A church should be made to last. As LifePoint maneuvers through seasons of change, how can we be a church that’s made to last? Paul wrote letters – 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus – to the early churches addressing this very thing. He points to 6 things that help a church endure. Join us for this series kick off September 9th, and be sure to download the LifePoint App to join us in a Bible reading plan throughout this series.
There’s always that one cousin at a family reunion. A little strange, not sure what they do, easily forgotten. When we talk about God, most of us have thoughts on who we’re talking about. When we mention Jesus, we have a clearer picture of who he is. If we’re honest, the Holy Spirit… he’s that one cousin. Often misunderstood and forgotten, the Holy Spirit has a definitive purpose in the life of a follower of Jesus. Let’s explore together how the Holy Spirit is meant to be the power inside you.
Join us Sundays, August 19th – September 2nd, at John Wood Community College. Services begin at 9:15 and 10:45.
With so much going on, I wanted to let you know some exciting news. Last week, LifePoint was able to send a teen mom, her child, and her mentor to experience a time away surrounded by love, fun, and the word of God through Young Lives. Young Lives is an organization here in Quincy that comes alongside teen mothers in a myriad of ways. One of their most exciting events is their summer camp. Mentors accompany teen moms and their babies to camp for a respite from the chaos of their daily struggles. Here, with their physical and childcare needs met, teen moms are immersed in the love God and can focus on their future. While Young Lives is not one of our missions partners, the missions team saw this as an opportunity to be involved in our community in a tangible way. This is just one example of what happens when you give to LifePoint.
We have just wrapped up the second quarter of the year, and if you have given to LifePoint during the 2018 calendar year, you should have received your second quarter giving statement. While that might not be the most exciting mail you receive, it’s an important way to say thank you and provide you with a way to track your giving and your Intention Card progress toward our One Fund.
As of June 30th, our OneFund balance is $1,308,577. This fund includes the money used for our general expenses and our new construction expenses as well. We are currently running a budget surplus of $148,711 through June 30th due to us operating around 14% under budget each month, which is great news.
With the construction of the 3926 Harrison campus is in full swing (walls to be going up soon!), it’s a good time to pause and remember the reason we are building a new campus. Our prayer is to reach into our community as we did with Young Lives this past week. To reach beyond our walls, not only here in Quincy, but to a lost world in desperate need of good news. The Good News found only in the love and grace found in Jesus Christ.
Missions means so many different things to so many different people. It can mean the mission of walking across the street to your neighbor, serving at a soup kitchen, or getting on a plane and flying to a dangerous place. All of these involve people on mission. Here at LifePoint we believe all followers of Jesus should be on mission to reach others with the good news of Jesus Christ. Because of this, here at LifePoint, 10% of every dollar collected goes to missions. Missions locally and missions globally. God is making a great name for Himself among the nations, and He has called all Christians to be an active part of His mission. If you’ve ever given financially to LifePoint, you are involved in that mission.
LifePoint’s Missions Team (Chris & Debbie Woodard, Dave Holzgraefe, Amy Rosen, Kyle Stewart, Christine Stevens, Justin Twaddle, Kristin Sanner and Mindy Holthaus) oversee and steward this part of the LifePoint budget, meeting monthly to review our missions process, evaluate current and potential new mission’s opportunities, and pray for each of our mission’s partners. Each member of the team has extensive local and global missions experience, and is honored to play a role in what has been part of LifePoint’s DNA from the beginning.
As followers of Jesus, we are God’s plan A to reach the lost with the good news of His son, and there is no plan B. If we have a heart to see our city, our nation, and this world transformed for and by Jesus Christ, we must have a heart to reach out to those not only next door, but to those on the other side of the globe as well. The Missions Team is just a small way that LifePoint is reaching out to others. Thank you for standing shoulder to shoulder with us as we lead ALL people into a growing relationship with Jesus!
There are many things that I could write about to update you on regarding our new building on Harrison. I could tell you that our new address is 3926 Harrison. I could tell you that a few members of our staff and elders visited the groundbreaking of the school next door to us today. But I want to write about your generosity to this project. As we move toward the end of the first financial quarter here at LifePoint, I am blown away by what’s happening. Giving through today has more than doubled in comparison to this time last year. You read that right: more than doubled!
My favorite quote regarding generosity comes from the late Billy Graham. “Give me five minutes with a person’s checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is.” In my role as Executive Pastor of Operations, I oversee the finances here at LifePoint and have the privilege of seeing every donation that comes in and every bill that is paid. In a way, I get a small glance into your checkbooks each week. A privilege that I take very seriously, and a privilege that leads me to say thank you. Thank you for your heart being here at LifePoint. Thank you for heart being invested in leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus.
This building will be a building that you are helping to build. A building that you are sacrificing for and intentionally making decisions about. We are seeing new people join us on this journey as they make LifePoint their church home as well. This new building isn’t only being built by those of us that were here from the beginning, but it is being constructed by families that have made LifePoint their home in the last month as well. We are all playing a part in creating a space for people to come and encounter Jesus and a place they can call home. A place they can connect with others. A place they can pursue the truth found in Jesus. A place they can be sent out on mission to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ!
Your generosity is helping to create that place. I can’t wait to see what God will do through you and through our church as we continue to pursue him. Thank you for all that you are doing!