Sunday, January 25, 2015
Dear Richardson Church Family & Friends,
Get ready for some serious personal and spiritual growth!
We keep growing. We all know we have been growing in numbers faster than we can keep up with, in spite of continued church planting. So our Expansion Team has been working with architects and input from our members for almost a year to address the situation. The plans for a Family Life Center and additional parking are on display in the church lobby. The total cost is just under $1.3 million. Saturday evening, January 24 the church family voted to see if God is clearly telling us to build or not. How will we know? That’s where the “Faith Challenge” comes in.
The “Faith Challenge” – If we raise at least $400,000 (cash-in-hand) of the $1.3 million needed by April 30, 2015 we will build the much-needed Family Life Center and additional parking. If we do not raise at least $400,000 (cash-in-hand) we will return all donations marked “Faith Challenge” to the donors and look to God for some other direction. The enclosed “Family Life Center & Parking Proposal” gives more details.
Talking to the Lord. I would like you to prayerfully and personally accept the “Faith Challenge.” Please ask the Lord how much He wants you to give. When you are impressed with an amount ask yourself these questions—
- Have I prayed about how much the Lord wants me to give?
- Does this amount show faith and a spirit of sacrifice?
- Is this amount above and beyond what I usually give?
All can be involved. If the answer is yes to all three questions the Lord will give you wisdom in how to go about finding the funds. It might include giving up something unneeded or even harmful, postponing something for later, selling something that isn’t needed, working an extra job for awhile, giving a tax refund, etc. All ages can be involved in helping, including children. Former members and friends of the church who aren’t even members can have a part in this great adventure. And remember, all donations will be returned if we don’t meet the challenge. This is truly a “Faith Challenge” and a faith adventure for all of us.
Testimonies. We know as people accept the “Faith Challenge” they will see some amazing things happen in their lives. We want to hear and share the testimonies. If you have a story please send it (100-200 words) to the church office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through the website (www.richardsonsda.org) so we can share it in the enewsletter. Your faith will inspire faith in others.
How and where to give. You can give regularly (weekly, monthly) or whenever money becomes available. You can give in any of these ways.
- At any worship service or in a lobby drop box.
- Online (www.richardsonsda.org/give).
- By mail (1201 W. Belt Line Rd. Richardson, TX 75080)
Be sure to mark your donation “Faith Challenge” and include your name and address.
The Big Announcement. On Sabbath, April 18 we will announce how much has come in to date. We don’t plan to give updates until then. On Sabbath, May 2 we will announce if we have met the “Faith Challenge” or not.
This is an exciting time for us as we look for God’s leading in our lives, our homes, our finances, our church family and our DFW Mission Field.
Thanks for your willingness to seek the Lord’s will and to be a part of this adventure for Him.
Looking for His leading,
Dan Serns, Senior Pastor