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RENOVATE 250 

 

What a summer! What a week! Last Saturday we gave out 240 bags of school supplies at our first Back to School Festival. We were able to give out even more after the Festival, and seven folks just decided to come into membership at AnchorPoint over the weekend. Coming up next: the Love and Respect Marriage conference! 

 

This Sunday we get to vote on a proposal called Renovate 250. No, it’s not to buy a Ford F-250 and a boat for the youth group. Instead, we’d like to do some renovations around here so that we can adequately run 250 people a service. It’s not our adult worship area that needs the most help, it’s primarily… 

1.  To Bless Our Children: Building a storage area behind our annex would free up over 300 sq ft of much needed space that is currently used for storage in our children’s department. The area already has a sprinkler system, AC and heat, so we just need to relocate our storage, remove walls and renovate. This would also allow us to sell our trailer and storage container, which is a bit of an eyesore in the neighborhood. Maybe this way we would be blessing our neighbors as well, especially whomever is selling the house behind our container.

2.  To Bless Our Youth: Using our current Annex storage space for people would allow our youth to have their own space, that others could continue to use when needed. The youth have some space we just made available; they meet there on Sunday afternoon, and the 3rd – 5th grade class meet there on Sunday morning. It’s about half as large as we really need.

3.  To Bless Our Guests: A small part of this renovation would be to take out the current storage/cry room in the worship building. This area would then be for our guests – an information and coffee area for fellowship. We are working on an area for nursing moms or others with child needs to be available in the Annex, what would be the children’s building on Sundays.

4. To Bless Those with Special Needs: We would like to put handicap access doors on a couple of our entrances, making them double doors that open together, with no center window or support. We love those with special needs, and we want them to have a church facility that takes their needs into consideration. 

To do all this, we need to raise $100,000 in the next year, while still paying our budget and paying down our mortgage. Unfortunately, the Pastoral Ferrari was postponed until 2018.   

Or later. 

This week the "vote" is simple. There will be a ballot in the bulletin for anyone – member or not – to let us know what you think. You’ll figure it out – just drop it in an offering box when you’re done

 

2 100-word stories, and X reasons to renovate

 

 

Why are we looking at renovating? We’d like to hear more 100-word-stories! First a couple of the stories that were sent to me this week. 

 

Jesus gives me help with my daily struggles. He's always there when I call on him - ALWAYS! He goes with me everywhere I go to keep me safe. He comforts me when I am sad and celebrates with me when I accomplish something. He points me in the right direction even when I try to do things on my own (you'd think I'd know better!). I know he will never leave me to fend for myself. He fills me up with so much of his love that there are no words to describe the joy that brings. I didn't even have to earn all this. I only had to ask. I love that! Joyce 

My life was like every other lost life out there--- full of sin---- anger, hate, lust, the need for control, greed. One day I realized JESUS had been standing with me all the time. Crying. When I surrendered at the cross, HE smiled. Now I live for HIM. Hes still smiling. Dan (not me) 

The church in Philadelphia lasted 1200 years. They spent most of their time telling their 100-word stories and rebuilding. History tells us their missions work went as far away as India (I had some friends in Winnipeg from India whose family traces their Christian roots to this church). It also tells us the city had earthquake after earthquake, and the church thus had building program after building program. 

We too are in the middle of deciding on a building renovation, so I found it encouraging reading about a church that struggled with it for 1200 years! 

For those of you who missed our Town Hall meetings, we are looking at doing a few things to our property. Here is a short overview: 

1.  We’d like to build a storage building behind the annex, so we can

  1. Eliminate the trailer and unsightly container on our parking lot
  2. Open up our current inside, air-conditioned storage space for PEOPLE. This will allow us to …
    1. Enlarge our youth, 3-5th grade classes, toddlers and preschool classes. This is a HUGE help, as all four of these classes are maxed out during the school year, and can run double what is recommeded (for daycares and schools) on our fullest Sundays.
    2. Keep our main annex room open for kids worship, receptions, potlucks, etc.
    3. Make our annex a "children’s building" during services for added security.

2.  We would also like to put in some handicap access for the Worship Center and Office bathrooms, and

3.  Put in a welcome/coffee center where the current storage/cry room sits. This means we will have to relocate the mom’s room that is there, possibly in the children’s annex. 

Why Renovate? 3 Reasons 

1.  Because we are devoted to the family. This will add safety, and give us enough children/youth space for running our max of 250 on a Sunday. This way, when our adult Worship area is full, our children’s area should be about the same        (rather than overflowing). 

2.  Because we are committed to the uncommitted. We want church to be about others, not just us. We want newcomers to fall into the welcome center rather than having to ask for it. We want those with special needs to feel honored that we have thought about them, rather than embarrassed to ask for help getting through doors.

3.  Because we are devoted to the next generation – and we want to invest in our youth. The church in Philadelphia (our church for this Sunday) was around for 1200 years! They cared about the generations coming up, and we want to do the same. 

This project may not do anything for you. You may not have kids, have no special needs, and not really care how the container looks. We aren’t doing this for ourselves. We are doing this for others. 

We have moved the recommendation/vote about the renovation from Aug 13 to Aug 20. It will be a simple ballot in our bulletin, with a place for both members and non-members to participate.  

Now – how’s that 100-word story coming? Here is one more, WAY more than 100-words, as we are still working to shorten it. However, I thought it was worth your read as is! 

I came to know Christ when I was 27. Over the next 35 years I have drifted in and out of my relationship with Christ. And even in those times I was not following him, I could always hear (feel) him softly calling me back. When I turned back, Christ was always right there. He never left me. 

August 2016 He called me back in a terrifying, amazing way. My job of over 26 years was gone, my last child had 1 year of school left and GOD had big plans for me that would utilize everything I had learned in those 60 previous years. I now had the opportunity to work for a non-profit of choice, for 1000 hours, and would be paid by my former employer for those hours. I thought about working for Care Net Pregnancy Center next to our church, so I could be close to my wife (the church admin). I then prayed (some, not much) for God to work it out so I could work at Care Net. (ahhh lesson here, I was not specific when I prayed). Next thing I know I’m interviewing with the Executive Director, and she says, "We have been praying for God to send us a man to run a fatherhood program here at Care Net". That scared me to death…me an answer to prayer? – Me run a Fatherhood program???? 

I went home and called those who would pay me for those 1000 hours, and asked for other options than Care Net. I no sooner hung up the phone and I started feeling so emotional inside. I could feel God saying, "You asked me for Care Net and I gave you Care Net. What are you afraid of? I will guide you." It just kept coming on me…. I was crying as I began to understand what was happening. I called those same people back and said, "I’m sorry, but I WILL be going to Care Net." I’ve been there for over a year now, the 1000 hours has ended, and I work for them full time. 

God gave his one and only Son so I could be forgiven of my sins and have eternal life. He gave me six children to raise and a God-fearing wife to love. He has allowed me to wonder and make mistakes, cry, love, loose loved ones, watch my children battle drugs, achieve success in sports – school – life. And now he has put me in a position to help teach other men (mainly younger men) what it means to be a father and how I know Our Heavenly Father loves them and wants a personal relationship with them. He has always been there and knew exactly what he was preparing me for. Thank you, Dear Lord, for your Grace and Compassion for me. Robert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


One of my favorite movies is The Princess Bride. It has such quotable lines, like when they bring dead Westley to Miracle Max for a miracle. 


Miracle Max: He probably owes you money huh? I'll ask him.

Inigo Montoya: He's dead. He can't talk.

Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead.


Then Miracle Max gives them even more hope.


Miracle Max: [Lifts and drops the arm of the dead Westley] I've seen worse.


Unfortunately, it took time for Westley to heal.


Westley: Why won't my arms move?

Fezzik: You've been mostly-dead all day.


This week at church, we will examine Sardis, the Mostly Dead Church. It was a church with a great name, doing lots of positive stuff, with no mention of a Jezebel, or false teaching, or persecution. Yet God saw it as mostly dead. What makes it different has clear application to us today. But now back to The Princess Bride and a final terrific quote about death.


Westley: I told you I would always come for you. Why didn't you wait for me?

Buttercup: Well... you were dead.

Westley: Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.

Buttercup: I will never doubt again.

Westley: There will never be a need.


What can you simply NOT tolerate in church?   

In the letters to the seven churches in Revelation, Jesus never complains about the music, the temperature, the meeting times or sermon topics. But there are things He can’t tolerate. 

What do you think of when you hear the name Jezebel?  

You can read her story in 1 Kings 16-22. She was Queen of Israel who incited her husband King Ahab to make the sexual worship of Baal and Asherah the state religion. She killed those who stood in the way of her husband’s advancement, and all the prophets of God she could find. Even Elijah was afraid of her. God made sure she wouldn’t worshipped after her death—by having her eaten by dogs before her body was recovered.   

If she was brought back from the dead, how would you like to have her as your Children’s Director? 

Or youth chaperone?  

Better yet, what would you think if you looked at your husband’s calendar--and saw her name down for a lunch date?  

In this letter from Jesus to the church of Thyatira, God complains that they are tolerating a prophetess in the church who was living and teaching like Jezebel.  

Come Sunday and see how that worked out for them – and what it means for us.  

Blessings,  

Dan

Here’s a story I found on the internet, so it must be true. During the Civil War, there was a guy who couldn’t decide which side he wanted to fight for, so he wore the pants of the South, and a coat of the North. Both sides shot him.

A few years ago, Rob Bell, a well-known pastor and author, put out his controversial book Love Wins. In this book, he seems to advocate an "everybody ends up in heaven someday" theology, that there is no literal hell for humans. Many evangelical leaders labeled his book heresy. When I saw him on TV, the interviewer--not a believer to my knowledge--accused him of simply trying to make Christianity palatable. Compromise killed him.

Church denominations most in decline tend to be those that most question the authority of Scripture, and lean towards the views of current culture. If there is no difference between the world and church, why go to church? Neither side wants you.

It’s our vision at AnchorPoint to be a gospel-centered family impacting our community with the hope of Christ. But we can’t impact our community if we compromise the message of Christ – we simply become the community. As A.W. Tozer wrote, "We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum."

That’s tough to hear in our culture. Today people seem to equate "no compromise" with intolerant, closed-minded bigotry. That’s a shame, because Truth is intolerant. Speaking of Jesus, the Apostle Peter preached,Ac 4:12 (NIV2011)    "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." There isn’t room for compromise in that message.

This week, we will be looking at the church located in Pergamum, the capital of Asia Minor. Pergamum was known for Caesar worship, idolatry, and mixing sexual immorality with worship. The church in Pergamum was trying to have it both ways, wearing the pants of immorality with the coat of Christianity.

How was that working for them?

Jesus said He was coming with a sword.

Bummer.

If you are like me, when we drift into sin we can usually track it back to a series of compromises. Each compromise puts something in front of our love for Christ. Each compromise weakens us. Each compromise weakens AnchorPoint. We lose our effectiveness. We lose our vision.

A.B. Simpson, a Canadian pastor (so he has to be right) from the late 1800s saw our day coming. He said, "The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis. God, give to us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!"

Hope to see you Sunday!

Dan