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Rejoice at the generosity of our fellow churches! At the women’s retreat last weekend, we told of our financial need and our impending deadline. Our hearts have been encouraged as we’ve received $500 and $1000 checks from sister churches in small towns all around South Carolina, like Winnsboro and Blair. Today, we received $3,000 in cash as part of a $10,000 pledge from a wonderful former St. Andrew’s member.
We need to raise $580,000 more over the next two weeks, so please pray fervently for the Lord to provide–as each one of us does his part. Please ask friends and family to partner with us in keeping this 173-year-old church a church. (It is always good to ask folks to prayerfully consider a specific amount, like $1000, or whatever you feel is appropriate.)
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED: Please send your pledged contribution (or as much of it as possible, if it is pledged over three years), so we will have the cash necessary to close on the church property 15 days from now.
Pray this week that:
- Other churches and the potential major donors we are reaching out to will respond positively and give generously
Pastor Craig’s new October sermon series that focuses on faithfully expecting big things from God continued this past Sunday. We encourage you to listen to the sermon online, especially if you missed it. Also, read Craig’s personal letter to the congregation describing the sermon series.
Pastor Craig’s new October sermon series that focuses on faithfully expecting big things from God began this past Sunday. We encourage you to listen to the sermon online, especially if you missed it. Also, read Craig’s personal letter to the congregation describing the sermon series.
We need your fervent prayers as we begin meeting with folks outside our congregation this week. The time is growing very short, and we need around $700,000 more in cash to close on October 31.
Pray this week that:
- Doors will keep opening for us and that folks will be moved to partner with us to save this historic church.
- God will send the right folks our way and that he touches their hearts and makes them want to contribute in significant ways to the purchase of our church buildings.
- More good publicity will call attention to the potential loss of a wonderful downtown church building, so the public will stay engaged and make generous donations to help us.
- Committee members will have insight for creative solutions, so we can purchase these buildings and keep them as a church for another 173 years or so.
A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who made the Mayor’s Reception such a fabulous success! The music from the mass choir rocked the church house, and many folks attended–from downtown residents to former St. Andrew’s Lutheran members. The weather was perfect for our outdoor event, and we enjoyed lots of news coverage from multiple outlets. So thank you for your prayers about the reception!
Pray this week that the:
- Fundraising committee will speak boldly when asking people and businesses in the community to partner with us to save the church
- People in the community will be led to partner with us
Benefit Party: Glazed gourmet doughnuts celebrates its first anniversary this Friday, October 5 at 7 pm, and they’re taking donations to benefit Redeemer’s building fund! Celebrate with them and enjoy “breakfast for dinner” at their establishment at 481 King St. Check out their flyer for more info about the party.
We’re more than halfway to our goal!
For information about our journey to buy our church buildings, read our case statement. Please share with your friends and family who’d like to help us purchase these historic church buildings.
The building committee members were delighted with the large crowd of Redeemer members who attended the congregational meeting this past Sunday for the presentation of the fundraising and business plan to purchase the church buildings. Securing the low-interest loan, doing the research for, and putting together the sustainable business plan were only half the work that needs to be done. With just five weeks left, miraculous work is needed for people outside of our congregation to consider partnering with us to save this church.
The Mayor’s Reception is this Thursday evening, September 27. Please pray that everything will go wonderfully–from the music and the speeches, to the inclination of the hearts of those in attendance to consider significant donations to help us keep these buildings a church. If you are coming to the event, please RSVP to Beth Plante.
As we seek meeting with potential donors this week and next, pleasepray that
- these folks would meet with us and make significant donations
- we would do a good job of presenting the issue and opportunity to partner with us to preserve this church
Now that the internal fundraising is transitioning to a more public campaign, we need to get the word out far and wide! This video has been produced to tell our story and we need your help sharing it.
Please do a few simple things TODAY:
- View the video and add a comment on YouTube saying what you love about Redeemer or why you supported this campaign.
- Share the video link by email and on your social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and actively invite others to watch and contribute to the Holy City Fund or on our website before October 31. Only 45 days left!
- Pray that your message reaches willing hearts!
Mark your calendar:
This Sunday, September 23, the building committee will provide an informational update for the Redeemer congregation on our fundraising status and discuss a church business plan to generate additional income to help purchase the buildings. Please plan to attend this important meeting following Sunday’s service.
Next Thursday, September 27, the congregation is invited to attend the Mayor’s Reception and Musical Performance from 6:30-8:00 pm to demonstrate our commitment and involvement to the community members in attendance. Redeemer members will wear stickers that identify us, so we can engage our guests in the “Save the Church” campaign. If you’re interested in attending, you must RSVP to Beth Plante at 843-270-7542 by THIS Thursday, September 20. We want to be sure to have enough food and space for all guests. Semi-formal attire is preferred (jackets for men, nice dress for ladies). As there will be wine served, we ask that no children under 18 attend. Volunteers are still needed to help serve food and clear plates. Contact Beth Plante if you can volunteer.
Update: A wonderful couple, who loves who we are and our mission at Redeemer, has offered to lend us money to cover the gap in funds to purchase our $1.6-million-dollar church property–as long as we can repay the loan, of course. This allows us to make commitments for our donations over a three-year period. We are also finalizing a business plan for some wedding rentals which would generate significant income to help pay off this loan over time.
Still to make all this work, we need to raise money from inside our church and outside. If you have not already heard all the fundraising details from the committee or gotten your questions and concerns answered, please contact Kent McKerihan (843-766-7786) or Nancy Vinson (843-810-3643).
We ask you to prayerfully consider making a three-year commitment to help purchase the church, and we’d love to talk with you this week about giving–if we have not already. With most of our members giving, we set the example and inspire those outside our immediate church family to partner with us in this effort. If we can say 99% of our members gave, that will be so powerful. We plan to start our external fundraising next week.
This week pray for:
- Everyone to prayerfully consider making a pledge of support this week
- Our fundraising-committee member Mary Chapman who is very ill
- Beth Plante who is working diligently without Mary’s help and expertise in taking care of the many details for a successful Mayor’s Reception
- Volunteers to come alongside Beth to help with the Mayor’s Reception on September 27
- Musicians planning the spectacular musical entertainment for the evening
- Overall event to be a big success
“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.
Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement in this effort to save our historic church buildings. We have been encouraged with offers of help from several long-time Charleston residents and unexpected donations.
This week we hope to finish contacting Redeemer members with all the details on the church fundraising effort and invitations to prayerfully consider three-year pledges to help save our church buildings. If you have not yet been contacted, please call or email Kent McKerihan (843-766-7786) or Nancy Vinson (843-810-3643) to schedule a meeting. Thank you.
We also hope to finalize our business plan for limited rental of church facilities for weddings which will help fund the purchase of our buildings. Your continued prayers are much appreciated.
This week pray for:
- Our own sacrificial giving as a church
- Finalization of our business plan for limited rental of the church facilities
- Preparations for our external fundraising campaign