“With people needing help, why are we collecting funds for paint?”
A Fair Question
This morning, our church is taking up a special collection, not for crisis relief, but to help get our church building repaired. We suffered over a million dollars of damage and loss, and this morning are asking for $140,000 to help put everything back together.
Some have asked:
“Why are we collecting money for paint and carpet with so many still in need?”
The answer: Our flood insurance, as well as emergency funds, will cover all but $140,000 of the needs, hence the contribution.
Those Funds Will Go To:
- Repairs for roof damages.
- Regrading the property for better drainage and water control.
- Repairing all exterior and interior walls damaged by the flood.
- Insulation, electrical, and other needs.
- Cribs, changing tables, and supplies for the nursery.
- Cabinets, tables/chairs, and supplies for Children’s Wing.
- Cabinets and needed supplies for The Vine Preschool.
- Cabinets, tables/chairs for adult classrooms.
- Desks, chairs, bookshelves, and furnishings for Admin Wing.
- Flooring: carpet, tile, and the gym floor.
“Is all that is necessary? Couldn’t some be redirected to crisis relief?”
The answer comes from the needs and requests of our members:
- “When will the gym be finished so we can resume children’s/adult activities?”
- “When will the nursery be open, it’s been three months without one?”
- “How soon can we resume feeding the homeless?”
- “When can we start housing the homeless families that stay in our building?
- “When will children’s bible school begin, my kids miss it?”
- “When can the lady’s bible class start up again?”
- “How long until we can have baby showers and wedding showers?”
- “When will the Youth Ministry rooms be fixed and ready?”
- “When can we begin our Wednesday night small group ministry?”
And more questions like those. Everyone is past ready to get back to normal. With over 1100 members, there are many ministries, programs, services, groups, classes, fellowships, and events anxiously waiting to start up again.
That’s what the $140,000 will be used to do.
The Southeast church has helped, or is helping, 92 families with small repairs or whole house renovation. About two-thirds are SE members, the balance are people in the community.
When finished, the SE church will have spent more than $350,000 on crisis relief.
Some suggest we not repair the building but use the money to assist others. Some suggest we use the funds for crisis relief to get the building ready faster. Everyone has an opinion.
“No one can do everything for anyone, but everyone can do something for someone.”
Keep helping, stay serving, do what you can.
Our building will get finished then we will recommit ourselves to our ministries that help those in need. As much as we can, as soon as we can.