Opening a tangible thank you note these days is rare, that is, unless it’s from a baby shower, wedding, etc. So the fact that a thank you note ended up on our Administrator’s desk at SonRise Church caught us all by surprise. The gold & royal blue letter was from Mariemont Elementary. What could they possibly be writing us about? Here’s what the letter said:
” Dear SonRise Church,
We cannot thank you enough for all the wonderful things you do for our schools. You have welcomed us into your building on numerous occasions and go out of your way to accommodate our needs. Every Friday, students in need are eager to visit the office to pickup food for the weekend. I wish you could see the joy on their faces.
I want you to know that we used your generous donation last spring to fund scholarships for district summer camps. Many students who never get to participate in things like this enjoyed piano camp, dance camp, rocket class & sports camps. It was awesome to see these kids having fun and learning along with other kids.
Please know that you are making a tremendous impact on our community. We feel your love and support in our schools.
Thanks so much!
Mariemont Elementary ”
Wow! Praise God! In a world where it feels as if we are bombarded with one depressing story after the next, we are choosing to rejoice about the good things that God is doing in our own backyard. At SonRise Church, generosity isn’t foreign to us. Instead, generosity is one of our seven values. We will lead the way with irrational generosity. We give up things we love (time, talents, & resources) for things we love even more (our mission). We go above and beyond to give sacrificially to the work of God, because we believe we are blessed to be a blessing.
Some ways we’ve tried to be a blessing to Mariemont Schools is by opening our facility for their students & staff to use for retreats, conferences & learning seminars. We also collected a special offering last Christmas, known as the Legacy Offering, in which a portion of the offering ($2,000) was donated to Mariemont Schools. We wanted to give back to Mariemont Schools, because they graciously allowed us to use their facility when we didn’t have one. We’re so thankful that our donation was used to bring joy to some local students during the summer camps that they attended.
That’s not all. Through our Backpack Ministry (which exists to provide 300 local elementary students take-home meals for the weekend), we are able to feed 20 students from Mariemont Elementary every weekend.
To our church family, we’d like to say thank you for your generosity. Your time, talents & resources are making a mighty impact for Christ in our community and world. Let’s make a positive story go viral; please share the good news of what God is doing in Cincinnati, Ohio.