The Holy Spirit is creating gospel community by powerfully renewing the people of APC, our city and beyond. God’s purpose for Alexandria Presbyterian Church (APC) sharpens and strengthens with each passing year. For over three decades, He has used our ministry to transform lives through the beauty and truth of His gospel. This gospel growth and fruit is nourished as we open ourselves in new ways to the Savior who purchased us with His blood and covers us with His love. It thrives for the world to see as we discover – and rediscover – the joy that comes from a God who sings over us with delight.
Over the years, God has faithfully provided temporary homes for APC, from the Campagna Center in Old Town Alexandria, to Del Ray Baptist Church, to the miraculous gift of the West Braddock Road Campus. We marveled then, as we do now, at the miraculous hand of God opening doors that seemed not only closed, but bolted shut, time after time.
Today, a new tabernacle is needed for our gospel hub to continue to grow and bear more fruit. After several years of prayer, planning and seeking God’s leading, we believe the time has come to build our first permanent home.
A CALL TO GIVE
Our new church will not only be designed to reflect the history and character of Alexandria, it will also be uniquely customized for APC’s ministries, providing a worship sanctuary, rooms to support our Sunday education activities, facilities for our robust youth programs and offices for our staff – a true home for APC. We are trusting God to meet our needs for start-up construction expenses. To break ground, we will require substantial gifts and pledges representing a significant percentage of the building’s projected $10.5 million cost. As you consider ways to support this important and exciting endeavor, we ask you to first and foremost pray for God to continue His blessing over our church, particularly as we enter this new chapter in our history. Second, please pray for direction in how to contribute financially.
As you prayerfully consider your gift, we offer the following guidelines:
1.) Respond generously, in proportion to God’s blessing and provision. This will look different for each of us. Paul says that gifts are “acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have,” 2 Corinthians 8:12. Always keep in mind that God is interested in our hearts more than the amount we give. He encourages us to have the heart of the widow, whose story of sacrificial giving is recounted in Mark 12:41-44.
2.) View your gift as a sacrifice above and beyond your normal tithe offerings. One reason we encourage a three-year pledge is to allow the benefit of time to make generous giving possible.
3.) Seek a commitment pleasing to God. To do this, our faith will likely need to be stretched through prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit. A few helpful questions to ask: Will the amount require me to trust God in new ways? 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 ·· Does the value reflect my hope of eternal reward more than material things on earth? 1 Timothy 6:19 ·· Is my offering genuinely sacrificial? 2 Samuel 24:24 ·· Does my gift mirror my level of thanksgiving for the ways Christ and APC’s ministry have blessed my life and family? Psalms 54:6
4.) After making a prayerful commitment, look for and anticipate peace from God that surpasses all understanding. This can be experienced in a variety of ways – from a confirming word or circumstance, to a general calm sensing of God’s perfect will – as you continue to walk with Him.
Commitment Sunday is April 7, 2019. At the conclusion of the worship service, we will ask the congregation as a body to each submit a 3-year pledge.
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THE STORY CONTINUES...
Our ultimate vision is not for a building, as valuable as that will be. No, the real purpose resides in what our mighty God will accomplish through a church falling more deeply in love with Jesus and the truth of His gospel each day.
Our gospel adventure is far from over. As God’s love permeates, goes deeper within and flows out from us, it shapes not only us, but our friendships, marriages, families, city and world. We wait in eager expectation, knowing God will be faithful to bring more multitudes to our tabernacle who will be equipped and sent forth tomorrow, and in the generations to come.
“In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.”