Building Plan Update, May 2016

[From Jim Wilson, Assistant Pastor for Operations]

The Building Blues

We’ve been at this for a while now, actually more than a year. We consulted, planned, evaluated plans, and waited. While we waited for the permits for the addition to our main building we prepared for construction and reconfigured the breezeway between the buildings to accommodate more pedestrian traffic and offer better protection from the elements. We installed the new glass doors on the east side of the sanctuary to allow better access in and out of the building. We reconfigured the stage to increase our seating capacity (many thanks to Richard Fitzgerald for giving days of his time to staining and finishing the new wood on the stage). All of that went quite well. We patiently waited for permits and estimates.

Finally, permits were promised within days and we got the final estimates for the cost of the project. We were stunned. Suddenly our plans felt out of reach. Back to consulting, planning, evaluating plans, and waiting. We had to step back and consider other options. We are back to waiting for cost estimates. We are confused and perplexed.

This bend in the road causes me a great deal of uncertainty. Did I miss something? Are we being unrealistic in our expectations? Does God want us to work through a hard decision? Does God want us to give up and do something else? I’m sure I’m not the only one who is working through these and other questions about a plan that doesn’t go according to our desires.

We need wisdom on how to proceed. Would you please pray for us as we try to find our way through this maze of uncertainty? And, if you are also dealing with uncertainties in life, and are confused by your circumstances, take heart in these words that God used to get my attention:

Psalm 62: 1
“For God alone my soul waits in silence;
From him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
My fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”


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Prayer Tip: Enjoying the Giver Himself

“The essence of prayer does not consist in asking God for something but in opening our hearts to God, in speaking with Him, and living with Him in perpetual communion.

Prayer is continual abandonment to God.

Prayer does not mean asking God for all kinds of things we want; it is rather the desire for God Himself, the only Giver of Life. Prayer is not asking, but union with God.

Prayer is not a painful effort to gain from God help in the varying needs of our lives. Prayer is the desire to possess God Himself, the Source of all life.

The true spirit of prayer does not consist in asking for blessings, but in receiving Him who is the giver of all blessings, and in living a life of fellowship with Him.”

Sadhu Sundar Singh

Psalm 16:2  I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good besides You.”

Focus your gaze on Jesus this week and enjoy sweet communion with Him – knowing that He already knows all about your needs.  Matt. 6:8

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Prayer Tip: Jesus Has ALL Authority

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Matt. 28:18  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

Consider how Jesus demonstrated this claim in a few short chapters in Mark:

Teaching – Mk. 1:22   They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Unclean/Demonic spirits – Mk. 1:27  …A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”

Sickness – Mk. 1:31,34  And He came to her and raised her up, taking her by the hand, and the fever left her …And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.

Leprosy – Mk. 1:41-42  Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.

Authority/Power to forgive sins – Mk. 2:10-12  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed.

Lord of Sabbath:  Mk. 2:28  So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

Deformed bodies:  Mk. 3:5  (Jesus) said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

Nature – Mk. 4:41  And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?”

Legion of demons – Mk. 5:15  And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.

What is your need?  You can trust Him with it.  Bring it to Jesus with confidence.

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Songs of Worship, 5/15/2016

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

God is the great and loving Creator

We have rebelled and need Jesus

God is making us new in Jesus

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Prayer Tip: What is the Object of Your Faith?

II Cor. 5:7 ..we walk by faith, not by sight.

 This possibly could be said of every person, much of the time.  The real question is who/what is your faith in?  Many times people are trusting in good luck, fate, themselves, someone else – depending on the situation.

What is the object of your faith?  Is it trustworthy; has it proven faithful?

Prov. 28:25-26  An arrogant man stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the LORD will prosper. He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.

I’ve lived long enough to know I cannot trust myself or ‘lean on my own understanding’.  I want my hope and trust in the Unchanging God who made the heavens and the earth.

Abraham is our example, Romans 4:20,21 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.

A person’s attitude and approach and consistency in prayer are all an indication of their faith.


You can trust Him, whatever your need.  Don’t get discouraged.  If you’re still concerned about it, keep talking to Him while being open to Him changing your heart.

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Prayer Tip: Focused Prayer

“Up in a little town in Maine, things were pretty dead some years ago. The churches were not accomplishing anything. There were a few Godly men in the churches, and they said: ‘Here we are, only uneducated laymen; but something must be done in this town. Let us form a praying band. We will all center our prayers on one man. Who shall it be?’ They picked out one of the hardest men in town, a hopeless drunkard, and centered all their prayers upon him.  In a week, he was converted.  They centered their prayers upon the next hardest man in town, and soon he was converted.  Then they took up another and another, until within a year, two or three hundred were brought to God, and the fire spread out into all the surrounding country.  Definite prayer for those in the prison house of sin is the need of the hour.”  Dr. R.A. Torrey

Are you part of a praying band, praying for the salvation of lost people you know?  Would you like to be?

Who will you ask to join you?  Who is the ‘hardest’ person you know who needs Jesus?

Ask God how to ‘put feet to your prayers’ and follow through.

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