Will You ARISE AND BUILD?
ARISE AND BUILD. Chances are, you've seen it in the mail, heard it during worship and been invited to hear about it at an event. And depending on how many other demands are on your time, you may or may not have had a chance to consider what it's about.
So let's be honest: excitement about capital campaigns isn't exactly burning up our social media feeds or weighing on our hearts. For most of us, retiring debt ranks somewhere between filing taxes and regular dental appointments in terms of our enthusiasm. Hooray. Future ministry sounds intriguing, but so what? It's hard to compete with work, your feed and feeding your kids.
So why is it such a big deal to the First Pres family? The church staff and volunteer team has spent over a year praying and planning and pouring our efforts into ARISE AND BUILD. Sure, it's a big deal to us. We see the impact of $190,000 of interest payments on our debt going to the bank every year. We see the needs in our city and on our campus daily. We see how each giver's participation (not the amount they give) could make the difference in what happens next.
But yours? Why should it matter to you?
If you can look towards the front of the Sanctuary and remember saying your vows with a smile on your face, or watching a handful of water being poured over your baby's head, it might matter. If you can put your hand on a red brick or a worn family Bible and say that a generation before you, or before that, this church family was building a foundation in your own family, it might matter. If you're counting on this church to help lay that foundation for your children, it might matter.
If you can remember a moment when God's truth was illuminated and you were convicted - really changed -- because of the inspired words of a teacher or preacher here, it might matter. If you can remember a season of grief in your life when the church showed up - visited you, fed you, hugged you and prayed for you, then it might matter. If you made a decision to follow Jesus no matter the cost, to "come and die" to yourself, and First Pres is the place that story unfolded, it might really matter.
There are a thousand moments in our lifetime that God uses to tell the story of faith, just like there were thousands of believers who came before you in this church family and made the investment in this church so your story could be written, here.
We count on the church to be here, to give us a place to tell our stories and hear others, to celebrate God and learn about Him, and to remember why it matters. So, does it matter to you?
ARISE Sunday is our chance to thank God for His generosity to us through this church, and make a commitment that matters.