Letter From Pastor Jimmy Fuller
December 10, 2018
Dear HLBC Family,
What a joy it is to open this letter to you this morning. I shared with you yesterday in our morning service the great news that we have accomplished the first phase of our Building The Future campaign, the C.O.O.L. phase (Canceling Our Only Liability). WE HAVE PAID OFF OUR MORTGAGE!!! Go ahead—say it with me—PRAISE THE LORD—GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD!!! AMEN, PRAISE THE LORD AND HALLELUJAH!!! I heard that voice!!!
Wow! Together with God’s provision, we paid it off in 29 months, saving thousands of dollars in interest. As I said, I shared the details in yesterday’s morning service. You can read all those details on our website and I will have Ira send everyone a constant contact email. There will also be hard copies of what I shared in the vestibule for you to pick up the next time you’re in church.
Last week when Henry Nix and Jim Brooks shared this good news with me, the Lord immediately brought to my mind Galatians 6:9; “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Brother and Deacon Bob Avery led us into this campaign in 2016, first the staff and then the deacons made their pledges and we presented that to all of you and you, then, made your pledges. With brother Bob’s guidance, we did not give up!!! As God provided, each of us gave accordingly and last week we reaped the harvest of being faithful in our pledges and became debt free on our buildings and land.
I so wanted Brother Bob Avery to be here to celebrate this wondrous occasion with us. Bob, however, went to be with his Lord Jesus in August of this year and according to Hebrews Chapter 11 and 12, he’s watching and rejoicing with us from a different perspective.
Thank you, each and every one, for the sacrifices you made to see this this first phase of our campaign through.
Now—take a breath, give thanks to our great God and Savior Jesus Christ; but now it’s time to move on to that second phase of the Building The Future Campaign—the R.A.R.E. phase (Repair And Replace Equipment). As we sat with Deacon Bob Avery and our church council back in 2016 to develop the slogans and procedures to get the campaign started, Pastor Tony Stephens jokingly said R.A.R.E. should stand for Repair And Replace EVERYTHING. At that time, that certainly communicated. Though we had renovated the foyer and worship area and had remodeled the upstairs Sunday School rooms in our education building, which all looks beautiful, we were still continuing to “patch” the two 10 ton HVAC units for the sanctuary. Also, the parking lots were/still are in bad shape and other A/C units around campus were also on their last leg. We also had a lesser list (still have) of items to be repaired or replaced in the second phase.
There’s good news though! During the C.O.O.L. phase, the two large A/Cs had to be replaced when they were deemed irreparable and could no longer economically be “patched.” We replaced those units (approximately $26,000.00) during the C.O.O.L. phase; we used $20,000.00 of C.O.O.L money (with permission) to do so. Also, out of necessity, we were forced to replace about 70% of the other A/C units around campus as well.
So, now that we are entering the R.A.R.E. phase of the Building The Future campaign, we no longer have those projects on that list, as we replaced them during the C.O.O.L phase. We paid off the mortgage as well (which started at $125,000.00)!!!! That, Church, is no small financial miracle that God has accomplished among us in 29 months.
In the new year, we’ll meet to discuss the second and third phases of our Building The Future Campaign. There, we will detail out the items needing repair or replacement and begin working toward that goal.
May I end this letter with a reminder I’m sure you’re aware of, but I just feel the Lord’s prompting to share it with you. First—let us not forget why we want HLBC to look the very best it can; it’s because HLBC is His church. We represent our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ with our very lives, but also our church is an example of our love for Him and others.
We are here to reach our families, friends, and neighborhoods with the Gospel news that a relationship with Jesus and Jesus alone is the only way to an eternal life in Heaven. When your life is a poor reflection of Christ Jesus, then you will not attract very many, if any, to faith in Him. By the same token, when our church property looks as though we have little or no regard for how it looks, to the lost or backslidden in our community, it becomes a poor reflection of who we are in Jesus, and not very attractive to our community either.
So, while the Lord’s house should be a house of prayer and a hospital for sinners, where there is unity among the brethren, may we take care that it always reflects our love for Christ and His church in the way it looks.
Though I can’t give you any scripture that tells us the church buildings are to look good and the property to be beautiful, I can tell you, that what’s on the outside is often an accurate reflection of what’s on the inside. Our care for the property the Lord has given us should be a reflection of how much we care for Him.
1 Peter 2:5: You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Thank you all again for your faithfulness to our Savior Jesus in this C.O.O.L. phase! As I always say, Harbour Lake folks are the greatest. Sweetie Pie and I love every one of you and we are glad and proud that God has assigned us here to lead, work, and worship with you!!
We are looking forward to a great adventure at HLBC in 2019 and beyond as God directs our steps.
Until All The Nets Are Full,
Pastor Jimmy
P.S. Oops, I almost forgot. Stay tuned for the date we will have our “Burn the Mortgage Celebration Sunday” soon after the first of the year.