During our pledge campaign, we challenged our members to Step-Up and increase giving so that our church could dream new God-sized dreams and reconnect with our community. I am pleased to report–You STEPPED UP! Our pledge total ($1,557,661) not only exceeded what was pledged in 2015, but actually represents the largest amount pledged since 2009. We received a total of 290 pledges. Allow us to share a few of the numbers worth celebrating:
19 family units pledge to Smoke Rise for the 1st TIME
39 family units committed to Move Toward a Tithe
59 family units are committed to give Above and Beyond a Tithe
201 family unites increased their pledge in 2016 (over 2015)
This great generosity comes at a time when so many of our members have also committed to support the Refresh campaign which makes the numbers all the more exciting. God is doing something special at Smoke Rise. We are preparing to write the next chapter in our church’s history as we anticipate celebrating our 50th Anniversary in 2019. The spiritual growth and connection to God that comes through supporting the church not only affects us on a personal level, the gifts given help us to fulfill our ministry plan and foster outreach to our community. We are beginning to take the first steps toward accomplishing the Dream Projects outlined in the 2016 Ministry Plan. We are looking to reconnect with children and youth in our community, to reach out to adults and seniors in the neighborhood, and to impact others through serving in our community. We have so many reasons to celebrate and so much good to anticipate in the coming year.
Though many have completed their pledge cards, some reading this article may realize that they have not yet submitted their Step Up pledge card. Cards are still available in the church office and can be submitted via mail or placed in the offering plate. You are welcome to join this wonderful effort and make our campaign an even greater success with your support.