Would You Kiss a Pig? – Meeting the Revenue Challenge of 2016
by Dr. Will Cotton
Kiss-a-Pig Campaign Final Report
Sunday’s offering was $48,669. In addition, we received stock gifts for this purpose that have been sold. Our total was $289,269! No, Beverly will not be kissing Arnold (which would have occurred at $300,000), but we have much to celebrate. This is nearly $125,000 more than a normal October effort! Everything above $200,000 helps us with our cash flow deficit. Special thanks to our Finance Committee for their fabulous leadership in this effort. Thanks, most of all, to each of you for stretching forward in faith to meet an important challenge in the life of our Church.
For the past couple of months, the Finance Committee, pastors, and other church leaders have been concerned with an accumulating cash flow deficit in our operating budget. It can be attributed to many things:
- property issues – the unanticipated replacement of air conditioners, issues with our large trees, including the Council Oak
- leadership transition
- the funding of a capital campaign for the new parking lot
- the addition of new and very necessary staff
First Church has a long history of responding to challenges with great faith and action, and our cash flow deficit needs immediate attention. The Finance Committee is challenging the congregation to raise $300,000 for Accountable Budget Giving during the month of October, and we are going to have lots of fun doing it. Our average accountable budget giving in October is $167,000, so our $300,000 goal is $133,000 over and above our average giving.
After receiving $100,000, Dr. Will Cotton, senior pastor, will kiss the pig. After $200,000, Rev. Katie Meek kisses the pig. And after $300,000, Rev. Dr. Beverly Jones kisses the pig. The pig is the Claude and Rae Frenette’s pot-belly pig, Arnold, (who could resist that face?) and the kissing events will happen in the courtyard on the Sunday following the achievement of each level of the challenge. None of the pastors have ever kissed a pig before, so this should be quite entertaining.
As we face this challenge together during the five Sundays of October, I ask that you do three things:
- Have lots of fun with this!
- Pray for the success of meeting this challenge
- Consider what gift you will offer…gifts large and small from everybody will be needed
We are funding life-changing and community-changing ministry for Christ which makes this a most worthy challenge!
We are already starting to hear it: Bring home the bacon…. Will we be hearing Swine Lake or Pigoletto? Where will you be kissing the pig (to which I responded in the courtyard, of course!)? We have already bought some extra lip balm!
Click the button above to contribute to the Kiss a Pig Campaign! Choose Accountable Budget Giving from the drop down menu. If you have not already set up your online giving profile, this would be a great time to do it. If you have any questions about online giving, please contact Tricia Gossett, firstname.lastname@example.org.