An Amazing Year
It’s been a year…twelve months…365 days…an amazing year for our church family…
In mid-March of 2009 the congregation voted on a name change for what had been known as Central Church of Christ. We chose to become RiverWalk Church of Christ.
We began talking about an aggressive strategy of ministry outside the walls and significant building renovations that would require a major capital campaign.
On May 31st we celebrated our “new beginning” as RiverWalk Church of Christ with a day of worship and fellowship.
By August we were committed to a capital campaign which became known as “Now Is The Time.”
For several weeks a large group of RiverWalk members gave their time, energy, and creativity to this campaign.
We identified a new vision for our ministry from this downtown location: a church compelled to demonstrate the boundless love of God through words and actions.
The campaign steering team spent a challenging evening in October wrestling with a campaign goal that would represent both faith and some sense of reality…not always easy to do!
The three-tiered goal for “Now Is The Time” became $800,000, $1 million, and $1.25 million; all three goals seemed a real stretch, given the state of the economy.
We prayed…and prayed…and prayed…continuing to seek God’s direction for where ministry outside the walls might take us.
Momentum was building through the fall months as we continued to talk and pray about what God might do through this congregation.
Ephesians 3:20, 21 became our spiritual rallying cry…Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
At an all-church dinner in mid-November we were amazed and exhilirated to learn that early commitments to “Now Is The Time” totaled over $580,000! To God be the glory!
We continued to talk and pray about how God was working in the hearts and lives of RiverWalk families, pointing to our commitment Sunday on December 13.
On that commitment Sunday we celebrated when the total commitments were announced: over $981,000, committed over three years.
We stepped back to reflect, grateful for such incredible generosity, and in awe of what God was doing among us.
Working teams have been formed to help implement the different pieces of our “Now Is The Time” projects. While nothing “visible” has surfaced, a lot of work is going on behind the scenes.
And then came last Sunday…an update regarding our campaign projects, and continued encouragement to pray for God’s direction…and the closing comment: “By the way, our campaign commitments are now over $1 million!”
Amazing…incredible…remarkable…immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine…and we continue to stand in awe and say, “To God be the glory, great things He has done!”
It’s been a year…