I Quit Going to Church

Dear Church, One very important aspect of our “Dream” is expressed this way … “… to be a church that looks beyond itself and beyond it’s immediate community to its larger responsibility of helping fulfill the great commission of Christ to the very ends of the earth.”  In other words, “being the church” isn’t just about me and mine; it’s about participating in God’s global mission of healing and hope. And I’m glad to report that GC has been “living the Dream” in very tangible ways of late (which is not new). Rwanda – we took 37 people on a Work and Witness trip to Rwanda, helped complete their church building, did VBS, loved on kids, and tried to be a source of encouragement to our hosts. We also provided funds for the purchase of 16 sewing machines in a Christian program/ministry/business that supplies jobs for hearing-impaired persons. And, of course, we were blessed as much or more as we were a blessing. Faith Promise – this past Sunday was Faith Promise Sunday – the Sunday designated to raise money (pledges to be paid out over the coming year) for global missions. Last year our pledges slightly exceeded $70,000 and the monies given exceeded the pledged amount!!! How awesome is that?!!! This year our pledge goal is $75,000! And after the initial Sunday our pledges are at $46,760. We have a ways to go, but that’s a great start! These monies support Nazarene missionaries around the world, help us do Work and Witness trips, allow us to come alongside local, domestic ministries like My Father’s House, the KC Rescue Mission and the Beadle Program, allow us to respond to global crises (disaster relief), etc. (We just recently sent MFH and the Beadle Program checks for $750 each and will be sending some $ to KCRM very soon.) Craig, MO – the Nazarene church building in Craig took on about 2 feet of water in the recent flooding. Also, the pastor’s home and many other homes were damaged. Because of your generosity, we were able to send them a check for $1000 to help a little with expenses AND we’re sending a couple of work teams this weekend to assist with clean-up from the flood damage. I say all that simply to say, “The Dream” is becoming a reality! You’re living it! You’re not just a people who attend church. You are “being the church.”   Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Joel