Evangelism ’17 Update: Reporting Improves, Fundraising Shoots Up, & the Vicar Confesses His Sins

Gentle ones in the faith of Christ,

Our fundraising has hit 56% of goal, or $20,000 of the $36,000 we need to be able to continue our ministry this year. Thank you!

Most of this week’s financial surge is accounting for pledges members made in past years that continue today. (We’ve improved our reporting system with the diocese and PayPal.) Thank you, longtime donors!

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We’ve known all along our members are generous, and that our main job in fundraising is to reach all 3600 subscribers with our request: $10 per member per year; less if you need to, more if you can. Please take a moment to pray about it, then click here.

Subscriber money is how we’re educating student nurses in Liberia and Haitifeeding and teaching schoolkids in Haiti and Brasilia – heating the homes and hearts of elders and children on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. These are great programs and we’re proud of what we do together to support them.

Subscriber money is how we keep the liturgies and prayers coming – in English & Spanish – for Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

Subscriber money is how we webcast live 11 times a week, to the four corners of the earth. (Okay, a few corners; South Korea, Costa Rica and the Northern Isles of Scotland. Our webcasts, like our sites, can reach the entire world!)

Whole world in his hands.

Whole world in his hands.

We couldn’t raise any money if you weren’t praying with us and for us. And we wouldn’t get much without the prayers of our volunteer officers and staff. Someone has to ask for money; and to do that they have believe in what they’re asking for, to have the courage to ask and to face rejection. They have to believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit first of all – then they have to believe in us.

It’s an honor to be entrusted with your gifts, and empowered to act on your behalf in Haiti, Liberia, Brazil and on the Rez; in China, Korea, ANZ, India and Japan; in two languages. Like the Parable of the Sower, we scatter the seed – and we’re delighted with all the fertile ground we find.

But here’s something else. As the years mount up (since 2004) and our rosters of followers grow, I’ve come to realize in the past month that I’ve been thinking too small.

Not only have I been fearful of asking too much of you, I’ve been afraid to trust in the Lord to provide for this ministry according to our potential – and what we’ve already done.

But what parent, if a child asks for bread, gives her a stone?

This whole project was God’s idea. Then when I brought it up in prayer God said, “That’s an excellent idea. I nominate you!”

So now, in 2017, all these millions of page-views later, do I think God’s gonna leave us high and dry? You can see where this is going.

It’s my fault; I’ve been thinking too small. I confess this to God and to you my brothers and sisters. I have failed to trust. I have let myself be overcome by fear, despite the fact that “Fear not” appears 365 times in the Bible I’ve been reading every day these last 13 years.

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This year we’re going to keep asking you for 10 bucks per person until we’ve got that much, and then we’ll quit. We’ll be in good shape with everything we need to keep operating at this level.

But next year we’re going to make a quantum leap in how we function. We’re going to hire an assistant vicar, build an internet radio station and make some more waves. Because this level – still too dependent on one person, me – is not where we should be. It’s not what God calls us to; at this rate I can’t even die or retire without losing everything we’ve built together. Volunteers can’t do it!

So of course we’ll need the budget to double. Even then we’ll be the least expensive ministry in all of Anglicanism.

No fooling, we’re bigger than 34 dioceses. (Based on “TEC Member & Attendance Totals, 2014-15” and our own public records.) Maybe we’re not supposed to say that out loud but it’s true.

Not one of those 34 functions on 36 grand a year. —-> I’ve been thinking too small. So I apologize to every one of you.

Next year, we’re hiring and we’re building.

The quantum leap we’re taking is one of faith, not of money; one of mission, not of empire; one of Good News, salvation, forgiveness and healing.

Next year, Jerusalem!

Josh Thomas
Founder & Lay Vicar
February 27, 2017
with Ash Wednesday beating down on my forehead

P.S. Now look at this wonderful list of 2017 donors – and if you’re not on it, click here.

Acolyte – under $50
Mary Barber
The Rev. Michelle Boomgaard
Kathleen Bryant
Richard Burgess
Owene
Mark Bradley Cappetta, in honor of the Very Rev. Fr. John David van Dooren
Cliff Carr
Nancy C. Deutsch
Rachel Diem, in honor of the Community of the Gospel & the Order of Julian of Norwich
Lara Dreyer
Barbara
Steven Ellis
The Rev. Elizabeth Fowle
Gary Gee
Pr Dave Heckler
Patricia Henkel
Ann Higdon
Freda Iverson
Kammy and George
Sara Keeth
Nick Kuchcinski, in memory of all beloved family now enjoying eternal rest
Thomas LaFrance
Elizabeth
Glenn, in honor of Margie McCaslin
Eric L. Miller, in memory of the Rev. Rick Rutledge
Anita Miner
The Rev. Roberta Morris
Janet Norden
Stephen Oakes, in honor of Mr. & Mrs. M. Wayne Oakes
Patti Sachs
The Rev. Deacon Leslie Scoopmire
Gary L. Short, in memory of Isaac Allen Tabler
The Rev. R.F. Solon, Jr.
V. Thomas
Will Wauters, TSSF
William Weightman

Intercessor – $50 – 99
Davidson Bidwell-Waite
Caroline Braun
Leslie Bryan, in memory of Billy Bryan, in honor of Connie Bryan
Grace Burton-Edwards
The Rev. Denise Cabana
Jennifer Clyde
May B. Daw
The Rev. Dr. Christopher Dreisbach
Marilyn Engstrom
Linda Goertz
Patty Gotway
The Rev. Dr. Janine Howard
The Rev. Steven Kern (Canada), in memory of Lawrence & Martha Blum
Jill Littlefield
Steve LoCastro
The McAskill Family, in honor of John Alexander McAskill
Dale McNeill
Julie Morris, in honor of dailyoffice.org
Nancy Parr
Morgan Ponder
The Rev. Deacon Susan Reeve
Joseph Scholtes
Susanne Woods

Lector – $100 – 249

Brendan Barnicle
Jane Beebe
Ron Blaisdell
Elisabeth Bourdet
Libbye Brooks
Robert L. Buzzard
Jonathan Coffey, in memory of Hollis Hamilton Ambrose Corey
Allen Davis
Diane (Canada), in memory of Kevin
Ann Doebler
Robert and Josephine R. Giannini
Brian Gloe
Hilary Greene, in honor of Josh Thomas
Gail Hart
Fr. Robert Hughes
Eric Johnson
Harry Kelley
Jo Ann, in memory of Jesse
Lighthouse Literacy
Barry MacDowell
Brian L. MacFarland & Ian L. Bockus
Joyce Palevitz
John H. Ryan, O.C.P.
Alison Saichek
Valerie Scott
Katrina Soto
Jerold Stadel
Marion W. Stodghill
The Rev. Sam Tallman
Victoria, in memory of Fitz Harvey
The Rev. Deacon Teresa Wakeen
Tom Welch
Francesca Wigle
Susanne Woods
The Rev. Gwynne Wright (UK)

Cantor – $250 – 499
Lisa C.
Michael Delaney
Jerry Fitzgerald
The Rev. Michael E. Hartney
Steve Helmreich
Julie
The Rev. R. R. Lutz
Nicholas Myers
Gregory Seamon
Josh Thomas
The Rev. Warner C. White

Gospeler – $500 – 999
Denise Clauss, to the glory of God
Robert Crane
Letha Tomes Drury
Clint Gilliland
The Rev. Gwen Hetler
The Rev. Anjel & Stu Scarborough

Missioner – $1000 – 2499
Tom Alloway/James Beckwith (Canada)
Linda Barry
Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
R. Nikolaus Merrell, in honor of Espanol Costa Rica
Mark Nelson
Peter and Beverly Van Horne

Vestrymember – $2500 – 4999
The Rev. Michael Corrigan

 

 

2 thoughts on “Evangelism ’17 Update: Reporting Improves, Fundraising Shoots Up, & the Vicar Confesses His Sins

  1. Dear Josh, my contribution is still not showing up. Did you get it. ? PayPal to,Diocese $150 cleared at all points. Fr. Robert Hughes

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  2. Dear Friends—Like my sisters and brothers, the Life I have been given is enriched in Direct Proportion to my participation in both
    Morning AND Evening Prayer from the Daily Office. There is an enormous difference between THE DAYS when I ATTEND SERVICES and THE DAYS when I DO NOT ATTEND
    SERVICES. At this time in my Life,
    a “1931-er,” I am able to share in BOTH Services, which is a MOST Welcome Gift, one
    which bypasses commonalities of our
    Senior Cutizens—age, mobility, transportation,
    health issues AMONG the many FACTS so encountered.

    I wish to become a contributing member like
    other parishioners who support this
    endeavor.

    I seek your assistance and request information regarding various means of contribution, check donation (to whom and where), credit card, Foundation and others. I am ignorant of PlayPal ( or whatever ). My computer skills are
    VERY limited ( three hours to ACCOMPLISH this communique—even with an aide)
    and NO expectation that I might extract said information from ANYWHERE in the
    Daily Office literature or Menu categories. I HAVE tried.

    Thank you each and all for your dedicated AND wonder-full Services as well as your patience and assistance in the matter here addressed

    In friendship and with God’s continued Blessings—Dean M. Hunter. 🤓☕️🤓☕️

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