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He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.

– 2 Corinthians 9:10-13

THE HARVEST PRAYER
(Anonymous — from a 17th Century Sermon)
 
Please be gentle with yourself and others.
We are all children of chance,
And none can say why some fields blossom
While others lay brown beneath the harvest sun.
Take hope that your season will come.
Share the joy of those whose season is at hand.
Care for those around you.
Look past your differences.
Their dreams are no less than yours,
Their choices in life no more easily made.
And give.
Give in any way you can.
Give in every way you can.
Give whatever you possess.
Give from your heart.
To give is to love.
To withhold is to wither.
Care less for the size of your harvest
than for how it is shared,
And your life will have meaning
And your heart will have peace.


 

 

The Harvest Experience is an awareness campaign designed to share our vision for expanding our church’s potential through the redesign and build-out of our existing building. Our goal is to raise awareness, prayer and funds to cover the redesign and build-out of our building over the next three years. We want to redesign and renovate our entire building (20,000 square feet), giving us a greater opportunity to reach families with children and youth, while we expand our capacity for worship and community outreach.

Why “Harvest?”

Glad you asked! We chose this word based on the above passage from 2 Corinthians, where Paul reminds us of the great promise of God, that as he supplies we will overflow with thanksgiving and generosity. Over the years, we have sown many seeds through ministries like Third Saturday and The Pantry, through our children’s and youth ministries and through outreach events in our community. Now, we believe it is time for the harvest. By building out our building, we are preparing our space for a great harvest of people in need of God’s saving grace.

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What if the deepest, most heartfelt needs of people are not meant for the government to fix? What if they aren’t even best served by well-meaning non-profits? What if the deepest needs of our neighbors are best met by those of us who are called by Christ to love our neighbors — offering them Christ as we walk them into their potential and purposes?

What if the Church is the best answer for hurting people?

Mosaic Church has been offering a safe place for folks in the Augusta area to discover Christ for thirteen years. We are a missional community focused on making disciples and welcoming those who may not fit into more traditional worship settings. We put Jesus at the center of everything we do.

For the last four years, Mosaic has been building a community-wide ministry offering spiritual care and physical resources for those with all kinds of needs. Our goal is not to give hand-outs, but to walk with folks who are ready to step into God’s best. It has been our joy to get to know our community in this way … to be a neighbor to folks who could use a good friend.

Third Saturday is a seed we’ve planted into this ground — a seed we are tending carefully, watching its growth, waiting for the day when we can harvest a full-scale community center that functions all week long.

Because this is a community venture and not just another “church program,” we want to share our vision with you. We want to gift our community with a Christ-centered resource that offers healing and wholeness to hurting people. We plan to expand our physical space to include The Mosaic Center — a place where people in our community can come daily for job, literacy and financial support, health screening, recovery, life skills and most importantly, spiritual care. We will expand our children’s resource area so that during the week we might be a more hopeful place for families of children with disabilities. Our heart is for those who need a community … a family … a supportive partner so they can become everything God has for them.

Is your heart as our heart? If so, give us your hand. Become a partner in this vision. We’re reaching out for your support because this vision is something we can all share. Let’s work together to establish a Christ-centered community resource in Columbia County.

Help us build the Mosaic Center. Together, let’s love our neighbors as we welcome and advance God’s Kingdom.

 

https://www.gofundme.com/harvest-experience

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Why are we doing this?

Mosaic Church is known in our community as an active, missional, Spirit-led congregation with a heart for those in the margins. With a strong staff and leadership team, we have great potential for casting a wider net and reaching more people, but our facility limits us. We believe that by redesigning and building out the building we already own, we are not only practicing good stewardship but positioning ourselves to better each more people who need to know Jesus loves them.
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What’s wrong with how things are?

Our current situation simply doesn’t reflect who we are, nor will it accommodate who we want to become. To bring our church campus up to the maturity level of Mosaic’s current life and vision, and to match the growing county around it, we need to upgrade and expand. This project will bring our vision, community, and building in line with one another, greatly increasing our effectiveness.

Can we afford this right now?

Yes, we can. In fact, because we are a church charged with bearing fruit, we can’t afford not to do this. Our current space limits us and has repeatedly over the years kept us from being as welcoming or as effective as possible for families with children, for youth activities, for small groups, for Third Saturday. This build-out will only increase our effectiveness, health, and attendance.

But it sounds expensive.

Yes, it is. Buildings cost money. As our architect said, “This is a math problem.” We have been given a great challenge of fitting all our ministry potential into 20,000 square feet
(twice what we currently use), at a cost our church can responsibly absorb. Can we do it? Yes, we can, with the commitment of every person to the project. We are planting for a great harvest!

Awesome! I’ve been waiting for us to do this! Will our new build-out have a ____ (petting zoo, IMAX theater, skating rink, exercise facility, pipe organ …)?
Well … probably not … but here’s the good news. A remarkably productive building design team has been working with architect Joe Gambill on the design of this new facility. After many conversations with ministry leaders, we believe we understand the needs and hope we will build something that allows us as a church to better fit the flavor of our community while maintaining Mosaic’s unique personality. Later this fall and in early 2017, you will be invited to attend one of several sessions where you will learn more about the facility design and get answers to your questions.

Will everyone be involved?

Yes! You will be kept informed of every step along the way. This project will take everyone connected with Mosaic, ignited by the work of the Holy Spirit, to succeed.

How long will this project take?

Assuming we are all on board and enthusiastically supportive of this vision, it will take most of 2017 to get our church into a responsible financial position to hire a construction company (an architect is already on board). The hope is that we can begin construction in early 2018 and finish by mid-year.

Where will we worship while our building is under construction?

We hope we can stay in the building even while it is under construction. Those details will be explained in greater detail once a construction company has been hired.

What is the financial goal of this campaign?

Our goal is to raise $750,000 or more for the construction and renovation of our existing building through our congregation and through donors beyond Mosaic who believe in our vision.

Is this goal attainable?

Absolutely! If the entire Mosaic community participates in this vision for our future by giving sacrificially, we believe we can get there.

What should I be doing right now?

Pray and seek God and His will. Participate in this experience with an open heart and an eye toward the Kingdom of God. Listen for the Spirit’s leading. Let’s discern together how best to fulfill that which He has challenged us to do faithfully and sacrificially.

How will this affect our commitment to missions giving?

We are and will continue to be a church that partners with local, regional and global ministries. We remain completely committed to our thirteen mission partners and encourage you to continue your “faith promise” giving to our GIC fund. In order to fully participate in this Harvest Experience, we have scheduled a smaller mission weekend this fall, with a full Global Impact Celebration later in 2017. We will continue to communicate with, pray for and support our partners through this season in all the ways we can. Mosaic will never stop being missional!

What if I want to start giving to The Harvest Experience now? Is that okay?

Absolutely. You can begin giving to the campaign now by marking your check “Harvest” or by typing “harvest” into the note section of the electronic kiosk.This is a three-year campaign, so while early giving is encouraged, please begin praying now about how God might be leading you to invest over a longer period of time.

 

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