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This weekend’s service is an exciting milestone in our Renovate 250 project. Pastor Dan and I have been sharing over the past three weeks, the vision, need, history, and improvements we would like to make to our facilities for improved handicap accesses, expanded children’s ministry spaces and much needed long-term storage at an estimated cost of $100,000. 

At the end of Sunday's teaching, we will be asking you and your family to make a financial commitment to the Renovate 250 project over the next year. I believe this a noble and needed project which will help AnchoPoint adequately and safely minister to 250 souls per service. As a result, facility wise, AnchorPoint will be able to grow into a five or six hundred member congregation through multiple weekend services. Nice vision right?


For a congregation of our size, $100,000 is not a, "this is impossible without God" large number for a capital campaign, but it is still large enough that we need each family and single person to actively and fully participate in a prayerful process. The AnchorPoint leadership will trust the Holy Spirit’s guidance in meeting the need through your Renovate commitment. 

If donations exceed the cost of the renovation, "overflow" monies will be used to pay down the churches current mortgage obligation.

If you’ve missed any of the previous three Sundays, you can view them through the AnchorPoint website. I shared on August 20th the sacrificial and miraculous account of how a small Rio West congregation built the original structures with vision, faith, and sacrificial giving.

If our congregation will approach this project with a similar faith and commitment, I am confident God will meet the need through our corporate participation.

For a prayerful heads up – your "commitment card" will list these four giving options.

A one-time gift/offering totaling $_______________.

An incremental gift/offering over the next year totaling $__________________.

A sacrificial gift/offering totaling  $____________________.

A "believing for increase" gift totaling  $ __________________.

Total offering (add lines one through four)  $ ___________________.

I will walk through and explain some of the nuances or differences for each line. Hopefully, the variety of options will help you to make a faith pledge from a joyful heart.

Saints, view this as a "God opportunity" instead of an obligation and you’ll experience a greater blessing.

Grace to us and through us,

Pastor Emeritus, Don Schlichte

Help Houston: The best help we have been able to find for Hurricane Harvey – help that we can totally trust and support with boots on the ground – comes from the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts. They are currently setting up to care for 60,000 displaced Texans, as well as preparing thousands of meals, restoring homes, etc. in the name of Jesus. This will go on for many months. You can give here, and/or hit the home button once you are on the site if you would like to volunteer. If you would like to volunteer, please let us know at . If we have enough interest, we may look at getting a team together.  


Some of us here made two trips to New Orleans after Katrina working with this organization. They do a great job, and we had great fun working with them. 


Help Joel Osteen: Talk has gone around social media at how Lakewood Church, located in Houston and where Joel is pastor, didn’t respond quick enough in the hurricane crisis. With over 43,000 weekly attendances, this is the largest church in North America, and meets in the former Compaq Center arena, where the Rockets used to play. Some of the posts I’ve seen included pictures of his Lakewood Church high and dry. Others showed the area flooded, which would be a logical reason for a late response to housing the homeless. I’ve no idea where the truth lies, I only know Joel is responsible for his response to the crisis, Lakewood church for theirs, and you and I are responsible for ours. Let’s help Joel, and the church at large, by ignoring the controversy and engaging in the solution. 


Help AnchorPoint: 97.something percent of our congregation voted to go ahead with Renovate 250! You can already give online or at church by designating your giving to Renovate 250. Thanks for your confidence in our leadership; we truly are trying to make sure we are leaning on God’s direction for our church. Off we go! 





Pastor Dan kicked off the Renovate 250 project this past Sunday. Renovate 250’s goal is to make facility improvements which will allow Anchorpoint to serve 250 souls in one service with adequate square footage and safety precautions for children’s ministry, along with some much needed storage space and improved handicap access. All in all the improvements should make the Anchorpoint facility safer, accessible and visitor friendly. I think it’s an excellent move.


As one of the founding pastors of Rio West Community Church when we first built this facility, I bring some historical perspective to the project that I think will be encouraging to the congregation. This Sunday Pastor Dan is allowing me to share some of the vision, “war stories”, and sacrifice that went into the initial construction of our facility.


I have taken notice over my decades of life that any meaningful and impactful endeavor is spearheaded by some courageous souls who pay a price to “make it happen.” This is true in every realm whether political, like our founding fathers, or local, like the birth of our school district back in 1994, or like this facility, which was first constructed in 2001.


Someone, or a group of someone’s has a vision for progress or profit or blessing, and through much labor they birth the vision and by God’s grace take the necessary steps to make it happen. This Sunday I’ll share the details and the struggles which went into the construction of this facility when our congregation was only about 130 strong, and that included the children.


The changes to our facility will help us minister to our children and visitors more effectively and so there is an immediate benefit to ourselves in improving our campus. But like the original team who constructed this facility, we also have a vision for “future” families who will be blessed by the vision, giving and sacrifice of the current AnchoPoint family.


So if you like stories of faith and testimonies of God’s miraculous work through His people then this Sunday will be a blessing to you.


Impacting our community,


Don Schlichte




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