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what it was for} and lunch afterwards at The Piccadilly. We never missed a Sunday – in fact – we even planned our vacations around going to Church. Unfortunately for me – it was just that – Church. I never really had a sense of place there. I never really understood why the preacher went through the motions he did. I never really understood why people who were struggling had to give 10% of their income to the Church. I always felt that Church should be a choice and whether you are a good person shouldn’t be predicated on attendance.
"Unfortunately for me – it was just that – Church. I never really had a sense of place there."
I've pretty much been seething with anger all Fall, and thank Collective for being there. Some of the anger is totally justified (the way women are silenced), some not all that justified (maybe that student's fraternity brother really did spill a beverage on his computer?). But the emotional rollercoaster of fall 2016 has made me think a lot about community. That's what Collective is to me: community.
But seriously, we are in the final countdown of the pledge drive to make our proposed 2017 budget. We'll get to the update in a moment, but the big news is this: We have been generously offered both a $500 Per Month Pledge Match, and a $5,000 Year End Giving Match for this final week of the pledge dive. This means that every pledge made this week will be doubled, up to $500 Per Month. And every one-time, year-end, gift will be doubled, up to $5,000. This will include any increases made to current pledges. So, If we take advantage of this, it would mean an additional $1,000 per month toward our budget, which gets us almost to the proposed budget goal. And, it would mean starting the year strong with $10,000 in the bank. This could be incredibly valuable as we anticipate such exciting things coming right out of the gate in 2017!
Our family comes from a fairly traditional Christian background. Natasha was raised Roman Catholic by a Mom who nearly became a nun in Mexico City 45 years ago. Her Dad, on the other hand, is an atheist. As for me, my Mom is a church organist, so we usually attended wherever she was working at the time. We switched mostly between Methodist and Southern Baptist. Meanwhile, my Dad and step-Mom were regular Episcopalians. As a high school student, I always felt most comfortable in Younglife, where I had a strong group of friends and felt able to have meaningful conversation about how religion was relevant in our daily lives.
WE CAN DO THIS!
We're doing great, and we're on track to pledge or surpass the proposed budget with your help! We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has taken the time to set up their scheduled recurring gift, or to notify us of their pledge. check out the graphic above and below. the numbers speak for themselves. By adding new pledges, and with the generous increases of existing pledged givers, we're in a great spot heading into the last two weeks of the pledge drive.
An Advent Reflection on the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)
“God’s mercy is for those who fear God
I’m going to be honest with you, Mary’s song was not an easy passage for me to work through.
Maybe you’ve been with Collective from the beginning, so pledging support should be obvious. Maybe you’ve only watched online, come to a random event, or maybe you’re not connected to Collective at all. So why should you support it?
A gift to Collective is not a gift to Collective alone!
Nate and Laura share their experience of Collective, as college students, and why they support it financially... even though they're broke college students. Seriously. No excuses.
An Adaption of The Divine Magician, by Peter Rollins, for Collective’s Pledge Drive
Peter Rollins’ book The Divine Magician develops a metaphor for the Christian life as a magic act. He outlined this idea when he visited us in February, 2015 in a talk titled “The Vanishing Act of God.”
Last night, Heather shared some moving background of her journey, and coming to find her welcome and belonging at Collective.
"Collective is a refuge in the wilderness, a safe space where I find a welcome and acceptance of who I am."
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.