In April, we began our Building Together Campaign – a campaign, we believe, that has been blessed by God in the heart of Lincoln as many pray, work, and sacrificially give to save our church building from being sold to a commercial developer.
For the last twenty-six months, we have rented an unused building from a local Methodist church. During this time, we have grown from 90 to 180 individuals, with growth occurring across many demographics as the building is located in the heart of Lincoln, surrounded by neighborhoods filled with families in need, individuals who lack reliable transportation, young families, college students, including many international students, and a growing demographic of young professionals moving into new housing developments just blocks away.
The Methodist Church showed great faith and generosity in June by verbally offering to sell the building to Candlewood for $700,000 instead of selling the building for more money to a commercial developer. We then received a legal purchase contract on October 10th with a closing date of January 17, 2017.
Our Current Status:
- We continue to see more people without a church home visit Candlewood.
- Our small congregation has pledged to give $355,000 over the next three years, an increase of $34,180 since pledges were first taken in May.
- Friends of Candlewood members have pledged or given an additional $46,999.
- Candlewood can afford and has been approved for a loan of $250,000.
- Going by current data, Candlewood will have $205,000 cash and the $250,000 loan by January 17, 2017. This leaves Candlewood $245,000 short of what is needed to close on the building.
This shortage is why we have been reaching out to friends and family to share our vision, asking them to continue to pray and partner with us to preserve this needed church building in this strategic location. If you have partnered with us, either through a generous contribution or prayer, we THANK YOU. We believe that God will multiply even a few, small, generously-given gifts to accomplish far more than we can imagine, and we have already witnessed it since the beginning of Building Together in April.
If this is your first time learning about our campaign to acquire our rental property, would you pray and consider partnering with us to reach the goal of $700,000 by helping to fill the gap of $245,000? Together, we can save this church building, preventing this property from being used as a gas-station, convenience store, or strip mall, and expand several needed ministries in the heart of Lincoln. Some may be able to give $1,000, some $10,000, and some may be able to give much more, but every gift counts! Time is of the essence as we need to raise the remaining funds by the closing date of 1/17/17.
If you feel led to partner with us in prayer and/or with a financial gift, you may give online [click here]. All gifts are tax deductible.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our campaign. May God bless and help you with everything He has given you to do.
Ben Lennander, Shane Unger, Mike Whitney, and Jim Wiebelhaus
Candlewood Pastors | Lincoln, NE
Candlewood Church is much more than a Bible-based, Christian church. We are a group of imperfect people, saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, pursuing meaningful relationships with each other and with those in our lives. We go beyond the Sunday morning experience, focusing on helping people in our communities get closer to God. We’ve been blessed to help many get closer to God over the years, including Katie, who last spring met students from The Rock, our campus ministry at UNL, and put her trust in Jesus. We also connected with Melissa through our Candlewood International Fellowship, and she just joined four other Candlewood members on a two-year mission trip to a sister church in Asia.
We trust that God will expand our territory by helping us purchase this building, enabling an even greater impact, and we’d love for you to be a part of it.