EDMOND—Philadelphia Church of God members in the congregations of the northeast United States joined efforts to raise thousands of dollars for the headquarters aircraft fund.
The fundraiser directly after the Feast of Tabernacles in October, with members going door-to-door and selling citrus and other foods, getting in a large portion of their sales before inclement weather arrived. Order forms were also provided to members living in Edmond. The fundraiser also included contributions from members working at racing events, as well as at a state fair, arena concessions and a yard sale. The motto for the effort was “Give the largest offering possible.”
In a letter to Pastor General Gerald Flurry accompanying the check, Northeast Regional Director Cal Culpepper wrote, “And I must say, Mr. Flurry, the brethren really did push, which is reflected in the check this year. We would like to thank you for your leadership in helping guide all of us on our collective spiritual journey. … We thank you for the love you show us and we want to return that love by supporting you in contributing to the airplane fund. We love the Work and are grateful to be a part of it.”
Last year, the total raised by the region came to 84,000. This year, the amount was $100,100.
Mr. Culpepper concluded, “We hope this will help further the work and hasten the day.”
“The timing is really perfect,” said chief financial officer Andrew Locher. “This comes right in the middle of the financial dry season. The fruit sale fundraiser is always a great boost for us every year.”