Now through January 31, 2021 Goal: $120,000
The special Christmas Offering is a call to sacrificial giving with a goal of $120,000 for four ministry initiatives:
- To support global and U.S. missions and to start new churches.
- To support local organizations that assist the needy and hurting in our city.
- To support campus ministries that reach out to and disciple college and university students.
- To support the growth and expansion of Hope Church.
This special Christmas Offering will be received through January 31, 2021.
Use the enclosed envelope and mark your checks / online gifts with “Christmas Offering.”
THE PURPOSES OF THIS OFFERING
To support Global / U.S. missions and start new churches
We are a “church that starts churches” and a church that supports missions. This focus will continue as we have a great opportunity to assist missionaries around the globe who are reaching out to all kinds of identified people groups, especially those in highly unchurched countries. Through cooperative efforts with other mission-minded churches in Texas and North America, we are designating a portion of the special offering to support 5,000+ North American missionaries and 3,600+ international missionaries.
To support local organizations that assist the needy and hurting in our city
We have a unique opportunity to help those in the greatest need in our city! We want to partner with local organizations that are really making a difference in peoples’ lives and, at the same time, sharing the love of Jesus in a very practical way. That’s why this year we are partnering with three local organizations:
- The Union Gospel Mission - an organization that has served the homeless community of Fort Worth, TX, for over 120 years. Through holistic efforts that seek to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals, the Mission has purposed to provide new beginnings to help people achieve productive independence.
- The Fort Worth Pregnancy Center’s mission is to encourage, through education and outreach, the recognition of human life from the moment of conception and to minister in the name of Jesus Christ to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies.
- Tarrant Area Food Bank - (TAFB) is the primary source of donated food for hunger-relief charities and feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. TAFB offers a variety of services to the needy in our community including food programs for families and children.
- Safe Baby Sleep Initiative - Tarrant County has the highest infant mortality rate of any county in Texas. To combat this tragedy, Tarrant Baptist Association has joined forces with the Safe Baby Sleep Council to provide portable pack ‘n plays to 29 community organizations and agencies which work directly with families to provide a safe sleep environment and empower parents to keep their babies safe.
To support campus ministries that reach out to and disciple college and university students
This year Hope will be partnering with a number of campus ministries in their efforts to reach students who don’t yet know Christ and develop workers for the kingdom. For many, college is a time of openness to new ways of thinking and new ways of life, making it a pivotal time to share the gospel. The six campus ministries with which we are working have proven over the years to be effective in their outreach efforts as well as training students to be effective Christians in life after college.
To support the growth and expansion of Hope Church
The mission of Hope Church is to invite people to discover and experience God’s ways. As we look to 2020 and beyond, we want to increase community engagement for the purposes of inviting and sharing the Gospel while at the same time, continue to update our systems, technology, and overall ability to host guests well. This next year, our goal is to increase community awareness through marketing, outreach, and events. We also need to update some technology in our Town Hall that will improve the worship experience for our attenders and guests.