For many years, the special appeal at the annual auction has allowed the congregation to fund something that – although not funded in the regular budget – would make a real difference in congregational experience. The special appeal has funded the benches on the patio, the lightweight tables in the social hall, the screens in the foyer and RE building, and the initial set up of the projector and screen in the sanctuary – and much more. This has all been incredible, but a few years ago we had the idea that we should do something even more “special” with the special appeal. We should share it.
It was the year we’d started sharing the plate with a community partner, and we knew how powerful it could be to be able to do something big and generous for one of our partners in Fort Collins – so that we wouldn’t just be keeping the money to grow the blessings in our community, but we’d be passing it on – which felt like living our values. And so we tried it out, and the results were incredible. Suddenly instead of raising $3,000 or $4,000 in the special appeal, we started raising $7,000, and then $9,000, and then….last year was the most amazing thing when we raised over $18,000. You can read about all the worship improvements that these funds enabled in this blog post from Chris Reed.
But maybe even more importantly, nearly $9,000 of this money went to our partners at Faith Family Hospitality to support the building of a patio and playground for children at their new transitional housing unit – a house that FFH leases from the city as a temporary home for up to seven families working towards self-sufficiency. This home is currently under renovation, and over $300,000 must be raised to complete this project. Which is why for this year’s Special Appeal, we’re going to keep supporting FFH and this important work!
This year we hope to raise $10,000 for FFH to replace dilapidated kitchen cabinets in the transitional home, known as Sherwood House. There are three communal kitchens in this old home, and all need new cabinets. And in turn, we’re planning to use the money we raise for Foothills to do a complete overhaul of our Foothills’ website – which as you may have noticed, very much needs it!
A few years ago we might have thought that this goal number was far out of our reach – but this congregation has shown us again and again that this is not the case. The generosity of this community has been incredibly inspiring, and ensures that we are in so many ways living up to our mission of truly unleashing courageous love both within and beyond our congregation.
Thank you for being a part of this important and extra-special effort, and hope to see you at the auction on November 11th! Get your tickets here.