Early in 2000 we announced an ambitious effort to have a major impact on the lives of people in our community and across the globe with a single event. We called it Be the Hope, an annual fundraising effort for Missions. The plan was to give the entire Easter offering to Missions – and not only that, but to set an ambitious goal ($30,000?) for that offering.

Then COVID disrupted everything.

Since it appears we are now on the road back to normal, we are going to try Be the Hope again. This Easter, April 17, our hope is to have the greatest one-day mission giving we have ever had. Funds raised from Be the Hope will be directed to our three primary missions: one in the Resurrection community, one in the Hastings community, and one in the world community:

  1. REZ: rezYouth scholarships for camp and other youth activities. (30% of Be the Hope)
  2. Local: Hastings Family Service for their work with people in need in our community (30%)
  3. International: Zoe Empowers for equipping orphans and vulnerable children in Africa to overcome poverty and become strong, independent adults (30%)

The final (10%) will be used for emerging mission needs that arise over the year.

On the day we celebrate the greatest news of all time, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we want to share our joy by blessing others in Jesus’ name. Look for more information throughout Lent on Be the Hope.

And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ – Matthew 25:40

Pastor Mark