A couple months ago, I posed a new 30-30-30 Challenge - looking for 30 people to give $30 a month for 30 months to make mission and ministry possible our new community of faith. I wanted to give an update - and invite you to participate again, if you haven't already!
We currently have 15 donors taking on our challenge. All of us involved in our new community of faith are incredibly grateful for all 15 of you - it means the world that you would commit to giving regularly to what God is doing in North Oshawa. And, we have room for 15 more to partner with us in this way!
Some of you reading may know all about our vision and dreams for our new church. If so, thanks for reading and considering if such a gift might be a good fit for you right now. If you're not familiar with what we're up to, allow me to fill you in!
God is building a new community of faith in North Oshawa. This church will be a place that loves North Oshawa well, and seeks to do so in real, tangible ways. We will be a community that connects people to one another - and, ultimately, to Christ.
We want our church to be the heartbeat of North Oshawa, with regular rhythms of gathering and scattering in worship and in community - finding ways to bring the Life we experience in Christ into all the places we live, work, and play throughout Oshawa.
We want our church to be the place where the diverse neighbours of Oshawa come together. Where those who work and study at the college and university campus can meet the families moving into the new homes being built on the north side - and where all of us can come alongside our friends and neighbours touched by poverty in the Nonquon neighbourhood.
To do this, we don't seek a traditional church space; rather, we hope to open a community space in North Oshawa. The dream here is that we can open a space where gatherings can happen - whether they are worship gatherings, college and university student study sessions, business meetings, child play groups, yoga and exercise classes, art showcases, brown-bag lunches, etc. We want to open a space that feels like the living room of North Oshawa, where the life of our neighbourhood can happen.
This is what God is laying on my heart for this new community of faith in North Oshawa. I hope you'll join me for the ride. We need faithful partners on the journey - and so we're launching what we're calling a 30-30-30 Challenge.
We're looking for 30 people to commit to giving $30 per month for 30 months to help us toward these goals. I'm working toward building a team of committed men and women to join me in this adventure that God is leading, and we'll need your financial support to help make this happen. Your contributions will enable us to gain access to resources to equip and train our growing team, help my family and I continue to grow relationships and connections in our community through monthly worship gatherings and weekly relational connections, and help us plan and strategize the establishment of our church and our neighbourhood space to bring Life to North Oshawa.
If you feel led to give, please consider taking the 30-30-30 Challenge. Such a simple but generous gift would help us take necessary and exciting steps toward becoming the church that God is establishing. To give, visit https://crhm.org/abovegrant and designate your gift for the North Oshawa Church Plant (found under Jana Koh in the drop-down menu) - or send a cheque with North Oshawa Church Plant in the memo to:
Zion Christian Reformed Church
409 Adelaide Ave E
Oshawa, ON L1G 2A2