Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much have we raised for the new Parish Hall? A: We exceeded our initial $1 million dollar goal, with a total nearing $1.2 million – THANK YOU! Q: Why are we continuing with this campaign so soon after the last one?
A: Even with a successful seven-figure result, we always expected to incur some debt. It is important for the church to sustain God’s grace to stay on solid financial footing by keeping this long term debt to a manageable level. Initial estimates from 2014 reflected a desire to carry a long term note between $500,000 and $600,000. Even with careful planning and reduction in project scope, we now expect debt upon completion near $889,000. This is below what both the bank and Diocese approved, but it still is more than we want to carry. Instead of a drawn-out solicitation over a decade, we instead seek to raise an additional $400,000 over the next three years. This will allow us to service debt and focus on a thriving parish without reducing programs.
Q: Why are we trying to do this in three years if our loan is written for a longer term?
A: We were extraordinarily blessed to find a bank that offered us a three year “interest only” period. We now have 22 months remaining on this reduced monthly payment due. In the meantime, we have received a generous multi-year pledge of $40,000 annually to cover interest payments and allow the rest of the congregation to quickly pay down our principal amount. With these donations combined, a second phase campaign can reduce our debt far more efficiently than a long, lingering effort. If we raise more than $400,000, we will pay down our loan even more quickly!
Q: How does my three-year capital commitment affect my regular giving to Apostles?
A: As with our original capital asking, your gift should reflect commitment and love in addition to what you regularly give. (We ask everyone to consider increasing 2019 giving by just 1% of their income.)
Q: Will everybody in our church be expected to give to this program?
A: We ask everyone to prayerfully consider participating. We remain grateful for gifts that were pledged previously but lagged due to unexpected circumstances. We also appreciate gifts from newer members who were not yet at Apostles when first building pledges were made! And to those who completed an initial building donation and now add to it, we appreciate your faithfulness and continued support. Each gift will be different – large and small, cash and in-kind gifts, and possibly planned or estate bequests –working together to do something incredible at Apostles!
Q: What should I do if my original commitment has not been completed?
A: Most people will choose to “roll over” any remaining balance into a new commitment. This helps people fulfill what they felt God wanted them to do when they made their original commitment, even if circumstances have delayed their best intentions.
Q: When will giving begin for the new campaign?
A: December, 2018 represents the first month of the new three-year commitments.
Q: When will we be asked to return our new commitment card?
A: First Commitment weekend is December 1st & 2nd, 2018. This will be the opening week for returning pledges (whether by hardcopy or email or online). Pledges will be received throughout December!
Q: Can I donate assets other than cash?
A: Yes. Securities, real estate, life insurance and any asset which can be sold readily are welcome. We also will share more information soon regarding planned giving at Apostles. For more information, please contact the church office.
Q: Will I be able to change my commitment?
A: Yes, your commitment is not a contract. It is a good faith estimate of what you can give, in your “regular” tithes and offerings, as well as to our new Parish Hall.
Thank you for your prayerful support
Men’s Bible Study (First Thursday)
The next Men’s First Thursday Bible Study will be held at the church on Thursday, February 7, at 7:30 p.m. The Bible study is open to all men over 16 years of age. For questions about the group, contact Kevin Williamson or Collin McAvoy at email@example.com.
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Evening Prayers & Intercessions (First Tuesday)
The next First Tuesday Evening Prayer and Intercession will be held on Tuesday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall, beginning with a light meal. Please join us! Prayer requests can be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Need a Ride?—Ride Sharing
If you cannot safely drive to Apostles for our 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday mornings (or if you know of someone who needs a ride), please contact the church office: 972-462-0234 firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Group Dinner Socials
We are kicking off the return of our small group dinner socials! The purpose is to give our church family the opportunity to get better acquainted with members in a small group setting over dinner in a parishioner’s home. The adult small group dinner parties consist of 6-8 individuals gathering in a host home. The host home will be asked to provide only the home, beverage, and bread for the meal. Guests will be asked to bring the main course, appetizer, salad, sides, and dessert. Babysitting will be provided at the church. If you would like to participate, there is a sign-up sheet in the Church Lobby. Once we have our number of participants, you will be contacted by your assigned host home; your host will contact you to discuss what food item you can bring that evening. Questions? Contact Debbie Fruithandler at 972-745-7131 or email@example.com
Congratulations to RIck & Carol Kull, who welcomed their second grandbaby, Leonel Benitez, on Dec. 30. Baby Leo and mom Karin are doing great. Prayers of thanksgiving for a healthy pregnancy and delivery
(Please contact the office to share names of newly born)
Please keep Liia Harmon and her family in your prayers after the death this week of her step-mother Darla Ruth Harmon. A memorial service for Darla will be held this Sunday, February 3 at 2 p.m.at Church of the Apostles, 322 S. MacArthur Blvd., Coppell, Texas.
Please keep Cathy Goram and the Goram Family in your prayers after the death of parishioner Steve Goram. Funeral and burial will be on Saturday, December 22, at 3 p.m. at Restland’s Wildwood Chapel, 13005 Greenville Avenue in Dallas.
For directions or further information regarding arrangements, please contact the church office at 972-462-0234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for returning your 2019 Stewardship Pledge! If you did not receive a 2019 Stewardship Packet or need another copy, please contact the office: 972-462-0234 email@example.com
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Daughters of the King 2019 Program
Church of the Apostles’ Lydia Chapter of Daughters of the King is kicking off its 2018-2019 Program Year with a program centered on “Prayer Changes Me.” The DOK is made up of women who desire a closer walk with the Lord, as supported through the companionship of its sisters. If this is of interest to you, please text Barbara Maley at 214-675-2953.
Letters to College Students – Daughters of the King
Each school year, Daughters of the King reaches out to college students by sending them letters of encouragement while they are in school. If you have a college student in your family and would like them to benefit from this ministry of DOK, please email the student’s best address to Marilyn Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Daughters of the King is an Episcopal women’s order that allows members to assist parish priests and take a vow of prayer, service, and evangelism. Training for participation is required in developing their personal rule of life, and there will be a new training class held soon! If you’re interested in attending training and would like more information, please contact Marilyn Marsh at email@example.com or 214-563-2998.
Daughters of the King Bottled Water Drive
During the hot summer months, Daughters of the King is supplying water to SoupMobile Ministries. You can sponsor cases of water by check (please specify “water” in the memo) or by donating online. One case of water is $4.50, five cases is $22.50, ten cases is $45.00, etc. The water price includes delivery to the SoupMobile office. To donate online, go to churchoftheapostles.net, click on “Apostles Giving,” scroll to “Push to Pay” and enter your donation amount. Select “Designation – Other” and in the comments, add “water.” Thank you for supporting this ministry to needy homeless in the downtown Dallas area!
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Seventh Day Adventists
Our resident Seventh Day Adventist congregation shares space at Apostles on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The arrangement includes significant rent, as well as specific guidelines for space usage. We appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility as we work through practicalities! Please contact the Rector or Wardens or the church office with any feedback or concerns.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
We are renewing our focus on Lay Eucharistic Visitors who take communion to parishioners who are sick or shut-in, in hospital or rehab, or home settings. Bobbi Henson now coordinates this as part of our healing/visitation ministry. If you or anyone you know has been absent from church due to illness or similar circumstances, please contact Jane Elterman at elterman1@ msn.com to request a visit with Holy Communion.
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Sunday school is a place for your kids to come together,
make friends and grow in their faith together! We study lessons in the Bible, learn them in unique ways, and find ways that they apply to us in our day to day life. With arts and crafts, plays, and games, there is always something fun for your kids at our Sunday school and tween classes!” Sunday School and Tween Classes, Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.
Adult Sunday Morning Session:
Adult Session 9:30 a.m.
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Valentine Candy for Riverchase Staff
Debbie Moss is coordinating a project this month to make Valentine treat bags for the staff at Riverchase Elementary. If you would like to contribute, please bring one or two bags of Valentine candy to the church this Sunday. The bags will be filled NEXT Sunday, February 10.
The Riverchase Elementary School Mission is a part of the One Church/One School initiative of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, which promotes partnership between our church and our neighborhood school. Our goal is to provide support and to enhance the quality of education by reading to students, tutoring, mentoring, teacher appreciation, providing for the special needs of identified students, and providing other needs as they arise. As we provide salt, light, and leaven in our community, we also provide opportunities for our members to serve others. If you can help in any way, or would like to become a volunteer, please contact Debbie Moss: firstname.lastname@example.org All volunteers must complete a background check, including those who are returning as volunteers. Please copy and paste the link https://cfb.tx01.teams360.net/volunteer/ EntryPointHomeAction.doc to complete the background check or use the following instructions:
- Go to CFBISD.edu.
- Click on “About Us”
- Scroll down on the drop-down to “Community Involvement”
- Click on the picture on the far right (volunteer page)
- On the Volunteer Page click on one of the blue links that say] “Online background check” or “Volunteer Background Check” (If you are a returning volunteer, sign in).
If you’re interested in volunteering, need assistance with your background check, or have any questions about this wonderful, worthwhile opportunity, please contact Debbie Moss at 972-978-2649 or email@example.com
The 20s and 30s Group
For information/questions on the group, or events above, please contact Margarett Muncy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Sisterhood Bible Study
The Sisterhood Bible Study is for women and we meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. If you need a book, or you have questions, please contact Susan Deems at 214-415-6323 or susanRdeems@gmail.com.
Ministry Oversight Method (“MOM”)
Have you ever looked up on a Sunday morning at church to see a burned out light bulb and thought, “I wonder who’s in charge of that?” Or do you have an idea for a really neat ministry project but wonder whom to tell? Each Vestry member (except Wardens) serves as a liaison to leaders of various church ministries. Members and newcomers alike are encouraged to bring their ideas, concerns, and questions to the Vestry liaison/Lay Ministry leaders by emailing them email@example.com.
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Community 12-step group now meets on Monday evenings at Apostles.
You might see their members enter the building on Monday evenings. (The group normally now meets and remains in the sanctuary without any effect on activities on the parish hall side.) If you see them enter or exit the building, please respect their privacy. We welcome them to Apostles, give thanks for their godly work, and keep them in our ongoing prayers.
Apostles Montessori Academy School Year 2018-2019
The Apostles Day School is now … Apostles Montessori Academy. There are still openings available, so enroll now! Call Director Vicki Byam for more information or to schedule a tour: 972-393-0655 or email (note NEW email address) Director@apostlesmontessori.net
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CONTACTING OFFICE STAFF
If you need to reach office staff — feel free to PUT OFFICE PHONE NUMBERS (Phone:972.462.0234 FAX: 972.393.9102) IN YOUR PHONE. Email and voicemail will be checked regularly. For urgent items, please call the office first. Then if needed, call/text the rector at 214-918-4928. The office email address is Office@ChurchoftheApostles.net.
Father Tim’s Email Address
Please use: firstname.lastname@example.org and delete the outdated
email@example.com from your contact list. Thank you!
On the first Sunday of each month, a standing invitation exists for visitors and members to enjoy lunch with the Band!
Lunch will be at 12:30 p.m. at a nearby restaurant—location determined during “head count” after church. Join us for lunch on first Sundays. Questions? Contact Ben Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Apostles STEWARDSHIP and online giving for 2019
2019 Stewardship packets have now been mailed. Please contact the office if you have not received one! The STEWARDSHIP of God’s blessings continues to be a significant focus of your Vestry as it continues to manage church funds wisely. If you have not renewed your pledge for 2019 (even if continuing your giving level from last year), OR if you are relatively new to Apostles and are contributing for the first time, we appreciate ALL gifts and support this calendar year. You can fill out a hard copy pledge card (available at the church or watch your snail mail), or simply send a private email to email@example.com. PLEASE also consider joining a growing number of parishioners making reoccurring donations online. Simply go to https://secure.paperlesstrans.com/ ChurchoftheApostles