SIDNEY — Sidney First United Methodist Church will use funds given to the Community Foundation’s Match Day for its “6:20 Campaign” to repair and restore stained glass and the church’s exterior and interior finishes. The local congregation has placed some of its own foundation money with the Community Foundation, making it eligible for participation in the special giving event.
The 6:20 Campaign derives its named from 1 Timothy 6:20 in the Bible where Paul, nearing the end of his earthly life, told his young student, “Guard what is entrusted to your care.” Although funds are needed specifically to ensure the church building is still in good shape and functioning many years from now, the capital campaign is about more than bricks and mortar.
“We are so pleased to be a part of the Community Foundation of Shelby County’s Match Day. It could not have come at a better time,” said the Rev. Dr. David Chivington, Senior Pastor. “This will allow us to care for a historic, beautiful structure that has been entrusted to us.”
The church facility is active daily with Bible studies, youth groups, choir practice, weddings and funerals. It houses a preschool, is host to weekend retreats and community functions. Members also consider it a place where the church can be equipped to grow and launch ministries that go outside church walls. Tar Hollow youth camp formulates at the church meeting areas; meals are prepared and shared; clothing is gathered and shared; apple dumplings are made and luncheons and dinners are held for church missions.
“Our church building does not change lives, but what happens inside it does,” added Chivington.
“We are working to enhance and prepare our church facility to last well into the future – just as our fore fathers did for us these past 150-plus years – so that those who follow can use their resources to build God’s kingdom, without debt or worry about a physical home.”
Gifts should be made payable to the Community Foundation of Shelby County with: Match/Sidney First UM noted on the memo or in an accompanying note or form. Details and forms are available at the Community Foundation website at www.commfoun.com or at the church. Gifts must be received on or before Nov. 27 to be eligible for up to $5,000 in matching money.