“Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)
This week I want to follow-up on my last article with some good news and a challenge for all of us. The year-end statements on our Building Fund mentioned that money from this fund had been used to pay off a loan to the United Methodist Foundation. However, it was not entirely clear what this loan was for. The loan we had was for the construction of our Family Life Center. In 2012 we were able to pay off this loan completely. What that really means is that the building is paid for! That is very good news. We still owe on the land, but the Family Life Center is ours. I wanted to be sure that everyone understood that building funds were only being used for the purposes for which they were intended. This includes an annual commitment to use up to $30,000 from the Building Fund to pay toward our apportionment obligation; this was voted on at the beginning of this project. That brings me to the next portion of this article – a challenge for us all.
Your Stewardship Ministry Team has devised a new initiative called: “A $1 a Day Makes a Difference.” This new campaign is designed to provide funds to pay 100% of our apportionment obligation without using Building Fund money or money from our General Fund Budget. I believe this is a wonderful goal and I applaud the Stewardship Team for making this a priority in 2013. The unfortunate reality is that the last time this church paid 100% of its apportionment obligation was 2005.
Our apportionments offer us the opportunity to participate in world-wide missions that we could never afford on our own. As part of the larger United Methodist Connection, these funds are accumulated and used to do amazing work in the name of Jesus Christ.
The “$1 a Day” initiative works like this: if everyone would set aside one dollar a day for this cause, we would raise more than enough money in a year to pay our apportionments. All you need to do is forego one cup of coffee each day, or one donut, or one candy bar, or one Redbox rental…whatever you can think of that you don’t really need as badly as you think you do. Bring this money to church on Sunday and offer it during the “$1 a Day Collection.” For those who may have more resources available, you might consider adding more than $1 a day to supplement for someone in our church who cannot afford to give the extra $1.
The key to this being successful is that you cannot take this money away from your regular giving. This must be over and above whatever you are giving to the General Fund or the Building Fund now. If this money is not “extra” then our goal cannot be accomplished. The great thing is that, when we accomplish our goal, we will not only pay our apportionments for the first time in eight years, but we will also free-up funds for our building campaign and the mission and ministry of our local church. For just $1 each day, you can help us accomplish great things in the name of Jesus Christ and be part of the growth of our church. I cannot think of a better way to spend a few bucks. Thank you for your support and your generosity.
Grace and peace,