Why is the “Build on Faith-Widen the Welcome” Capital Campaign important to me?
Every Sunday we say “We are an inclusive congregation, we welcome all people.” We as a congregation may be welcoming, but our building is not. I am enthused about the campaign because unused parts of our church (all parts of our church) will become accessible. If you think about our facility, you will realize all the parts of our church that are difficult or impossible to reach. We want all to feel welcome in every way which means all parts of our church can be easily used. I look forward to being inclusive in every way as we continue to widen our welcome.
During the past 12 years I have come to treasure Bethany as a family and a setting to which I turn for the answers to spiritual questions and needs. Bethany Presbyterian Church is also a place where my mother and I are able to link up with fellow travelers on a life journey common to all.
So that Bethany my continue to “be there” for all of us on an on going basis attention to infrastructure is necessary I believe. This campaign provides opportunity for me and others to help keep our house in order and make sure Bethany will continue to serve the evolving needs of community-family members.
Having been a part of this faith community for 43 years I find it exciting that we can come up with new ways to serve those around us. Not just the things we are doing to make our facility more usable to more people but also the fact that at least 10% will go out into mission beyond our walls. This is why I am a part of this campaign and this community!
The capital campaign is important to me because my family values this church as a supportive, welcoming, gathering space to learn and be inspired in; and to ensure that the church is inspiring and welcoming (and comfortable!) to everyone, I think it’s worth it to make a few building improvements. We’ve experienced so much grace and support within these walls. I’d like to pass it on.
Long before the phrases, “Perform Random Acts of Kindness,” or “Pass It Forward,” became trendy, my parents modeled and taught the importance of recognizing our blessings and giving of ourselves to others. For over the past 30 years, I’ve carried the following quote in my wallet. The paper is faded, creased and tattered, but the sentiment is enduring. This is the reason that I’m Building on Faith and Widening the Welcome.
“Whatever you have received more than others–in health, in talents, in ability, in success, in a pleasant childhood, in harmonious conditions of home life–all this you must not take to yourself as a matter of course. In gratitude for your good fortune, you must render in return some sacrifice of your own life for another life.” – Albert Schweitzer
Beth Elliott and Judy Handy
We both felt so welcome at Bethany and we want others to have the same joyful experience. We want to do all we can to create a space that is accessible and inclusive for all.