Dear Friends in Christ,
Last Sunday we announced $387,820 in three-year over-and-above commitments to our Making Room campaign. We have received 41 additional commitment cards since then and are still waiting on approximately 38 more. What a great victory for us as we pursue our God-given vision of expanding this church to reach more people in the community for Christ!
Perhaps you are wondering, "Where do we go from here?" Glad you asked. On Saturday, June 4 from 11:30 - 2, we will have our annual church picnic at Settles Bridge Park where we will celebrate the success of our Making Room campaign with our congregation. Sunday, June 5 has been designated Celebration/First-Fruits Sunday. This is the formal beginning of our giving to the Making Room campaign. The three-year giving period for the campaign begins June 1, 2016 and ends May 31, 2019. First Fruits is biblical, as we want to honor God with the best we have by bringing our First Fruits of our three-year commitment. We encourage you to bring as much "to the storehouse" as you feel led. If you can bring all of your total commitment; please do. If you can bring half of your total commitment; please do. If you can bring the first month or weeks' worth of your commitment; please do. If you are able to participate in this offering, it will be a blessing to Level Creek. If you are not able to participate, please know we understand.
From a practical standpoint, this offering will provide a surge of cash flow as we begin to absorb the costs of moving forward in this project. From a spiritual standpoint, it continues the Biblical pattern of giving we have followed in the campaign. First fruits acknowledge our reverence for God as our provider. If you have not made a commitment to the campaign, this might be an opportunity for you to make a special offering to the Making Room campaign.
Over the next several months our finance committee and building committee leaders will move forward with the lenders and building contractors so we can begin construction as soon as possible. We will report to you soon on their progress. On Sunday, June 19, we will hold a church conference to ratify the final plans for our expansion.
I believe we have only crossed the threshold into a future that is rich with opportunity. The dynamic of the Gospel, the needs of the community and the commitment of God's people all converge into a mission of eternal consequence. Thank you for joining us in this great spiritual journey. The adequacy of God's grace and the blessing of God's provision are the promised response to your faithfulness.
See you on First Fruits Sunday!