Better Together – An Update on our 2018 Annual Campaign
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“Together two can accomplish more than twice as much as one, for the results can be much better...” - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.
Together, the First Christian Church community of faith is doing remarkable ministry in our community and beyond.
The response to serve and give through our Better Together Annual Campaign has been wonderful so far, but we still need your help! To date, we have received 127 commitments to support our 2019 budget totaling $517,620. Our goal this year is to receive commitments totaling $850,000 to help fund a budget of $1,100,000. If you haven’t done so yet, you can pick up a commitment card from the church or use this online commitment form to let us know what you intend to give to support the work of the church in 2019.
We believe we are called to help nurture this generation of children so that they can show up at school hungry to learn in the morning and that they can go home on the weekend and holidays and not worry about their next meal. We believe we are called to nurture this generation of children by offering them the stories of Jesus, the ethical standards of Christ’s love, and the surprising truth that we are all created in the image of God—and therefore we are all God’s children.
We have also received 82 commitments to participate in our new partnership with Ida Freeman Elementary. First Christian volunteers are filling 57 backpacks each Friday; we have received a flood of non-perishable food items to stock the food pantry; and we have received a generous response to purchase books for each of their 490 students for Christmas. Thank you! We are still in the initial stages of connecting additional volunteers to a range of opportunities—a custom school scouting program, supporting teachers with classroom projects, hosting a meal for staff, and others we are still imagining. Please continue to pray and share encouraging words about Ida Freeman students and their wonderful teachers, staff, and administrators.
With your gifts we will continue to raise up the next generation – to lead the church and to lead society – by nurturing the gifts of students through intentional faith development. We’ll continue to reach out to the world to bring healing in broken places. And we’ll be able to offer a welcoming place to share life, support one another, and worship together.
First Christian, we need YOUR participation and commitment, because well, you are First Christian. Together we can do more.
Posted on Thu, November 1, 2018
by Jennifer Humphrey