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We Have Finished the Work!
Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means (2 Corinthians 8:11, NIV).
Thanks to your generous giving, we have completed all our construction projects!
2008 Completed All Exterior Construction, Front Drive Through, Elevator, Bookstore, and Building C
2009 Completed Gymnasium
2010 Completed Parlor, Café, Locker Rooms
2011 Completed Preschool Area
2012 Completed Building D Classrooms, Walking Track, Game Room
2015 Completed Preschool Drive Through & Playground, Kitchen, Two New Parking Lots
Given by our church above their regular tithes
and offerings over the past 12 years: $2,884,441
Original loan balance for Phases 1-2: $2,375,000
Estimated value of volunteer labor: $ 300,000
Estimated total value of property purchased
and buildings constructed: $5,559,441
Now Let’s Finish the Race!
My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me (Acts 20:24, NIV).
Our last task is to pay off our remaining construction debt.
- We originally borrowed $2,375,000 to begin our construction. Our current loan balance is $1,978,000.
- Our loan payment of $208,000 per year is paid out of our church budget.
- We want to aggressively attack the balance on tihs loan with a goal of paying it off in six years. We can accomplish this goal if our campaign giving for the next six years equals that of the last six years.
- Paying off this debt in six years will:
1. Free up $208,000 per year in our church budget currently allocated for debt service.
2. Save us hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest payments.
3. Enable us to move forward with other mission projects to which God calls us.
How Will Finish the Race Funds Be Used?
95% of Finish the Race offerings will go to pay down debt on our buildings.
5% of Finish the Race offerings will go to build a larger, permanent facility for Oakley Ministry Center.
We want to set aside 5% of funds to go beyond our main campus and make a positive impact for the kingdom in the Oakley area.
We are asking you and your family to make a commitment to give an offering to Finish the Race above your regular giving for the next three years.
Calendar of Events
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Finish the Race 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Finish the Race Commitment Sunday
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Finish the Race Victory Sunday
We will announce total commitments
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Finish the Race First Fruits Sunday
First Sunday of Giving to Finish the Race
How do I make a commitment?
You can fill out an online commitment card at any time. Go to www.manchesterfbc.com and click on the Finish the Race icon to fill out an online commitment card. Or, you can fill out the card enclosed in this brochure
(or pick up one at the welcome center) and place it in the drop box at church.
Why are we being asked to make commitments? Why don’t we just give what we can?
Commitments are powerful. Jesus asks us to make a personal and public commitment to him. We will give far more if we make commitments. We could never have completed the six phases of our new building without commitments.
How much should each church member give?
There is no suggested amount to give. The Bible teaches proportionate giving. “Each of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income” (1 Corinthians 16:2). We are not asking for equal giving but equal sacrifice. Pray and ask God what he wants you to give. This will be a spiritual point of growth for you as you follow his leadership.
Does someone monitor whether I keep my commitment?
No. That is between you and God. Your commitment will show up on your annual giving statement, but no one will monitor or contact you in regard to your progress.
If I lose my job in the next three years, am I still bound to my commitment?
No. We are asking you to make a commitment based on your current financial status. You may experience unforeseen blessing and want to increase your giving, or you may experience unforeseen misfortune and need to lower your giving. That is totally up to you.
When do we start giving?
Our first Sunday of giving is June 7, 2015. We are asking every church member to bring a gift to Finish the Race that Sunday. This will be our First Fruits offering that we will dedicate to the Lord.