“I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will startrebuilding...” Nehemiah 2:20a
It not long ago we held a groundbreaking ceremony for our new church facility and six months later, the construction work is nearly complete. If you have not yet visited or have not got a chance to enter inside the new building, I invite you to stop by and do so. It is just amazing. What a blessing this facility will be to our church, community and God’s Kingdom! We are now looking forward to the grand opening and dedication ceremony whose date will be set soon. This is going to be a day of celebration and I want you to be a part of it. I continue to be grateful to the whole congregation of Stoddard UMC for your faithful giving to Nehemiah Appeal Project. It is through your faithfulness and commitment that this project has been a success. However, our work is not done yet. What we have done up to this date is only one of the three phases we have, to see this project through. We need to finish what we have started and I believe with God’s help, we will complete this project.
Having completed the first phase successfully; which was the construction of the new facility, we are now entering the second phase which is to furnish the new building. As your pastor, (1) I appeal to the whole congregation to support all the efforts done by Trustees so that we may accomplish the goal of furnishing the new building by April 2017. God is doing some new things in the life of our congregation. God is giving us a second chance. It is time for us to turn the page, take this new opportunity and start strong with new things, programs, approaches, furniture and the like. Encouraged by your love of God and commitment, God’s Spirit is telling me that this is something that we will do together and I am sure God will be glorified. (2) I also encourage the whole congregation to support our general funds and also to fulfil the pledges that we have made as of April 2016, for Nehemiah Appeal Project, so that we may be able to continue our ministries here at Stoddard UMC and continue paying our mortgage. This will help the congregation to minimize our debt and maximize our ministry. Again, thank you all for your continued prayers and support. Please continue to pray for the success of our second phase of the building project.
As we prepare to make our next move to the new facility, I am aware that some of you have been so attached to our current building having served for many years up until to this date. I invite you to start preparing yourself mentally and spiritually knowing that in God’s Kingdom there is continuity. We are closing one door only to open another one. For this reason, we are preparing for a great service of sharing and celebrating the hundred years of ministry that has taken place in our current location. The date will be announced soon. But we are also preparing for a change. I understand change may not be easy; but the more prepared we are, the more we can embrace change and the greater impact the change will have.
In His Service,