Updates: Christmas 2019
In gatherings the past few weeks, we’ve been talking about our 2019 Christmas giving objectives and how you can contribute to the ongoing work in our community, our city, and the world through giving toward the Christmas 2019 fund this Advent season.
So far, we’ve raised about $25,000 toward our $95,000 goal! Here’s how we hope to use Christmas 2019 funds specifically toward our objectives for our community and space:
Purchase and install a lift to make our second floor spaces, like our expanded kids’ ministry space pictured above, accessible for everyone. These spaces serve kids’ ministry, volunteers, student tables, meetings, special events, and expanded seating capacity for our gatherings.
Repair and add furnishings to make our space in Building 112 more functional and hospitable.
- Supplement our general fund. We grew as a community in 2019, but our overall giving didn’t grow, which meant stretching resources to meet more needs. This supplement will help us cover expenses associated with our growth (like the kids’ ministry space we added this year and more coffee for gatherings) and other increasing needs (like rising healthcare costs for staff).
Any funds designated to “Christmas 2019” in gatherings or online will be focused on the objectives above, as well as efforts toward expanding restorative justice circles in the South Bend Community Schools (detailed in our last e-newsletter) and global efforts (more info coming next)! We’ll also commit anything given during our Christmas Eve gatherings toward these goals.
Please consider giving toward our Christmas 2019 fund in addition to any giving toward our general fund. If you currently give regularly to our general fund, please continue to do so. Our Christmas offering is designed for giving that goes beyond our regular support. In order to give, head to southbendcitychurch.com/give and select Christmas 2019.