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You may not know it but these last few weeks of summer are a really significant time for us at Restoration City as we gear up for the fall. The start of the school year creates one of the most significant opportunities for ministry we have all year at Gunston, on college campuses, and as people throughout our city get refocused after the summer. Given what’s at stake, we don’t want to stumble into the fall; we want to be prepared for all God wants to do through us individually and corporately. As part of that gearing up process, I want to focus all of us on two of the most foundational ways you can be involved in what God is doing through Restoration City: generosity and prayer.
At our recent congregational meeting, our members voted to approve an aggressive $730,000 budget for the fiscal year starting on September 1st. To be clear, this is a tremendous leap of faith for us as a not yet three year old church plant. In simplest terms, we’re trusting the Lord to provide an additional $130,000 beyond what He did last year. While that’s a big jump, we believe God is more than able to do it and believe these resources are what we need to be faithful to all the Lord is calling us to do as a church. In part, our confidence in this provision came from the Connected & Committed giving commitments many of us made this past May. If you are one of the people who committed to either start giving or increase your giving in the coming year, please login to your CCB account to start or update your recurring donation. I also want to encourage you to pray about making a one time year end gift to the church between now and the end of August as we close out this fiscal year. We’ve had a couple of unbudgeted but important capital expenditures this past year (most significantly our box truck and some staff computers) and need your help for a strong finish to the year.
Even more importantly, I want to continue calling us to prayer as a church. I genuinely believe what I said in my July 30th sermon – we won’t pack out our auditorium until we pack out our prayer room. Our next steps as a church won’t be based on our strength but on our dependance. If our hearts long for gospel restoration in our lives, families and city, then prayer must be our first, not our last, resort. That’s why I want to invite you to join me this and every Sunday at 9.15 in the morning in the back of the Gunston Auditorium to pray for a powerful move of God’s Spirit in our church and city. Finally, I want to encourage you to use these next three weeks to ask God how He wants to work through you personally in the year to come. Don’t assume He’s got your life on cruise control and dreams of nothing bigger or different than what He did last year. Carve out real time to pray, “Here I am, Lord. Send me.” and see what He stirs in your heart.
I can’t wait for all that’s ahead of us as a church. I genuinely believe year 3 is going to be our best yet and I’m thrilled to be on this journey with each of you.
See you on Sunday!