This past Sunday was an important milestone for our congregation. Mike Baittinger, the chair of our Finance Committee, joined me to let you know that your generosity has allowed us to pay off the mortgage of the Hecktown Road Property in 3 months! It was great to see Mike literally “rip” the mortgage.
For the next two years, we will literally be building our church…. Remember that’s so much more than a building. We will be pouring concrete and moving dirt, but we will also be building you – inviting you to take steps in your life of faith for you to grow even as the walls get raised on Hecktown Road. And it doesn’t stop with you. Every week, new people attend our services and our ministries. Some are new to the faith, some are seeking answers about Jesus, some are looking for a place to introduce their children to faith.
Next Sunday, on January 26th, we will have our opportunity to commit to the “building” of our mission and ministries. This is our 2020 annual operating budget campaign that we normally have in the Fall. Because of the SHINE Capital Campaign, we moved this campaign to this month. We have much to accomplish as we grow our programs to continue to invite people to know the GRACE of Jesus Christ. You will receive a commitment card and a packet in the mail this week – and we also have commitment cards that will be handed out on Sunday, January 26th. We will make our commitments and bring our cards forward in both services. I can’t over emphasize how important this campaign is. It’s so important for our giving to stay strong and grow in this strategic season. I hope you will consider raising your annual giving – you are making a good investment in God’s amazing work at GRACE Church. You can also make your commitment right now at gracecb.org/give/pledge/.
This Sunday, I can’t wait for Mark to continue our “Your Best Life” Series. You can’t have your best life without “Life-giving Relationships”. God never meant for you to live your life by yourself. Join us at 9 am for Classic or 10:30 for Modern as we worship and grow in those relationships.
Finally, it’s that time of year. Once again, the weather forecasters are predicting “plowable snow”. As a reminder, our team will evaluate weather conditions and will communicate any changes in our worship schedule through Facebook, the website as well as a call to the congregation through our “one-call” system. We never want to cancel worship but also want to be wise and safe.
Praying for “non-plowable” snow,
Dr. Marnie Crumpler, Senior Pastor