It’s a tradition at Sunridge that every December we have a special Christmas offering to raise financial support that goes above and beyond our regular giving. This year, in keeping with the Christmas series All is Bright, we created opportunities to shine the light of Christ by raising additional support for local and global outreach as well as funding our Renovate initiatives. Your generosity and support was so positive and overwhelming that we wanted to take a moment to say thank you and share with you some of the results.
During the 2016 Christmas season we wanted a visual of our progress and asked those who could participate to grab a donation tag and votive candle and that would represent your donation to one of our three Outreach opportunities. Our desire was to fill the tree in the Worship Center with candles that represent gifts to MOPS, our supported Missionaries and to Team World Vision for the upcoming LA Marathon. Our target was to raise $800 for MOPS, $1,200 for our Missionaries and $3,500 for Team World Vision. In typical Sunridge fashion, we knocked it out of the park! We raised over $2,800 for MOPS and $3,200 for our Missionaries! Way to go Sunridge! As a practical example of what this means, MOPS will be able to open up additional spots for moms this semester because we are able to increase the necessary childcare and provide scholarships for moms where necessary.
As for our ongoing Renovate plans, we asked those who could to grab a donation tag and place a gift box under the tree. We wanted the floor under the tree to be filled with gift boxes. We had a goal of $75,000 that would allow us to renovate our tired hallway with a fresh look and improved flow and functionality. Our hallway is an important first impression many will have of our church and we want it to say that we were expecting you, we’re glad you’re here. Using the tags as our inventory of financial commitment to the hallway renovation we had a total of $14,475. The actual amount given was $31,623! It’s not the $75,000 we set as a target but that’s OK, we’re moving forward and are currently in the process of working with designers and obtaining design boards. We will continue to provide you with updates as things start to happen. If you’d like to give to Renovate via the Capital Improvement Fund, click here.
Thank you again Sunridge for cheerfully giving above and beyond to expand the Kingdom of God.