You have given $72,820.63 towards our goal! You can GIVE HERE. One of the most important values my parents poured into me was RESPONSIBILITY. At a very young age I learned I was not only responsible for myself, but I was a member of a family that was working together to build into each other. Growing up we had responsibilities around the house. We cleaned, set the table, took out the trash, did the dishes, mowed the lawn etc. It wasn’t that we had “chores”, WE ALL OWNED our part of the responsibility to make the house run smoothly. We all had to OWN THE VISION! This meant sacrifice.
As 217church we are responsible to and for each other. Countless times in scripture we see Jesus treats his disciples as family. Paul refers to us as the family as we are “baptized into the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:13) Whatever we do, we must do with the mentality that we are a family, not an institution.
Last year was an incredible season of investing in the next generation. Last year through the next generation offering we fully funded our youth and kids ministries. I am thrilled to report they are 150+ students STRONG! In addition, we gave away over $50,000 to fund our local and global mission partnerships! You are truly and amazing congregation. SO, what does this mean for us as a church going forward? It means we all need to step up and GIVE SACRIFICIALLY to make sure the next season of our church is healthy and strong. As families, we need to ask God for an amount then step out in faith!
4 Parts of the 2014 Next Generation Vision: GOAL – $100,000
1. Youth & Kids Ministry – $60,000
The stories are piling up and the lives are being transformed. Over the last two months we had our largest youth and kids gatherings ever! We had an incredible 217kids camp and now we want to take it to the next level. This amount will fully fund every initiative. The one thing we are most excited about is a trip for 20 young leaders to the Dominican Republic with our 217global missionaries Rick and Tammie Romano. Our youth will be attending a youth conference and letting God reshape them.
2. Urban Promise Partnership – $10,000
Urban Promise is doing an incredible work in the city of Trenton mentoring and investing in the lives of over 100 young people every day. Last year, we were able to jump start their after school program and now they are healthier than ever! This year, they are opening up a new site in another part of Trenton and we are on the front lines with them helping them develop these young lives. Our 217youth ministry has taken responsibility to mentor and pour into their student leaders.
3. 217rebuild Initiative – $10,000
This past Sunday we announced we were giving $500.00 to every single mom at 217church, no strings attached. We are giving away in faith $10,000 to single moms this week! These single moms work tirelessly to provide for the needs of their children. Just this Sunday, after we told the congregation this, we received this response card from a single mom:
“I was down to my last $3.47 in my checking account and didn’t know how I was going to pay my utility bill or make it to the end of the month. God just spoke to me that He is in control. I love this church family!”
4. Church Planting: 217church East Windsor – $20,000
Our East Windsor Launch services on January 12 had over 100 people ready to bring the Gospel to this community! This investment into will go to all our community service initiatives over these next 12 months for this new work! We have already baptized 1 person and are ready for God to move in a HUGE way through this church plant. Church planting is a part of our DNA! We have only been in existence for less than four years and we are already planting and extending the Gospel to a new community.
It’s time to step up, You Can GIVE to the Next Gen Vision Here! The Next Generation is depending on us. We are a FAMILY. The church is the best kept secret in our community
I believe God has already provided! Time to act.
217church is a multi-site church in Mercer County NJ with small groups for families in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that meets in the Hamilton AMC24 Theater. Our new East Windsor Campus is meets Sundays at Grace Rogers School at 10:15am. If you are looking for a church in Mercer County NJ, Middlesex County or Bucks County, PA, don’t miss our weekend services in Hamilton at 9:30 or 11 am! Visit www.217church.com. If you want to be in on the ground floor of a new exciting church plant, contact our East Windsor Campus Pastor Dan Gay at firstname.lastname@example.org.