The Sanctuary Church Advent Offering is a special opportunity to target our giving towards four initiatives for the new year.

We aim to raise $50,000 above and beyond our regular offering to contribute to four strategic areas outlined below by January 31st.

We believe God calls us to be givers – generous sharers of His abundance. In our giving, we participate in God’s work in the world, and we participate in the transforming work God wants to do in each of us.

 

CONGO / PAUL CARLSON PARTNERSHIP

Medical care is inaccessible for the 1.6 million people in Congo’s Équateur Province. Typically, the closest hospital is a ten-mile walk and local village clinics lack basic necessities. The clinics operate without electricity or clean water. Medicines and supplies are available only intermittently. Curable illnesses take lives every day.

Through the Advent Offering, we have continued to support a village medical clinic in the Konga Ingwa village through the Congo Clinic Initiative. This past year, the clinic was rebuilt with brick walls and a tin roof – these structural improvements will greatly improve the quality of patient care. We also continue to provide support in the form of medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, healthcare worker training and salary costs, and upkeep of the solar panels that provide the clinic with electricity.

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2020

This year we are going to deepen our ongoing support of the entire Paul Carlson medical system, which includes training medical professionals, providing medicines and supplies, improved infrastructure, and quality patient care.

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OUR GOAL

TO SEND 20 LOCAL, CONGOLESE

NURSING STUDENTS

TO MEDICAL SCHOOL THIS YEAR

 

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learn more about the nursing program here

 

 

 

Love Providence is the city renewal project of Sanctuary Church that works to provide hands-on ways of loving the city of Providence. It’s under this banner that all three of our congregations engage in mercy and justice. This looks like everything from investing in our neighborhood public schools, which are chronically underfunded and underperforming, to providing support and care to RI foster families via our Wrap Around outpost, to responding tangibly to specific needs in the community as they arise.

 

LOVE PVD SCHOOLS

We want to take the work we’ve started farther. Making sure more schools are sponsored, immediate needs are met, teachers are properly resourced, and families are reached.

 

WRAP AROUND

In partnership with Bags of Hope, Sanctuary is helping to provide a bag of gifts to every child in foster care in the state alongside a special thank you lunch for 400 DCYF social workers at their central offices.

 

ABOUT WRAP AROUND

WE, THE CHURCH, HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WRAP AROUND BIRTH PARENTS, FOSTER FAMILIES, WAITING FAMILIES, AND ADOPTIVE FAMILIES ON THEIR JOURNEY. BY PARTNERING WITH EXISTING COMMUNITY RESOURCES, CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR FAMILIES AND LEADERS, AND SUPPORTING OUR CHURCH AND COMMUNITY BY MEETING THE TANGIBLE NEEDS THIS ISSUE PRESENTS, WE CAN ALL CHOOSE TO SAY “YES.”

“YES” TO PERMANENCE AND BELONGING FOR CHILDREN; “YES” TO WRAPPING AROUND THESE COURAGEOUS KIDS AND FAMILIES; “YES” TO FULFILLING THE VERY ROLE GOD INTENDED FOR THE CHURCH.

 

One of the clearest ways we are able to be the church in Providence is to provide tangible help in times of need. Each year, our needs ministry helps us show the love of Jesus whenever and wherever the need arises– whether providing meals, paying rent checks, providing access to professional counselors, or caring for an array of spiritual and tangible needs. Each year our needs ministry provides around $10,000 worth of care.

As we head into 2020, we believe God is calling us to keep going as we lean into three strategic mission priorities for the coming year. We believe there is more that he wants to do in us and through us as we continue to pour our time and energy into these areas. Funds from the Advent Offering will support various initiatives in each area, as well as free up more staff hours to support these initiatives.

More updates and details to come as we continue Advent Offering into January of 2020. 

FORMATION

We want to invest in additional resourcing and training to help every member of the Sanctuary community craft a rule of life, a spiritual formation plan that includes values, rhythms, and habits that align with each of our four discipleship directions (upward, inward, outward, and withward). A rule of life helps us, much like a trellis helps a plant, to grow in a particular direction and see a particular kind of fruit grow in our life.

 

PRESENCE

More updates and details to come as we continue Advent Offering into January of 2020. 

MISSION

More updates and details to come as we continue Advent Offering into January of 2020. 

#1 BUILDING CAMPAIGN

Sanctuary’s ongoing  “building campaign” is not raising funds for a physical location, but for a people. We believe we are inviting build a movement by equipping his people to be the church, and specifically to start new outposts of the way of Jesus throughout our region.

We have been asking the question since the beginning: how can we better equip this family of Jesus followers in Providence to be the church? On Vision Sunday we took one step closer to becoming the church we want to see. When church is a movement, our stewardship becomes the unleashing of our God-given gifts, talents, and passions for the love of our city – and that is what we experienced on Sunday.

In our time, the church will grow if we can find a way to help every believer move outside the walls of church; influencing and filling in every potential missionary gap that exists with the message, power, and hope of the Gospel.

BUILDING A MOVEMENT

We wrestling with a way of doing church that inverts conventional notions about who can lead and that prioritizes mission and formation.  Rather than empower a few clergy who then recruit volunteers to reach spectators, our approach moves the emphasis to releasing missionaries through leadership development. The result is a form of church that revives mission, exponentially multiplying the impact of the church.

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A PLATFORM FOR A MOVEMENT

With your help we plan to structure a service platform for all of our Outposts. This platform is meant to equip and empower leadership.

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