St. Philip's Anniversary Offering Appeal Case (Part 2 of 9)
- Author: Stewardship Committee
- Updated: 08/22/2006
- Copyright: St. Philip's Lutheran Church
Facing a significant shortfall in contributions, leaders at St. Philip's Lutheran Church decided to combine a 45th anniversary celebration with a special giving campaign. The result was an outpouring of donations and a revitalized congregation.
Following is the letter church leaders used to communicate the need to members.
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St. Philip's Miracle Anniversary Celebration: Celebrating a Heritage of Faith, Courage and Hope
Anniversary offering appeal
$45,000 plus: Thanks to God
for a 45-year heritage of faith, courage and hope
On Sunday, May 18, in coordination with the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the congregation, there will be a special fund appeal for the express purpose of paying off some of the accumulated deficit and restoring vital funds for children, youth and benevolence ministries.
For 45 years, St. Philip's Lutheran Church has been an instrument God uses to bring faith, courage and hope to thousands of people. St. Philip's is grounded in a strong heritage from the past. St. Philip's has courage for the present and confidence that Christ is leading it into the future.
Opportunities to Make a Difference by Meeting These Needs
Needs to be met:
Project: Mission trips
Recipients: Youth who can't afford entire trip on their own.
Benefit: Service to others opens youth to God's presence and changes lives.
Project: Camp scholarships
Recipients: Camping experience for 10 kids who couldn't go otherwise.
Benefit: A Christian camp provides an atmosphere that connects kids with Christ.
Project: Sports league
Recipients: Entry fees for youth participation on softball and basketball leagues.
Benefit: Sports teams provide opportunity for connections and teamwork.
Project: Volunteer training and appreciation
Recipients: Volunteers are integral to do ministry with youth.
Benefit: Gain insight, develop skills and receive thanks.
Project: Wellspring: Staff, marketing, resources, training, gift certificates for band members and volunteer driving ministry.
Recipients: Outreach to young adults, many without a church home and uncomfortable with traditional church.
Benefit: Participants enter a community where they can experience God through worship, fellowship and service.
Project: Curriculum: Books, materials, resources
Recipients: K-12 youth
Benefit: Nurture, growing faith and hope.
Project: Luther Seminary scholarship
Recipients: Members of St. Philip
Benefit: Help defray expenses for seminary education.
Project: Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota
Recipients: Homeless youth ages 0-17
Benefit: On an average day in Minnesota, 3000+ youth are in shelters; 8,000+ are temporarily staying with friends and relatives; an unknown number are staying in cars, under bridges and in abandoned buildings.
Project: Global Mission project
Project: Reduce accumulated deficits
Recipients: St. Philip's congregation
Benefits: Reduce interest payments, restore line of credit and assure ability to make payroll.
Project: Staff Hang-Out
Recipients: Youth after-school program for kids with no place else to go.
Benefits: Provides safe experience and more constructive use of time in a church building with church people.
The goal is to receive at least $45,000 to meet these needs.
What will it take?
1 gift of $45,000 = $45,000
10 gifts of $4,500 = $45,000
100 gifts of $450 = $45,000
10,000 gifts of $45 = $45,000
100,000 gifts of $.45 = $45,000
What shall I/we give as a grateful and gracious offering?
$.45 All have the ability to throw in four dimes and a nickel!
$4.50 Everyone can donate the equivalent of a McDonald's meal!
$450 Most could give this amount!
$4,500 Some may well contribute this total!
$45,000 Will someone bestow that much?
One couple in the congregation has already given an extra $45,000. They weren't even asked! They saw the need and they gave it. This gift was included in the budget passed by the congregation. It allowed for the restoration of some portions, including staff, which would have otherwise been eliminated.
What faith! What courage! What hope bestowed! A miracle has already happened! God is gracious.
Now the question is, by how much will the total gifts of the people of St. Philip's equal or surpass this generous gift?
On Sunday, May 18, gifts will be received. Remember the heritage of faith you have received. Take a month to pray about what God wants you to give. Bring or mail your gift on or before May 18.