Prayer Request (Jan. 17, 2021)
We have seen an increase of people hungry for the Word of God and their desire to fellowship with other like-minded believers in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. In the last six months we have doubled in size as a church fellowship and have quickly outgrown our capacity limits at the YMCA. It is a good “problem” to have!
Because of this new situation our church leadership team has been looking all over town for a larger place where we could meet, and we believe we have found a place. We have been in prayer over this direction and recently shared the news with our church fellowship, (here is a link to the video) https://youtu.be/LGHuY4Ecy04
At this point we are working with our city and the owner of the building at 120 1/2 West Cavour Avenue to keep moving forward. Some repairs found from an inspection report have been resolved by the owner, and we have also made a soft offer on the building. Our desire is to please the Lord and use everything we have for His glory. We ask for your prayers for us! This happens to be year eight since we planted a Calvary Chapel.
Facilities Update (Feb. 7th, 2021)
Calvary Chapel Fergus Falls began in 2013 as an outreach of Calvary Chapel Chico in California. Our first gatherings were held in a home on Grotto Lake (Adams Park) with several adults and after a year our first services were held in the community room of the YMCA in 2014 with about a dozen adults.
Since then our congregation has grown and those attending our Sunday morning services have noticed we are now over capacity for the room during Covid-19 and the government restrictions. We continue to see people come to Christ on such a regular basis we find ourselves needing to look more aggressively for a more suitable facility; one that could address the growing concerns we were now praying regularly about while expanding our ministry potential.
Various buildings have been looked at, prayed about, and in some cases negotiations entered into without success. Most recently we were approached about the possibility of purchasing a vacant gym (Anytime Fitness) in central Fergus Falls in the City Center shopping area.
We want God’s best for Calvary Chapel Fergus Falls so at this point we are asking you to pray with us. First and foremost pray for our interaction with all parties concerned that we would rightly represent our LORD JESUS so if this turns out not to be the place for us, we don’t miss the opportunity to share Him and His plan for them.
Pray that we can come to terms with the owners. Pray for God’s provision financially. Pray that the City of Fergus Falls will look on us with favor and grant us the necessary use and occupancy permits.
We are planing through what phases we could do in the future if we need to move to the building immediately as well. Eight years of maintaining a low overhead has enabled us to keep our ministry focus on people, and we have no desire or plans to spend our time together focusing on fundraising for facilities.
However, we do realize that the best way to maintain a low overhead is to make a large down payment or better yet to pay cash and avoid a payment altogether. To that end if you have the ability and the desire to contribute beyond any tithes and offerings God has enabled and prompted you to give in the past, now is the time to act. https://givlia.com/g/ccff?fund_id=qnoy8be55pemljpd
Your servant in Jesus
Pastor Tim Molter
Facilities Update (March 1st, 2021)
The city attorney who is working on the purchase agreement informed us that the process of dividing the parcel could take a month or more. This is not the information we were all hoping to hear. But let’s back up a step. We are continually amazed by the sovereignty of our Lord. He knew our fellowship needed to go through the book of Daniel together last Autumn to prepare our hearts to be bold in our faith in the face of opposing government authorities. Now He has us studying the deliverance of the Hebrews in Exodus. Just as we are desiring our own deliverance out of the YMCA and into our “promised land” building, God is reminding us that it is a process. We still have a few plagues to get through first! More importantly, God desires that we would value Him more than desiring this building; that we would worship Him in whatever setting or circumstances we find ourselves in and guard our hearts from making this building into an idol. For the month of March we’ll continue meeting at the YMCA at 10am on Sundays, however we were able to get the capacity for our group increased and will have about 50 chairs for our Church Services. We rest in knowing the Lord is still in control and will continue to work all things together for our good.
A home of our own (an end to our wilderness period) with all the comforts of home including:
• On-site parking, comfortable seating,
• Safe and secure classroom for our children,
• A place to eat and fellowship together (without time limits),
• Modern, working, heating, air conditioning, restrooms,
• Great sound, including a system for those with hearing loss.
• Office, bookstore, copier, and resource materials in one location and available to the entire body and our visitors before and after every service.
• A place for daily corporate Bible study, fellowship, communion, prayer, and praise.
• A base for evangelism through concerts, movies, VBS, etc.
• Anything and everything else The Lord has in mind for us.
Read Exodus 35:4-35 and Exodus 36:1-8. Lacking any definitive commands concerning facilities in Scripture we look to Biblical principles that will apply and examples of successful building projects we can follow.
• The project before us began with God not man.
• The leaders were instructed to build.
• The congregation was gathered together and given clear instruction concerning their opportunity to participate.
• Their offerings were gifts and freewill offerings unto the Lord (Exodus 35:5, 29) and while all were made aware no one gave by compulsion (2 Corinthians 9:7).
• Only those whose hearts were willing (Exodus 35:5, 22, 29), whose hearts were stirred (Exodus 35:21, 36:2) took part in providing for and participating in the building.
• Responses varied based on God’s provision and direction. Some participated financially (Exodus 35:5), while others brought needed materials (Exodus 35:6-9, 21-24), and still others offered their various skills and talents (Exodus 35:10,26, 36:31-35).
• Finally they had to be restrained from bringing (my favorite part), for the material they had was sufficient for all the work to be done-indeed too much (Exodus 36:6-7).
Note: The tabernacle was erected, or birthed, and nine months after it was conceived it was completed for daily use. The tabernacle points us to Jesus who tabernacled among us – see John 1:14
DAILY PRAYER REQUEST
• That we would be good witnesses and that God would be glorified in all our conversations and negotiations with the owners, neighbors, lawyers, loan managers, city planners, building department administrators, etc.
• That those in positions of leadership would be directed and empowered by our Lord as we pray, plan and prepare for the ministries we’re engaged in presently as well as the increased opportunities the move will bring us.
• That all those serving would continue to do so willingly and joyfully and that God would add daily to our number those who share our vision to serve as He served
• Finally that God would continue to move on hearts to give willingly, generously, and cheerfully and that we would end up needing to restrain people from giving as they did in Exodus 36
The Church Leadership Team is available to answer questions, address concerns, and pray for any of your needs at the Sunday morning services. We are planing through what phases we could do in the future if we need to move to the building immediately as well (Phase One could be to build stairs for a back exit and meet in the open space with seating facing away from the front door, Phase two could be to framed the entry wall for Sanctuary and wall for the Nursing Room, and maybe rotate our seating area to face towards the parking lot, and Phase three could be to convert the third bathroom to a basic kitchen). Keep Praying!
Pastor Tim Molter