Sunday, June 25, 2017

"It is Time"

Almost two years ago we kicked off a capital improvement campaign to take care of necessary repairs on our facilities that we call the “It is Time” Capital Campaign.  God has blessed us with a great facility but it is showing the wear and tear of many years of life-changing ministry.  We have seen some great improvements over these last two years.  We no longer have strobing lights above the congregation in the worship center.  We have a new baptistery and changing area.  We have painted the worship center and the north hallway.  And the biggest change can be seen in the new carpet in the worship center and hallways.  Our facilities are coming back to life and it is only because of the financial sacrifice of many.

In October, we decided to put on hold a couple things in the worship center so we could go ahead and include carpet in the hallways at the same time we carpeted the worship center.  It was our hope that this would be a catalyst to help us see bigger gifts to finish up the campaign.  However, the carpet has had the opposite effect.  Giving has slowed down and we are struggling to continue the improvements to the facility.  It was probably a poor strategy because it leaves us with projects that are not seen by most members on a regular basis. 

These remaining projects are important.  We need to update the lighting on our stage.  The praise team and musicians have a hard time reading their music because we cannot turn on the lights above their heads.  They are experiencing the same strobe affect we had with the lights over the congregation.  We also must flip a breaker before every service because the spot lights are shorting something out that the electricians have not been able to find.  We also know most of our classrooms still have the same flooring that was put in when the original building was built in 1970 and the chapel is in desperate need of flooring that is suitable to be eaten on every week.  Another part of the campaign is to open up an area to have a true welcome center where we can welcome guests and answer questions concerning the ministries of our church. 

The needs addressed in our “It is Time” Capital Campaign are not frivolous, outrageous requests.  These are simple things that will have great return as we engage Bartlesville and the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Would you be willing to give sacrificially to help us finish this campaign?  You can donate through church offerings or though Simple Give on our website.

Haggai 1:8-9, “ Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house, that I may take pleasure in it and that I may be glorified, says the Lord. You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the Lord of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house.”


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