Building a Legacy: “Renewing the Present, Embracing the Future”
We’re entering a season when God is asking us, “What will you leave behind once your days come to an end, and you get to spend eternity with Me?” I’m answering that question like this: “I want to leave a legacy to the next generation that’s stronger, more passionate about Jesus, and more effective at reaching their community than we were.” That’s why:
It’s time to be pro-active – Disciples are made, not born. As we become more fruitful at reaching and discipling the people of our community, we’ll need to provide a place for the new believers God brings. “Go and make disciples of all nations…” Matt. 28:19
It’s time to share – Generally speaking we have a healthy church and know a lot about Christ. It’s time to give away what we’ve received. “I am not my own, I was bought with a price…” 1 Cor. 6:19-20
It’s time to sacrifice for Eternity’s purposes – Like the widow who gave two cents, we need to invest ourselves in that which lasts forever, and trust God to meet our temporal needs. “As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you…” John 20:21
A New Perspective
In 2007 we took our architect’s plans to the King County Building Department and found that the drawings they’d come up with failed to allow for a 20 foot landscaping setback along Old Petrovitsky Road (the street our front door faces). Because of this, and because the County has also dedicated another 8 feet along the entire back side of our property (along “new” Petrovitsky) for future widening, we would not have been able to provide enough parking for the proposed expansion. So to solve this, we’ve been pursuing two new ideas:
- A petition asking the County to vacate 20 feet of Right of Way along Old Petrovitsky Road.
- The purchase of all or part of 4.8 acres of Petrovitsky Park directly to our west for additional parking.
The church Council has committed $10,000 of our Building Fund to do a feasibility study for both of these options. Combining these two things would give us a total of 149 spaces. For a proposed sanctuary that seats 350, only 70 spaces are required.
Good news! In both cases, God has granted us favor! After meeting with County officials, we were told, “Apply for the petition to vacate,” which they only recommend in situations where they intend to grant one. Second, the parking lot and drainage system that our civil engineer designed was deemed “acceptable” to the Sensitive Areas official!
The next step is to begin the vacation petition process, which can take from 9 to 12 months. But actual acceptance or denial can be declared in as few as 3 months. Once that occurs (and that’s where our prayers come in!) we’ll have the land appraised for market value and ask the church family whether or not we are willing to commit to an increased mortgage payment.
A Brief History to Catch you Up..
From Rural to Urban: In the early 2000’s King County decided to clarify which areas would become highly developed urban areas and which ones would remain protected under the title of “rural lands.” At that time RCC was adjacent to, but outside of the Urban Boundary Line. Sensing that we would eventually need to build again, we petitioned the county to include our property within the urban boundary. Miraculously, God granted us favor, the line was moved, and we were given the coveted urban status. Read all about it in A Miracle in the Making.
A Season of Building: We are currently in the process of pursuing land directly to the west of us to increase our parking area and add to our meeting and ministry spaces. Although our current attendance may not seem to demand more space, our commitment to serving our community does. God has given us the assignment to serve the hundreds of Elementary and Middle school students that pass by our doors every day, and we’re looking for ways to accommodate them with all kinds of after-school and weekend activities.