November Stewardship Letter
Beloved in Christ,
Grace and peace to you in Jesus Christ; God is with us in him.
Over the past month I have written to you informing you of our finances at Apostles and continued opportunities for your year-end giving, in your regular tithing and our Destined For Joy campaign, and thanks be to God, you are responding generously. I am happy to report that as of today, we, the faithful people of God, have given $2,683,549.92 in total toward our Destined For Joy campaign and, as part of that, $286,215.15 just in the past twelve months as Phase Two of this campaign. Thankfully, as part of these totals, we have raised $27,263 of the $25,000 we needed for the matching Kitchen grant, and are just a few dollars short of paying for the new chairs for our beautiful new sanctuary. Thanks be to God for His provision, and thank you for responding so generously!
If you have not made a pledge or gift, your offerings to this campaign are most welcome as they will be funding a “city on a hill” from which the light and joy of Jesus Christ will shine. After the success of Phase One of our Destined For Joy Campaign, we believe God is calling us to raise $600,000 by the end of 2020 to bring all of this to fruition. With the great start we’re experiencing this year (we’re nearly half way there!), I am confident we will get there and grateful for you who are joining in. As you prayerfully contemplate your year-end giving, please consider blessing Apostles with your generosity.
Most importantly, please join the Vestry, Staff and Beth and me in continuing to pray. While our financial need is real; it will continue to take the Hand of God to propel us forward. I know, as Paul tells us: “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” - (1Thes 5:24)
Let us take joy in knowing we serve our Lord who is faithful in all things. Let us remain rooted in Him, connected to Jesus as the branches of His vine, empowered forward by his Holy Spirit. In this upcoming season of gratitude, as we experience the joy and peace of Emanuel, God’s greatest gift to each of us, I pray that “the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, that your whole spirit and soul and body will be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – (1 Thes. 5:23) And that you would take joy in knowing our heavenly Father finds you blameless by what our Savior Jesus has done for us. May all we do give him honor and glory, and be a blessing to the people he loves.
Let me hear from you if you have any questions; God be with you.
Your brother in Christ,