Seven years ago God first gave me the vision of a church in Mound that shines the light of Christ beyond the sanctuary walls “in the marketplace daily with all who happen to be there” (Acts 17:17). Thanks to the faithful and generous people God has brought around MainStreet, this dream is about to become a reality!
In order to more faithfully live into the vision of MainStreet, we have signed a lease with Stonegate Plaza where MainStreet’s new home will be. The Pastoral Advisory Team and Leadership Team have prayerfully sought God’s guidance throughout the search process and are confident this facility will best help us expand our ministry presence in Mound in the coming days.
Our location places us in an active shopping center off a major road (Shoreline Drive) with the Early Childhood Family Education center on one side and the Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) on the other. We are ideally situated to reach both young families disconnected from church and hurting people looking for support and hope. The new facility will include a spacious cafe/lobby, 150-200 seat worship area, kids ministry area and nursery, pastor’s office and conference room, large restrooms and much needed storage. We will have an attractive ministry space for Sunday morning worship as well as weekday ministries including The Alley youth ministry, adult classes, prayer gatherings, Friday night open mic events, youth outreach concerts, Merge forums, after school spot for youth, and much more!
We will begin work on the buildout immediately and try to have it completed mid-September for youth ministry launch. We will do as much of the labor ourselves as God’s people offer their time and skills. We are asking MainStreet folks to increase their weekly giving to cover the monthly rent. We are seeking additional outside donors to help fund much of the build out costs. We are a small church with a big dream and a big God. We are depending on everyone stepping up to help make this a reality.
Join us for a special gathering at MainStreet on July 15 at 10AM as we celebrate Storehouse Sunday. It will be a time of worship, sharing details about the project, collecting a special offering toward the construction costs, making a pledge toward regular weekly giving, and signing up to help with the construction in the coming weeks (e.g., building, painting). This is a significant Sunday at MainStreet and we hope to have everyone there.
In a recent sermon we learned from the Israelites standing on the bank of the Jordan River that God doesn’t part the waters or clear a way until we obediently take the first step into the water! Let us join hands as a church and take this exciting yet faith-stretching step together. The ministry God has called MainStreet to in the city of Mound awaits us on the other side of this defining moment!
Stepping out in faith,