Building a Legacy

Rancho Murieta Community Church

Rancho Murieta Community Church

Extend the Reach

Rancho Murieta Community Church formed thirty-five years ago when a handful of followers began praying about the need for a church in Rancho Murieta. What began as a home Bible study evolved into a small community of believers, officially organized as a church, and joined a fellowship of churches known as the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The church has leased space since its founding, but for many years considered building a permanent church home.

In 2014 RMCC purchased land along the Cosumnes River and adjacent to the Cosumnes River Elementary School, twenty-three acres at the corner of Dillard Road and Jackson Highway in southeast Sacramento County. In July 2017 we launched a capital campaign with no debt and $1.4M remaining from a prior building fund. We currently possess pre-campaign pledges that, combined with the building fund, propel us nearly half way to our financial goal. RMCC is now in an exceptional position to move forward and Extend the Reach to an entire region.

The Extend the Reach capital campaign was launched for the purpose of raising the necessary remaining funds by mid-2020 to finance construction of our future church. The new, larger church will provide more seats, an improved space to enhance worship, specialized areas for more programs for adults, students and children. The vision for the new church includes spaces that will allow members to connect in more relevant ways with the communities we’ve been called to serve.

Although it’s now in the county’s hands, our goal is to break ground in Summer 2018 and complete construction in Summer 2019. Together let’s Extend the Reach throughout Rancho Murieta, Sloughhouse, Wilton, Anatolia, Elk Grove, and beyond to reach more people with the good news that Jesus offers.

"You are the light of the world...

like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Matthew 5:14-16.

Vision

Visualize our unlimited opportunities to Extend the Reach, ministering to adults, youth, and children as they experience the life-changing power of Christ! We’ll be able to expand our ministries to engage non-believers as well as believers, executing the vision of God and our church.

Picture an inviting and bright entry where newcomers will feel welcome and excited about what’s in store, and imagine places to gather and sit with friends, a sanctuary and worship center carefully designed to enhance our experience of worshipping God, a fellowship hall where your special events (weddings, receptions, memorials, anniversaries, family reunions, etc.) and those of the community can be hosted with joy and confidence.

Imagine more room to minister to the community and space for prayer and counseling where many will find healing and new life in Christ. We envision our church being a place for Christians from around our region to gather for special teaching and training events which result in multiple churches becoming healthier and stronger to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ. Additionally, we’ll elevate our credibility in the community when we have a “real” church home, further affording the opportunity to multiply our influence and ultimately building a legacy of followers. We’ll be able to expand our ministries to engage non-believers as well as believers, executing the vision of God and our church.

This is an exceptional opportunity for all of us to engage in building a legacy for Christ. Imagine when we are a more visible church on the hill, and how many more people might see us, be drawn to visit and find Jesus.

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Entrance
Elevations
Front Corner
Rear Corner
Floor Plan

Commitment

Making Your Commitment

We’re asking for each of you who call RMCC home to seek God for His direction, and to search your heart before making a three-year financial commitment toward this ministry expansion effort. If we are to reach our challenge goal, it requires the generous and sacrificial giving of all of us. As each of us gives generously and sacrificially, our gifts, when taken together, will make this new building a reality.

As you pray about this journey know that some may feel called to give up that new coat, postpone a boat purchase, or delay in getting a bigger house. For others it may be simpler.

What are the steps in making this commitment? First, it is important that all of us make this effort a matter of prayer. Investments we make toward this campaign are an investment in eternity. Let’s ask God for His leading in our decision-making process. Second, remember that commitments to our Extend the Reach campaign are over and above our current giving to the church and are for a three-year period. We must continue to support the ongoing ministry of RMCC even as we finance the new facility. Third, when you receive it, please complete the commitment card and return it by mail, or place it in the offering by November 19, 2017.

Ways to Give

The ministry campaign is about making investments in eternity; investments that will help people come to know Christ personally and grow into fully devoted followers. As the Apostle Paul said, when we make such eternal investments we lay up treasures for ourselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that we may take hold of the life that is truly life (1 Timothy 6:19).

Cash gifts may be made from savings or from current income; online payment options will be established as well.

Gifts of Stock may be made to the campaign. This is often a desirable way to give, particularly in markets which have caused significant growth of investment. By giving a gift of stock, the giver avoids all capital gains taxes on the investment growth and is eligible for a tax deduction equal to the full current amount of the stock gift (actual value of gift is equal to the mean of the high and low stock price on the day of transaction).

Gift of Property such as land or rental property can be made to this campaign. By giving a gift of property, the giver will generally avoid capital gains taxes and will be eligible for the full current value of the gift.

Paid Up Whole Life Insurance Policies can be given to the ministry campaign.

Mutual Fund Shares can be transferred to the church avoiding capital gains and allowing for the full current value of the gift.

Other:  All of us might consider what God might have us give up for a season, for the sake of the Kingdom.  For example, sacrificing your one latte per day ($5) would free up $5,475 over three years that could be contributed to Extend the Reach. You decide with the Lord what He might have you do for the sake of the Kingdom. 

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen

News

  • 7/10/17 July 2017

    Our first step

    For nearly a decade our Rancho Murieta Community Church family has considered building our first-ever church home. The vision is to provide enhanced space for our growing church family to worship, and a welcoming place to encourage others throughout our region to know and celebrate Jesus.

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  • 8/20/17 August 2017

    Kickoff Sunday

    The Extend the Reach Campaign launched on Sunday, August 20, 2017 representing the first day of a new chapter for our church! A beautiful summer morning welcomed attendees as they trekked up the golden-grass to a huge white tent behind Cosumnes River Elementary School. Sunflowers, shade and rustic white pews and chairs greeted guests to spectacular views of the river and vineyards in the distance, and to the land of the future home of Rancho Murieta Community Church.

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    Pastor Aaron Cook and fellow musicians engaged the crowd of three hundred plus in a time of worship before Pastor Matt Steen led us in prayer. Pastor Ron Mitchell shared the vision and emphasized that now is the time; we MUST come together to Extend the Reach of our members to those in the greater community. “The true wealth of any church is not measured by dollars and real estate holdings, but by the number of wounded being healed and transformed by the grace of the living Christ.” -Ron Mitchell

    RMCC member, Kathleen Jones, passionately shared the impact RMCC and its people have had on her life, and her enthusiasm to reach many more. Pastor Ron then invited guests to tour and pray over of the roughly painted layout of the structure that has been, over many years, prayerfully designed to fulfill the vision laid out before RMCC. Prayer commitment cards were available along with bookmarks to remind us all that we must be united in prayer, vision and commitment.

    As the service came to an end, guests enthusiastically held hands and prayed over our debt-free land and the opportunity to Extend the Reach of our current members to the tens of thousands in our region who have little or no faith affiliation. Positive energy and Christ’s blessing was palpable to most who left feeling a new bond amongst us—God’s hands and feet—as we launch into building a legacy for Him.

    “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16.

    P.S. For those of you concerned, the barn down by the goats is staying and, in fact, was being “shored up” during our service!

    Photo courtesy of Michelle Ravencroft.

  • 9/12/17 October 2017

    Vision 2018

    After purchasing 23 acres debt-free, we now aspire to build a church on the corner of Jackson Highway and Dillard Road to be a light as stated in Matthew 5:14-16. The Bible calls us to love and welcome everyone. Currently we don’t have the capacity to accommodate everyone, especially on Christmas and Easter. The building design of our first-ever permanent church home includes a sanctuary, fellowship hall, students’/kids’ meeting rooms, special prayer areas, and more for worship and special events.

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  • 10/12/17 Oct - Nov 2017

    35 Days of Prayer

  • 10/12/17 October 2017

    Letter from Pastor Ron

    Dear RMCC Church Family, As a pastor, there are few things more exciting than to see the congregation you serve coming together to support the work God has set before us. Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to spend time speaking with so many of you about the season that we are in as a church and where God is calling us to go. Thank you for your willingness to embrace our vision to Extend the Reach of Rancho Murieta Community Church, it is a joy to be on this journey with you!

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  • 11/5/17 Nov 2017
  • 11/10/17 November 2017

    Letter from Pastor Ron

    Dear RMCC Church family,

    “Following God is a venture into unknown places that are full of tests and trials. And deeply satisfying rewards. So grab an oar and let’s row the boat together.” That was the focus of this past Sunday as we met for one combined service in the auditorium at CRES. Our gathering was full of encouragement and faith. Did you see all those smiling faces, warm hugs, and helping hands and feet? Even now as I write this, I am filled with gratitude for the BIG attitude of service that was on display. I am both honored and glad to be your pastor.

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    Those of you who were with us on Sunday heard me share about why this is such a BIG season for us. I am convinced, just as David Livingston was, that our calling is what compels us to Extend the Reach. I am equally convinced that for us to do what we have dreamed of doing, we must build this building.

    We now have an opportunity to do something extraordinary. Something that will have an impact for generations. Something that will reach widely into surrounding communities. I believe that is what makes this season BIG in the life of our church. That is why I am asking, no, urging you, to grab an oar and paddle with us. (For context, please visit our website and listen to the first 5 minutes of last Sunday’s message.)

    The church site we envision for our future will have dedicated space for more children, more students, and more adults. A sanctuary where we will gather to worship God and grow in our relationship with Him. A community/fellowship hall that will serve multiple ministries. And what about those views on top of the hill? On Sunday, I mentioned the cost of this project is $10.5 million. Through the generosity of this congregation in a previous building campaign and commitments made before the Extend the Reach campaign we currently have $4.9 million of that amount raised. Now our goal is to raise $3.6 million for this church building that will serve generations.

    You now have the opportunity to grab an oar and paddle with us. Will you consider asking God how He might lead you in giving to Extend the Reach? I shared with you on Sunday how Elaine and I discerned God’s leading us to give to this project and am praying God will clearly lead you in your response.

    I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in one of the services as we think about the rewards of following after God. The Lord bless and keep you by His mighty power.

    Most sincerely,
    Pastor Ron Mitchell


Frequently Asked Questions

During our campaign people are likely to have questions. The following list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is a work in progress. As questions come in, answers are being provided so that we can have a consistent message for people in our RMCC family.

Click on the questions below for answers.

Our Extend the Reach campaign team is working on a variety of methods to communicate information throughout the three-year campaign (including this website), beginning with Kickoff Sunday on the building site. We’ll meet people “where they’re at,” so it might look different to different people, but everyone is included. For instance, Pastor Ron will be sharing during church, but we’ll also communicate via mailers, videos, Kids Quest (for kids), The Refuge (for students), personal in-home visits to small groups or individuals (for those in RMCC leadership or anyone who requests an in-home visit), and Extend the Reach Gatherings (for anyone who’s interested in knowing more). We encourage you to participate and ask questions!

Since the land was purchased with no debt, the total remaining project cost is $10.5M. Currently $1.4M is earning interest in a building fund account. Pre-campaign early commitments are valued at $3.5M. That leaves $3.6M as the current goal, leaving a possible mortgage of $2M, unless we reach our miracle—debt-free—goal of raising $5.6M! Anything is possible with God!

Seventy thousand people live within ten miles of our new property. Of these, only half are connected to a local church. We are convinced that with the growth this area is experiencing, we are uniquely positioned to serve the communities around us for generations to come. In addition, our current facility is often at capacity (especially on holidays).

Yes, we will be regularly updating campaign participants on their progress towards their commitment.

Your financial commitment to the Capital Campaign is really between you and the Holy Spirit. Praise God if your salary goes up! There is no way of knowing what each individual or family’s circumstances will be in the coming years. What is most important is that we each trust God. He has something special in mind for each of us. It may mean that you are able to give more than you expected or it may mean that giving is not appropriate due to job lost or other financial crisis.

Your financial commitment and contributions to the campaign will be maintained with the utmost confidentiality. At no time is giving ever a matter of public record.

  • Kelly Harris—Co-Chair
  • Jarvio Grevious—Co-Chair
  • Liz Abess—Communications
  • Cindy Aiston—Communications
  • Missy Paxin—Special Events
  • John Boyd—Advance Commitment
  • Donna Boyd—Advance Commitment
  • Shannon Barsam—Prayer
  • Matt Steen—Stewardship Education
  • Jay Harris—Building Committee
  • Pastor Ron Mitchell—Vision
  • Elaine Mitchell—Special Ambassador
  • Ron Mitchell
  • Chris Bobo
  • Ken Catchot
  • Paul Frank
  • Jim Catchot
  • Jay Harris
  • Tammy Rayfield
  • Ron Schaub
  • Karl Pearson
  • Keith Macomber

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Kelly Harris at 916-284-9700 or Jarvio Grevious at 916-990-8455 or email .

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