“We Are Ready!”
The Readiness Fund is a mission and ministry which will allow Sheridan to meet the need placed before us while also choosing to stay intentionally debt-free. It is based on what the Apostle Paul teaches.
“For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has…”
The word eagerness in the original Greek is “prothumia” (προθυμία). A second and helpful translation for it is ready. The root infers being inclined to give, and that inclination comes out of a response to God’s blessings. The sense is that we are filled with the Spirit and eager. Zeal and enthusiasm are hallmarks of “prothumia.” Essentially, God’s work on our grateful heart makes us ready to give.
The question each of us has to answer is one of inclination. Are you ready?
The Readiness Fund is born out of a desire to respond to God’s work in the hearts and lives of Sheridan members who wish to make a difference established in 2015. With The Readiness Fund we will consistently seek to:
- Do creative mission projects both internationally and locally.
- Continue our rich tradition of capital improvements to our beautiful campus.
- Repair and maintain our facility as a means by which we honor God.
We seek to do these things above and beyond the central funds of a mission, namely our general operating budget. The Readiness Fund seeks to do the mission that Sheridan couldn’t do in any other way.
View previous projects of the Readiness Fund:
What we are ready to do
Capital Improvement & Repair: Worship Center Renovations
Opened on Christmas Eve 2003, our Worship Center is no longer new. With more than 3,900 worship services, hundreds of weddings and funerals and thousands of rehearsals, the 15 years of use has taken its toll. Well used is well-loved and our Worship Center is well-loved. A few areas of concern include:
•The chancel in front of the altar has “soft spots.” The floor sags and moves in places.
•About 12 years ago a “temporary” extended platform was built. This needs to be redesigned and replaced with a permanent structure.
•The music side was designed for a choir more than a band, so it lacks necessary outlets and proper space for a Praise Band.
•Under the pews on the north side of the floor, there is a large crack in the cement where it has settled and separated.
This renovation has a goal of $200,000. A generous anonymous donor has pledged a matching gift of $100,000. We need to raise $100,000 to receive the gift.
Mission: Lutheran Student Center
In 2015, The Lutheran Center at UNL embarked on their “Cross at the Heart” Campaign. Centered on the vitally important need to replace their aging and failing facility, their goal was to raise $6 million dollars over three years, in which we donated $150,000. When successfully completed, this campaign will yield both a beautiful new home to reach students on campus and a stream of income to secure the future of this ministry. More fundraising was needed to complete this project, and we were asked to consider an additional gift to help with the campaign.
We hope to contribute an additional $50,000 to help The Lutheran Center reach its fundraising goal.
We are ready! Are you?
You are invited and asked to support the Readiness Fund. Gifts may be specifically designated or you may choose to support all projects by simply supporting the fund. We trust the Spirit will lead us to hear God’s call and that you will generously respond over time.