Important Church Announcement

This morning, we had to make a very difficult announcement.  I know some were not able to be there, and I wanted to pass along what I said so you could know the situation:
We have talked about over these last few months that our giving has been down, and we are not making ends meet.  We made some heavy cuts to our budget to offset the difference in the hope that we can continue to meet.  Unfortunately, our giving has continued to decrease and we are not making our new budget demands.  With the potential for high rent prices coming up here, and our inability to find a place to meet that would be in our price range, along with large annual expenses coming up soon for the church, the management team has made the difficult decision to close the church.
 
I know this is not what any of us wants to hear, and there’s really no easy way to say it, and nothing I can say now would lessen the feelings you have in this moment.  However, I want to focus on the positive.  While this is challenging news, today is actually the 8th anniversary of the church.  This congregation has been in existence for 8 years, reaching out, loving others, serving this community, and changing lives.  I know since I came here three years ago, we have had seven baptisms.  Seven changed lives forever, and I know there were many more before that. And that’s not even counting the lives we’ve touched in our families and among friends who have lives elsewhere, but have been impacted by our actions.
 
So as for what will happen going forward, we will continue to meet until June 24th, which will be our final service.  The reason we’re ending earlier than our lease is the large annual expense of our insurance which runs out on June 30th.  On that day, we will have our service, and then we will head over to the pavilion by the park right here and have a potluck meal together.
 
We want to bless you all in whatever decision you make going forward.  If you want to stay until the end, or if you want to begin looking for your next church now, we encourage you to do what you are being led to do.  I know that some families may want to look for a church together, and so please stay in touch with each other and when someone finds something they like, they can let the rest know.
 
As for Amy and I, we have begun our search for a new church as well, and we are waiting to see where God will lead us going forward.  At this point, we don’t know if God wants us to stay in the area or has something else in mind.  Our plan is to wait on Him and we know He is faithful and will show us the way soon.  We want to thank you all for the opportunity to serve here at New Life, and the blessing you have been in our lives. 
 
I know this is hard, and this is a sad day.  And while we will need to close our doors, it means God is opening new ones for each and every one of us.  God will use what we have learned here, what we have done here, and what we have shared here to go forward and be a blessing wherever we may go.
If you have any questions and comments, please feel free to reach out to me or any member of our management team. I know this is a challenging announcement, and it will take some time to process.  Take care and God bless.
Tim