesome work he began in the hearts and minds of the people who started this work a long time ago. We will continue this journey of faith and see the awesome things God will do, as we just trust him more and more with all that we are.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday, wearing our “Thrive” shirts, and celebrating the God who is thriving in this place!