Our foremost desire is that ten percent of campaign giving will be set aside to help fund Christmas Gifts for Christ. Doing so avoids asking our congregation to contribute to such programs when Capital Campaign funds are also being solicited. More importantly, setting apart this tithe will serve as a reminder that “everything we have has come from You, and we give You only what You first gave us” (1 Chronicles 29:14).
We have been blessed with a spacious and versatile campus that allows us to conduct a variety of ministries. As our opportunities continue to shift and as time has had its effect, many of our spaces on campus are not able to be used to their fullest potential. This initiative will seek to repurpose the gym and many of our smaller rooms to enable more ministries to take place on our campus. In Haggai chapter 1, the Lord tells the people that they have been neglecting his house. He says, “Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored” (Haggai 1:8). We believe that God is calling Berean to that same work, to reclaim spaces for his honor and for his pleasure, that have been neglected over time.
Our Sunday Worship Gathering is such an important time for the life of our church. We come together to sing, pray, fellowship, give, hear God’s Word, and prepare again to go back out to our individual lives and be God’s people in his world for his glory. Our sanctuary is full of history and beauty but is also in need of attention and improvement. Exodus 28:3 says “And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. You shall speak to the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill.” The chapter continues by giving great detail of the beauty and craftsmanship of the priestly garments made for the worship of God. We believe that we also are called to put forth effort and care for our sanctuary, the home of our corporate worship. This initiative will seek to expand our audio, video, and lighting technology, as well as reimagine the sanctuary platform area for expanded uses.
We are so grateful for the building that God has given us and the ministry we do for the glory of God within it. We desire to continue to provide care for its many needs as well as improve its look and purpose. This initiative will undertake the task to elevate the first impressions that many of our guests and visitors will have by what they see. Our regular members and attenders will certainly also benefit from the many improvements to these first impressions, and the ministries of our church will continue to flourish within this building that God has entrusted to Berean. One such project will look to restore the clarity of our stained glass. We also desire to reconfigure and redecorate our narthex to be a welcoming and efficient space. There are also certain things that are necessary for the care of our property, such as a new parking lot. 2 Chronicles 24:13 tells the story of the importance of restoring and improving the temple: “The men in charge of the work were diligent, and the repairs progressed under them. They rebuilt the temple of God according to its original design and reinforced it.” We believe that we must also do the same to the existing first impressions of our church.