The Broad Ripple
The greatest joy in life comes from knowing that God loves us deeply. As disciples of Jesus Christ we have all the resources of God available to us when we live faithfully as His people. When we follow His leading we experience amazing blessings. When God is the true center of our lives we will want to do all we can to help others experience the same grace, mercy and love.
Broad Ripple UMC is an open, welcoming congregation that is involved in reaching out in mission, service, witness and love. BRUMC is located in a significant place to do ministry and make a difference in the world. As we continue to seek God and His direction for the future, the congregation will grow in strength, numbers, and outreach. To continue to be available to God in this place, there are some things that need to happen.
The church building is important as a place for worship, fellowship, and learning, and a place from which we can move out into the world for ministry. Buildings need to be maintained to be useful and the BRUMC building has some needs. We want our building to be like a beehive of activity that is alive with love, grace and ministry. Bees bring nectar back to the hive to create honey. Our nectar, as disciples of Christ, is in the effective ministry that we accomplish so we can keep growing the hive.
We are initiating a capital funds campaign to raise funds to pay off our loan for previous "hive" repairs and to prepare for other repairs that will be necessary in the near future. Since some of our previous work was made necessary by bees, it seemed appropriate to theme our campaign around them. We will have a Hive Chart on display in the parlor to show our progress. As gifts are made to the campaign, the individual cells of the Hive will be filled until it is completely filled.
You are invited to contribute nectar to the Hive so that we may maintain BRUMC as a vital place for ministry. Your gifts are not about bricks and mortar, they are about having a home from which to do effective ministry. Pray about the needs of BRUMC and this campaign. Seek God's direction in how God wants you to participate. Do not be afraid to bee generous. God is always extravagantly generous.
The goal of the campaign is $50,000. $17,000 will pay off the loan and the remaining $33,000 will be needed soon for plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical and parking lot expenses. Bee an investor in the future of BRUMC's ministry. If we will bee faithful, God will help us provide the honey..
You may share your gift as a one-time offering or make smaller contributions at whatever interval is comfortable for you. Your gifts may be placed in the offering plate at worship or mailed to the church. Please return your gift or pledge of a gift by October 31. Bee sure to indicate that your gift is for the Building campaign.
With bee-lief in the future,
Rev. Paula and the Leadership Team