You partnered with God to transform lives…
Every number has a name.
Every name has a story.
Every story matters to God.
CHRISTMAS FOR STOUGHTON 2018
You’re helping our community find meaning and hope.
2018: A Year Of Growth
You’re part of a growing church: welcoming new people to life with Jesus.
growth in Sunday attendance this year
of Ezra is under the age of 10
Every Sunday is someone's first Sunday
Joe Miller – Connections Pastor
Christen Brockner – Next Steps Director
Growing Student Ministries
New Middle School & High School Groups
Your church is known by what we’re FOR. We are FOR our community
Supporting Our Ministry Partners
This year we were able to give back and financially support the following ministry partners in Stoughton and beyond…
- Stoughton Area Resource Team
- Personal Essentials Pantry – Stoughton
- Converge Great Lakes Church Planting
- Luke Allison & Emmaus Community Church – Church Plant in Edgerton
- Ezra Compassion Fund to meet needs in our church family
Serving In Our City
This year our groups served our community with hundreds of volunteer hours with…
- Syttende Mai Helpers Team
- Gathering Table Meals
- Personal Essential Pantry
- Senior Center
- Stoughton Food Pantry
- The River Food Pantry
- Skaalen Home
A look at our income and expenses…
Behind the Numbers
We did not meet our planned budget, but worked to limit our expenses and payroll within our actual income. We used some of our line of credit to ensure payroll and mission critical needs were met.
We’re a growing church, and growth stretches us in new ways.
As our ministry grows, we have new needs and opportunities. This year we stretched to grow our staff in order to help people connect and grow. Our kids & student ministries grew significantly, and required some additional resources.
Growing ministries require resources and leadership. We took prayerful steps of faith to help manage the growth, and trust that we can grow our giving to meet the needs. Our needs are real, immediate, and contribute to a healthy church.
Immediate Need & Negative Impact
We were not able to fulfill our last payroll obligations. We are limiting all expenses, and this will continue to negatively impact ministries unless this need is addressed in the very near future.
We Need Your Help!
The apostle Paul describe the church like a body – every part matters and contributes to the health of the whole thing. Ezra needs every person to play a part to help us thrive. When you serve in life-giving ministry, you thrive and your church thrives. When you give financially, you experience financial freedom and our vision becomes more real…you’re helping transform lives and bless our community.
We recognize this journey God has Ezra on requires faith, patience and action as a community. We’re a growing church and sometimes that growth stretches us in new ways. Would you join us in this journey and help meet our short-term and long-term financial needs? Please pray about how God wants you to be a regular giver at Ezra. A special gift today would be helpful.
Consistent faith-fueled generosity will move things forward.
Give a special gift
Could you help reduce our $16,000 deficit today?
If every family at Ezra gave $160, we’d be caught up. Would you give $160 or more today?
Setup Regular Giving
Could you setup regular online giving?
Your consistent faith-fueled generosity will help keep us on track for the year ahead.
With your help in 2019, we can…
Improve Our Kids Environment
Eliminate Debt & Build Margin
Generously Help People
We want to live generously. Help us faithfully support local ministries like START, PEP, our compassion fund, and church planting.
Open A Temporary Ministry Center
Help us begin saving toward rental of a temporary ministry center that we can use 24/7 for groups, students and ministry teamwork during the week. We’ve also begun praying about a future long term home for Ezra Church to help us do more.
You can make 2019 our best year yet...
Your generosity makes a difference. When you give, you’re helping people connect & re-connect with God, and showing our community that God is for them!