ALL IN Is All in (Almost)
The pledge deadline has come and gone, and the ALL IN Campaign funds have been counted. How much did we finally receive? I have some good news, some more good news, and some really great news.
The good news is that Bethel’s generosity exceeded our dreams. We set a goal of $250,000 for the campaign and received over thirty thousand dollars in cash and pledges over that amount. When the campaign was done, we knew we would be able to pay off our mortgage, support the Bridge Church plant, have money to relocate our new pastor when he/she arrives, and have excess funds to invest in our church’s immediate neighbourhood.
The “more good news” is that we have received nearly all of that money now- -$285,372 to be exact—with 97.16% of pledges being collected. While we could wish for 100% of pledges to be paid, this is still an astounding amount and something to be celebrated.
The “great news” arises from what the money is actually doing. Bridge Church is off to a successful start. We are financially supporting the Bannerman Afterschool program, and we are making it possible for Bethel member Carley Clarke to run a Ladies Tea at the Clareview II housing units. (Made up mostly of new Canadians, this group learns English together and shares information that helps them better their lives. It advances Bethel’s mission of sharing the love and Good News of Jesus in the community).
Thank you, again, Bethel. I hope you feel a deep satisfaction in the work God has done through you to advance His Kingdom in our area.—Pastor Tom
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