A Seven Year Journey...
September, 2011 to September, 2018
We celebrate what the Lord has enabled us to do during these past seven years under the leadership of Pastor and Mrs. Michael Rickenbaker, who came to us in September, 2011. In just seven years, the overall debt of our church has been reduced by $445,000, while we have accomplished incredible improvements and growth as shown here. Now, it is our desire to have a complete "release" of all remaining debt according to Deuteronomy 15:1-2 and 31:10:
“And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of every seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release...” Deuteronomy 31:10
“At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release. And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called The Lord's Release.” Deuteronomy 15:1-2
Look what the Lord has done!
"This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes." Psalm 118:23
In only seven years (September, 2011 through September, 2018), the mortgage principal was reduced by $445,000 with the lien on the property removed, leaving a current balance of $120,000. By comparison, in 15 years from 1996 - 2011, the church mortgage decreased by $195,000.
We've Accomplished Much in Seven Years
The following twelve projects are all paid for as accomplished with no increase in debt. Thank you to each one who made special sacrifices and commitments to help this come to fruition!
1. Professional Landscaping & Accent Lighting
Complete professional landscaping of church facility with building and landscape accent night lighting.
2. New Fellowship Pavilion
Construction and completion of a 6,000 square foot fellowship building with porches, outdoor patio, and storage area - complete with furnished kitchen, restrooms, appliances, tables and chairs.
3. Church Parking Lot Expansion & Maintenance
The addition of 28 new parking spaces, as well as three projects of parking lot maintenance of sealcoating and new paint striping.
4. Main Entrance & Hallways Remodel
Complete remodel of main entrance
foyer and all hallways with addition
of new ceramic tile flooring, paint,
furniture and lighting.
5. New Conference Room & Hospitality Bookstore
New carpet, paint and furniture to establish a new church conference room and hospitality bookstore, with new carpet and paint for ladies’ prayer room.
6. Main Sanctuary Remodel
Complete remodel of Main Sanctuary with addition of new altar areas, stonework, columns, carpeting, choir chairs and new baptistry.
7. New Driveway, Concrete Parking Lot & Playground
Construction of a new street connector driveway and concrete parking lot for our new fellowship pavilion facility and new sidewalk connectors, shelter and playground extension.
8. Children’s Nursery & Education Area Remodel
Complete remodel of children’s nursery and entire children’s education spaces with new carpeting, paint, cabinets, and construction of cabin stage.
9. New 28 Passenger Bus & Bus Garage Construction
Purchase of a new 28 passenger bus and construction of a new bus garage.
10. New Daughter Church and Parsonage in Armenia, Belize
Purchase in-full and dedication of a new daughter church in Armenia, Belize, along with ongoing support for Global and North American Missions and the planting of new churches in North America.
11. New Prayer Chapel & Youth Sanctuary Addition
Construction & completion of a new 1,270 square foot Prayer Chapel and Youth Sanctuary addition with restrooms, foyer, landscaping and paved parking lot addition and HVAC unit enclosures.
12. Advancement & Transition of Pre-School
Daycare advanced to the highest possible 3-star State rated pre-school, and we’ve facilitated the transition of school assets and liabilities to a separate corporation to continue serving the families of our community. This will allow for the growth and expansion of our Children's and Youth Ministries into the space vacated.
13. New Heating & Cooling Systems
Replacement of two 20 year-old, 20-ton heating and cooling systems serving the Main Church Sanctuary, along with maintenance improvements necessary for facility-wide upkeep.
Pastoral Celebration Service & Reception
September 9, 2018 • 1:30 PM
With Special Guests and Reception Following.