Update: The mission resourcing campaign of the Virlina District has attained 251 pledges which total $482,644. As of December 5, 2017 we have received $270,755.00 toward the fulfillment of these pledges. Many have given and continue to make pledges. Individuals and famililes can still contribute through independent gifts. Congregations are being visited in hopes of exploring additional opportunities to give. Of the funds pledged, $68,751.00 are from 24 congregations, with $37,417.00 already received.
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We endeavor to develop resources to fulfill Virlina District’s commitment to ministry with our children, youth and young adults; to initiate and continue our new church development and assistance to our smaller, struggling congregations; to encourage development of set-apart ministerial leadership and to provide necessary enhancements to fulfill Camp Bethel’s future potential. While we are grateful for past accomplishments, we recognize the crucial importance of envisioning and empowering forward progress in our mission. We are blessed to have the privilege and opportunity to initiate new and exciting ministries in the years to come!
The logo, designed by Michael Craighead of Access, Inc., uses geometric shapes to illustrate the symbolism of the many parables of Jesus. By speaking in parables, Jesus was able to plant seeds of understanding. This logo embodies the ways in which Jesus taught by illustrating layers of meaning for those with eyes to see. The logo was so designed to be simple and effective in delivering imagery of how Jesus spread his love. The inner shape which includes six interlocking circles is known as “the seed of life.” Within this there is the seed, the sprout, the flower or the fruit and a representation of the parable of the sower, of which the theme of the campaign is based on. Just as the parable of the sower speaks of life and what gives life, this logo also speaks of the many delicate seeds sown with hope.
And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”
- Matthew 13:3-9
Based upon the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13: 3-9, 18-23) and with allusion to the well-known hymn, “Seed, scattered and sown” (Dan Feiten, Hymnal: A Worship Book, 1992, #454), the theme reflects the broadcasting of God’s grace and mercy to all persons. Some seeds do not sprout, some wither and die, and some produce many times their numbers. To not sow, from fear of failure, is certain to deny success. Faithfulness demands that we persist in the work of sowing, whether the context is favorable or unfavorable. Our efforts are a prayer that the Great Sower, who is God, will use us as divine instruments.
Our ministry and mission must remain relevant, vibrant and strong. Enhancements and improvements allow us to effectively continue the work of Jesus reaching beyond our own generation into the future. By so doing we will be prepared to adequately and aggressively respond to the needs of a complex and changing world. We are compelled to scatter and sow seeds of God’s grace for the spiritual transformation of ourselves and those around us, as well as our society and world.
Success requires strong commitment of time, talent and treasure from those of us who are members and friends of Virlina District and Camp Bethel. Funds that we share through “SEED, SCATTERED AND SOWN: Reaching Beyond this Generation” will provide resources necessary to extend the ministry of our camp and district in new, exciting and innovative ways.
“SEED, SCATTERED AND SOWN: Reaching Beyond this Generation” seeks to develop a sense of unity and participation in our common mission as the Virlina District. Ministries of new church development, nurturing of new leadership, children and youth and young adult work, as well as the outdoor ministries provided by Camp Bethel, rely upon the commitment generated by this effort.
In 2011 the Virlina District Conferece approved that the Victory Goal of this campaign would be $750,000. A Challenge Goal of $1,000,000 was developed by the Mission Resourcing Committee and approved by the Virlina District Board in 2014. A summary of how these funds will be allocated is as follows:
|Victory Goal||Challenge Goal|
|For the District|
|1. Children, Youth & Young Adult||$72,000||
|2. Leadership Development||$8,000||$8,000|
|3. Smaller Congregation||$16,000||$16,000|
|4. New Church Development||$274,000||$399,000|
|For Camp Bethel|
|1. Road Improvement Plan||$170,000||$170,000|
|2. R.V. Village Camping Area||$200,000||$200,000|
|3. First 2 New Cottages in the "Unity Village"||$0||$73,000|
|4. Ark Dining Hall Entrance Enclosure||$0||$50,000|
5. Walking/Hiking/Biking Trails in the "Wildlife Refuge Area"
For more information on the campaign and how the money will be allocated, visit the official “SEED, SCATTERED AND SOWN" website: www.virlinafuture.org.