End of Year Giving Update: Closing the Books and Living as Children of Jehovah Rohe
We closed the books on 2017 yesterday, so +Philip asked me to update All Saints on our end of the year giving for both the Operating and Crossroads funds. As I looked at the numbers this morning with David Hickman, Bob Wilson, and John Williams, I was powerfully reminded of a blessing prayer from earlier in the day.
First the Numbers
Operating Fund: For the month of December, we exceeded budgeted giving by $65,000 for a total of $592,864. For the fiscal year thus far (July to December 2017), we have exceeded budgeted giving by $4000. Very good news!
Crossroads Fund: We received $238,000 in December of a budgeted $474,000 for Crossroads for a negative gap of $236,000. We made a budget assumption back in June that those who had pledged on an annual basis would give in December 2017, however some of those givers are planning on giving by February 2018 (the end of the campaign year versus the calendar year).
The Crossroads fund-to-date (April 2016 to Dec 2017) has received $3.3MM which agrees with the amount we estimated and provided to the bank in June. Donors who did not pledge in the capital campaign have given into our budget gap to compensate for the difference.
Thank you– the generosity of All Saints Dallas is a deep testimony to the Great Commission heart of this church. It is very humbling to be a member of such a beautiful and generous expression of the Body of Christ.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Now the Blessing
Every morning before I come to work, Kissy and I read the Daily Office from the Book of Common Prayer together, and Kissy then reads a blessing prayer over our day. It is a way to for us to remember that we are children of The King, beloved, blessed and known by our Father no matter what is happening in our day -to-day life.
Our blessing prayer this morning, and my prayer for All Saints Dallas, is this:
I bless you in the name of Jehovah-Rohe, your shepherd:
“I bless you with knowing the reassuring voice of your Shepherd and having the settled assurance you have everything you need from his hand. I bless you with the Holy Spirit’s guidance along right paths. You can walk unafraid, because your shepherd is close by you, even through dark valleys. I bless you with a feast of your Father’s presence in the presence of your enemies. I bless you with a cup that overflows with blessings from his hand. I bless you with experiencing his goodness and unfailing love all the days of your life.”
I spent the holidays praying over budgets and projects and all the details surrounding All Saints Dallas – it’s what I’m supposed to do as part of my job at ASD. As David updated our generosity numbers today, I was moved to recall the blessing prayer from this morning – the Lord is Our Shepherd and our cup overflows with blessings from his hand. I remembered that all of us at All Saints are children of The King, blessed, beloved and known by our Father and invited to experience the overflow of his blessing.
Keep in Your Prayers
+Philip and Claudia are traveling today to Pawleys Island, South Carolina for +Philip to take the funeral of Bishop Chuck Murphy this Saturday. +Chuck was the founding Apostolic Vicar (the office +Philip now holds) of the AMiA and a close friend and mentor to many in the Mission. Please keep the Murphy family and the Jones’ in your prayers as they walk through this weekend of celebrating Chuck’s life and ministry.