For you shall go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing,
and all the  trees of the field
shall clap their hands.

ISAIAH 55:12

 

Dear Oh Be Joyful Family and Friends,

The time has finally come to raise the finances to expand and improve the Oh Be Joyful Church building!  

Being someone who lives in or retreats to Crested Butte, you have a love for this place that goes far beyond just the beauty of the landscape. I am confident that you feel a deep desire that the goodness of the gospel is well communicated to others who treasure this valley through the little church at 625 Maroon.

However, if you have been to OBJC in the past couple of years you are aware of the acute overcrowding we are experiencing and can see that our facility will soon limit our ability to serve the community. Our leadership has worked hard to develop an expansion and remodeling solution that will meet the growing needs of the church family, guests, and valley for many years to come.

Hopefully, you have already been thinking about how you want your family to engage in financially supporting the project. Our pledge campaign to raise $2 million begins now and ends on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Please prayerfully consider how you will join in sacrificially - this is a monumental effort and we need everyone to be significantly involved above and beyond what is already being contributed. Together we will surely see God’s hand at work through His people.    

We will celebrate what God provides through pledges and gifts on Sunday, February 10th.

Going Together in Jesus!

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PS.  Exciting News! God has already provided gifts and pledges of over $400,000 toward our goal and we are able to include the basement expansion for children’s ministry in our current cost.

 

The Name Says It All

Oh Be Joyful Church is special.  We are made up of people who have lived in Crested Butte for years, people who spend as much time as they can here, many who have followed Jesus for as long as they can remember, and others who are just starting to explore a relationship with Him.  And for all of us the mountain church at 625 Maroon is an important gathering place.

The people of Oh Be Joyful Church are passionate about Crested Butte and sincerely want to see the good news of the gospel change our town. We want to see the gospel transform the hearts of the individuals and families who make Crested Butte special. We inherit that passion from our church founders who, forty years ago, appropriately named the church after an iconic local mountain and creek to establish our commitment to bring the joy of knowing Jesus to Crested Butte.  We believe our church family and facility should bless our community as much or more than the beautiful natural landmarks we are surrounded by and named after. 

We Are Overflowing

Much like Oh Be Joyful Creek in June, we are overflowing.  Many new friends and family are taking part in the warmth, simplicity, and genuine fellowship in Him that characterize our Sunday mornings in numbers that are pushing out the door.

Our current sanctuary reaches its capacity at 200 people and we are enjoying Sundays in the summers with well over 400 and regular attendance in the off-season approaching an average of over 150. A late September Sunday four years ago drew 74 people compared to 220 the same day in 2017.  

We all love the intimacy, sense of family, openness, and friendliness that distinguishes Oh Be Joyful Church. And, just like the early church in Acts, we are committed to extending the good news and inviting as many people as are willing to hear into that special fellowship in Jesus.

So two years ago our elders prepared to Pass the Baton to the next generation by asking this question, “How do we, who have benefitted from the sacrifices and vision of our predecessors, sufficiently prepare the way for the future of Oh Be Joyful Church in Crested Butte?”

Our Hope

A volunteer team was empowered in March of 2017 to work out the practical answers to that question.  With the input of skilled people in our body and the help of a great architect, that team has developed a hope for our building and property.  

Each step has been prayed over and dedicated to Jesus above all. And the elders have approved their solutions which in-volve expanding the sanctuary and remodeling most of the building.  The plan will allow us to welcome up to 400 people on Sunday mornings and provide excellent and scalable spaces for children, youth, offices, and meetings. We believe the plan retains and strengthens the special sense of community and place that our current facility exemplifies and we have worked hard to find the most cost-effective solutions possible.

Opening Our Doors Wider Together

To pursue our hopes for the future of Oh Be Joyful and the future of our community, we are launching a capital campaign we’re calling “Opening Our Doors Wider Together” with a goal of $2.0 million. The campaign will embody the fact that we ‘Go Together’ as every member of our church family will be called upon to participate.  Standing side by side we will grow as a church family and accomplish something that only God can do through us as we give scrificially and joyfully, in unity. 

Winter Capital Campaign

Fundraising Goal:  $2 million
Covering all aspects of the project including design, construction, town parking fees, and relocation expenses.

Contribution Window:  November 1, 2017 - April 31, 2019
Giving may occur in three different calendar years.|

Actual Construction:  April 2018 through March 2019.

Pledging
Pledging Period begins November 1, 2017
Please communicate your pledges by January 31, 2018.
How To Pledge: Paper Or Online
Mail a pledge card to Oh Be Joyful Church, PO Box 175, Crested Butte 81224 or Pledge online HERE.

Going Together Joyfully
We know the only way this project will be successful will be with the entire OBJC body partnering together. Members, part-timers, visitors, young and old...we are committed to the OBJC core value of “going together.” Please prayerfully consider how you can con-tribute financially and pledge. As you are able, please plan to give above and beyond your current offering.

A Debt Free Project
In our commitment to strong financial stewardship, our leadership has elected to pursue a debt free funding structure.

Privacy
Privacy is highly valued - Only necessary members of our trusted financial team will have information about pledges. There will be no publicly shared gift amounts, sponsorships, or dedications.

Giving Now
Gifts may be given immediately by personal check with ‘expansion’ in the memo. Credit card and bank draft gifts, including monthly automatic gifts, may be made online.

Other Giving Methods
If you would like to discuss other giving methods such as stock or endowments, please contact our office and we will direct you to our advisor.  Office: 970-349-6237 • home@ohbejoyfulchurch.org

Pledge and Giving Progress Updates
We will update our website regularly with information about our pledge and giving status.

Celebration Sunday
Sunday, February 10th

Consulting
Sterling Associates of Houston has provided professional consulting services regarding our fundraising plan and practices. 

Gift Spectrum 


Fundraising Goal:  $2 million

Contribution Window:
November 1, 2017 - April 31, 2019

Pledging Period Begins:
November 1, 2017
 

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Construction could begin as soon as May 2018

Please feel free to send a message to home@ohbejoyfulchurch.org with any questions at all

We hope that you will join us prayerfully, generously, and joyfully.