Saturday, August 23, 2014

Success for Freedom Church

We're getting close to our first informational meeting so we decided to share with all of you how we will measure success. That's the subject of our new video.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Events and Snags

We're here at last! Our first informational meeting has been set for August 30th at 2PM. We'll be holding at 2020 Cole Street in East Peoria. There are more details on the Facebook Event Page. Please come out and hear first hand what it means to be "In Christ but Out of The Box!" We also have downloadable fliers on the church's temporary webpage or, if you can help, contact us and we'll make arrangements to get some fliers to you. (A HUGE special thanks to Pete Hutchinson and Kid Crusader Ministries/Team Extreme for letting us use their facility!)

After the exciting news, now the snag. We are still in the process of pulling together the funds to finish the incorporation as a religious corporation. Of itself, that's not a big deal. We have a great attorney and only need a relatively small amount of money to finish (approximately $650). The problem occurred when we tried to set up a temporary bank account in the church's name to receive donations and link the PayPal account to now that the old NFP account is no longer open. Due to the new and much greater regulations governing banks, we cannot open a church account until we incorporate. Perhaps you see the circular problem here. We can't fund the rest of the incorporation ourselves to open the account but we can't set up an account to receive donations to fund the incorporation. It's a catch-22. Our banker, who is a friend of mine, was hopping mad. I've never seen him angry like this.

As I'm sure most of you know, raising funds to start a new church is one of the most challenging parts of the enterprise. We need the account to link the crowd-funding site we found to a bank account as well as the existing PayPal account to receive any money donated online. We need some divine intervention here to pull this key step together. Kim and I have been providing most of the money spent to this point but it's getting to be more than we can afford. In fact, it past that point a long time ago. That's why it was so important to get this account set up.

We really need prayer on this one. Of the difficulties we've faced, this is easily one of the most daunting. We're trusting the Lord for a resolution. Freedom Church is being established for His glory and to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We're trusting Him that He will continue to break through these challenges. Please join your faith to ours and lift us up in prayer.