Jeremiah 17:7-8 reminds us that those who trust in the Lord are like trees planted by water, sending out their roots by the stream. In times of heat or drought, there is no need of fear because water is flowing abundantly.
Similarly our desire as a church is to trust in the Lord as he leads us, and even during troubling times, there is no need of fear because God provides.
The image for our PLANTED campaign is inspired by the shared root systems of Aspen trees. These trees represent the church and her respective church plants, connected by the roots which feed on the abundantly flowing water of the Word.
Each tree in this image is bowing in toward the sun, representing our desire to submit to THE Son, Jesus. This is his church, purchased with his blood.
Our desire during these next months is to follow God's leading to be an established PRESENCE in this city, preparing us to have a sending POSTURE. We want to be PLANTED in this city - deep roots growing from the foundation of Scripture.
Over the last ten years we have had the privilege of watching God do unbelievable work among us - changing lives, marriages, perspectives, heart affections/identities and relationships of all kinds - by the transformative power of the gospel. We desire to see this continue as God leads us forward in the purchase of the Harmony School.
About a year ago we put together a team of people from our church to begin thinking about the next steps for finding a permanent home. We compiled a list of desires and hopes for this new church home. There were four desires we felt particularly drawn to as we prayerfully considered a building.
A few months after we compiled this list, we were approached about a unique opportunity to purchase the Harmony School. We began conversations with the owners of the school and sensed God opening doors for a future home.
We believe each of the above four desires is, in many ways, fulfilled in Harmony School.
We believe God is continuing to open doors for us to purchase this beautiful, historic building, allowing us to be PLANTED in the city we love. Our roots will continue to grow deeper and deeper, giving us an established PRESENCE and a sending POSTURE.