"The Lord says...""Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. Exodus 25:2,8 KJVAnd all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and they brought the LORD'S offering to the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments. Exodus 35:20,21 KJV
All those who are involved in the campaign are excited! Because this is about more than the projects cited in the Plan, because it is about building upon our legacy, building our church and building our community and getting everyone excited about our church, First AME, Manassas. We want to be good stewards of our temporal goods and continue to plan for future needs and to offer Christian hospitality and welcome all who come.
Continue to pray for God to bless our church, so we may bless others and for guidance in how God is calling you to support this effort. Make a commitment to attend each week of worship as well as Bible Study and Sunday School.
We are asking everyone to sacrificially give in two ways: (1) make an initial gift of $200 by December 31, 2016 and (2) continue to give your offerings beyond your tithes. Let's express our gratitude to God by challenging ourselves to give beyond our comfort zones.
BACKGROUND: To support our long-term capital requirements (described in our Capital Improvement Plan), we implemented an annual sacrificial gift program made by our members to be dedicated to the capital improvement fund. This is a separate account for the sole purpose of funding capital projects. The gift is synchronized with our church anniversary each year, on the third Sunday of September. Individually each member is asked to contribute a sacrificial gift of $200 to be paid by the end of the year.