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Friday, September 9, 2011

216 S. Market
Wichita KS, 67202
(316) 807-8034

Greetings, I will keep today’s note short because things are so busy. Please make sure to check out the bulletin as there are some events listed. I am on my way this morning to meet with the Mayor’s office and am excited to share with them about the future and ministry of Mosaic.

I also want to remind members of our Vision Team that we have a very important meeting this Saturday at noon. We could also use volunteers this weekend as Kim is out of town so we will need help serving food and welcoming our guests at our Saturday program. We will serve at 1AM and ask our volunteers to be here starting at 11 AM, no later than 11:30

I also want to make mention of several other things that are going on. This next week, we will be hosting a Missional Church Training at the request of a local Baptist church on Tuesday the 13th from 6:30 – 8 PM. There will also be a meeting in Wichita this week regarding sex trafficking in our city. I will be sending out information regarding that meeting but as of yet, don’t have confirmation as to the time or location, but am expecting that meeting to be held on Friday.

There is another bit of good news; I am meeting next week with and at the request of 104.5 Radio who is looking at using our facility on Halloween. This is an opportunity to get word out about Mosaic plus continue to serve the community. They will be requesting a donation for the event which they plan on donating to Mosaic. There will be radio spots which feature Mosaic and possibly a way to open up doors at building additional community connections.

There is no doubt that God continues to work and use this church. The reality is his hand is evident in the things that are taking place. Let’s all be careful though, there are those, some of which call themselves ‘Christian,’ who would have us fail. God is providing Divine Opportunities and appointments for us; we have to be prepared to act on those opportunities. The reality that people are still coming, commitments of faith, and baptism are taking place should cause us to celebrate, certainly the angels in Heaven do if we believe the teachings that come from Luke 15 where we are told the angels rejoice and throw a party over each soul that was lost and is now found.

God is working, what an honor to be a part of it. I kind of feel like Moses in the wilderness, Mosaic can likely relate as we have wondered and moved, but are now seeing God work, seeing opportunities like never before, there is no doubt that God is working, the issue is who wants to be a part of that work and experience the blessings of the Promised Land which God has called us to? I know I do, I hope to have company come along. I am sure there will be.

I also want to remind folks of our meeting on Sunday, the time changes for the start of services, we will enter a devotional prayer time at 9:30 for the church, the Jr. High and HS kids will meet during this time and attend church, and church will start at 10:30. This Sunday we continue the series of Why They Like Jesus But Not The Church, with a focus on Fundamentalism. Next week we complete the series, but we are planning a panel discussion of individuals on Sunday the 25th to talk about their reflections and beliefs regarding ‘The Church.’ This will be an enlightening meeting that will allow us to learn from those we want to reach.

One last note, don’t forget tonight, Friday Sept. 9, is the Drive In – We will be seeing the kids shows, Smurfs, and Cars 2. We will be leaving the church at 7:30 and it is $10 a car load. We will be taking the van and pack in first come first serve into the van, especially for those who don’t have money. I am looking forward to a good time, bring your chairs, snacks, drinks, and be prepared to have a fun time together.

Blessings and God bless you all,

Pastor Mike

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Lastly, we now have a way folks can contribute to Mosaic online. If interested in sharing with Mosaic online you can visit the following link and do so. Just designate what your gift is for when you donate, you can designate gifts for ‘general funds,’ ‘capitol campaign,’ or ‘homeless program.’





If the button doesn’t appear, you can give at the following link - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6KQJMMUS72CA

All contributions to Mosaic are tax-deductible. If mailing contributions to Mosaic, you can send them to the following address:

Mosaic Wichita
216 S. Market St.
Wichita, KS 67202

Blessings to you and have a great week.

Mike

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mosaic Capital Campaign

Dear Friends and Friends of Mosaic,

We are in a unique position where I am doing something I didn’t know if I would ever do, that is writing a letter asking you to consider helping Mosaic in regards to a capital purchase for a property we will own.

As most of you know Mosaic has been in existence for around 5 years now. In that time Mosaic has moved and is finally in a location where we are seeing unbelievable ministry take place. Some have called us a missional church, maybe we are, but let me ask, is there a church in Scripture that we see that isn’t supposed to be a missional church? We are seeing fruit and even today, am planning another baptism of another individual in the next weeks. We are seeing fruit and making a difference in the lives of people. While we have lost some folks, we have others come on board to replace them who believe in and care about the ministry that God is doing through Mosaic.

Now let me give some specifics. Over the 5 or so years that Mosaic has been in operation we have rented property. We have been reluctant to purchase any property but now with the incorporation of a Vision Team we believe the right situation has happened in the last few weeks that we need to act on. The property we want to purchase is on the block we are currently located on, that property was appraised at approximately $400,000. The previous owners of the property operated a restaurant coffee shop on part of that property and put in approximately $40,000 in renovations to that property. Unfortunately they recently filed bankruptcy and the property is now available to us for between $50,000 - $60,000. There is also condo fees associated with the property that covers much of the cost including maintenance, utilities, and more. We are seeking to obtain funds in the amount of $60,000, and $70,000 for the property.

What we believe would be an appropriate use of the property would be to open up a for profit business where we serve coffee, soups, sandwiches, and crocks (crock pot recipes) along with minimal breakfast items. We would open 6 days a week during breakfast and lunch, and on evenings during downtown and/or arena events. We would keep the prices low and affordable for the walking traffic located near us. Across the street are the SRS offices. One of the mistakes we believe the previous owner made was they offered Starbucks quality at Starbucks prices. It is our desire to offer prices at a much lower price and with not quite the variety. We have been assured from several downtown residents, business people and others that this would be a great adjunct to our area. We would operate the business end of it with volunteers and limited paid staff. Ultimately, once the business grows we would hire homeless individuals and others to work on site. We will also have a section of the property that will have available office space which we would consider renting out for additional income.

The benefit of the current property is there is also room for additional offices and a sanctuary space. Our current space which we rent for $1,300 a month is approximately 6,000 Square feet. The new location, including the restaurant would include approximately 7,500 square feet. We would also have the option to purchase additional floors of the property, located at the Sutton building for approximately $60,000 per floor if we were to decide or grow to the place to offer additional services, of course the purchase of these floors would be optional and dependent on the future status of ownership of those floors.

Obviously, the time is short on the availability of this property. This property will soon go on the market and there are likely other interested buyers. We want to move on the property as soon as possible.

We need your help, can you contribute and assist with this purchase for Mosaic. I can’t say what it would be like to own our own facility, where there is the possibility that we could maintain the type of missional church we are, yet have an option to provide funds for the church to operate. For those things to happen though, we need you to assist us. You could be another church making an investment to the ministry, a business who believes in what we are doing, or an individual who wants to make a difference. We are also willing to consider low interest loans to help with this, but would obviously really joy in the gifts and donations which make this happen.

The time to grasp the opportunity is short, the potential is tremendous. There is no doubt, that when a small church like Mosaic has the opportunity to purchase a property worth close to ½ a million dollars for $60,000 this is a God send. With the current redevelopment of downtown, the new apartments coming in imagine the impact we can have.

Lastly, we now have a way folks can contribute to Mosaic online. If interested in sharing with Mosaic online you can visit the following link and do so. Just designate what your gift is for when you donate, you can designate gifts for ‘general funds,’ ‘capitol campaign,’ or ‘homeless program.’





If the button doesn’t appear, you can give at the following link - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6KQJMMUS72CA

All contributions to Mosaic are tax-deductible. If mailing contributions to Mosaic, you can send them to the following address:

Mosaic Wichita
216 S. Market St.
Wichita, KS 67202

Blessings to you and have a great week.

Mike

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Mosaic Update September 1



Greetings to everyone on this Labor Day Weekend,

Things are going great at Mosaic and I continue to be excited about the totality of the ministry God has called us to. This week, we were blessed in our day program with an abundance of food. This week our homeless, and others who visit us for the next few days are eating shrimp, pork chops, fresh fruit, and the list goes on and on. We are able to do this due to a wonderful donation to our program.

I am also excited this week due to the opportunity on Sunday for my wife and I to visit my daughters church in North Newton to attend our grandsons baby dedication. As a result of that activity, John Stinson will be teaching a very important message on How We Know The Bible Is True. I hope everyone is able to attend, brings some friends and gets some valuable information from John. Last weeks message is available on Vimeo, and I would hope that everyone would go check it out. I posted the message in 2 parts, the first part dealing with how the world sees the church in regards to its treatment of women, and the second part on how they see us in regards to our treatment of homosexuals. I will pick up the series again next week as we look at how Fundamentalism has impacted the world’s view of the church. The links to the messages at the vimeo web site are as follows and I am also posting the videos onto this newsletter:

Part 1 - http://vimeo.com/28306130
Part 2 - http://vimeo.com/28310455

For those that don’t know, Our Vision Team, which meets again, September 10, has challenged us to look at the purchase of a property that is coming available in the very near future. The property, appraised at approximately $400,000 is available for $50,000 - $60,000 I have been busy gathering information regarding that property and I am including a letter attachment that we are sending individuals and locations in trying to raise the money for the property. To think we can be on the same block, have the same ministry, and be in a location that can provide a since of permanence is a blessing. We are praying for God to work on us and the letter will give a lot of information. The Vision Team is unanimous in our effort here and we ask for prayers and help in spreading the word.

In closing, one of the things that has been brought up several times now is the work we are doing and what folks seem to think is the ‘cost’ or ‘attention’ given to the homeless. I want folks to know, Mosaic is doing far more than that, but we are doing ministry, which God has called the church, (not just our church but all churches) to do. Other churches are recognizing that and we are meeting with them. For example, this next week I am hopefully meeting with the pastor at 1st Mennonite Brethren Church, the Director of World Impact Wichita, and I am also doing a training on the missional church for Westside Baptist Church at Mosaic on September 13 at their request. I am also planning a meeting with the pastor of Inovo a church that is close by on how we can replicate ministry. There are a lot of churches where the focus is almost entirely on self, yet, scripturally, while there is disciplining and training taking place, we need to remember, that training responsibility is to train others to carry out and do ministry, or if you will, missional ministry. We also can’t change the reality that we have to surrender and do the things God has called us to, and if we look at Scripture, the call to ministry to the poor is a given, and very clear throughout the Bible. It is why we see people expressing an interest in what we are doing, and a reason we are seeing fruit. Even this week, I am speaking to another individual about his commitment to follow Christ and his desire to be baptized. God is good, and we need to look at the call to win souls, and then disciple them in the salvation, calling, and work of following Jesus. Of course that is done in surrender, not per say works, but being on the forefront to see these things happen is a blessing. Thankfully there are enough volunteers to help with the day program that I am now able to get many more things done than in the past.

As always, the bulletin is attached. Please make note of the Drive-Inn option for next week, we hope we can have as many as possible attend. Bring your lawn chairs, find folks to ride with, and it will cost $10 per car load. It is a great deal and opportunity for us to spend some time together in the community.

Lastly, we now have a way folks can contribute to Mosaic online. If interested in sharing with Mosaic online you can visit the following link and do so. Just designate what your gift is for when you donate, you can designate gifts for ‘general funds,’ ‘capitol campaign,’ or ‘homeless program.’





If the button doesn’t appear, you can give at the following link - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=G6KQJMMUS72CA

All contributions to Mosaic are tax-deductible. If mailing contributions to Mosaic, you can send them to the following address:
Mosaic Wichita
216 S. Market St.
Wichita, KS 67202

Blessings to you and have a great week.

Mike

The following is the video of part 1 of this last weeks sermon:


The following is part 2 of the same sermon:


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