About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.
When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” …and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house ..and he was baptized at once, he and all his family.
Paul and Silas knew that their freedom was not accomplished by circumstances; it was accomplished for them by their Creator. To know Christ is to be set free and there were still those around them—other prisoners and even their jailer—that needed the saving grace of Jesus to be truly free.
We see a version of this story unfolding at Colonial. God has faithfully broken the shackles of our debt bondage, but that is not the end of the story. There is still work to be done as long as there are those around us who need the freedom offered to everyone through Christ.
Every day, if we’re looking for it, we’ll see opportunities to leverage our worldly wealth in a way that brings glory to God and makes friends for eternity. As believers we’ll see those opportunities, because Jesus just told us exactly how His disciples are to do this.
We are investing in projects to advance God’s Kingdom at Colonial. When we create inviting environments where we are building stronger community with each other, when we build up our young people to be powerful disciples, and when we change lives through missions where the Gospel is proclaimed, we are helping people become followers of Christ. When those people encounter God, they can grow with others in freedom, they can impact others around them and God’s Kingdom will advance.
Estimated Cost: $2.5 million
A vibrant student ministry is one of the hallmarks that makes us Colonial. The farm house on the corner of 135th and Rosehill Rd. has served as home to our Overland Park students for nearly 15 years, and we have long since outgrown that space with up to 130 middle and high school students in attendance each week. The upcoming development of the property adjacent to the student house necessitates building a new home for our student ministries.
Additionally, for many years we’ve been aware of the need to provide more adequate parking at our Overland Park Campus, but could not until 137th street was built to allow for a 2nd entry/exit to our parking areas. Construction of that street is nearly complete which now necessitates a new entry point.
About the New Student Center
9,800 square feet
220 seat student worship area
Ample hangout/recreation area
Breakout/small group conversation spaces
Estimated Cost: $700,000
Updates to include:
New drive entrance/exit at 137th Street
New campus monument sign
52 additional parking spaces
Carpet replacement throughout
Sanctuary audio/video improvements to enhance live worship and live stream/recorded worship
Estimated Cost: $1.7 million
Over the last decade, our capital resources were largely focused on servicing and paying off our debt. Consequently, we have invested little on updating our South KC facilities. We believe it is important that our church facility reflect the energy and freshness we feel about being the Church in South Kansas City. By completing the repairs to the parking lot, creating a more convenient drop off and covered walkway, initiating a major foyer renovation, and making many other improvements, we will create an inviting environment to welcome the community (24 projects in all).
Major Improvement Projects for the South KC Campus:
Northeast frontage curb appeal
Covered entrance/access drive
New church van and bus
Northeast front restoration
Additional parking/curb replacement
Shingled roof replacements
Add secure garage at South KC
Energy efficient improvements
to HVAC systems
New carpet in sanctuary and offices
Estimated Tithe: $500,000
We believe the Gospel proclaimed can change lives and that is at the heart of everything we do at Colonial. But as we read in Romans 10:14, “How are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?” This is why we apply our first fruits of every offering toward global and local missions.
Through the Freedom Campaign we will be able to invest even more to make Jesus known throughout the world and in our own backyard. At the recommendation of Colonial’s Impact Council, Session has agreed to the following guidelines for the investment of the tithe on the funds raised for capital projects:
55% Urban Ministry Discipleship Initiatives—To strengthen and support Christ-centered discipleship initiatives in the KC Metro.
30% Discipleship through Orphan Care—Faraja Orphan Care Foundation in Kenya for the construction of more housing to accommodate additional orphaned children. Pothawira Village in Malawi to establish security and sustainable economic business opportunities.
10% Discipleship through Education—Colegio Mark in Guatemala to provide the addition of grades 10 and 11 for high school diploma.
5% Discipleship through the Word—Elam Ministries in Iran for the distribution of New Testament and Bibles in modern Persian and Iranian languages.