At this year’s annual congregation meeting, Christ the King approved a limited number of Special Offerings during the course of 2017. These gifts are understood to be over and above the regular offerings that members contribute in support of the ongoing ministries of CtK. Another way of describing these additional donations, based on the passage from Matthew, is “Extra Mile Giving.”
After our pledges were received, we began to realize that our projected offerings for 2017 would not fully cover the funding of these ministries. In January, the Finance Committee and Council recommended the addition of four special offerings highlighted at different times during the year:
- SUNNY Lunches: March
- Tanzania Scholarships: April
- Local Mission Partners: November
- Alternative Christmas Gifts: December
The first of these special offerings will be collected during the month of March, in order to support SUNNY Lunches, CtK’s summer community meal program. While offerings can be made anytime during the month, there will be a special focus on Sunday, March 19. For several past summers, SUNNY (Serving Up Nutrition Now for Youth) has provided over 5,000 bag lunches to school-aged neighbors and their families. Contributions collected in March will ensure that this program will be able to provide nutritious lunches again while school is out this summer.
The remaining three appeals will be for Tanzania Scholarships during the month of April (and especially on Global Mission Sunday on April 30); Local Mission Partners in November (LMP Sunday is Nov. 19); and Alternative Christmas Gifts during the month of December. We’ll be sure to highlight more about these ministries as these “Extra Mile” opportunities get closer.