Turning Vision into Reality
Everyone who considers Blue Oaks their home church can help turn the vision of Be the Light into reality by praying and giving.
Please pray that you will be a beacon of light to those around you for the glory of God. Pray that, collectively, Blue Oaks is a light to the Tri-Valley and beyond. Pray that God provides the resources needed to renovate the new building. Pray for speedy approval from government officials. Pray for continued blessings and growth for the ministry of Blue Oaks.
Please prayerfully consider what commitment you can make over the next three years to make the Be the Light vision a reality. This commitment should be over and above your regular giving to the Blue Oaks general fund.
How to Make a Pledge to “Be the Light”
We are asking every family to make a commitment to “Be the Light” by November 14, 2021.
Give appreciated assets such as stock or real estate?
Giving cash is not your only option. For some, it may be easier, maybe even smarter, to consider gifts of assets. Stocks, income-producing real estate, raw land, stock in a family business, and other assets can be donated to support the initiative. Giving assets not only allows you to leave a significant legacy, it often offers considerable tax advantages as well. For more information, contact Joe Hartley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Stewardship at Blue Oaks
From the start, Blue Oaks Church has taken stewardship of God’s resources seriously, which is why we became ECFA certified as soon as possible after our founding. ECFA certification means that we are compliant with ECFA’s Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship. An independent board of directors, financial transparency, audited financial statements are just a few of those standards. For more details or to review current and previous years’ financial information, please visit https://ecfa.church.
Blue Oaks’ Elder Board Policy limits the amount of debt servicing to 25% of the annual operating fund. The “Be the Light” campaign is designed to raise additional funds to complete the project without exceeding the 25% threshold.
Renovation costs have almost doubled from the first estimates provided when we were buying the building. The main cost drivers have been seismic upgrade requirements, complete replacement of HVAC and roof, and rising material and labor costs.
|Audio, Visual, Lighting||$716,441|
|Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment||$32,000|
Current Building Reserves
|Excess Every|One Campaign Gifts||$1,197,932|
|Excess General Fund Reserves||$1,247,000|
|Needed to Fund||$4,759,451|