“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ” — Philippians 1:3-6
This past Wednesday, we closed on the loan to begin phase one of our church’s building expansion! We also received word from our contractor that the engineering plans for phase one should be submitted for city approval by today or the beginning of next week. So, the Lord has given us great things to report to you today!
Hopefully, we will see the “good work begin and be carried on to completion” in time for KidzFest. At the very latest, we pray that the work will be completed in time for the opening of the school year for our partnership with Great Accomplishments Academy to continue thriving and growing.
So, how can you help with phase one?
1. Pray. Pray for the plans and approvals to move quickly and smoothly between us, our contractor and the city inspectors. Pray for the work to begin as soon as possible. Pray that the work will be done with excellence and be completed in time for Kidzfest and the beginning of the new school year.
2. Be flexible. We’re in a season of growth and change. You may have to park in a different space, or enter through a different door, or even sit in a different seat because of construction or because of growing attendance. Don’t complain. Be flexible. And don’t resist. Smile and be flexible to park, enter, or sit where our volunteer team of guest services asks you to do so.
3. Give. We didn’t do a capital giving campaign to raise money for phase one. We had the room in our equity to borrow the money. And with the increased rent we’ll receive from the expansion of the Academy, our total monthly mortgage payments for this year will actually end up being less than we budgeted. This means that the payment for phase one will be paid out of our general fund, which is funded by your regular tithes and offerings. So, if you want to give extra, there’s no need to designate it to a building fund. Just give as you normally do, and even more as the Lord directs.
4. Share the good news. Why do we feel called to expand our facility? Because we want to reach more people with the gospel. Why did we start with the children’s classrooms in phase one? Because the Lord has been trusting us with young families. That’s what God is blessing. Young families with children is the fastest growing segment of our church. So, we want to lean into that, and do it all the more. How can you help? Share the gospel. Tell your neighbors, co-workers, friends and family the good news of what Christ has done. Share the good news. Invite them to attend church with you and see how God is at work. And how God wants to work in their families too.
As the apostle Paul thanked God for his gospel partnership with the church at Philippi, so we want to thank our God for the “partnership in the gospel” He has given us in Wilson. May the Lord carry it on to completion in us until the Day of Christ Jesus!