Dear Family and Friends,
It is a great joy to participate in Central Baptist Church’s 180th Anniversary. It’s a miracle our church has survived this many years. Churches in the United States have half the number of members they did 100 years ago, while 4,000 churches close their doors every single year. Eighty percent of new churches started this year will not be around in five years. So, being here to celebrate the 180th anniversary of our church is a Miracle of God – a miracle I hope will continue for another 180 Years or until Jesus Christ returns in Glory.
To honor the 180th Anniversary, the leaders of our church are planning for another miracle: “Miracle Sunday” on the last Sunday in August (August 30). Miracle Sunday is a separate, sacrificial offering over and above regular weekly giving for a very special project. Our project is central to our hearts: the critical work and mission God is doing through this congregation! The purpose of our Miracle Sunday is to change our church’s DNA. Our history books state: “when the Baptists (in Quincy) are not fighting, they’re trying to pay their bills.” I’m happy to report: we’re not fighting, so, it is time to pay our bills.
Central Baptist Church is several thousand dollars behind our everyday expenses for the congregation’s annual operating budget and missions giving. As you can see in the weekly worship bulletin, by the end of July, we will be behind approximately $61,000.00. Therefore, the Ministry of Trustees and the Church Council are praying our membership will join God as we experience a new miracle: “the largest single offering in the history of our church!” On Miracle Sunday, we would like to raise $180,000.00 for the 180th Anniversary of the Church. However, we know there are no limits to God’s miracles, so we could go well beyond our goal.
All of the cash gifts we hope to raise on Miracle Sunday will support the on-going ministry of your church, to retire a small debt of $25,000.00 we have been carrying for the past eight years, to replenish our designated reserve, to pay our mission allocation for this past year, and to develop an emergency fund to help us stay ahead of future expenses. We will not use any of the funds raised on Miracle Sunday to remodel the women’s restroom, to redecorate the chapel, to purchase new vehicles, or to replace our aging air conditioners – important projects we hope to address at a later time.
To make this miracle happen – I will need every member to participate in several important ways :
- First, pray for the success of this Miracle Sunday. As Christians, we know that wonderful things happen when we join God in his work for the world, and when we boldly ask for his blessings. Ask God to bless Central Baptist Church on Miracle Sunday and for years to come.
- Second, plan to attend an information meeting on Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The Church leaders will explain our current cash crunch, the allocation of assets, the revolving debt, our late mission allocation, and our need to correct the systemic problem that has gotten us into debt. This information meeting will be open to any individual or family who would like to attend.
- Third, come to worship on Miracle Sunday, August 30, when we pray you will experience a miracle of God: “the largest single offering in the history of our church”!
“A Miracle is coming…Don't Let the Miracle Pass You By"
I am happy to answer any questions you might have about Miracle Sunday.
Mr. Jim Fox
P.S. Pray for the success of Miracle Sunday on the last Sunday in August (August 30).