Open Life invites you into the story of God establishing our first physical space for ministry right in the center of our communities.
Psalm 90:17 (NIV)
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.
Isaiah 58:12 (The Message)
You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew,
rebuild the foundations from out of your past.
You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
make the community livable again.
Jeremiah 33:10–11 (NIV)
…there will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness…
Our vision to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus is more necessary now than ever in our lifetime. People are longing for true life and the peace of mind that comes through a personal decision to follow Jesus.
For some time, we have been praying for and pursuing a ministry space that would facilitate discipleship and additional outreach opportunities to our communities. The problem we have found is local commercial space has been beyond our financial reach… until this miraculous opportunity.
The Finn Hall, valued between $500,000 – $600,000, has been offered to Open Life for $400,000. In order to secure funding for the purchase, we have 45 days to raise 20% ($100,000); proving our financial viability to our lenders. To complete the task at hand, we will need everyone doing something extraordinary for God.
Currently, we have two lending options available that will give us funding towards significant renovations:
– Paint and cosmetic updates
– Foundation Work/Floor Leveling
– Bathroom Renovations
– Creation of a more Prominent Entry
– Build out of a Kitchen and Restrooms in the Back of the Facility
– Creation of an interior hallway
– Creating functional rooms out of the stage and current kitchen spaces.
People CONNECTING with God and each other:
– Courses like Reengage/Emotionally Healthy Discipleship
– Youth (services, after school ministry)
– Kids Outreach
– Small Groups/Meet-Ups
People SERVING God and each other:
– Team Nights for Serve Teams (Worship, Youth, Kids and more)
– Starting a Dinner Church
– A Place of Prayer
– Worship Nights
– Media Studio/Office Space
– A place to serve our community in more tangible ways
People SHARING their lives with God and each other:
– Men’s & Women’s Events
– A place to invest our time, treasures and talents to serve the community
– A place to not only share the gospel, but our lives as well
The potential for ministry in this space is great. While not being an opportune space to support every ministry of Open Life (ie. our main worship gatherings), this is more than adequate for what we imagined for our first ministry space.
You’re invited on a spiritual journey over the next 45 days, allowing God to serve His church through generosity. This is a gift beyond your regular tithe and giving in order to fund the mission of Open Life through the purchase of Finn Hall.
Having an agreement on a purchase price is just half the miracle. Now we allow God to do even more through our giving. We invite you and your family to pray and ask God what you can sacrificially give towards this miraculous opportunity.
Between now and July 18th, we are praying that God would do a financial miracle through each of us in order to raise $100,000. This fund will establish our loan, allow us to take ownership of the property, and begin the process of needed
Complete a pledge form on the app, online, or drop a physical card in the giving kiosks on Sundays to signify what you/your family will give to the Establish Fund by July 18th.
Luke 6:38 (NLT)
38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount
you give will determine the amount you get back.”
How can we ensure that this opportunity grows into everything we’ve envisioned? LEGACY.
Taking ownership of the Finn Hall will come with new responsibilities and additional monthly costs involved with its maintenance and improvements. To help Open Life transition into this space as smoothly and effectively as possible, we’re creating a legacy fund. We are asking everyone to prayerfully consider a commitment to giving monthly beyond their regular tithe and giving. Our goal is that over the next three years (8/2021 – 7/2024) we will have donated $100,000 to the Legacy Fund.
Legacy funds will be used for further facility improvements, payments on the mortgage, as well as offsetting the cost of new ministry opportunities pursued through Finn Hall.
The legacy fund will ensure that Open Life is able to handle the opportunity afforded to us at this moment. By raising an additional $100,000 in the next three years, we ensure the ability to make additional improvements to meet our developing vision as we grow into this space. The legacy fund will allow us to “think long,” not only for this space but for our community as well.
Thank you in advance
for fanning into flame
the gift of giving,
the gifts of time and talents,
and the gift of your prayers.
Ephesians 3:20–21 (NIV)
20 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, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.