ADVANCE
Our mission is to love and serve our community and world with the good news of Jesus Christ, bringing people together across the lines of race and class to worship and follow Jesus.

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06/17/17

Site work update! Preparation for parking lot expansion/improvements and the exit to College Road continues!

05/14/17

Through our ADVANCE generosity initiative as of April 30, 2017, in addition to fully covering our core budget, we have now received over $788,000 toward our special ADVANCE goals. Cash flow has slowed somewhat and we were not able to add to the Building Fund this month. However, through ADVANCE since January 2016, the Session has transferred $580,000 to the Building Fund. The Future Growth Committee has published a nice color brochure on our two-story Connector Hallway expansion. This project will provide a large hospitality area and a second story with as many as six additional rooms for classrooms and/or storage space (and will include an elevator). Site work is expected to begin this month for parking lot expansion and an exit from the parking lot to College Rd. Most of the work will be done in July and August.

04/16/17

Through our ADVANCE generosity initiative as of March 31, 2017, in addition to fully covering our core budget, we have now received over $772,000 toward our special ADVANCE goals. This amount is growing each month, both through the giving of those who made pledges and of those who have not. Through ADVANCE this past month, the Session approved $25,000 more to the Building Fund, bringing the total to the Building Fund thus far to $580,000. The Future Growth Committee has published a nice color brochure on our two-story Connector Hallway expansion. This project will provide a large hospitality area and a second story with as many as six addi-tional rooms for classrooms and/or storage space (and will include an elevator). See the update article in this week’s Connection on site work about to begin for parking lot expansion and an exit from the parking lot to College Rd. Please continue in earnest prayer and generous giving for God’s glory! Every gift makes a difference in sustaining and “advancing” our ministry! Let’s keep “advancing!”

03/9/2017

Through our ADVANCE generosity initiative as of February 26, 2017, in addition to fully covering our core budget, we have now received over $750,000 toward our special ADVANCE goals. This amount is growing each month, both through the giving of those who made pledges and of those who have not. Through ADVANCE this past month, the Session approved $25,000 more to the Building Fund, bringing the total to the Building Fund thus far to $555,000. The Future Growth Committee has published a nice color brochure on our two-story Connector Hallway expansion. This project will provide a large hospitality area and a second story with as many as six additional rooms for classrooms and/or storage space (and will include an elevator). Utility companies have done a little work at the the point of the planned College Rd. exit. Bids are currently being secured to select a contractor for extensive site work this year. Please continue in earnest prayer and generous giving for God’s glory! Every gift makes a difference in sustaining and “advancing” our ministry! Let’s keep “advancing!”

02/19/2017

Through our ADVANCE generosity initiative as of January 31, 2017, in addition to fully covering our core budget, we have now received over $737,000 toward our special ADVANCE goals. This amount is growing each month, both through the giving of those who made pledges and of those who have not. Through ADVANCE this past month; the Session approved $30,000 more to the Building Fund, bringing the total to the Building Fund thus far to $530,000. The Future Growth Committee has published a nice color brochure on our two-story Connector Hallway expansion. This project will provide a large hospitality area and a second story with as many as six additional rooms for classrooms and/or storage space (and will include an elevator). Site work began in December with some tree removal to prepare for parking lot expansion and an exit from the parking lot to College Rd. Please continue in earnest prayer and generous giving for God’s glory! Every gift makes a difference in sustaining and “advancing” our ministry! Let’s keep “advancing!”

11/30/2016

Through our ADVANCE generosity initiative as of November 30, 2016, in addition to fully covering our core budget, we have now received over $686,000 toward our special ADVANCE goals. This amount is growing each month, both through the giving of those who made pledges and of those who have not. Through ADVANCE this past month; the Session approved $25,000 more to the Building Fund, bringing the total to the Building Fund thus far to $470,000.The Future Growth Committee has published a nice color brochure on our two-story Connector Hallway expansion. This project will provide a large hospitality area and a second story with as many as six additional rooms for classrooms and/or storage space (and will include an elevator). Site work is expected to begin this month. We have also been enjoying the video communication pieces put together by our video intern, another position funded through the Advance initiative. Please continue in earnest prayer and generous giving for God’s glory! Every gift makes a difference in sustaining and “advancing” our ministry! Let’s keep “advancing!”

 

10/31/2016

Through our ADVANCE generosity initiative as of October 31, 2016, in addition to fully covering our core budget, we have now received over $662,000 toward our special ADVANCE goals. This amount is growing each month, both through the giving of those who made pledges and of those who have not. Through ADVANCE this past month, the Session approved $50,000 more to the Building Fund, bringing the total to the Building Fund thus far to $445,000. New drawings have been posted over the coat racks in the lobby to show front and side elevations and the floor area for a two-story Connector Hallway expansion. This project will provide a large hospitality area and a second story with as many as six additional rooms for classrooms and/or storage space (and will include an elevator). We have decided on a contractor and permits are nearly complete to begin site work. Please continue in earnest prayer and generous giving for God’s glory! Every gift makes a difference in sustaining and “advancing” our ministry! Let’s keep “advancing!”

 

10/16/2016

Through our ADVANCE generosity initiative as of September 30, 2016, in addition to fully covering our core budget, we have now received over $630,700 toward our special ADVANCE goals. It is exciting to see this amount each month; and everyo-ne’s giving makes a difference, including those who made pledges and those who have not made pledges. In additi-on to our mission and ministry expan-sion projects, about $400,000 has gone into the Building Fund for con-struction preparation. New drawings have been posted over the coat racks in the lobby to show front and side elevations and approximate floor plan for the Connector Hallway expansion. This space will provide a huge expan-sion to our hospitality area and will include an elevator and six additional (second floor) rooms for classrooms and/or storage space. Please continue in earnest prayer and generous giving for God’s glory! Every gift makes a difference in sustaining and “advancing” our ministry! Let’s keep “advancing!”

 

9/30/2016

The Future Growth Committee has improved our ADVANCE initiative building plans by adding a second story to the Connector Hallway expansion project. The project will not only greatly expand our area for gathering and hospitality but will also add an elevator and much needed classrooms and storage area. Committee member Jim Plumley gives a 4 minute overview of the new plans.

 

7/22/2016


6/30/2016

Through our ADVANCE generosity initiative as of June 30, 2016, in addition to fully covering our core budget, we have now received over $487,264 toward our special ADVANCE goals.This amount is growing each month, both through the giving of those who made pledges and of those who have not made pledges.Through ADVANCE this past month, the Session approved $25,000 more to the Building Fund (bringing the total to Building Fund thus far to $305,000). The new roof for the North Building is scheduled for July. We were also able to strengthen our secretarial staff through hiring Sharon Jones as a part time receptionist. Please continue in earnest prayer and generous giving for God’s glory! Every gift makes a difference in sustaining and “advancing” our ministry!

5/22/2016

In addition to fully covering our core budget, through our ADVANCE generosity initiative, we have now received an additional $325,000 toward our special ADVANCE goals. It is exciting to see this amount continue to grow month by month, both through the giving of those who made formal commitments as well as those who did not. Through our ADVANCE giving over the last two months, the Session has approved a $26,000 for replacing the roof of the North Building and committed an additional $40,000 to the Building Fund (bringing the total to Building Fund thus far to $195,000). Your role in prayer and generosity is significant! Don’t be content as a spectator; engage as a participant! Every gift makes a difference in sustaining and “advancing” our ministry!

5/8/2016

Grace Master Plan

Feedback from our congregation after our March Workshop showed that 94% of us favored site plan option #3 for the location of our new sanctuary and 90% of us favored elevation option #3 for the final appearance of the sanctuary. A number of comments on our final floor plan were also received and these comments will be recorded and held until we begin our design of the existing building renovations following the construction of the new sanctuary. The committee recommended site Option #3 and elevation Option #3 in their April meeting and received Session approval of the options on April 13.

While we await our final permits and approvals, the FGC is currently negotiating final design contracts with our engineering and architecture consultants. If we receive our approvals in early summer, we hope to begin construction on, at least, some of the site improvements (parking, drainage, landscaping, driveways, etc.) by the end of the year. How much we go forward with will depend on the amount of funding available. Any questions should be directed to Ray Harbeson (Chair) or other members of the committee.

2/14/2016

Through your generosity this past month we have hired Joon Chang as a part time pastoral assistant and Tyler Hogan as an Adult Christian Education and Discipleship Coordinator. We have also increased secretarial hours, and have developed a job description in preparation for hiring a Diaconal Assistance Coordinator (Staff Deacon). By God’s grace, we are continuing to experience a strong start in our Advance generosity initiative. It is exciting to see the Lord growing His ministry in and through us in our church, community and world! If you are new to the church or have been ‘on the sidelines’, contact the church office for information on the Advance initiative and how you can “get in on the action.”

1/31/2016

We are excited to report that our core budget so far this fiscal year (since September. 1, 2015) has been covered through your generosity and that over $200,000 in additional giving has been received toward our special ADVANCE goals (including over $100,000 in special gifts that were not part of our ADVANCE pledges!) The Session (elders) are analyzing projected cash flow and working out a sequence for our Advance facilities, mission, and ministry projects. So far we are paying for permits and design fees and moving closer to city approval of our master plans so that we can begin necessary site work.

At the last Session meeting, they approved: 1) $40,000 over next 16 months for the Daughters of Bulgaria Rose Garden project; 2) $50,000 at closing for a down payment on the Martha and Mary house; 3) hiring a part time Korean Pastoral Assistant, thus deepening our multi-ethnic Pastoral Staff, and 4) hiring a part time Adult Education and Discipleship Coordinator (interview of candidates underway!)

Of course, these things are just the start. So don’t sit on the sidelines: get in on the generosity action! We’re way ahead of where we were, but we have much further to go by God’s grace and for His glory. Your role in prayer and generosity is significant. Every gift makes a difference in sustaining and “advancing” our ministry!