Building and Grounds: Gathering in God’s House
18Let this be written for a future generation,
that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:
19“The Lord looked down from his sanctuary on high,
from heaven he viewed the earth,
20to hear the groans of the prisoners
and release those condemned to death.”
21So the name of the Lord will be declared in Zion
and his praise in Jerusalem
22when the peoples and the kingdoms
assemble to worship the Lord. Psalm 102-18-22
Gathering in God’s house is our focus this month as we continue to outline the Hope 2020 Vision. To have a place to gather and worship freely is a privilege. We must be wise stewards in the care of the buildings and grounds that God has provided for us.
Al Szklany and the Buildings and Grounds team have done a fantastic job of outlining the repairs and maintenance details that will be necessary in the near future to facilitate ongoing, uninterrupted ministry at Hope. These repairs and maintenance will necessitate that a significant cash reserve is set aside. We seek to accomplish this in part through our Hope 202 Vision: Walk by Faith Campaign this Fall. If you would like to know even more details, we have a video you can check out on our Hope 2020 Vision website.
How blessed are we that thousands of ministry hours occur in our building each month! Actually, there are not only 1000 hours of ministry, there are thousands of people in Vacation Bible School alone! Imagine what else God has planned for generations yet to come. Like Nehemiah, we must consider that the disrepair of our buildings and grounds is a reflection of us to the surrounding community. Nehemiah wanted all people to know that the true God is worthy of our best, and hence, he set out to repair the walls.
The excellent care of our facilities now will impact future generations and yes, even eternity, as future believers gather in worship and ministry. Imagine thousands who will walk through the doors of Hope and proclaim, “their God must be worthy of their best.” Prayerfully consider joining as we take the next step, walk by faith and take care of God’s great house.
In His Service, wherever He leads,