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The Move TO vista ridge middle school
A few weeks back, I snuck into Upstreet and Waumba Land to see our kids engaged in their element, singing songs, dancing, laughing, and learning about a Big God that loves them and who can be trusted!
Housing Upstreet and Waumba Land in the same area has provided more than its fair share of struggles.
Crying babies distract from our Upstreet small group leaders.
Rowdy Upstreet Songs disrupt the peace of a resting baby.
As Mrs. Heidi was wrapping up the lesson in prayer, the kids eyes peered through the curtains as they heard the sounds of laughing babies and racing preschoolers.
AIM FOR THE IDEAL, GIVE GRACE TO THE REAL
We have recently launched a student environment, Transit, which is aimed at helping junior highers process and develop a faith of their own. Through the work of our leaders in Transit, we have been able to celebrate the baptism of 5 junior high boys.
However, Transit is currently sharing space with Starting Point, both critical environments that help people process their faith.
Aim for the IDEAL, GIVE GRACE TO THE REAL
The opportunity for us to move to Vista Ridge Middle School could not have come at a better time. While it is an opportunity that comes at a great cost to us, it is an opportunity that provides us with incredible opportunity.
- Expanding to 5 weekly environments (Waumba Land, Upstreet, Transit, Auditorium, Volunteer Central)
- An appealing guest experience with an accessible parking lot for guests and a spacious atrium for all guest service needs.
- A stage
- An auditorium that can seat over 300 people.
- Moving from Elementary-Aged toilets to Adult-Sized Toilets!
HOW TO DECIDE ON A GIFT
The process of deciding what amount to give is exciting because of the contribution you will make to God’s kingdom, but it can also be intimidating because of the sacrifice that it requires.
This guide is designed to help you think prayerfully and creatively about helping us make the move to Vista Ridge seamlessly. Many people are amazed at how God responds to their willingness to give sacrificially toward his Kingdom purposes.
HOW CAN I GIVE?
Giving is scary and may even seem impossible at first. However, with prayer, creativity, and sacrifice, giving to A Seat for Everyone is possible for everyone!
PRACTICE PRIORITY BUDGETING
Many families may choose to rearrange their financial priorities and give up something in their current budget in order to give to
A Seat for Everyone.
REDIRECT PRESENT EXPENDITURES
Often we have short-term expenditures or loans for special needs such as a car loan or a child’s college expenses. Once these loans are repaid or expenses end, cash flow is freed up that can be redirected to A Seat for Everyone.
INCREASE GIVING WITH INCREASED INCOME 3 Sometimes we know of bonuses or raises that we will receive over the next 2 years. Families can decide to delay increasing their lifestyle and commit the increased income to the opportunity.
There are some incredible tax advantages to giving appreciated assets such as stocks, bonds, real estate, etc.
4 P’s TO A GOOD GIFT DECISION
PRAYER...Prayer starts it all. Nothing prepares our heart to respond to God like seeking His heart through prayer. Don’t rush this process. The longer you pray, “God show me how to give,” the more ways God will show you.
PROPORTIONAL...It is not about quantity; it is about faith and sacrifice. One of the guiding principles behind this opportunity is “equal sacrifice, not equal gifts.” All giving in the Bible was proportional because God has given us different amounts of resources. God is interested in our hearts, not our amounts.
PLEASING...It is about seeking a commitment decision that is pleasing to God. For most of us, it is easy to find what is pleasing to us. To find what is pleasing to God, we’ll have to struggle and stretch our faith through prayer and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
Here are a few questions to help you evaluate your financial faith commitment.:
1) Does this amount really require me to trust God?
“Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he
has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
2) Does this amount show that I value my hope of eternal reward more than material things on earth?
“Use your money to do good...always being ready...By doing this you will be storing up real treasure for yourself in heaven - it is the only safe investment for eternity!” 1 Timothy 6:19
3) Does this amount represent a genuine sacrifice?
“I will not sacrifice to my God an offering that costs me nothing!” 2 Samuel 24:24
4) Does this amount express the level of thanksgiving I have for how Christ and His church has blessed my life and my family? “With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks in your name” Psalm 54:6
PEACE...God will grant us a peace that “passes all understanding” through the knowledge that we have made a prayerful and proportional commitment that is pleasing to Him.
If you’ll sincerely go through the Four P’s, you’ll be able to arrive at a specific amount to give. The amount will almost always be larger than the first number that popped into your mind since it will be a step of faith.
A SEAT FOR EVERYONE OPPORTUNITY
Phase II Facility Expansion – $1,500,000
# of Commitments
Amount of Each Commitment
EXAMPLES OF GIVING
An individual has decided to do the following:
He is planning to purchase a car in early 2011. His monthly payment was expected to be $350. He has decided to delay that purchase for 2 years and give $350 a month to A Seat for Everyone. ($350 x 24) = $8,400
$1,500 from a savings account.
another $1,000 over the next 2 years to A Seat for Everyone. 2-year Gift Total: ($350 x 24) + $1,500 + $1,000 = $10,900
A family of five is living paycheck to paycheck with no savings. However, after much consideration, they realize that they eat out once a week as a family for a cost of about $50 to $60 per meal. They have decided to eat out twice a month and to order water when they do eat out. The dad was also given a $100 a month pay raise. They decided to give $75 of that amount to A Seat for Everyone each month and use the rest for savings.
$15 per meal x 2 = $30/month
“Father, this is a big step for us/me. We’re asking you to strengthen our faith and help us grow spiritually through giving. We thank you for all you have given us. We want to be cheerful givers. We’re claiming your promises that you’ve said in your Word that you’ll take care of our needs if we trust you. Thank you for this opportunity to grow. Thank you for our church. Help us to take this step of faith for your glory! In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”
Our dream here at North Tarrant Church is, quite simply, to remain a church that unchurched people love to attend. Every one of our ministry environments—from Waumba Land to Starting Point—contributes toward this objective.
The move from Bette Perot Elementary to Vista Ridge Middle School will provide a unique space for Waumba Land (Preschool Kids), Upstreet (Elementary Students), and will also allow us to provide a weekly environment for Transit (Junior High Students).
We are firm believers that Engagement Drives Attendance. Engaging our guests is a critical component of guest services. Vista Ridge Middle School will provide a better parking area for guests and an expansive atrium that will help foster connections and conversations. It will also provide us with an area we can easily transform into our Volunteer Hub. The Volunteer Hub will open the door for us to weekly encourage and engage all volunteers to our mission.
We believe the next two years are unique and strategic in the life of this church. We want to go further faster. We want to create space for the next generation. And we need your help. Specifically, we aim to expand and improve every environment of our church culture.
How Can I Help??
Waumba Land is our Infant - PreK Environment.
Our hope that kids will learn that God MADE me, God LOVES me, and Jesus wants to be my FRIEND forever.
Adding a dedicated space solely for Waumba Land.
Adding a secured area for Large Group space.
Adding spaces for up to 60 preschool kids.
Upstreet is our Elementary-Aged Environment.
We want Upstreet kids to see how God's Word fits in to their lives, to learn how to talk to him, and to build friendships that will last.
Adding a dedicated space solely for Upstreet.
Adding spaces for up to 60 elementary kids.
Transit is our Junior High Environment.
With fun games, engaging messages, and heartfelt small group discussions —students will explore their relationship with Jesus and how that can influence every decision they make.
Adding a dedicated space solely for junior high students.
ATRIUM / AUDITORIUM
Utilizing the spacious main entrance will allow for greater opportunities for connections and relationships.
Expanding our auditorium to seat up to 350 adults
Inheriting a more accoustically pleasing setting.