Annually, the Elder Board outlines specific projects for our Christmas Offering as recommended by our Missions Team. Each December, we want to give our church the opportunity for greater impact by going above and beyond our regular giving patterns. This year, our goal is $375,000.

Locally, we hope to raise $125,000 to fund these projects:

  • $50,000 to the Numa Church Plant in Kansas City;
  • $50,000 to the Journey Bible Church West Campus, which will start worship services at Prairie Center Elementary in January, and;
  • $25,000 to the Kindness Kitchen.

Globally, we hope to raise $125,000 to fund these projects: 

  • $50,000 to help launch Zeelo, a missionary care ministry started by one of our elders, Ray Zuercher;
  • $50,000 for our Ethiopian Ministry Partners in Turmi and Key Afer to help with sustainable farming and build pastor training dormitories, and;
  • $25,000 to finish the Old Testament translation of the Bible in Wounmeo, the language of the Wounaan Indians in Panama.

The remaining contributions, up to $125,000, will go to shore up our general fund deficit this year. Our giving for the year-to-date is 20% below budget and below last year’s giving at this time. We are not in a panic, but we realize that keeping our home base strong allows us to continue reaching the lost and making disciples here and around the world.

We are an open-handed church. We want to be a people who graciously give back to God what God has so graciously given us. Please spend the next few weeks in prayer as to how the Lord might have you contribute. We will collect the Christmas Offering at a special time during worship services on Sunday, December 19, or you may give any time before the end of the year.