August 5, 2020

Galatians 1:3–5 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever.

Over the last few weeks, I had some wonderful family time in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I began reading through Paul’s letters, starting with Galatians. Paul mentions not one but two gospels. A gospel of humanity based upon works (which is no gospel at all), and a gospel of grace, God’s unlimited favor poured out for all by faith in Jesus. As I walked along the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline and breathed in the fresh sea air, what my heart and soul needed was to breathe in God’s grace—His love and mercy—that sets us free and offers real hope. Where legalism sucks all hope, joy, and love, grace infuses renewed hope, love, and peace. With a fresh perspective, and undergirded by God’s grace, I have resolved to stay positive, refuse to get sucked into negativity, and choose to stay focused on living and sharing the joy of knowing God and experiencing His grace every day. His grace is attractive and needed in a confused, divided, and hurting nation and world. Let us be a community of grace givers!

It was so good to be back experiencing live worship last Sunday. I am grateful for our amazing team, who made the transition from pre-recording to live in-person and online worship a few weeks ago. I look forward to sharing insights with you from the book of Proverbs over the next month, starting with a look this week at how our words, both spoken and written, are a matter of life and death. Let us make sure we use our words wisely!

Below is a financial update from your Elder Team, as we look to establish a provisional budget after the close of the financial year in July 2020.

In Christ,

Pastor James

Discovering Life Together

Financial Update 8/5/20

We want to let you know how God continues to provide for North Metro Church and our local and international ministry partners through the faithful giving and generosity of its people. We know this COVID-19 situation has put a lot of financial strain on people around the world, but it’s amazing to see how God continues to provide through His people. The end of our fiscal year was June 30, 2020 and below is our end-of-year report.

  • Approved budgeted income July 2019–June 2020: $1,314,621.00
  • Actual received July 2019–June 2020: $1,177,993.60
  • Approved budgeted expenses, July 2019–June 2020: $1,314,621.00
  • Actual expenses, July 2019–June 2020: $1,033,772.70

Due to your faithful giving and wise stewardship of our staff, we ended the year in the black.

As many of you know, our facility is in need of some maintenance and upgrades. The major storms that came in June caused severe roof damage to our shingled roof. Through insurance and our solid financial position, we are able to replace the shingled roof to match the green metal roofs that are on the worship and children’s centers. The shingled roof replacement has been needed for some time as we’ve been dealing with leaks, and we are excited to be able to replace this roof to upgrade and protect the facility that God has given us. We also have been able to continue all of our commitments to our local and international ministry partners, as well as pay back our staff from their pay cuts and hourly reductions that were instituted in April of 2020.

We will continue to operate at an essential needs and spending level for the next 3–6 months as we monitor the COVID-19 situation and finances of North Metro Church. The Elder Team has instituted a three-month provisional budget to get us through September, after which the Elder Team will institute a second three-month provisional budget so we can operate through December. The goal is to then switch our fiscal year to a January–December schedule with a member-approved annual budget in December 2020.

Thank you again for your continued financial faithfulness. You can give online northmetrochurch.org/give or mail in your check to 12505 Colorado Blvd, Thornton, CO 80241.


HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 ON-CAMPUS WORSHIP AT 9 A.M.

This week’s service is fully registered, but you can add your name to the waitlist. If you can’t join us for on-campus services, join us live online at 9:00 a.m., or the rebroadcast with live hosts at 10:30 a.m. If you’d like to register to attend an on-campus service, go to northmetrochurch.org/register.

Health Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

It is very important that we protect the health of all those who attend our church! Here are some considerations during this period of the pandemic:

  • If you are exhibiting any symptoms of illness, please remain at home and enjoy our streaming service.
  • If you are in what is considered an “at-risk group,” please do not feel pressure to attend the on-campus service. We would much prefer that you remain healthy.

KIDS PLAN

We’re extending our summer Wednesdays! Next Wednesday, August 12, 3rd thru 5th graders are invited to join us in the backyard, 10–11 a.m. for games and bible lessons. Register here.

MAYOR’S SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE

In response to COVID-19, Mayor Kulmann wants to ensure our Thornton students, teachers, and schools have the supplies they need for online and in-classroom learning. We are collecting traditional school supplies, facemasks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies for our local students from August 10–September 4. Donations are accepted at the following locations.

Carpenter Recreation Center11151 Colorado Blvd – Phone: 303-255-7800
Thornton Community Center2211 Eppinger Blvd – Phone: 303-255-7830
Trail Winds Recreation Center13495 Holly St – Phone: 720-977-5700
Community Connections (Formerly Active Adult Center), 9471 Dorothy Blvd – Phone: 720-977-5800

For more information, call 720-977-5800 or send an to email [email protected].

TECH TEAM SERVING NEEDS

Livestreaming has created a need for more people to serve and use their gifts on a Sunday morning in the tech team, including video, lighting, sound, etc. Please reach out to Rick Frye at [email protected] if you can serve in any capacity, or if you’d like more information.