Dear Friends in Christ,
Throughout scripture, God’s people are called to share the story of God’s faithfulness, love and compassion with the world. As a Synod, we place a strong emphasis on faith formation ministries which share God’s story with youth and adults. Through Synodical youth events, the Ambassadors Community for Theological Study (ACTS) program, and the Power in the Spirit annual gathering, the Virginia Synod gathers God’s people in community to nurture and raise up generations of leaders in our Synod and across the Church..
In 2015, the Virginia Synod Council launched Forwarding Faith to provide permanent funding for these important ministries. Our goal was to establish a $2 million permanent endowment, to be designated for faith formation and youth ministry. Additionally $500,000 was designated to support youth and young adult ministry through the ELCA’s Always Being Made New campaign.
Thanks to your generous support, the ForwardingFaith campaign has received $2.74 million in estimated gifts though June of 2019. Of the $2.74 million in estimated gifts, $1.6 million has been received and is being put to use to support ministry in Virginia and beyond.
While the initial goal of ForwardingFaith has been reached, the ForwardingFaith endowment will continue to receive gifts from members and friends of the Virginia Synod to ensure that we will have the funding necessary to support existing faith formation ministry and to provide funding for future ministry opportunities. Ultimately, we believe $3.5 million dollars would be ideal!
So far over 1430 individuals and congregations, including my wife Barbra and I, have shared support for youth and faith formation ministries through ForwardingFaith. I hope you will respond to God’s love for you and for the world, by sharing your support as well.
If you would like to learn more about direct giving; wills and bequests or other options, please contact Pastor John Wertz, Jr. at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-389-1000. Thank you!
The Rev. Robert F. Humphery, Bishop of the Virginia Synod, ELCA