The Principal Project

For several years we have been praying this prayer together as a church: Father, please retire the Worship Center mortgage by 2025. The Lord is answering our prayers through your gifts to the Principal Project! (All gifts made to the Principal Project go directly to paying down the principal of our Worship Center loan.)

Here in 2022, as in years past, we have a matching grant being offered. In fact, this year we are excited to have TWO matching grants in play:

1. A Church of the Open Door family has offered a $100,000 matching grant for this year for the first time.

2. In addition, the generous family who has been providing a matching grant for the past years is again providing a $200,000 match.

This gives us a total matching grant of $300,000 for this year!

Church of the Open Door family, could it be that this is the year we pay off the Worship Center mortgage completely?!

We are thrilled about these opportunities and so thankful for the chance to have every dollar up to $300,000 matched this year! (Check the bar below to see our progress towards reaching this goal.)

Here’s a little history of this project:

* In 2018 your gifts totaled just over $200,000 and were matched dollar for dollar by a generous family.

* In 2019 your gifts totaled over $400,000 and were again matched.

* In 2020 – a pandemic year! – your gifts yet again reached $200,000 and were doubled by a generous family.

In 2021, with the pandemic continuing and so much life still up in the air, this church family exceeded the $200,000 match and matching funds were applied.

Since the start of the Principal Project in 2018, we have reduced the amount owed on our loan from over 4.8 million to under 1 million.

The Lord is on the move, and He is bringing about what seemed impossible!

Thank you for your ongoing prayers! Thank you for your gifts – large and small – that are part of this exciting move of the Spirit among us!
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The Unfolding

Principal Project Story

This initiative was inspired by the Women of Grace Class. Their small way of contributing to our long time prayer of retiring the Worship Center mortgage was to hold bake sales. They held the first bake sale summer of 2017. It was so well done, delicious and raised awareness. They created a sign that read: Let’s pay down the mortgage one cookie at a time.

Summer 2017

One of our 2018 Breakthrough Prayers became – Lord, please retire the Worship Center mortgage by 2025. Generous COD people continued to give specifically and regularly toward the reduction of our principal. The Women of Grace ladies kept on planning and holding quarterly bake sales, each one bringing in more money than the last.

January 2018

Inspired by the faith of these ladies, a family in the church determined to give $10,000/month towards The Principal Project in 2018. Additionally, they also promised a Matching Gift – they offered to match any donation to The Principal Project up to $200,000 for 2018.

April 2018

The Lord is working quietly and regularly in the hearts of COD people . . . one lady shared the story of having work done on her house by a COD member. When she asked what the cost of the work was, he said not to give it to him, but rather to give that amount to COD towards The Principal Project.

Spring 2018

When a family in the church tragically lost their son, they asked that instead of flowers, people donate to The Principal Project in their son’s honor.

May 2018

A man who helped COD sort through and “ebay” a number of items stored on campus donated his profit from the work to The Principal Project.

June 2018

A COD member held a book sale. She sold a number of books she had used for homeschooling over the years, and designated the earnings to The Principal Project.

July 2018

A lady in our church who has written a book about God’s faithfulness throughout trials in her life is selling copies of her book and giving the proceeds to this project.

August 2018

Two COD families who run a printing business donated a batch of t-shirts sporting our new COD logo. These shirts are being sold on Sunday mornings, and the proceeds are being matched as part of The Principal Project.

September 2018

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123, New Lenox, Chicago IL 60606

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8:00am, 9:15am, 11:00am

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