Illuminate! At the end of each year, we take some time to recall and celebrate what has happened in the life of our church. We also share some of our hopes and dreams for the year ahead and invite you to contribute to the ministries at Beacon Church.

Another year is drawing to an end and we have so much to be thankful for at Beacon. Here are just a few snap shots of what has happened in the life of our church this past year...

  • Own It 365: In January of 2016, we kicked off Own It 365: NT. This was a plan designed to help us read through the New Testament in one year. Almost 250 of us committed to studying the New Testament by reading a chapter a day and engaging with study guides and videos to further our understanding of God's w ord and how it relates to our daily life.
  • Outreach: Beacon's Outreach Team gave us many opportunities to connect with our families, friends, and hundreds of guests at this year's Game Night, Easter Egg Hunt, Picnic & Softball Tournament and Ice Skating event.
  • Kidz Quest: Each week, more than 100 children attended our Sunday morning program to learn about God and spend time with friends in the thriving environment we call Kidz Quest.
  • VBS: Almost 180 children from our community came to our Vacation Bible School to learn about God. This week long camp was jam-packed with exciting activities that helped children learn about God in a vibrant atmosphere.
  • Fusion: Our teens had tons of fun at Laser Tag, Mini-Golf, Six Flags, Snow Camp, and other fun outings. Two missions teams were sent to Oswego, NY and Guatemala to help those in need. Every Sunday evening, Fusion teens hang out and learn the importance of living for Christ and making the Christian faith their own.
  • Baptisms: This summer, almost 30 people took that step in their spiritual journeys and were baptized - publicly declaring that they have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.
  • Alpha & Core Training: More than 150 of us participated in our Alpha and Core Training classes. These courses are designed to help us grow in our understanding of God, His word and the spiritual disciplines. More Alpha and Core classes are coming in January.
  • Discipleship: Discipleship brings us to a greater understanding that each one of us is a partner with Christ in helping transform the lives of those around us. This is a process which equips each one of us to carry out the work of the gospel. More than 280 of us participated in this year's discipleship programs at Beacon.
  • Compassion: Beacon reached out into our communities by providing food, clothing, and other necessities to families in need. We also raised more than $11,000 for clean w ater projects in Africa, helped Island Serve collect and prepare 1,700 summer camp packs for underprivileged students, and partnered with a nearby hospital to bring hope and healing to families caring for children with cancer.
  • Care Ministry: Beacon's Care Team provided over 160 rides, made more than 150 hospital and home visits, wrote more than 50 notes, made over 125 phone calls and provided more than 75 meals to those in need in our church family. In addition to this, we were able to help more than 10 Beacon families experiencing financial hardships.
 

2016 has been amazing, and we're looking forward to what God has in store for Beacon in the year ahead. Because of your generosity, Beacon continues to care for our spiritual family and reach those in our surrounding communities with the love and hope of our Lord and Savior. Please know that Beacon is not about the money; Illuminate is not intended to pressure you into giving. If you would like to participate in Illuminate, you can designate your contribution to be applied toward one or more of the funds listed below:

This is the fund for the regular ministries of the church such as Kidz Quest, Fusion, community events, outreach, mailings, worship and teaching expenses, building maintenance and utilities. Chapter 2 initiatives will also be coming from this fund.

The Helping Hands Fund gives us the opportunity to help those in our church who are in financial crisis because of the loss of a job, unexpected expenses, or other hardships. We are also able to support the work of local organizations who bring hope and healing to those in our surrounding communities.

This fund allows us to support the next generation of church leaders by providing tuition and financial support for classes and other training.

The Capital Improvements Fund is designed to help us save money for future building-related expenses. When we need to replace air conditioners or boilers or renovate the building, we use this fund.

If you would like to be a part of Illuminate, you can CLICK HERE to be taken to our secure online giving page. Make sure to select the fund you would like to donate to. If you would like to donate different amounts to different funds, each donation will have to be a unique transaction.

Thank you so much. Because of your reckless generosity and sacrifice, we will continue to be a “beacon” of hope shining brightly!