Apart from Them …

This Sunday – April 12 – we formally kick off a Capital Campaign with the goal of $1.2 million. The theme of the campaign is Honor the Past; Live the Present; Imagine the Future. Our texts for the day are Haggai 2:1-9, and select verses from Hebrews 11. For many clergy, Capital Campaigns are the last thing we want to be involved in. I didn’t go into the ministry to be a fundraiser! And yet …

The lines between ministry, faith and money are fine indeed and often difficult to detect. How much ministry is done with no funding behind or beneath it? So we tell people who are hungry and thirsty, who are lonely and need companionship, who are lost and looking for their way to simply be off and have faith? Faith in action requires resources. Jesus is constantly challenging those who listened to him to think prayerfully about their treasure.

We will pray; and we will draw from the history of First UMC Burlington as recorded by Florence G. Greene. The sermon notes for Apart from Them We Would Not Be Made Perfect are there for your perusal.

$1.2 million. It’s going to take prayer and sacrifice; it’s going to take faith and work. So often we don’t really find out what it is God wants to give us until we are willing to give of ourselves. We pray this Capital Campaign with not only Honor the Past, Live the Present, and Imagine the Future – we hope it will glorify God as well.


Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.