Dear One Harbor,
Gratitude is a hallmark of our faith — the subject is addressed by the Bible over 170 times. But it is not something we are culturally wired for. By default, we tend to focus almost entirely on what is lacking and what has yet to be finished. We spend significantly more energy in establishing new year’s resolutions than we do in giving thanks for what has already been accomplished.
It takes intentionality to remain grateful, which is why we are giving you this Annual Report. Everything that follows is shared from a posture of thanksgiving and gratitude. While there is much work that remains to be done, it is clear that in 2016, God moved through our church in unmistakeable ways. Some of His provision can be quantified with numbers and metrics, while other aspects of His kindness must be appreciated through stories. But all of it is important. As we remember the mighty acts of God, we are overwhelmed with reasons to give Him thanks.
As we consider God’s faithfulness, we are particularly grateful for you. Your generosity to our church makes many things possible, including those things which you are about to read. So, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We are proud to partner with such a wonderful church body for the sake of the Gospel.
We want to make disciples who are on mission in their communities. Rather than meeting in one centralized place, we gather in multiple locations, called sites.
We prioritize the preaching of the Word. At One Harbor, you won’t hear a sermon that’s not about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Below you can see some of the series that we went through as a church in 2016.
2016 started with a huge loss: Kou Yang, one of our pastors, moved his family to Hickory, NC after serving the Beaufort Site faithfully since it launched in 2012. Thankfully, God has continued to provide for our church. Scott Beierwaltes was brought onto Eldership in July, and he and his wife Katie have done an incredible job loving and serving God’s people.
In some ways, 2016 was a year for renewal and restructuring. Rosalind Marquez was brought on part-time staff as the Hospitality Director, and Katie Beierwaltes was brought on as the Kids Ministry Director. Both have provided structure, vision, and energy in those roles. Additionally, two new community group leaders began meeting in 2016, including the Lewis group, meeting Down East. In an area that has been difficult to reach, their group on Harkers Island is now at capacity, with over 30 people gathering for worship and community!
Through everything, God has been faithful. Weekly giving has increased 14% over 2015, which means that more money and resources can go into making disciples and pushing back darkness in Beaufort and Down East in 2017!
The Bible says that God gave his only Son, Jesus, so that we would be saved. But not only did God save us, he lavishes on us uncountable blessings and an eternal inheritance we can’t comprehend. God’s generosity towards us compels us to be generous in return. Therefore, our giving is first and foremost an act of worship. (This figure represents tithes and offerings and contributions to restricted funds, such as the Building Fund.)
“…I felt like there was a decision to be made that night. Either I would continue to live like this and lose everything, or I would put my life in God’s hands…”
– Doug Tyler
The new One Harbor Site in Swansboro officially opened its doors on May 22, 2016! This was the culmination of a year long effort that included negotiating with the City of Swansboro for the use of one of their facilities, renovating that building, many volunteer hours, and preparing the team that would help with the launch of the new Swansboro Site. Within two weeks of opening, it was necessary to go to two services!
The Swansboro Site currently has 12 Community Groups that meet in Jacksonville, Emerald Isle, Cedar Point, Cape Carteret, Swansboro and Stella! We also brought two new Elders on to the team in Swansboro to help love, shepherd and lead the people, as well as a Hospitality Director and Kids Ministry Director.
Lives are changing, the Gospel is being proclaimed, our relationship with the City of Swansboro is thriving, darkness is being pushed back, Jesus is being made much of, and God is being glorified.
People in Community Groups
Community Bible Reading Journals Purchased
“The Community Bible Reading Journal has proven to be a great tool to help me get in the Bible on a regular basis. I give my undivided attention to the reading and spend time in prayer as I fill out the journal entry. Shortly afterwards when I am on my way to work, I listen to the reading over my car’s radio from the One Harbor app. I have found that spending time reading scripture has been both constructive in my relationship with God and helped me be more intentional in what I say or how I act at work. I try to tell everyone that is interested in reading the Bible or growing their relationship with God all about my experience, and how it is truly a unique way to get engaged in learning and growing with Jesus.”
– John Collmann
Youth At 2016 Winter Camp
Students Being Mentored
Kids Hearing the Gospel on Sundays
2016 was a banner year for Morehead City congregation. It was the first year we met in our new facility. We have seen 11% growth in attendance and 14% growth in general giving. On Easter Sunday, we had 1,524 attend Sunday services in Morehead alone, which is roughly 16% of the town’s population! We have also leveraged our space in ways we couldn’t in years past. Thanks to the Calico Creek Coffee Bar, we’ve made new relationships with many folks who we would have been unlikely to see on a Sunday morning.
Additionally, we brought on two new elders, Andrew Midgett and Michael McClees, who have added both godly wisdom and experience to the Morehead pastoral team. And, perhaps most exciting, were the numerous salvations we saw as a result of new initiatives like the New Disciples Class. We expect God to help us continue to grow and mature as a church body in the coming year.
New Partners in 2016
One Harbor Partners
Church Leaders at Advance North America
New Families Served through Benevolence Ministry
Volunteers that Served in Family Promise
Contributed to Swansboro Site Launch
Contributed to Local Missions
Contributed to Church Planters and Church Planting Organizations
Calico Creek Coffee Bar is located inside our MHCSite. The goal of the coffee bar is to make incredible coffee with purpose. All profits from the Calico Creek Coffee Bar go toward local non-profits and global missions.
Dollars Raised for Local and Global Mission Through Coffee Sales
Drinks Made in 2016
Contributed towards reduction of MHCSite Building Project debt.