Each year, Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (VAPC) runs a campaign to raise funds in support of Presbyterians Sharing. This year's campain is called 'Gather'.
Our campaign goal continues to be VAPC's allocation for Presbyterians Sharing. This year our allocation is $36,519.
Join us each Sunday at the end of announcements for a fun take on updating the campaign. If you missed previous updates here they are:
Presbyterians Sharing is the national church fund that supports the mission and ministries we do together in Canada and around the world.
Presbyterians are sharing in a wide range of ministries from encouraging and equipping congregational renewal and development, to supporting inner city, native, refugee, urban, remote and chaplaincy ministries in Canada, to sending mission personnel to work with international partners.
The rest of this newsletter is focused on ways to support this campaign financially. But we can't ever lose sight of the gifts of prayer, energy, enthusiasm and support. These gifts are the simplest to give and they sustain our congregation and the work of Presbyterians Sharing.
Giving in the middle of a pandemic is a bit tricky. This following information hopefully helps you with your gift to the 2022 Gather Campaign at VAPC. All gifts will be directed to meeting our Presbyterians Sharing allocation for the year.
Each Wednesday we'll profile a particular way of giving. Let's look at the pledge.
When I was in grade school, I would sometimes be out badgering our neighbors, getting them to pledge twenty five cents for each kilometer I walked in some sort of charity walkathon. Considering these walkathons were typically capped at five kilometers the neighbors would often root around the change in their pockets and make their expression of support right there at the door. Early on I would question why they wouldn't wait to see how far I could walk, but quickly I realized they simply wished to support the charity (or the neighborhood grade schooler).
You will see in this week's chart that we are starting to see that pledges made are starting to be fulfilled. This of course is very exciting to see. For many a pledge is used when one wishes to make a gift but will not be able to fulfill this wish during the regular campaign period, but will be able to fulfill this wish by the end of the year (2022).
However the pledge is used, sometimes we think it has to be for a significant sum for it to be worthwhile. I always return to that idea of the grade schooler hitting the pavement looking for pocket change. You might consider a similar approach with the Gather campaign - pledging a simple amount per week let's say.
To make a pledge, please click the button to access the online form (which will open in a separate window). Alternately send an email to our envelope secretary at email@example.com.
The following sections provide some guidance as to how to make a gift.
Cheques are to be made out to "Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church". The memo field should state "Gather Campaign" and list your envelope number (if you have one).
Example: Gather Campaign - 172
Cheques can be dropped off at or mailed to the church (4612 Varsity Dr NW, Calgary, AB T3A 1V7)
If you have never sent an e-transfer to VAPC using your banking app, you will have to set up VAPC as a new recipient. The following information can be used to set this up.
Prior to sending your e-transfer the message field should state "Gather Campaign" and list your envelope number (if you have one).
Example: Gather Campaign - 172
Should you need help setting this up contact the office.
To complete your gift using PAR, please click the button to access the online form (which will open in a separate window).
Online giving can be accessed by clicking the button below. In the 'To:' dropdown select 'Presbyterian Sharing' prior to submitting the gift for processing.