Rancho Murieta Community Church
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. 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.
Indefinite delays by Sacramento County in "permitting" construction—due to recent regulations voted on in the California Assembly (AB 52)—created an uncertain future for the project in 2018. Yet, in the meantime, an undeniable door of opportunity was thrown open to Rancho Murieta Community Church… the story continues.
The owners of the FAA building housing the current RMCC offered to sell us the building! We engaged Visioneering Studios to evaluate our ability to redesign the first floor of the building. The ex-Disney designers presented a proposal that modernizes the building, meets all our stated needs, provides income from second floor tenants, and potentially allows us to Extend the Reach with no debt. Can you imagine?!
We currently possess pre-campaign pledges that, combined with the building fund and continued financial support by our church body, position us to reach our new financial goal. RMCC is now in an even better position to move forward and Extend the Reach to an entire region. God delights in amazing us!
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.
Our goal is to begin construction in August 2019 and complete the project within 7 to 8 months (worshipping in a temporary home during construction). 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.
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”
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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 two-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 two-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 within thirty days, if possible.
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.
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