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Extravaganza 2018

Extravaganza 2018

Date: October 27, 2018 
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
Location:  Bellingham Golf and Country Club 

The Firs annual benefit auction was another successful event for the ministries of The Firs. Plan to join us in October of 2019 as we continue our pre-centennial celebration of all that God has done through The Firs. 

Points for Prayer – November 2018

Points for Prayer – November 2018

  1. Thankful to God for a safe summer at all of our sites and for the over 4,100 children and youth we were able to serve.
  2. Thankful to God for the filling of our Director of Camps and Retreats position with Jon Epps. Pray for Jon as he transitions into this new job and as he begins working with the youth ministries team overseeing Firwood and the Chalet.
  3. Thankful to God for a successful fundraising event on October 27th. The Firs Auction/Extravaganza went well with over $43,000 raised (before expenses) including $24,800 for our Campership Fund.
  4. Thankful to God for the opportunity to partner with Family Promise in assisting with temporarily, displaced families in our community. Pray for those families this month who will spend a week with us and then later on again next year.
  5. Thankful to God for financial health despite the loss of a major revenue stream (Discovery School) and the expectations that we will finish behind budget but well into the black. Pray for a tenant for the Rutledge building that will fit well with our ministries.
  6. Thankful to God for the staff of The Firs as a whole. Thankful for the good morale that exists and the good function between departments. Keep praying for each of these people, not only for their work at The Firs, but for their personal lives and relationships as well.
  7. Thankful to God for the growth in our children’s ministries at The Firs. Thankful for a great summer at Fircreek with record setting numbers. Thankful for the expanded use of the facilities on the south side of Cable St. and the help that has been already to our ASA programs. Pray for the research and preparation being done for the possible start of a unique pre-school program.
News From The Extravaganza

News From The Extravaganza

About 80 people (not counting volunteers) gathered last Saturday evening for our annual fundraising auction at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club. As usual, this time was one of fun interaction, relationship building and over-the-top generosity.  We put a theme to the event this time (Back to the Woods) in anticipation of The Firs 100 year anniversary celebration in a few years. Scattered throughout the venue were displays that reflected our long history of ministry and those in attendance really enjoyed the look back.

Without question, the highlight of the evening took place when we got to the time to encourage support of our Campership Fund which makes it possible for kids to attend camp who otherwise couldn’t afford to go.  I suspect everyone or near everyone in the room participated with gifts of $100 -$1000. As a result, the biggest total in memory of $12,425 was raised. That alone was a huge encouragement but then a note was passed along to me that stated this amount would anonymously be matched dollar for dollar. This effectively took our total to $24,850. As we moved on with the program, I remember thinking more than once that if that was all that happened – the event would have been a great success.

As it turned out another $18,273 was raised that night (including the fees for the event) for a grand total of $43,123. Even after expenses this will be a huge boost to the ministries and kids of The Firs. We are very thankful to God for each and every one who took part – including those who gave of the goods and services that we auctioned off.

The greatest resource of The Firs is not its money but its people. It’s the people of The Firs who serve and who plan. They pray and they govern; they volunteer and they promote. And, when a group of them come together for an event such as this, it is a reminder to us all of how God chooses to carry out His purpose in this place.

With a grateful heart,

Tom Beaumont – Executive Director

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