The preliminary amount of total funds given and committed for our Building Bridges Campaign is $805,000. This number will likely change as additional commitments come in over the coming month. We celebrate God’s provision through this campaign and all that He will accomplish through it!
Dear Church Family,
you may be wondering why we are calling our capital campaign Building Bridges. Some might ask, “what in the world does repairing our leaky roof and updating our worship center and lobby have to do with building bridges?” Well, a lot! In 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 the apostle Paul describes our mission as a local community of faith. He writes,
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
You see, God has called us to be reconcilers in our community and in our world. One dictionary definition describes a bridge as something that is intended to reconcile or form a connection between two things; to bridge the gulf between different parties or constituencies. And that’s exactly what we strongly believe God has called us to do here at North Seattle Church! Our mission says that we are committed to “Connecting the people of North Seattle to the life and mission of Jesus.” We are connectors, reconcilers, and bridge builders to those who have yet to believe in the good news about Jesus. We are committed to building bridges to our neighbors and community partners so that they might experience the love of Jesus in the way we live and serve! We are called to bridge the gulf between injustice and the justice that Jesus embodied so that our community might better reflect how God is making all things new.
We believe the facility God has given us and this beautiful location actually serve as a bridge to our neighbors. But it is more than just bricks and mortar; it’s a tangible bridge that enables us to build intangible bridges into our community! Already we have built bridges through our partnerships with Puget Sound Christian Clinic, Northwest Girl Choir, Little Nest Preschool, and Restoration Messianic Synagogue. And, of course, there is The Bridge Coffee House that has truly served as a bridge to many of our neighbors. However, if we fail to repair and appropriately update our facility, this aspect of our mission will become increasingly challenging. So, on behalf of the Ministry Council and the Building Bridges Leadership Team, I want to personally encourage you to prayerfully consider how God might want you to participate in our Building Bridges campaign. Together, let’s commit to ensuring that North Seattle Church continues to build reconciling bridges into our community for many years to come!
40 Days of Prayer and Fasting
A critical element in the North Seattle Church Building Bridges campaign is that we be active in prayer. Our efforts to secure funds to help the church campus restoration and improvement will be severely compromised if we are not before the Lord in prayer about this matter. One element of this prayer emphasis is what we call the Forty Days of Prayer and Fasting. With this program we are asking that all church members and attendees commit to pray daily for this work and to also commit to fast once a week. The time saved by the fast would be devoted to prayer as an individual or in a group. The program will run for 40 days from February 27, 2017 through April 7.
To aid in the daily prayer we suggest you set your phone alarm for a daily recurring time to remind you to pray. For example, we suggest 10:31 AM or PM in memory of October 31, 1517, the date usually recognized as the start of the Protestant Reformation. Pick a time and when your alarm goes off stop whatever you are doing and pray for our church campaign.
The fasting portion is based on the clear New Testament teaching on the practice of fasting. Despite this NT practice fasting is little emphasized in our culture. This will be an opportunity for all of us to start a fasting habit if such has not been our practice in the past. The fast can be from any activity that you normally take part in during the average week. We ask that at least one day per week you fast from some activity and utilize that time for prayer. The activity can be anything that you are willing to give up for a period of time.
Here are a few suggestions:
Skipping a meal or giving up a favorite food
Eliminating social media for a portion or all of a day
Eliminating TV watching for a portion or all of a day
Refraining from political discussions/arguments for part of a day.
Giving up a trip to your favorite coffee shop one morning a week.
We are not suggesting a radical change in food habits or consumption. The idea is to discipline our body and mind to leave off a regular activity and devote that time to the Lord in prayer.
The time spent in prayer can emphasize specific church or family needs, the needs of our community and neighborhood, the church capital campaign, the needs of our nation during this time of rapid social change or other topics that come to mind.
We are including a tear off card below that you can turn in next Sunday with a report on your experience, successes/failures with this concept in your personal life. The submissions can be anonymous but should reflect your heart felt desires and perceptions. The staff will review these and read some the following Sunday as a means of encouragement for the church body.
We are looking for the clear leading of the Lord in this campaign and desire to see His direction for our church. This is one way that we each can commit to an active role in this work.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Join us on Sunday, May 21 for Commitment Sunday as we pledge our financial contributions towards the Building Bridges Capital Campaign. Commitment Cards (see below) will be turned in and the total amount of funds raised will be revealed at our Celebration Luncheon immediately following the service.