Dear VRBC Family,
I am very excited to share with you information about our MORE BLESSED Special Offering that begins now and continues through January 14, 2018. Last year, God moved mightily through this above-and-beyond offering, and this year we are trusting Him to use it again to expand His Kingdom to our neighbors and the nations.
With this offering, we have an incredible opportunity to live out our Savior’s encouragement given to us in Acts 20:35: “You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Jesus is reminding us that we experience more joy when we live hilariously generously. And the great thing about living in this way is that we bring that same joy to others who are in need so that God can transform their lives.
Stated simply, the MORE BLESSED Special Offering is an all-church call and challenge to live and give generously so that we can extend Christ’s love and care to more diverse and disconnected people in 2018 in a way that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Specifically, this once-a-year, over-and-above offering gives us the opportunity to fund four special ministry and mission initiatives:
- Expand God’s Kingdom by planting new churches and extending the reach of our missionaries and missions partners
- Empower the Poor by caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of underserved people locally and globally
- Equip Our People by mobilizing VRBC attenders to engage in our mission through catalytic training events and growth opportunities
- Extend Hilarious Hospitality by building bridges to the community through investing in outreach events and enhancing our facility
Our Lord has given us so much, and we believe that we have been blessed to be a blessing. The MORE BLESSED Special Offering will allow us to reach more around the world, offer more help and healing to the hurting around us, and invite more diverse and disconnected people to passionately follow Jesus together with us.
So, I hope you will carefully read the enclosed documents to learn about this exciting opportunity for us to give sacrificially. Will you begin praying now about what God would have you give, over and above your regular giving, to this Special Offering? Allow God to stretch your faith and watch Him work!
I’m praying that we’d all be MORE BLESSED as we bless others more,
Larry Parsley, Senior Pastor
P.S. Below are documents that give you a brief overview of the Special Offering and answer many common questions. However, if you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Executive Pastor, Jordan Schumacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Business Administrator, Donna Blankenship, at email@example.com.