Dear North Pointe Family,
Christmas is just around the corner and we are headed into the home stretch of another great year here at North Pointe, as God continues to pour out His blessing upon our church.
Nearly every week, I hear stories of life-change and transformation from connecting group teachers, staff members, and church family. We have seen twenty-nine baptized this past year! People have overcome addictions, marriages have been healed, and new families are regularly visiting our church.
This past year we took a step of faith and purchased three portables that were being auctioned off by Deer Creek Schools. We paid $500 a piece for them, and although they were not in great shape when we purchased them, thanks to a businessman in our church and a whole host of volunteers, we now have eleven new classrooms that will accommodate 235 people at a net cost of just over $21 a square foot!
I love how God works! Through His power and blessing we are reaching our community, this city, and the world for Jesus Christ!
I forget sometimes, all the kingdom work God is doing through our people, especially for a church our size! So this year I asked our staff to send me some highlights from the past year from their ministry areas. It’s an amazing list of things to read! So I decided to include some of those things in this letter. I had to do some condensing, but here are some of the highlights from each area …
We have twenty-four North Pointers sharing their testimony each year; two each month, one at the City Rescue Mission, the other at the Jesus House; we saw 22 salvations from our event at the Barry House; 17 people went to Canada and we saw five salvations there; CenterWill, a mission serving orphans and widows in Kenya, has quickly become a regular part of our mission effort, and we sent a couple of families there this year, and there were some North Pointers who helped with the purchase of land and building new buildings for the orphans; we are a regular part of Bill Glass prison ministry efforts, here in Oklahoma and the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and there were many salvations and rededications that resulted, with 35,000 plus salvations this past year; we were a part of a City Center and a huge block party that helped reach that community!
Student Ministry …
Our Wednesday night attendance grew from 65 students in the spring 2017 to 80 students in the fall 2017 and we’ve seen multiple salvations on Wednesday nights; connecting group attendance is up to 60 on Sunday mornings; Falls Creek this year we took 106 students, 31 were guests, and saw 14 salvations, 16 rededications, and 15 baptized; we sent 21 students to the Super Summer leadership camp; we have students helping with worship Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, students discipling other students, and students leading students to Christ; and we have 30 graduating seniors this year!
Children’s Ministry …
Our average attendance in January 2017 was 45, in November and December it’s been 75; our high attendance this past year was 82; we currently have 80 plus adults and students serving; the Daddy Daughter Dance in 2017 had over 660 fathers and daughters attend; we had close to 250 children spend the week with us at the Kanakuk Campout where kids had a blast and the Gospel was presented; 15 families (60 people) attended our family equipping event; over 300 people attended our Fall Fest, with 30 visiting families and 12 families who expressed interest in North Pointe; Ignite56 (our 5th and 6th grade students) threw an exciting Christmas party for children of the homeless and low-income families where they fed them, acted out the Christmas story, and presented the Gospel!
Each year at Christmas and Easter we pull out all the stops to make the most attended worship services of the year special, memorable, and powerful; we have 20 plus students being mentored to develop their God-given musical talents; Sundays we are enjoying a true freedom of worship; we have students, who have grown up in our worship ministry, like Lucy McCollom, Emily Blagg, and Parker Johnson who are now leading worship in other areas!
We have a whole host of men and women being discipled, individually, as well as in groups on Wednesday nights; we have strong Connecting Groups, who regularly fellowship, connect, pray for one another, serve, and are growing in their understanding of the Word and their walk with the Lord; we have been through a numerous series of messages on Sunday mornings covering a whole host of subjects like marriage, the Holy Spirit, the cross, and Jesus’ journey to the cross.
That’s a highlight mind you, because I couldn’t mention everything, but you can clearly see, God has been at work this past year, and He’s at work each and every week, through many of you! In fact, we consider that one of our greatest blessings!
Financially speaking …
Effective ministry each year requires so much, not just of our time and talents, but our treasures. We couldn’t do what we do without the faithful giving of God’s people!
Occasionally, like every other church, we are faced with financial challenges.
Take last year as an example, although we closed out our annual giving with a new record in our annual budget giving ($832,000 given), there were times last year, when we fell behind in our budget giving compared to budget spending. At one time, I think we were behind almost $100,000. Those are scary times for us. However, God has always worked through His people here at North Pointe.
This year, we are in a similar situation. Thus far we have brought in $761,634, with spending at $815,899, leaving us with a shortfall of $53,446.
As we head into our strongest giving month of the year, we are confident the Lord is going to provide our spending shortfall. In fact, I believe our giving will outpace our budget expenditures from the previous year yet again.
Above all, we just want you to know your giving is changing lives! Thank you seems inadequate, but we are truly grateful at how generously you invest in what God is doing at North Pointe.
With just two Sundays left, let me encourage you to finish strong and prayerfully consider generous year-end budget giving. Year-end gifts must either be given physically by December 31st, or postmarked by that date according to IRS regulations. Many people desire to give year-end non-cash gifts as well as gifts in the form of stocks and other assets. Our church partners with a local brokerage to receive these types of gifts and any inquiries can be directed to one of our Finance Team members, Bryan Sewell, Curtis Cain, or Brian Thomas. Should you have questions concerning non-cash gifts beyond stocks, we encourage you to speak with your financial advisor or accountant.
For the next two Sundays, we are making your YTD giving statement available. Many families make inquiries as to where they stand in regards to their giving in a desire to catch up or finish strong at year-end. Should you notice any discrepancies in your statement, please contact Tina Brawdy in the office. She can provide an accurate 2017 giving statement for you to utilize in filing your tax returns in 2018.
If you feel more comfortable with automated giving, you can set that up with Tina. This service is both a benefit to you and the church as it allows you to give with greater convenience and consistency which in turn aids in cash flow of the church during particularly challenging months such as the summer where travel is frequent for many in our church family. You also can give on-line via our website www.northpointe.tv.
In an age of rampant consumerism in the local church, thanks for being a contributor to what God is doing through North Pointe. Let’s finish 2017 by taking our generosity to the next level once again!
Blessings to you and yours this Christmas!
In His love,