“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever”. How true these words from Psalm 118:1 ring, most recently in light of God’s provision for us to move forward with the Discipleship Expansion Project. Last Sunday evening our congregation voted to approve the financing and move on to the construction phase of additional space, once we have raised $500,000. We hope no one feels disappointed – or victorious – over the result. As a church community, our only victory here is to be found in humbly and earnestly seeking God’s will, His “good, pleasing and perfect will,” for our ministries in the years to come (Romans 12:2). May we all be at peace with one another!
We want to thank all of you who have prayed and who have partnered financially with us over the last year. While it’s exciting to be moving forward, we must remain clear on the “adventure” that lies ahead. As with any important undertaking, there will be new challenges which will require your assistance, and so we ask that you continue supporting the project with your:
Ongoing prayer – for the unity of the body in this expansion and for wisdom to guide the Building Committee, Elders, architects and others who will help steer the project forward.
Additional financial support – we will continue to joyfully accept additional pledge amounts and offerings to further reduce our financing debt and overcome unexpected costs.
Patience – this expansion is going to be a marathon, not a sprint.
If you’re wondering when you will start seeing things happen, please know there are many i’s to dot and t’s to cross before the first shovel can go in the ground. Currently, the Building Committee is working with the architect and engineers to finalize the construction plans. State and local permitting will then follow in June and July as well as contractor awards. Optimistically, we are hoping to begin construction in late July. This timeline is tentative, but if everything goes as planned, the building could be finished around May 2016.
As we move forward throughout the next weeks, the Building Committee and Elders will continue to provide you with project information. We ask that God will guide us to use these new classrooms and spaces entirely for His glory – in making disciples of Jesus and helping families to model biblical truths in their homes, work places, and neighborhoods in a consistent way. Thank you for your support of this project, and your commitment to furthering His kingdom!