On Sunday, Sept. 25th, we are celebrating our Homecoming Celebration Day and we'll go over what God has done in the last 4 years since the church was relaunched in December 2007. And I'm sure I'll be talking a lot about those things as September rolls around, but let me go ahead and get a head start.
This year has been a whirlwind year. There's been some of the highest highs and some of the lowest lows at the same time. We've had to make some really tough decisions this year. We've made some cuts and we've made some additions. We've made changes to our methods and we've fine tuned some other opportunities. Probably one of the biggest things we've done is put together an easily obtainable and workable plan to go forward in our building project to build a sanctuary and get out of debt. Part of that plan calls for us to begin to put a large amount of money back beginning January 2012 in our monthly budget based off of current income. We don't spend what we don't have. Maybe Washington could learn something from that . . . Another blog . . . In the meantime, the money that we will be putting back beginning in January, we have been funneling into completing some much needed improvements and projects around the church and in our ministries.
Already since 2007,we have had to replace three AC units, replace the roof on the entire building, close in a porch that was collapsing, replace a sound system, sanctuary carpet, remodel the sanctuary stage, remodel social hall classrooms, paint rooms and the foyer, and more tweaks here and there. That ws all before this year began.
Since enacting our new budget plan, God has blessed us to bless others and to be blessed. We were able to contribute $1200 to the international office's YWEA project. We've been able to contribute over $2000 in helping with benevolence to families and charities. We've added a new AC unit for our foyer, classroom, nursery, and bathroom section of our old building. We've remodeled more of the classrooms in our social hall. We've scheduled for our 10 acres to be clear cut in preparation for our new sanctuary. We've replaced two doors that were rotting. We've replaced equipment in our kitchen. We've purchased new tables for our social hall. We've obtained a new color copier for the church. We purchased a storage building. We've adopted a local Girl Scouts troop and became their charter organization. And these are just some of the blessings God has poured out on the church.
We've got several more projects to get done before the end of the year and God will continue to supply. Of that we have no doubt. If you're looking for a church, don't look any further. Free Point is moving forward in God's purpose, vision, and mission. We are so thankful for the goodness and faithfulness of God to our church and our families!