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Why do we hope to start an evening service? The short answer is the gospel.
The gospel is the good news that God sent his Son Jesus to live the life we were meant to live and die the death we were meant to die. He was raised from the dead, and all who turn from their sins and trust in him are forgiven everything, welcomed into his family, and promised eternal life with him. God created the church to be the body of all those who have experienced his grace, and he commissioned it to preach this grace to the whole world. In other words, we exist because of the gospel and for the proclamation of the gospel.
A bit of history. Depending on how you count the numbers, HTC North Side is either about 10 years old or about 70 years old. We were launched as HTC North Side 10 years ago from Lakeshore Baptist Church, which was planted all the way back in the 1950s. The congregation first met in a building given by Lakeshore. That building was sold, and the North Side moved to Blaine Elementary School on the Southport Corridor.
That's where we were when I came along, but it soon became apparent that Blaine would not be our long term home. We plotted the addresses of all of our members and regular attenders and determined the exact geographical center of where we all lived. Then we drew a mile radius around that center and looked for spaces within that radius.
That's how God led us to our current home. Meeting at Lakeview Seventh Day Adventist has been a blessing to us in so many ways. But it's also an opportunity for the gospel. There are 48,000 people who live within one mile of church. Most of them are secular, highly educated, and professionally successful.
The Bible says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing comes by the preaching of the Word of God. 48,000 are in walking distance of hearing the gospel! Our desire is to create an evening service that would be oriented to these neighbors so that they could experience the grace of Jesus Christ just as we have. We believe that an evening service might be more strategic for reaching our neighbors, as Sunday mornings in this culture can be very busy with brunch, little league baseball, shopping at Mariano's, and the other trappings of the good life.
But we also don't want to launch this new service at the expense of our morning service and other ministries. That's why we'll be recruiting people outside of HTC to help be part of the launch team as well as raising money apart from our normal Sunday giving. We will begin monthly preview services in October and launch weekly services Easter 2020.
How can you help? First, as always, pray that God would bless this. Second, consider whether you might be able to be part of the launch team while continuing to attend the morning service.
Finally, please consider helping support this work financially. Our goal is to raise a total of $50,000. This would cover all the expenses for the six preview services and the first year of weekly services. We have raised a little over $2000 already from external donors.
A gift of $1000 will more than cover one week of ministry, which would include space rental, worship leadership, hospitality, and outreach materials. $100 could cover social media advertising for an outreach event. A gift of $10 would pay for a follow up appointment at Starbucks with a new visitor.
M. Kyle Edwards, Rev.
Holy Trinity Church North Side