September Stewardship Letter

Beloved in Christ,

As you are receiving this, I am in the Colorado Rockies with my sons in the Arapahoe National Forest Wilderness. Despite our separation in miles, you are on my heart and in my prayers. I am very grateful for you, my Church family. You are loving, supportive and living into what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Paul’s words from his letter to the Philippians 1:3-6 comes to mind for me: 

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Together, we serve the Lord God who loves us in abundance, and who gives us everything we need for our life and salvation. We can do all things in him.

As I typically do in the fall, I am writing to you to introduce our Stewardship series which will begin in October, and also, appealing to you to help with some specific needs we have right now. 

In terms of our Stewardship Series, on October 13, 20 and 27, we’ll be exploring through God’s word why and how we are called to be good stewards of all that God blesses us with; it all comes from Him. In addition, the week before that begins, on October 6, we will gather for a Congregational Meeting to explain our transition into our new building facility which looks like it will happen in the month of November. For that to happen smoothly, there are some immediate needs we have which I’d like to outline here. My prayer is that you will prayerfully consider how you can participate in meeting those needs. Our most immediate needs are as follows:

  • Kitchen: Our builder is in the process of completing construction of our full kitchen which we would like to be able to utilize from day one in the building. In addition, we have carefully been able to outfit the kitchen through auction purchases at pennies on the dollar for appliances, prep tables, shelving, etc. And, by the grace of God, we’ve been awarded a $25,000 matching grant towards the kitchen. Yes, a matching grant, which on the terms of the donor needs $25,000 in matching funds before it can be paid out to us. To date, we’ve quietly raised just over just over $4,000 specifically for the kitchen. We need this grant to be able to finish up the kitchen. Every dollar donated specifically toward the kitchen will go to meet the match. I ask that you prayerfully consider a gift toward this. It’s a way to have your gift “doubled” with the match!

  • Sanctuary Chairs: We have a need for new, comfortable sanctuary chairs and have plans to purchase them but do not yet have funding in place. So, we are inviting you to “buy” chairs for yourself and your family, and, as God moves your heart, for new folks who will be coming to Apostles in the near future. The cushioned chairs we’ve picked out cost close to $40 each with shipping. Would you prayerfully consider participating by buying yourself a chair or two, perhaps one or more for a guest?

  • Prepping, Planting, Moving and cleaning help: As we get ready to move in, we’ll need to organize, move and do a final clean-up of the new space. We’ll also need to tidy-up the space we’re leaving at Pender Drive. Would you consider giving some of your time and talent to help the staff in this way? There also will be shrubs to plant so we’ll need some inside and outside help. Please contact the office and let us know how and when you can help, and we’ll publicize as the time gets near when and where your help can be applied.

My friends in Christ, know that I would not ask you to do anything I’m not willing to do myself. Beth and I have given generously to this project and are contributing with our time, talent, and treasure as well to do our part to see it all through. Will you partner with us? I am trusting in our Lord, the Great Provider, and have seen time and time again how He provides for his people, through His people. I pray you will experience His joy and peace as you respond to Him in obedience. If you’d like, I have resources for families and small groups to aid you in studying God’s word on stewardship that will be made available when I return the first week in October. In the meantime, I pray God’s blessings upon you, for His peace to be with you every day, and for His joy to fill your heart knowing you are loved dearly by Him.

Your brother in Christ Jesus,

Joe Acanfora+