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A Word from Pastor Brandenburg,

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
When God wanted to express the love a husband should have for his wife he chose to compare that relationship to the relationship of Christ and His church. Christ’s love was so great that He gave Himself for the church. That means He died on the Cross top pay our sin debt. His love was obvious, it was tangible, and it could be observed. Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

From Christ’s example, we learn that the local church should be very important to us. Everything that Jesus did here on earth was done with the church in mind. He died to save it, He protected it, He led it, and He prepared leaders for it! What an important place! The local church is to be the place where we gather to worship Him, learn about Him, and to serve Him. We too are to love the church!

The purpose of this booklet is to explain our program, to provide for the needs of our church, and to help accomplish the work God has given us to do. This booklet will describe the program that we are calling “I Love My Church!” Please take a few moments to read through the details of our plans. We ask that you then pray, and ask the Lord what He would allow you to do to be a part of providing for the needs of this church. Commitment cards are available for you to pray over, and then next week, February 21, we will collect these and tally them so that we may know how to proceed.

 

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
When God wanted to express the love a husband should have for his wife he chose to compare that relationship to the relationship of Christ and His church. Christ’s love was so great that He gave Himself for the church. That means He died on the Cross top pay our sin debt. His love was obvious, it was tangible, and it could be observed. Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

From Christ’s example, we learn that the local church should be very important to us. Everything that Jesus did here on earth was done with the church in mind. He died to save it, He protected it, He led it, and He prepared leaders for it! What an important place! The local church is to be the place where we gather to worship Him, learn about Him, and to serve Him. We too are to love the church!

The purpose of this booklet is to explain our program, to provide for the needs of our church, and to help accomplish the work God has given us to do. This booklet will describe the program that we are calling “I Love My Church!” Please take a few moments to read through the details of our plans. We ask that you then pray, and ask the Lord what He would allow you to do to be a part of providing for the needs of this church. Commitment cards are available for you to pray over, and then next week, February 21, we will collect these and tally them so that we may know how to proceed.


Tithing / General Fund Giving

Crosspointe Baptist Church operates financially based upon the freewill offerings from the members and regular attendees of the church. We do not conduct fundraisers such as rummage sales, and car washes, to meet our obligations. We also do not accept any government funds. God has designed it so that the members and attendees of a local church are to provide the finances necessary to operate the church and its ministries.

Tithes and General Fund giving provides the finances to pay our regular operating expenses such as the mortgage on the property, utilities, building & grounds maintenance, as well as salaries.

If you are a member or regular attendee of Crosspointe Baptist Church and are not currently tithing or participating in the giving program of our church, we encourage you to begin.

Malachi 3:10 “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.


Missions Program Overview

Crosspointe Baptist Church financially supports 30 different missionary projects or ministries both in America and around the world. Our financial support, along with that of many other churches, allow these faithful preachers and their families to go to the field (their country of focus), do the work of the ministry (soul-winning, discipleship, church planting, worker training), and to insure the continuation of these new churches.

What is Faith Promise Missions Giving?
Faith Promise is giving to missions that is above and beyond my normal tithes or surplus in a regular, committed act of faith responding to God’s prompting. We respond to that prompting each year as we ask the Lord how much He wants us to give to missions over the next year, and then we give that amount by faith. We are to give joyously and in a way that intentionally involves our hearts in missions often leading to other ways of involvement beyond giving.

Why do we turn in cards?
Using the faith promise cards has two purposes. The first is that it marks an intentional commitment between each of us and God. It is a defined moment each year where we commit to seeking God’s direction for our personal involvement in missions and commit to act on that direction. Making a commitment via card also helps us remember our faith decision. The second purpose is that it allows the pastor and deacons to know how much we can budget and commit to financially support our missionaries. The missions budget is entirely funded by faith promise missions giving and is not supplemented by the general budget.

How is the missions budget determined?
Once all of the cards have been turned in, the pastor and deacons will use the total to compute the bottom line of the missions budget.

Will someone contact me about my commitment?
No, this is a commitment between you and God. It is not a bill, but rather a step of faith as God puts it on your heart. Please do not put your name on your card.


Crosspointe Baptist Church Building Renovation Plan

God has been so good to give us this amazing property to use for our church family. We have a very functional auditorium and a large fellowship hall. By using portable dividers we are able to divide the Fellowship Hall into rooms for our children’s and teen Sunday school classrooms, children’s church, and nursery, toddler, and beginner rooms. We also have a small auditorium used for the couple’s Sunday school class and RU Recovery Ministry.

We have an overall plan for the total transformation of this building which includes 3 large classrooms, 2 modern nurseries which includes an additional bathroom, a church office, pastor’s office, conference room, bookstore, and a fellowship hall that can be divided into 3 additional classrooms.  We also plan to do additional renovations in the auditorium with an improved platform, permanent baptistery, changing rooms, media office / sound room, state-of-the-art LED lighting, efficient HVAC systems. This plan is illustrated below.


 

Crosspointe Baptist Church Building Renovation – Phase 1 Overview

We have divided the renovation plan into multiple stages so that we may complete the work in manageable parts. This section of the booklet shows Phase 1 of our plan. We have taken into consideration the structure of our building, existing HVAC systems and what the city will require us to do for each of these changes and additions. One of the main issues that we must consider is the HVAC system. As we change the building, the current system will have to be revised to bring it up to current code. Phase 1 is designed to allow us to add new nurseries, renovate the area behind the platform and the room currently being used by Pastor Brandenburg for his office, and to add HVAC for the new areas without having to change the existing HVAC in the other parts of the building at this time.

Phase 1 will address three great needs in our ministry: 1) Large, state-of-the-art nursery and toddler room, 2) Secure, private office for Pastor, 3) Conference room for counselling, meetings, and use as a classroom.

Phase 1 would cost approximately $122,000 if we hired contractors to do all of the work. Much of the work can be done by us, and we believe it can be done for an estimated cost of $70,000. Will you ask God what He will allow you to do to be a part?


Nursery & Toddler Rooms

The new Nursery and Toddler rooms will be built in the open area in front of our restrooms. An additional restroom will be added for use by those in the nursery. These nurseries will be state-of-the-art facilities designed to safely care for the children of our church. They will include a private restroom, changing table, diaper bag storage, play areas, and video monitors so that the workers can hear and see the services.


Office Area & Conference Room

The area behind the platform will be renovated into a secure, private office area. We have removed the cabinets, and closets that were there when we purchased the building to open up the space. A wall with a door will be built to close off the space and to give privacy. Drywall and carpeting will be added to give this are a finished look. The room currently being used as Pastor’s office will be converted to a conference room used for counselling, meetings, and as a small classroom. 


Where we are now?

Architectural Drawings

We have had the professional drawing (plans) completed and approved by the city. The drawing is shown below and illustrates the details of Phase 1.

Permits

We have secured the overall permits to begin the work.  Each contractor will need to obtain the permits for the specific areas of work for which they will be responsible. These include mechanical (HVAC), plumbing, and electrical.


Plan for Construction

HVAC

After discussion with various contractors and church building missionaries about the best plan for the order of the parts of the project, it has been recommended that we begin the process of Phase 1 by doing the HVAC system. It is most efficient way to accomplish the project is to do the HVAC system while there are no walls or plumbing to get in the way of the workers on the scaffolding.

  • We currently have raised $12,000 for Phase 1.
  • We need an additional $3,000 to install the HVAC systems for the new areas. Once this amount has been raised we will begin the installation of the HVAC systems.

 

Plumbing

Following the HVAC we will cut the concrete for the plumbing (drains and water lines) for the restrooms in the new nurseries and office area.

 

Framing

Once the HVAC and plumbing are finished we will frame the walls for the areas of new construction. This will include moving the glass from the atrium and bookstore areas for reuse as the front walls of the nursery and toddler areas. The rest of the walls will be framed with traditional steel studs and drywall. The areas included will be the Nursery and Toddler rooms, the office as well as the conference room and area behind the platform.

Electrical

Once the framing is accomplished we will install the new electrical wiring for the rooms including lighting, outlets, and network and video.

 

Drywall

Each of the areas will have insulation and sound-proofing put in place and then the drywall will be installed.

 

Finishing

Once each of these has been accomplished we can proceed with the final construction.

  • Drop ceilings
  • Painting
  • Floor Coverings
  • Doors and windows
  • Signage

Debt Retirement/Refinancing

The original purchase price of our property was $525,000. We put down 30% ($157,000) and financed the remainder as a traditional, commercial loan. The amount financed was $367,500 and the mortgage is held by The Archdiocese of Detroit. The term of the loan was 3 ½ years. As is common with commercial loans we will need to either pay off the loan or refinance the loan. We need to begin to put money aside for the down payment for the refinance or for the debt retirement.


Commitment Card

We are asking every member and regular attendee of Crosspointe Baptist Church to ask God how He would have participate in fulfilling the Great Commission and providing for the needs of our church. We are asking that you pray this week about your commitment. Commitment cards are available for you indicate what part you would like to have in the program. We will begin collecting these cards next Sunday, February 21, 2016.

The cards have 2 parts; one for you to turn in, the other for you to keep as a reminder of your commitment. Once the commitment cards are tallied we will know how we may proceed in each of the areas indicated. Will you pray?

Please contact Pastor Brandenburg if you have any questions. You may speak to him personally; by phone at 586-871-2253 ext. 100; or by email at pulpitaflame@gmail.com