A FOUNDRY Update
By: Val Sachs
Last week, we held our semi-annual all-church visioning meeting. It was a wonderful time for this community to review our progress and plan our future. The Lord has blessed us with committed FOUNDRY UMC family members as well as faithful Foothills ministry partners who have generously contributed to this new church start. We couldn’t do any of this without both of these elements. So, first off – thank you! Families in Eastlake and Otay Ranch are being touched by the light of Christ through this new congregation.
- FOUNDRY holds morning worship every Sunday at 10 in the reclaimed warehouse space that has been transformed into our own, unique sanctuary. Those services, which started out with one or two local families and mostly Foothills members have themselves transformed into a committed body from this local community who claim FOUNDRY as their church home. It is not unusual to have 50-60 adults in worship and 5-10 children at Sunday school.
- FOUNDRY’s annual operating budget is approximately $183,000. The tenant improvements that went into creating our worship space cost more than we projected; however, we were determined not to incur debt in the process and we have been successful. We are also pleased that almost 15 percent of our budget is covered by FOUNDRY family members. At our church meeting, we encouraged new family members to make their own financial commitments to the church. With a congregation this young, however, we are pleased with the progress thus far.
- FOUNDRY had a wonderful Easter celebration. This year, we added a 10 a.m. service to our Sunrise Service at Mountain Hawk Park. This was our fourth year holding an Easter Sunrise Service and it was our most highly-attended yet. Still, we realized it was difficult for families with young children to get to the park that early – so we offered the second worship service later that morning. In all, more than 160 people worshipped with us on Easter and we were doubly-blessed by the experience.
- FOUNDRY’s presence is having a positive impact in East Chula Vista and people know that we are here. The list of community service includes our Friday Movie Nights in the Park; Snores & S’mores Community Campout; the Chula Vista Public Library Foundation; Habitat for Humanity; STARS ministry to women who have been victims of sexual trafficking; and many more.
- FOUNDRY is preparing to formally recognize those who have committed to this church with a Covenant Sunday celebration. As a ministry of Foothills, FOUNDRY does not offer membership in the same way as a chartered church. However, we have faithful family members who are prepared to officially say, “I belong to FOUNDRY UMC and I will support this church with my prayers, my presence, my gifts, my service and my witness.
So, the update from FOUNDRY is that we are thriving and growing….and, we still need financial support. While our membership giving is growing, we also know that we will lose some of our start-up funding from the conference this year. In addition, the cost to lease our space has increased in the past year and will increase next year as well.
We look forward to sharing more good news as we experience God’s blessing of the FOUNDRY faith-life community. Please, continue to hold us in your prayers and to tell others about us. In this age of social media, if you are on Facebook, “like” our page to get updates on FOUNDRY happenings, and more importantly, click the “share” button on posts you like so your friends can read about us. We are learning that growing this congregation has a lot to do with word-of-mouth. We need to tell others about the mighty work God is doing through FOUNDRY. Thank you for being a critical partner in that mighty work.