What an incredible weekend this has been. It has only been two days since our initial letter went out regarding the property purchase next door and your responses have been incredible.
As of Saturday morning I had received pledges from a family for a gift of stock in the amount of $5,000, and another gift of $30,000 to be used to generate matching donations.
A number of you pledged to participate in loaning funds to St John totaling $200,000!
On Saturday afternoon, Kenny Gerondale called me to make a gift (not a loan) with two caveats: 1) that we not borrow any money (from anyone) so as to not incur debt, and 2) that we would increase the amount we are raising so that we can set aside some money for drainage permitting or other expenses that will be necessary to actually use the land. Kenny has offered a gift of $250,000. He is allowing me to use his name to inspire others to give generously as well.
When I informed a few folks of these gifts, another St John member gave $30K, another gave $25K, and just this morning another family pledged $20K. To date, we have received commitments for $435,000 in gifts! This is yet another example of how we dream so small compared to the God-sized plans the Lord has in store for St John!
Therefore, our campaign has shifted focus and we are now intent on purchasing the land with cash and paying off our current debt.
We are no longer seeking funds to borrow from members. Thank you to all of you who were so willing to lend us the money. We are now seeking cash gifts to purchase the land, put aside money for its use, and pay off our debt.
Our new total to raise (property purchase, plus money set aside, plus paying off debt) is $900,000 and I am excited to say that after only two days we are rapidly approaching the half-way mark!
I fully recognize that not all of us are in the position to give gifts in the 6-figure, 5-figure, or even 4-range. Whether you are able to give a gift of $5 or $50,000 to purchasing the property and retiring our debt, please know, your gift matters and your gift is important, for we can only accomplish this goal by the grace of God and combining all of our gifts together.
I wanted to ask you to please prayerfully consider a cash gift in the amount you see fit to help us complete this goal.
Thank you to each of you who have already contributed, and thank you all for your faithful generosity to the ministries of St John!
Your fellow disciple,
St. John United Methodist Church
1801 O'Malley Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99507