They are here… and they are young! Beloit College puts out a yearly “mindset” list to help us understand the way the class of 2017 understands the world. Consider these facts:
– Eminem and LL Cool J could show up at parents’ weekend.
– GM means food that is Genetically Modified.
– Most have never gotten the chicken pox
– Having a chat has seldom involved talking
– Rites of passage have more to do with having their own cell phone and Skype accounts than with getting a driver’s license and car
– With GPS, they have never needed directions to get someplace, just an address
They are young, different, and not connected to the Church in any meaningful way. Yet, the ministry at St. Alban’s is growing! We have students who come from all denominations and many from no faith at all… to hear about the Gospel and to investigate the faith. Every Thursday night over 65 knobs come for pizza and Bible Study. Two weeks ago a knob invited a squadmate to come to Bible Study. The squadmate had literally never held a Bible before! This is not all that uncommon, but it still shocks me when it happens. Can you imagine growing up in America and not holding a Bible? The good news is that this knob has now heard the great news about Jesus and is still attending!
Certainly, less of the Millennial generation is coming to church… but they’re not immune to the Gospel. That’s where your investment pays off! These young people respond because of the daily presence of a chaplain on the campus… something we can’t do without your help. The Diocese and The Church of the Holy Cross do contribute… but only a portion of the $80,000 needed each year. We need you to fill in the gap to help Cadets get Bibles in their hands… and most of all… to give them a relationship with Jesus so that they will not leave the church.
A gift of $100 pays for pizza for one night’s Bible Study
A gift of $200 pays for the bus to transport students to Sunday Worship
A gift of $500 pays for 10 cadets to go to a retreat
A gift of $1000 pays for 1/8th of a Chaplain to be on campus
This ministry will not continue without the support of Alumni and Friends. The Diocese and Holy Cross have budgets that are continually being squeezed. But as we all dig deep, we can grow a ministry that continues to reach out not only to today’s cadets, but to tomorrow’s as well.
Giving to St. Albans is very easy. You can give through The Citadel Foundation, to St. Albans directly, or online! Giving through TCF counts towards your alumni giving awards. Giving directly to St. Albans is quickest. And giving online gives you an easy monthly option. And, as always, if you’d like to give a legacy gift or gift of securities, just call us and I would be happy to meet with you.
Thank you for considering a partnership gift to the growing ministry at St. Alban’s Chapel. We are touching over 200 cadets each week with the gospel and your help is greatly appreciated!