ESC Capital Campaign Network Administrator Update

ESC Capital Campaign Network Administrator Update

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As part of his responsibilities with Design Group International, David S. Bell will serve as the primary staff connection with the Ecumenical Stewardship Center in fulfilling DGI's contract as Network Administrator for ESC's Capital Campaign Network. With a goal of assisting in the successful implementation of a capital campaign and in the process strengthening the relationship of a congregation to their denomination, the ESC Capital Campaign Network provides professional and cost-effective capital campaign services to congregations and other religious groups as part of ESC's mission and ministry of providing a variety of stewardship resources to congregations. Because of their involvement and association with congregations, judicatories, and denominations, ESC Network consultants have the unique advantage of understanding the denominational culture of a congregation. The Network provides a complete set of consulting…
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A True Celebration of Generosity

A True Celebration of Generosity

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Eleven-year-old Squire Graves stood nervously before the Renton, Washington, Community of Christ congregation. This particular Sunday was an especially eventful day for him because, in addition to giving the offertory at church that morning, he was going to celebrate his birthday that afternoon. But his party would not be a typical eleven-year-old's birthday party, and Squire decided that participating in the offertory would be the perfect time for him to talk about his pending celebration. He walked up to the microphone and began his story. “My folks always let me have a party on my birthday. Four years ago, I was thinking about what I wanted, and I decided I didn't really want anything. I had everything I needed. I told my friends that instead of bringing me a present…
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Blessed to be Doers of the Word

Blessed to be Doers of the Word

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Carolyn Pearson of Bonner Springs, Kansas, and Christine Simone of Palm Beach, Florida, had the opportunity to find out just how small the world actually is. Carolyn and Christine served as volunteers in Colombia, where there are four emerging Community of Christ congregations. Their host family,Yanett and Iairo Zabaleta (pronounced Yan-ett and Hi-rowe Zah-bah-laytah), welcomed them into their home as daughters. Even though the Zabaletas are very poor in monetary terms, they did not let that stop them from giving cheerfully and generously. Carolyn recalls: "Each day, a boy named Luis would come to the Zabaleta home in the morning to be a part of Young Peacemaker's Club and to play soccer. He wouldn't leave again until late in the evening. Luis had no shoes, his clothes were tom, and…
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