Miracle Sunday FAQ

What is Miracle Sunday?

Miracle Sunday is a financial campaign throughout which we will pray, respond, and celebrate what God is doing in our church. Unlike a traditional financial campaign, Miracle Sunday is completed within a concentrated period of time. The object of this campaign is to raise funds, support, excitement, and celebrate as a community on Miracle Sunday (May 13th). As a faith community, we are looking to God to bless this request abundantly.


What is our desired outcome?

First, we are looking to engage in a spiritual journey to help us break through in new ways to build relationships in our community and improve how we help people grow as disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Throughout this campaign, you will be challenged to prayerfully consider how you can participate.

Second, our goal is to raise $30,000 (equivalent of $5,000/month) to cover the costs that will be incurred in the second-half of 2018 after this full-time pastoral appointment goes into effect. Over the past year, we have been blessed with more spirituality, light and excitement in Centennial. Our congregation has shown with the results of the Charge Conference on March 19th that we are committed to our Christian mission. This $30,000 ask is an investment in how Centennial functions, and in the future of our church.

Third, as a caring family of disciples who know Christ and make Christ known, we ask that you begin praying about your sacrificial offerings to Centennial.


How do I make a commitment/gift in response to these campaign efforts?

Commitments made during this campaign should be made in addition to any commitment that you may have already made to Centennial for 2018. For example, if you made a $1,000 commitment to Centennial to be paid throughout 2018, and you wish to increase that commitment to $2,500 to be paid throughout 2018, then the pledge you would write on a Miracle Sunday Campaign Card would be $1,500. Please reach out to Gunnar Methlie for more information or clarification.

Commitments and gifts can be given in the offering plate during worship service on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am,  mailed to Centennial at the address below, or pledged online. Please make checks payable to ‘Centennial United Methodist Church at Ivy’ and classify the check as ‘Miracle Sunday’ in the memo. Print the Commitment Card or use our Online Commitment Form.


Centennial United Methodist Church at Ivy
9150 E. University
P.O. Box 624
Altoona, IA 50009


All commitments and gifts received throughout the Miracle Sunday campaign will go towards Centennial’s 2018 budget in Centennial’s General Fund. If we happen to surpass our goal (great!), then the funds will be allocated towards areas of our church life that are in need of improvement.


What Is Tithing?

Tithing is the notion of allocating 10% of your personal income as an offering to God to support the church. The dedication of a tenth of your income to God was recognized as a duty before the time of Moses. Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:20; Hebrews 7:6); and Jacob vowed unto the Lord and said “Of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.”


We are not including the notion of tithing in this FAQ to presume that it is possible for everyone. In fact, it may be possible for very few to tithe due to other financial restraints. However, the way we think about and approach our giving to Centennial should be reviewed. Rather than giving as a simple gesture to fulfill an outlined budget, perhaps we can begin to give with a purpose. That purpose is to ensure the continuation of miracles at Centennial, and to help people grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.


What will make this Miracle Sunday a success?

You will! We are inviting you to join us on this journey, and to be a part of this event, to help us improve how we help people grow as disciples of Jesus Christ with a full-time pastoral appointment. This is so much more than a giving opportunity. We invite you to come alongside us as we pray for a breakthrough moment coalescing on Miracle Sunday, May 13th.

On this journey, we ask that you begin praying about your sacrificial giving to go over and beyond your regular giving. More details will be forthcoming on donation options. Join us as we strengthen our community, and work to secure the next legacies of Centennial United Methodist Church at Ivy.