Dear Church Family,
This week during staff chapel, our financial analyst Teresa Stroup shared a powerful story about God’s provision. Once a month, she and Kendra Trautman, our financial director, talk about how the month is shaping up in terms of giving. Most months, Teresa is able to say, “We’re doing good,” or “We’re right on target.”
But a few months back, Teresa and Kendra were having this conversation, and Teresa stated that giving was slow, and the church was going to be about $10,000 short for the month. That’s a big shortfall even for a church our size!
But that very same day when she went to her mailbox to collect incoming checks, Teresa found an unexpected check from a church member for $10,000; the exact amount Teresa had projected we’d be short!
It would be easy to chalk that up to coincidence. But then it happened again a few months later as we faced a shortfall of $20,000!
I tell you this because it’s a powerful reminder that no matter what we are facing, whether it’s a financial, physical, spiritual or emotional deficit, our God is the Lord of all and He has the power to meet all our needs, even when we can’t see how it’s possible in the natural.
As a church, we stepped out in faith last fall when we abandoned a traditional stewardship campaign in lieu of the “Above & Beyond” capital campaign. You responded with great generosity and for that we are so thankful.
The leadership of the church was trusting you would continue giving at your current levels to our operating fund in addition to any gifts you would commit to our building renovation. As our leadership team prepares to finalize the 2016 budget, we are asking that you fill out a pledge card for the operating fund and bring it to worship on Feb. 7th. If you have not received a commitment card with your quarterly giving statement, there will be some at the welcome desks at the church this weekend. You can also fill out your pledge card online. It is through these gifts that we are able to operate all of the ministries and missions that make Custer Road so impactful in our community, so your continued generosity is greatly appreciated.
If you are up at the church this week, you may see some trees are being moved at the north end of the Sanctuary. That is because we are beginning the work on our Columbarium. They will officially break ground next week and construction is tentatively scheduled for completion in mid-May. If you are interested in learning more about the Columbarium or in purchasing a niche for yourself or a loved one, you can contact John Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you’ll be with us this Sunday as we continue our series “Christianity and the Religions of the World.” This week, we’ll be looking closely at Judaism, the faith of our Savior Jesus Christ.
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