You Hosted a House Party!

Special thanks to Zeb and Evelyn Moss!

You hosted a House Party!

Cindy FinleyBy Cindy Finley

On July 23rd Zeb and Evelyn invited WMU Leaders from their association to a House Party. Over lunch, I shared about the exciting things the Lord is doing through WMU NC and answered questions. Zeb then shared why he and Evelyn have chosen to financially support WMU and invited their guests to do the same.

The enthusiasm was contagious resulting in creative ideas for not only increasing personal giving to WMU NC, but also creative ideas encouraging others to give as well.  Everyone left excited about the possibilities of what can happen if we all pull together to financially support the mission and ministries of WMU NC. 

So, here’s my question for you … Would you consider hosting a House Party this fall? 

When you host a House Party, you are simply inviting your friends to hear “What’s Happening With WMU NC” and provide an opportunity for them to financially connect with our mission and invest in our future.

Who can host a House Party? You can! If you love WMU NC and believe that we all have time, talent, and treasure to give to the cause of missions, you are a perfect person to host a House Party.

Where should I have a House Party? You can certainly have it in your home. But you could also team up with a friend and host it in her home. You could have it in the clubhouse of your community, at a local coffee shop, or at a restaurant. The goal is to have your House Party in a location that is comfortable for you and your guests.

Who should you invite? You can invite anyone you think would like to hear what’s happening with WMU NC and may be interested in making a financial gift to further the mission and ministries of our organization.

What happens at a House Party? At the party, you welcome your guests, make introductions, and perhaps offer light refreshments. I share a brief presentation on “What’s Happening with WMU NC” and offer an opportunity for people to ask questions. Then you share why you have chosen to invest in the mission and ministries of WMU NC and ask your guests to join you in donating to our organization. People are welcome to make a donation on the spot, or they may take home a brochure and envelope to consider their contribution.

How long does a House Party last? Really, the program is only about 45 minutes. Some people linger, while others scoot out to make it back to work or get home to children.

Why should you host a House Party? Because you believe in WMU NC and want to see our organization move forward with vitality. This is a fun way of supporting WMU NC, catching up on the latest happenings,  and sharing our mission and ministries with others. And, as a little bonus … I’ll give everyone who hosts a House Party this fall a “shout-out” in the winter edition of Tarheel Talk and in our monthly e-newsletters. It’s a win-win for everyone!

What next? Contact me right away at cfinley@wmunc.org to schedule your house party. I’m scheduling House Parties for the fall and anticipate that my calendar will fill up quickly. I wouldn’t want you to miss out.

Once you have scheduled your House Party, I’ll send you a packet that includes invitations to mail out and a short checklist. I’ll also send you an email invitation to follow-up the traditional invitation. In the weeks leading up to your House Party, I’ll provide you with the support you need to assure that your House Party is a success.

I hope you’re excited about this opportunity to share with others the exciting things that Lord is doing through WMU NC and invite them to partner with us. If you have any questions, want to get a bit more information, or are ready to schedule your House Party, please email me or call me at (919) 882-2344 ext. 208. I look forward to hearing from you!

Cindy Finley

Development Director

A Message from WMU NC President Tana Hartsell

“Our watchword is Union – not so much union with each other but union with Christ.” - Fannie E. S. Heck, 1899

In the three months I have attempted to fill the gap in the absence of an Executive Director/Treasurer, it has been my joy and privilege to experience the spirit of ‘union’ among you in your churches and associations. It is evident that your union with Christ, as Miss Heck encouraged, is a living and vital component of your organizations, for without Him there is no unity.

It is our unity in Christ providing the catalyst to move forward. It is our pulling together in oneness that the missions and ministries of WMU NC not only continue, but grow. There are a number of opportunities for your personal involvement in the weeks and months ahead. Information and details can be found at http://www.wmunc.org.

It is our unity in Christ which provides the excitement, encouragement, anticipation, and assurance that He is at work, even when circumstances would indicate otherwise. You already know these are challenging and difficult days for WMU NC. There are three key staff positions vacant and June financial statements indicate that contributions, compared to this time last year, have decreased by a full month’s budgetary requirement. For your household that is equivalent to missing a month’s paycheck.

WMU NC has been around for over 127 years – long enough for some to assume we’ll always be here and for others to grow indifferent. But we must approach the situation with reality. The staff, the resources, the training, the mission and ministry opportunities provided, Camp Mundo Vista, and other things you’ve grown accustomed to, cost money. It’s a subject most of us would rather avoid, but friends, you must hear and realize how important you and your gifts are to the continuation of the missions and ministries of WMU NC.

It is our unity in Christ where we will find the courage, as our foremothers did, to remain steadfast and faithful to the call He has placed on our lives. As Alma Hunt, former Executive Director of National WMU said,

“Woman’s Missionary Union, not as an organization but as a force for the fulfilling of the Great Commission, is worth the investment of one’s most precious gift…life itself.”

Many of you have told stories and given testimony to what WMU has meant to you and others throughout the years. No price can be placed on that, on lives touched and changed, but investment can be made in the transforming stories yet to be written. As Annie Armstrong wrote,

“The widow’s mite is still in circulation. Coined in the mint of self-sacrifice, its influence is being felt today by every member of the church of God.”

-Tana Hartsell

President, WMU NC

Is the Great Commission a cause in which you believe?

In the spring of 2009, my husband and I hosted a fundraising dinner. We were working to adopt Katya, a Ukrainian orphan we had hosted the previous summer. We had received a matching funds grant through Lifesong for Orphans. However, in order for a matching fund to work, there have to be matching funds.

So, we rented a small restaurant for the evening, worked out a menu, and contacted ten friends who have a heart for orphans. These ten friends invited their friends to join us for the evening, hear about Katya, learn about the connection between orphans and the issue of human trafficking, and financially partner with us in our effort to welcome Katya into our home not as our guest, but as our daughter.

That evening, 75 people gathered in a small cafe. After dinner, Marcy Klug, wife of Corban Addison, author of A Walk Across the Sun, shared the true story of Tatiana, a Ukrainian orphan who was lured into the sex trade. Following Tatiana’s story, we played a five-minute video with pictures of footage from Katya’s month with us the previous summer.

At this point, another friend stood up to issue a challenge to the 75 people gathered that evening. “Is bringing Katya home a cause in which you believe? If so, then it’s time to invest.”

In that one evening, 75 people demonstrated their believe in this cause and invested over $16,000 to bring one orphan home.

We invest in the causes in which we believe.

WMU NC is at a crossroads, a hinge, of sorts, when it is imperative that the beauty of a rich legacy is connected to the future so that the story lives on. The legacy is beautiful, but even more beautiful than the legacy of WMU is the cause of WMU.

WMU NC exists to prepare, equip, and challenge Christian believers to be radically involved in the Great Commission.  

Do you believe in this cause?  

I do.  My belief in this cause is why I am investing my time, my talent, and my treasure in WMU NC.

Following the resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with his disciples.  As the time for his ascension drew near, Jesus gathered with these disciples and gave them a command, a commission, actually, a Great Commission.

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:18b-20, ESV Holy Bible)

The Great Commission is a cause worthy of our investment for three reasons.

  1. Jesus commands it
  2. Jesus is with us
  3. Jesus will see it through to completion

Jesus has all authority, and he tells us to “Go.”  But he doesn’t send us out alone.  He promises to be with us always, to the end of the age.  And, he gives us a picture of what it will be like when the Great Commission is complete.

I (John) looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb crying out, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”  (Revelation 7:9-10, ESV Holy Bible)

The Great Commission is a cause worthy of our investment because 

Jesus commands it,

Jesus is with us, and

Jesus will see it through the completion.

On October 1, 2009, Bill and I flew from JFK Airport to Kyiv.  We left behind our other six children to go after this one.  Because 75 people invested in a cause in which they believed, seven weeks later we welcomed Katya home, not as our guest, but as our daughter.

Bringing Katya out of an institution, and into our family was a worthy cause.  75 people believed in this cause and chose to make an investment.  Instead of having a future which would likely have included being lured into the sex trade, Katya now sings in her school choir, climbs trees, and rides a bicycle.  Seventy-five people believed in this cause and made an investment to bring Katya out of an institution and into our family.

Preparing, equipping, and challenging believers to be radically involved in the Great Commission is a worthy cause.

Is this a cause in which you believe? 

If so, would you make an investment in the Great Commission by making an investment in WMU NC?

Make an investment in the Great Commission by making an investment in WMU NC in several ways:

1.  Send a donation directly to:

Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina

PO Box 18309

Raleigh, NC 27619-8309

2.  Contact me directly, cfinley@wmunc.org, and ask me to send a giving envelope to you.  By using this envelope you can designate your contribution to be used for:

  • WMU NC Operating Needs
  • Heck-Jones Offering
  • Camp Mundo Vista Fund
  • Touch Tomorrow Today Endowment
  • Other 

3.  Give online through this secure website. Your contribution may be a one-time donation or a recurring gift.  If you have questions about this process, please contact Cheryl Daniel, cdaniel@wmunc.org, and she’ll be glad to help you.

I do hope you’ll drop by the office and say, “Hi!” the next time you’re in Raleigh.  I’d love to meet with you, hear your WMU story, and talk about the causes in which you believe.  Feel free to call me anytime, (919) 882-2344 ext 208, or email me at cfinley@wmunc.org.  You can also connect with me on Facebook, or at my website.  I look forward to connecting with you soon!

Warmly,

Cindy

Cindy Finley Has Joined the Staff as Director of Development

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WMU NC is pleased to announce that Cindy Finley has joined the staff of WMU NC as the Director of Development. The creation of this contract position came as a recommendation of the financial development work group to the Executive Board during their visioning process in January of 2012. A search committee, appointed by Board President Tana Hartsell, included Shane Nixon, chair and Senior Pastor of FBC Mocksville; Bill Overby, Director of Development/Trustor Services of the NC Baptist Foundation; Wayne Wike, Director of Development at Wingate University; Kimberly Overton, former WMU NC Executive Board member and Chief Resource Prosecutor with the NC Conference of District Attorneys; and Cindy Averette, Counsel to the NC House and Senate Finance Committees.

The Director of Development is to direct the overall fundraising efforts and secure contributions for the current year and develop future gifts for the continuation of WMU NC’s missions and ministries.

Mrs. Finley says it is “my desire to honor all our donors, whether their offering would be categorized by the world as a ‘large sum’ or a ‘widow’s mite’. Jesus honored the woman who gave two small copper coins because she ‘put in everything she had’. She demonstrated her confidence in God’s provision. This is the type of woman I want to be, and I want to encourage other women to be as well.”

Executive Board Suspends Fundraising for ‘Gift’ of Lillington Building

Since March 24, 2012, when the Executive Board of Woman’s Missionary Union of North Carolina voted unanimously to buy a building on Main Street in Lillington, there has been much enthusiasm and excitement for what appeared to be an opportunity to launch us into the future.

Fundraising efforts to make possible the ‘gift’ of purchasing this building were difficult in the face of a weak economy. Two contract extensions were graciously granted from the seller but as the latest closing date, November 30, approached, it became apparent these funds would not be available.

The Executive Board voted to rescind the contract agreement for purchase and immediately suspended any and all fundraising efforts for this purpose. A letter to all contributors provided options for redirecting the use of their donation or requesting the return of that gift.

An Opportunity to Launch WMU NC into the Future

During her report to the annual meeting at Ridgecrest, Acting Executive Director/Treasurer Ruby Fulbright announced that the Executive Board had agreed to accept the gift of an office building in Lillington (Harnett County), North Carolina, to be renovated for WMU’s state office.

This opportunity has been provided by several mission-minded individuals who firmly believe in the purpose of WMU NC “to challenge, prepare, and equip Christian believers to be radically involved in the fulfillment of the Great Commission”, and who envision that with these facilities, WMU NC can become a premier missions educator, resource, and enabler.

Closing on the 16,500 square foot building is anticipated in May. Details of the renovations and how others might be involved with  be forthcoming.