Christ the King Lutheran Church Donates $25,000 to Dorcas Ministries
Cary, North Carolina (December 9, 2013)—Christ the King (CTK) Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Cary, donated $25,000 to Dorcas Ministries—Christian Community in Action (CCA) as part of its commitment to benevolence giving and outreach in the community. Christ the King’s gift will provide 50 percent of the first year salary for a development director, a new position at Dorcas Ministries-CCA. The development director will oversee all of the organization’s fundraising and income development activities.
CTK Senior Pastor The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Ray, along with CTK Outreach Director The Rev. Charlie Scott and CTK Outreach Advisory Board Chair Carla Fleming, presented the $25,000 gift to Dorcas Ministries—CCA Executive Director Howard Manning at Christ the King’s annual congregation meeting on November 17.
Mr. Manning thanked Christ the King for its ongoing support over many years and stated that the church’s donation will to help Dorcas Ministries-CCA optimize its services to the needy in Cary. He said the new development director will strengthen existing community partnerships and increase the organization’s capacity to serve the needy with limited operational risk. “A development officer will enable us to accelerate our reduction of debt, making more internal funds available for outreach, while also increasing funding from external sources,” he said.
Dorcas Ministries—CCA, located at 187 High House Road in Cary, provides emergency assistance to people experiencing a crisis in meeting their basic needs, including food, shelter, utilities, fuel, and clothing. In addition, the organization funds preschool scholarships for children and adult job retraining services for those who qualify. The organization has seen steady growth in expenditures in each of these areas of need. For example, in 2012, Dorcas Ministries-CCA distributed $206,381 in emergency financial assistance to 5,244 people in need; the projected expenditure in 2013 is $303,848 to at least 7,000 people. This growth across all areas of service spurred the decision to hire a full-time development officer to meet the increased need.
Pastor Ray said that Christ the King’s gift to Dorcas Ministries-CCA expressed the church’s mission and purpose. “Christ the King Lutheran Church is located physically at the heart of the Cary community. This gift to Dorcas Ministries-CCA is a vital expression of our mission to learn, live, and tell the story of God’s grace. Through this gift, we become the spiritual heart of the community by reaching out to the neediest among us – people who are our neighbors, but are often invisible in the midst of the abundance and busyness of life in Cary,” he said.
For several years, Christ the King Lutheran Church, located at 600 Walnut Street in Cary, has included benevolence “First Fruits” giving to local, regional, and worldwide ministries in its annual ministry plan budget. Before the church pays its bills each month, a minimum of 10 percent of total receipts from Christ the King members’ monthly contributions and offerings are donated to benevolence and outreach ministries that happen outside of Christ the King’s church walls. The donation to Dorcas Ministries-CCA was given in response to the initial receipts from the congregation’s recent capital campaign.
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