Did you know it’s nearly November? Just a few weeks ago, back in September, we were all given a special opportunity to give above and beyond our normal commitments for a Great Day of Giving. As a result of your faithful response, we were able to raise over $20,000 in one weekend! This is truly great news and a testimony to the generosity and faithfulness of this great church!
The Great Day of Giving allowed us to gain some much-needed breathing room as we came into the Fall months, rich with many opportunities to grow in our faith and reach our community. However, while this offering was a tremendous blessing, we still have some work to do in order to reach our budget goal for the year.
As of the date of this writing, we are seeking to raise an additional $200,000 by the end of December in order to close out our budget year. While I know this number may seem daunting, I believe that it is well within our reach.
Our future is incredibly bright, and our vision is strong. Even as we head into Christmas, we are laying the groundwork for a landmark year in 2020 (more on that soon). Until then, I want to celebrate some truly amazing things that are currently happening across all of our ministries.
This past Sunday, we concluded our “Coats for Kids” drive. Your generous donations supplied coats to well over 100 children, with the gift of 70 coats and more than $300 in monetary donations.
This Fall, four new groups were started, including two women’s Bible studies, a marriage enrichment class and a personal finance class; meaning more than 40 new people are engaging in life-changing community, Bible study and spiritual growth.
Our children’s ministry continues to give the gift of hope to an ever-growing number of young people who come each week to learn of God’s love for them.
Our worship services continue to stir the soul with passionate music and relevant messages that cultivate hope and life change.
We continue to give to the hurting among us. Your giving helps fund our ministry to feed hungry children through Backpack Coalition, provides resources for disaster relief efforts and provides support for our missionaries to Hanoi, Steve and Suzanne Buchele.
In addition, I encounter people weekly who stop simply to say “thank you” for the ways our church provides hope in the midst of life’s uncertainty. The quilts we bless on Sunday; the community that happens in our small groups; the experience of God’s presence at worship; all of these means of grace result in real people making real connection with the God of Hope.
Our mission matters. And so do you. Thank you for your continued generosity as we continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our world.