Year-End Giving Appeal - Part 1

Beloved in Christ,

I need your help!

I hope you would agree that Apostles is an amazing congregation. I have sensed the strength of God upon us for the past 5 years I’ve been here. It has been beyond any expectation. Even during this time of transition…as we pray for the Lord to bring us to a new home as we re-plant ourselves in this new community, I sense His presence and guiding light propelling us forward.

We have so much to be thankful for.  This especially comes to mind at Thanksgiving time. I am so thankful to God for all of you.  You are more than just my “church family”, you are my extended family I love deeply, and have come to appreciate for your personal commitment to Christ and to one another as His body, the Church.  Your example of perseverance, forbearance, and faith fortifies me daily.  And, your compassion for one another and the wider community inspires me and gives me so much hope.  I am deeply grateful for you and sense the gratitude you have for one-another.

I know the past year has not been easy with the transition we made to Willow Springs School and the turnover of some of our leadership. Despite the changes, don’t you feel that the worship and praise from week to week has been truly inspirational?  I am so blessed each Sunday as we come together as the Body of Christ to praise God, hear His Holy Word and be nurtured in His blessed sacrament.  We are experiencing true Three Streams, One River worship of God in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit!

But I need your help.

We have a significant year-end financial challenge. As of a few days ago, we needed to receive just over $80,000 by the end of the year to pay all expenses and end the year in the black. Apostles needs to be a strong church for the season ahead. We have lots to do in our community and among our membership; especially the children and students. Our focus and our mission remians unchanged: we are making disciples and teaching them to obey the commands of Christ.

But I need your help to keep this ministry moving from strength to strength.

So first, will you pray?  Seriously!  Let’s start there…with prayer. The financial need is great; it will take a spiritual move of God to touch people’s hearts.  The world is cynical about many things. The culture is confused about many things.  But I am praying that the Lord will strengthen this church to be a clear light and strong beacon for the days ahead.

I have written and spoken about this financial need for the last few weeks…but only God can touch people’s heart.  So pray…

Secondly, will you join with other leaders in our church and take this on personally? I do not mind asking our members to give generously. I never have. I have always seen God pour out blessings as people give. I do not mind asking you to do the same. Beth and I will look at our giving over the entire year…and we will give more this month as we meet this need together. Will you join us?  Some of you receiving this letter have moved on, are out of the area, or worshipping elsewhere.  I ask you as well to prayerfully consider being part of what God is doing by contributing to our year-end needs.

Finally, I have deep and sincere thanks to you for your commitment and loyalty to your parish church.  I echo the words of Paul to the Philippians: I thank God in all my remembrance of you. (Phil 1:3)

Let me hear from you if you have any questions…but I do hope you will respond to this important appeal.

With love in Christ,
Joseph Acanfora