Let's not get tired of doing good, because in time we'll have a harvest if we don't give up.
Galatians 6:9 (CEB)
March 2019 Update
Thank you to those who have been giving to the Finishing What We Started campaign. Watch this video to see some of the ministry that has been made possible by your gifts.
We’re on an amazing journey, but we’re not finished…
Construction of the new sanctuary, missions space, prayer walk and parking lots is now complete, but we’re not finished yet. Our 10,000 Reasons campaign also prepared the way for the renovation of our current sanctuary, creating a Fellowship Hall, Vibe worship space, classrooms for our adult programs, kitchen facilities and space for our special needs ministry. These spaces are critical to our ministry and mission.
Our buildings connect people with God and one another.
Fostering Christian Community
The sanctuary is clearly important, but just as important is creating places for fellowship, for community, for small groups and for people to connect with others – breaking bread together. To that end, our current narthex is slated to become “The Commons” – a place with soft seating, an enlarged café and a children’s play area – where people will gather before and after worship and during the week to experience Christian community.
Growing Deeper in Faith
We are transforming the mezzanine area of our current sanctuary into a two-story classroom facility for adult Sunday School, week-day Bible study, small groups and more, all aimed at helping people to become deeply committed Christians. The main floor of the former sanctuary will be converted into our Fellowship Hall for church meals and large groups, and to be used for worship on Sundays for Vibe and other future worship services at various hours.
The renovation of the former sanctuary will allow us to expand Care Night, Grow Night and discipleship offerings, Matthew’s Ministry, and groups for Young Adults, Building Better Moms, Senior Adults and Crossroads, as well as creating a space for everything from blood drives to mission events.
Invite & Inspire
Through worship our new sanctuary we will connect with God and experience the message of redemption and hope through Jesus Christ. Our journey of knowing, loving and serving God doesn’t end there. We continue to grow in our faith through classes, groups, service and fellowship. The renovation of the former sanctuary will make this possible.
Tools for Ministry
Buildings are only tools for ministry, but the right tools are essential for ministries to continue to be vital and have impact in the future. We believe God will use Church of the Resurrection to change the lives of tens of thousands of people over the next twenty years.
The former sanctuary becomes our Fellowship Hall. In this space, our community will be able to connect with one another and grow in faith, through classes, dinners, conferences, and events. Mid-week programs like Care Night, Grow Night and Building Better Moms will be able to welcome new people to experience the fellowship and support of a caring community.
On weekends, the Fellowship Hall becomes additional worship space. This modern space will be a comfortable and welcoming environment for all ages. The proximity and easy access to classrooms for adults and children will allow families to worship together and participate in Sunday School and adult classes and groups on Sunday mornings. Smaller, flexible seating sections will help create a sense of shared community.
Replacing the mezzanine of the former sanctuary will be two floors of classrooms. With convenient access from the Commons, a variety of meeting spaces will be available for Care Night classes, support groups, Bible studies and small groups throughout the week and on Sundays. The proximity to nurseries and children’s wing will make it easy for busy families to share a meal and then join classes.
Matthew’s Ministry, Bakery & Kitchen
Matthew’s Ministry will have dedicated space for classes, fellowship and their bakery. These spaces will be designed specifically to serve more than 300 children, youth and adults with special needs and their families.
A well-equipped kitchen will be just east of the Fellowship Hall for preparing and serving fellowship meals and supporting ministry events throughout the week will bring our community together.
Finishing What We Started
We stand at an historic moment.
We recently opened the doors to our permanent sanctuary with its inspired design infused with symbolism and spiritual meaning. If we do our part, this beautiful sanctuary will draw new people and help ensure the strength of this congregation for generations to come.
They will visit, but what next?
Entering the new sanctuary, people will be inspired. Will they take the next step and connect with others? Where will they gather to study the Scriptures and find meaning and purpose for their lives? Will they discover the blessings of Christian fellowship and discover hope and redemption in times of trouble?
Once remodeled, our current sanctuary will help us Finish What We Started.
With the right tools, people will be drawn to worship and go deeper in ministries that offer fellowship, healing and growth. These buildings will enable our congregation to reach farther and deeper than before. Here we will welcome thousands of new people into our community, break bread, connect in Christian fellowship, offer ministries of healing and growth, grow in faith and change the world.
The Finishing What We Started campaign will fund the transformation of our current sanctuary into a fellowship hall, Vibe worship space, classrooms, commons, kitchen and a home for Matthew’s Ministry. It will also help reduce what we’ll need to borrow for the sanctuary so we can put more of our tithes and offerings directly into ministry.
Our Prayer for Vision
As we look to transform our former sanctuary into spaces for ministry with men and women, singles and families, young adults and senior adults, and persons with special needs, please guide me.
Help me to know what part you would have me play in making these dreams a reality. Help me see the sacrifice you would call me to make to provide spaces for people to grow deeper in their faith, to find support when they are struggling, and to experience real Christian fellowship.
In Jesus’ name.
Investing in the Future
As you approach your commitment,
- Begin with prayer, asking God for guidance and discernment.
- Consider what your sacrificial gift might look like.
- Determine the amount of your three-year commitment.
- Decide how you will give your gift.
- Complete your commitment card.
- Continue to pray for your church and this capital campaign.