The Doughnut Whole Gang begins each Saturday morning session with a fellowship time where men share “what’s new and what can we do?” Todd shared that the letters on the CTK sign were faded, so he painted them. Now, he said, the background looks dingy and the wiring on a light was burned out. Would Sparky possibly help to to rewire it and could we use “Wholy Funds” from our weekly DWG offerings to purchase new background material? Dave and Dane chimed in that the wiring has been investigated, and it was beyond expensive repair. I shared that three of my customers had recently purchased electronic signs for their stores, and had commented to me that new billboards had brought in people they had never seen before, inquiring about what was advertised on them. One Sunday, while talking about CTK’s dilapidated sign, I mentioned this to Pastor Nate, and he pondered if there might be someone in the congregation that might be willing to donate to a new sign? The next day, a salesperson for electronic signs showed up inquiring if CTK might be interested in a new electronic sign? No, I had not set him up! Several months later in our Christ In Our Home devotional, a fellow named Rick shared that after many years away from Christianity, he had driven by a church and the sign outside read, “All Are Welcome.” The devotion went on to say that Rick now leads the homeless ministry in his congregation. This summer, Loren came up to me and made a donation to start out the fund towards an electronic sign. Some of the other Doughnut Whole Gang members have since made donations as well. Sparky suggested that we hold a brat fry during the CTK Craft Sale to raise funds for the new sign. We applied and were approved for Thrivent Action Teams funds to purchase the supplies to hold our outdoor fundraiser on Saturday, October 9th from 10:30-2:30. But, in the end, we know that the ultimate sign from God is the cross. It’s a sign that we are truly loved beyond all measure.
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