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Faith Beyond Walls: Lent, Sacrifice and the Capital Campaign

March 20, 2019
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As we make our way through Lent, self-reflection, discipline and sacrifice is at the forefront. Below, our Faith Beyond Walls Capital Campaign chair Karen Kendall notes what she’s noticing about our church, our members and sacrifice during this season.

Lent is a time of reflection where we strengthen our connection to God through discipline and self-examination. For many, 40 days of “going without” or “going within” is all about understanding sacrifice and finding joy within that tension.

However, many of you made it clear in the first few weeks of the year you were willing to find a “joyful ouch” in sacrifice for the future of this church. As of March 15, we have $9,246,000 pledged to the 2019 Capital Campaign, which is an amazing figure to raise in such a short time.

What has given me great hope is the movement within the campaign since the vote at the Called General Conference took place. Many of us have struggled with our own emotions related to the vote – any major decision made at the highest levels of our denomination naturally causes us to step back and examine who we are and what we believe. As we’ve gone through that process as individuals and as a collective, I’ve witnessed our members look at Methodism and our Church through a new lens and feel with a new heart what it means to be a follower of Christ. More than ever, people want to see our Church rise up and be a beacon of light in this world – and they want to be a part of that effort to enact a Faith Beyond Walls.

So, it’s not surprising that with this renewed enthusiasm for and commitment to FirstChurch, our faith is showing up in the form of new pledges to the Faith Beyond Walls Campaign. As Dr. Stoker told us March 4, we’re doing this capital campaign for future generations, so they might be prepared to share God’s love in the 21st century. I’m proud to be a part of a church that is boldly moving forward – no matter what is going on outside our walls – and am energized to see our members rally around this project with a fresh zeal. During this time of Lent, we are all imagining sacrifice in a new way.

In the coming weeks, you’ll hear more details on how the construction phase of this campaign will begin to take shape. We’re grateful for pledges that have already been paid, or will be paid in the coming months, as it will help us finance the construction work in real time. For those of you who have not pledged, it’s not too late. We are 88% to our goal of $10.5 Million. We need support of all amounts to help us see this renovation through, and I encourage you to find the joy in sacrifice. Learn more at our 2019 Capital Campaign website.

I’m so grateful to be walking alongside you on this journey and am eager to see what progress 2019 brings!

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