The 5 Seeds of Gratitude
Live Gratefully. What’s Grateful? The theme of our 2017 giving and serving campaign is Grateful. We’re all grateful for the love, community, and prophetic ministry of our church, so we’re expressing how we feel by giving and serving more than ever before. The campaign will be a dynamic part of worship each week, and will include quarterly celebration gatherings for the whole church, small groups and workshops on generosity, monthly appeals in support of Riverside’s ministries, guest speakers sharing thoughts on giving and faith, and volunteer opportunities in the local community and Riverside’s social services.
Give Gratefully. What’s the goal for giving? Our goal is to ensure that all of Riverside’s programs and ministries are supported financially and in full by gifts from us, the members of this great church. If each of us who can gives $400 more this year than we gave last year, we take an important step toward reaching that goal. That’s an extra $33 per month. Are you ready to reach with us?
Serve Gratefully. What’s the goal for serving? Our goal is 100% active member engagement with our new Open Hands Volunteer Portal. We invite members to experience first-hand the vibrant work of the Riverside social services, by signing up for volunteer opportunities at the Riverside Food Pantry, Barber Training Program, Clothing Distribution Ministry, Shower Project, and Safe Haven Homeless Shelter.
Believe Gratefully. Why does this campaign matter? The depth of our engagement in the life of Riverside and the quality of the beloved community we’re forming together are prophetic reflections of our commitment to the Gospel. In other words, the kind of life we live together will always be our strongest testimony to the world about Christ, love, inclusion, truth, justice, and hope – and that’s why the Grateful campaign matters so much. Especially when times feel uncertain, we sometimes find ourselves asking, “But, what can we do?” Our answer is that we give and serve more than ever before to support and sustain the people, programs, and ministries that support and sustain us and our neighbors now and in years to come.
Grow Gratefully. Why does Stewardship and Development focus on both fundraising and fostering a deeper understanding of Christian stewardship? Before Christian stewardship is about how we use our money, it’s about how we live our lives in communion with God and each other. Using learning tools like worship, education, and dialogue, Stewardship and Development supports and shapes people of faith as they strive to show generosity in every aspect of their lives and better understand the connection between faith and giving.