Good morning! I’m representing the Stewardship team to announce the kick off of our fall campaign to fund the 2022 operations budget. This is not to be confused with the capital campaign, which occurs every three years. What we pledge now for 2022 will support the day to day operations of the church. Contributions fund ministries such as Christian Education, youth programs, our choir, and local not for profit organizations such as DOVE, the Oasis Day Center, and the Good Samaritan Inn. We also pay the salaries of our ministers and staff along with recurring bills such as insurance and utilities.
The theme of our campaign is ALL GOOD GIFTS. God blesses all of us, and everything we have is a gift from God. Many of you are faithful givers. What motivates you to share what you have with the church? Maybe it’s our talented ministers and directors who each week offer thought provoking sermons, imaginative children’s moments, or beautiful music. Or the opportunity to gather and worship in this wonderful, well maintained building with enough space to host any event. Or knowing your gifts are shared with various organizations who help provide the least of us with food and shelter.
My husband Brian and I give because we believe this church truly lives out God’s message to love each other. We know our donations fund many things - local organizations, the start up of new Disciple churches, bereavement meals – the list goes on and on. Each gift we give blesses someone else in some way. What better way is there to live out our faith?
Here’s what to expect during the campaign – this week you’ll receive a letter and an estimate of giving card in the mail. If you don’t receive a letter and want a paper card, please contact the church office, and we will get one to you. We ask you prayerfully consider your gift, complete the card, and return it in the envelope provided. You can also submit your pledge online by going to www.cccdisciples.org and clicking on Stewardship Pledge 2022.
Over the next two Sundays, we’ll hear from special speakers who will share their giving stories. Our campaign will conclude on October 24th with refreshments after each service.
One of my favorite bible verses is Matthew 6:21 – For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. As you reflect on where your treasure is, I invite you to place this week’s offering in the brass bowl outside the sanctuary or give online via the church’s website or by texting GIVE to 217-212-2173.
On behalf of the Stewardship team, thank you all for your generous support of this church we love. -Kim Maple