Dear Ohio Region,
The Psalmist writes:
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before God the Almighty!
We have reason to be joyful in Ohio today! Today we celebrate that we have in just 7 weeks already exceeded our goal for the Renewal Initiative! As of 4:00pm today, we have received gifts totaling $75,506.11! Plus, we know that there are still generous donations from Congregations and individuals on their way to further exceed this initial goal.
For this, we rejoice and give thanks. We give thanks for the hard work of our regional staff who have worked on this initiative and continue to provide resources and support for ministry in Ohio. We give thanks for the guidance and wisdom of the Christian Church Foundation and the visiting Regional Ministers who helped us to frame this initiative and who continue to support Ohio in this time of transition! We give thanks for the volunteers who made phone calls and talked with people to deepen our relationships and to deepen our understanding of one another through this process of renewal. We especially give thanks to all of those individuals and congregations who gave generously to the Renewal Initiative for the Ohio Region!
Most importantly, we give thanks to our God, whose grace and mercy is at the center of all the ministry we do. We give thanks for the Spirit for guiding us this far, and for Christ who invites us to take next steps in building the kingdom of God here on earth.
Because of your generosity, we are able to move forward with our Regional Ministry Search Team, we have a clearer pathway towards being able to reopen Camp Christian in summer 2021, and we are able to continue to serve God in Ohio through our shared Regional and Camp Christian ministries.
This is indeed a time to sing praises to God, to sing a new song of thanksgiving and joy. In a year when we may have found rejoicing difficult to come by, let us take time to celebrate. Let us celebrate the many good gifts we give to one another and the abundant gifts of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. Thanks be to God!
For more information about the Renewal Initiative, including how to give, as well as continued tracking of donations as we receive them, go to /other-pages/renewal-initiative.aspx.