As we approach the end of another year and we begin to reflect on what has happened over the year, I wanted to provide a brief update on what has changed on our church campus. The Building a Legacy campaign is going strong and Pastor Matt will be sharing an update on that very soon, but that is not the only beautification happening. Within our regular budget we have been able to paint all of the classrooms in the education building upstairs and all of the preschool classrooms currently in use, thanks to our church family volunteering, led by Kato Mearig and Young Park. Pastor Dan’s office has had a complete makeover, with new flooring, lighting, and paint. There are new curtains in all of the preschool rooms that match our color scheme. We have also begun the task of improving the exterior lighting on the campus. During this next year we are going to continue to improve the lighting, continue with the interior painting, and reseal and stripe the parking lot. We are so blessed to have this campus to use for tle Lord in reaching out to minister, and I am thankful for the heart of our congregation in wanting to make it as beautiful and useful as possible. Thank you!
We have had several recent changes in our church leadership team. Recently Heidi Schultz stepped down from leading our Preschool Ministry in order to focus on her new job as a Christian School teacher and to help Brad in our youth ministry. We are thankful for all of Heidi’s hard work in leading our Preschool Ministry, and are praying for her in the new ministry assignments the Lord has given her. As you know, Kandyce Register has been leading our Children’s Ministry and has been doing a great job. Now she will be leading both our Preschool and Children’s Ministries. Our Sunday Preschool and Children’s Ministry has grown by over 50% in the last year. God is bringing new little ones to our church and we have the privilege of sharing with them the love of Christ. Pray for Kandyce as she leads these two very important ministries and if you sense God wanting you to get involved in these exciting ministries let her know.
We also have added a new position to our church team. Breanna Herd is our new Social Media Coordinator. We are using social media to communicate with our community and our church all that we are doing as a church. So many people use social media as the primary way they connect and communicate and we want to utilize it for the sake of the gospel. If you are not sure about an event, now you can go not only to our church calendar for information, but if the event is soon you can find it on our facebook page. In addition to our church facebook page, we also have pages for our children’s ministry and our weekday Preschool. We invite you to “like” and follow them.
Ken Fox has served as our part-time church administrator for over three years now and has done a great job. He is now coming on full time as our Church administrator and Facilities Manager (beginning in November). This move will allow our church to be more effective and efficient in our ministries and also to present a clean and neat campus for the purpose of seeing people come to Christ and live for Him. The Lord deserves the best we can give Him and I am happy to see Ken lead us in giving the Lord our best both in our organization and in our facilities.
Dear Shoreline Family,
Over the last few months, there have been a lot of difficulties people in our church are facing: cancer, sickness, injuries, the loss of family and loved ones, and many more. Every week my prayer list has grown longer and longer. In each case, you could have allowed these difficulties to push you away from God, but instead you allowed God to use them to draw you closer to Him. I have never seen so many difficulties in such a short period of time, but I also have never seen more growth in faith and love. The ministry needs have been greater than I could meet, but together you have ministered to one another in the name of Christ. You are a constant encouragement to me.
Remember Jesus said in as much as you have done it to My brethren, you have done it to Me. Let’s continue to faithfully pray for and minister to the hurting in our congregation.
God has really been working in people’s lives. I encourage you to come to church each week in faith and with anticipation that God is going to speak to us through His Word, and that God is going to work in our life and in the lives of others. God is bringing new people to our church every week- let’s make sure to show them our love for them, pray for them, and minister to them. We have a lot of new believers and new members in our church, let’s welcome every new member of our faith family with open arms and not cease to pray for them.
We all know people who need to come to know the love of Christ. I especially want to ask you to pray that God will give us a burden of compassion for the lost. I am thankful for the fifteen people who went through our evangelism training class, their passion was exciting and I look forward to the fruit God will bring from it. But let’s ask the Lord to give all of us boldness to share Jesus with our family, friends, and those He brings into our life. The Lord has blessed us with a great church family, and I am so very thankful to the Lord for you.
This past year we made many changes in our church budget structure. We combined all of our ministry budgets into one church budget so that we can see what the actual cost of each category is, for example, we can now see what our total electricity usage is for the entire campus. This is now true for all categories so that going forward we can have a true picture of what we spend as a church. Since all of our operations are ministries of the church. We focused a lot of resources on beautification of both the inside and outside of our campus. Our general budget covered painting all of the upstairs and downstairs classrooms in the education building. Building a Legacy covered the outside of the entire campus, including some much needed repairs with the painting.
The overall financial picture for last year is good. We are expecting to be very close to our projected budget. We expect to end in the black by $5,000-$10,000. Our revenue is expected to be short by about $40,000 but we also reduced our expenses to match. We spent about $10,000 more on the building than we planned because the painting has gone faster than projected, and that amount was planned for this next year, so we will recover it after September.
Building a Legacy. We have brought in just over $125,000 and currently have spent $76,000. A new sign for the front of the building is in process and we hope to have it approved and in construction soon.
For 2018/19 we have increased salary cost projections to finally allow for some much needed raise for our awesome church and preschool staff. This new budget is still very conservative and we are optimistic that the revenue will surpass our plans, but we want to maintain a practice of preparing conservatively and spending carefully.
Telling others about Jesus is one of the greatest privileges and responsibilities of the Christian life. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 tells us that God “has given us the ministry of reconciliation… and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” If God has given us the ministry of reconciling people to Himself, we want to make sure we do the best we can. Pastor Matt is going to offer a four week evangelism training class on Sundays this Fall, and everyone is invited to attend. Childcare is provided.
Dates: Sunday, September 16- Sunday, October 7
Time: Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
Location: Shoreline Conference Room (Upstairs in B-210)
Our Discovering Shoreline Class is a lunch and class is for those who are new to Shoreline or those who have been coming for a while and have not yet had an opportunity to attend this class. Our pastors want an opportunity to get to know you and share with you how Shoreline can help you grow in your walk with the Lord and how you can help others grow in the Lord. We are really glad you are here and look forward to getting to know you better, and learning how we can be a spiritual blessing in your life by serving you.
Date: Sunday September 9th
Time: 12:15 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Location: Upstairs in Room B219-220
Childcare: Room B-102
I am extremely excited about our Christ Centered Parenting Conference this Fall because the essence of Christian parenting is discipleship. This conference is very much focused on how to disciple our kids while doing life together with them (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). You will gain a lot of biblical guidance and practical wisdom to help you teach and relate to your kids. Whether you have children now or you plan to have children at some point in the future, this conference will prepare and benefit you in the task of Christian parenting. I also believe everyone, even those without children, could greatly benefit from the biblical worldview issues addressed in this conference.
Our task as Christian parents is to prepare our children to face the culture with confidence in the Lord and a clear understanding of His Word so that their thinking and character are shaped by the Lord and not the culture. However, sometimes we may feel unprepared to address the many complex cultural issues our children are being faced with on a daily basis. The Christ Centered Parenting Conference is designed to help you as a parent address issues your children are facing from a biblical worldview. Topics include: gender, suicide, depression, anxiety, pornography, same-sex marriage, singleness, dating, marriage, and divorce. As parents, we are always growing in our walk with the Lord and in our role as a parent, and this conference is designed to help us grow even more.
Date: Friday and Saturday September 28-29
Time: Friday 6:15-8:45 p.m. and Saturday 8:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: Fellowship Room (Upstairs B-204)
Cost: $10 per person (includes dinner, breakfast, and childcare)
We have a lot planned for this summer, and one ministry I am particularly excited about is offering a Wednesday Evening Service. Summer can be a busy and distracting time and we want to provide an opportunity for a midweek spiritual refill and refreshing.
On Wednesday nights beginning May 16th I will be teaching a verse-by-verse study of the book of James called "Living it: Practical Guidelines for the Christian Life." We will have a time of worship, Bible teaching, prayer, and fellowship after the service (drinks and snacks will be provided). Childcare will be provided at no cost. We are also inviting kids from first grade through fifth grade to join the service. I remember attending the Wednesday Evening Service during summer as a kid and God used it in my life as I grew stronger relationships with everyone in the church and I grew in my knowledge and understanding of God's word.
Once a month we will have a separate special event for the children, but the rest of the time they may join us in the service. I am really looking forward to our Wednesday Evening Service this summer as we grow in our walk with the Lord and in community with one another. It is going to be a very exciting time, and I hope to see you there.
Date: Wednesday Evenings beginning May 16th | 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Location: Fellowship Room (B-204 upstairs) | Childcare in B-102 (downstairs)