Thank You, Partners!

May 9, 2017 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Posted in: Encouragement | Tags: Padre's Ponderings

THANK YOU, PARTNERS!

By God's grace and with the financial support of over 400 families, The Present
for The Future has reached its first milestone: pledges have been received sufficient to match the $5,000,000 challenge grant!
That said, a stipulation associated with the grant (see Goal 4 below) makes it imperative that the campaign continue if our immediate goals are to be fully
funded. Thus, in the months ahead I will be visiting neighborhoods throughout
the parish, inviting those who have not yet responded to share a time of fellowship
with me and a few of their friends. My goal will simply be to insure a thorough understanding of our God-given vision for sharing the Gospel with those who are
lost "somewhere between nowhere and goodbye" in a way that conveys my passion -
I promise there will be no arm-twisting, just hugs. Please pray for the strength and stamina I will need for this summer-long undertaking! Remember:
some of us is not the sum of us!

Where are we with respect to the campaign's four goals?
Goal 1. Purchasing two tracts of land in Jasper County for future
worship/ministry initiatives.
Negotiations have been completed on the first tract; the twenty-four acre parcel
is a bit bigger than we were seeking but the owners made it so financially attractive
as to be feasible. Engineers and land planners contracted to examine every aspect
of the purchase are now in the midst of a sixty-day due diligence period; barring something unforeseen, I expect the purchase to be completed in mid-June. The
second site has been identified and will be pursued after securing the first.

Goals 2 & 3. Expanding the worship center, constructing a two-story classroom building, adding a perimeter road and more than doubling the amount of parking
on the Cross Schools Campus.
Fraser Construction Company has been selected as the design/build contractor.
Site plans are complete; final architectural drawings are to be ready within two
weeks; in place is the gap financing needed to fund the total cost of construction
over twelve months while pledges are being received over thirty-six months; and
a groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for early June. Dr. Brad Schultz will
be arriving on June 1st to assume his role as the Head of Schools for Cross Schools;
he'll join the School just in time to oversee this massive undertaking while preparing
for the addition of a high school, starting with a ninth grade in the fall of 2018.

Goal 4. Establish a trust fund for future capital improvements.
So important is this aspect of the vision that the matching grant stipulates
$2,000,000 be designated for it. While the present implementation of Goals 2 & 3 might capture our attention, the future impact of Goals 1 & 4 will position those
who follow to continue our proactive evangelistic efforts. Thus, our collective
efforts (to include those of Cross Schools and Cross Outreach Ministries) are
captured under the umbrella The Present for The Future.

It is with an attitude of deepest gratitude that I thank those who have already
made commitments to support our vision for reaching the next generation for Christ. It is with an attitude of humble expectation that I ask all to join me in praying for the Holy Spirit to inspire many more to follow their lead.

In His power and for His glory,

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