jeremy allen


vintage21 support letter
September 28, 2006, 6:22 am
Filed under: vintage21

Dear Friends & Family,

Since the last time that I may have talked to you a lot of wonderful things have happened in my life. The first accomplishment was graduating from college. I have been blessed; unlike a lot of my friends who are still searching for “the job of their dreams”, I have been employed for three months in a position that allows me to both use my gifts and training as well as build the Kingdom of God.

As Technical Director, my responsibilities range from running our Sunday services to booking bands and opening our building to the public. We just had a major concert at our building about 3 weeks ago. A band called “Roman Candle” from Chapel Hill played for a college pig pickin’ that Vintage21 hosted to welcome new students back to college. Roman Candle is a huge band in the Triangle. They were recently signed to V2 Records, and Rolling Stone magazine called them “an explosive new band”! I spent the week of the concert working with people in the community and church to advertise for the concert, as well as run sound and lights for the event. In the end, we had around 200 people in attendance, and the manager of the NCSU radio station, WKNC 88.1, raved that the event was “one of the best I’ve ever been to in Raleigh!” When she stopped by for an interview about the concert, she was blown away that a CHURCH would be having an event like this. Nick, one of the members of the band, also remarked that “it’s amazing that you would reach out to the community in this way”. Roman Candle played our show for free, and a lot of the funds for the pig were donated, which allowed us to be able to give people a night of good food and great music at no cost to them. Many walls were broken down that night, and I’m so thankful to have been able to show God’s love in this way to a community of people that are broken and skeptical of churches.

I really believe that God has placed Vintage21 in an amazingly strategic spot in the Triangle. With NCSU across the street and hundreds of new families coming to the Triangle every year, we are amazed and honored at how God has blessed our little church. Since I have been attending Vintage21, I have transitioned with the church from one packed service to 3 services. Our attendance has doubled in the last year, now averaging 440 on a Sunday. I don’t tell you this to brag of our efforts, as it’s only been by God’s grace; I tell you this because we need your prayer and support as many new people are hearing the good news of Jesus Christ for the first time. Our building is nowhere near adequate to reach every person in the Triangle that does not know God, but that is our call as part of the body of Christ. With so many young people in college or fresh out, our funding is not enough, even as we teach followers of Christ the value and call to tithe. We are desperately working on grant writing and fundraising so that we can pay our staff, have the resources it takes to run the daily workings of the church, reach out to people in the Triangle enabling us to show our love for them, provide for those in need, help plant new churches and, most importantly, to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. Thank you for your support, prayers, and encouragement in this!

Sincerely,

Jeremy S. Allen
Technical Director

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