Remember those good ol’ days in elementary school where when you liked someone, you would send a neatly handwritten note with the question, “Do you like me?” with your best friend to deliver to your crush while you peeked around the corner to watch your crush’s reaction?
I don’t. Because I never did that. And that certainly never happened to me growing up. But I’m sure it happened quite often to other people and that it was quite adorable and romantic and everything.
The first time this ever happened to me was when I was 24, and ironically, it was RJ who sent me this adorable card via a friend, while he peeked around the corner and whispered directions loudly to his friend.
I think it was one of those, “Ha ha, this is funny because it’s not for real…but maybe if you’re down then I’m totally down…but I’m totally joking!! Unless you’re not, because I’m not either, I’m totally serious…but if you’re open to it…” Legend has it that at the time, he was quite smitten with me, though at the time I had at most an “illegal” slight interest in him (“illegal” because I was on staff already with the Navigators and he was still a student). Admittedly, I did keep the card for a while because I thought it was really cute. But we didn’t actually start dating until 8 months later.
I got distracted…what’s this post about again?? Oh yeah. How to ask your church to prayerfully consider joining your financial support team…on Valentine’s Day.
So if you don’t know, RJ and I work for a Christian organization called the Navigators at UCR. We mentor college students in living all aspects of their lives for Jesus. Everyone in the Navigators, from the president to the fresh-outta-college interns, raise funds to cover their salary, benefits, and work expenses through the financial support of individuals, families, churches, and even businesses. The longer you work with the Navigators and the bigger your family gets, the more you need to fundraise. It’s quite a faith journey to watch God provide each year, let me tell you! But He always does and has never failed to come through for our family.
Anyways, we have been going to our church for about two years now. We love the the pastors, we love the messages, we love our community group, we love serving at our church, we love bringing our student friends and friends to our church, we love our church’s heart and vision to help bring people into a new relationship with Jesus, and we recently became members at our church. So we thought perhaps the time was right to “take our relationship to the next level” and ask them to pray about joining our financial support team.
We set up a time to meet with the missions coordinator last week for today. And we just realized yesterday that we would be meeting with him on Valentine’s Day.
At this point, I think I said to RJ, “Hey, wouldn’t it be hilarious if we made a Valentine’s Day card to give to the missions coordinator like the one you made for me back at Estes Park??” And RJ laughed and agreed that it would be pretty hilarious.
You see, RJ is usually the one with the stricter, more “moral” code of conduct and the one who vetoes many of my crazy ideas. But you know, I really have a lot, so I understand. And it probably ends up that despite all of the ideas that he vetoes, we still have more crazy adventures than the average couple. So I’m pretty thankful that he’s generally so down and laid back. #adventureswithrjandalice
SO. When he didn’t object to the Valentine’s Day card and went back to playing Diablo, I rolled with it. And this is what I came up with about 30 minutes later.
What do you think? Too forward? Too many hearts?? Looks like an odd shaped butt?? (Yes, I realize it looks like a butt!! It’s supposed to be cut out in the shape of a heart, but I couldn’t cut it (HAHA!!) because I’d cut out some writing on the back.)
It’s simple. It gets the message across. “Hey. Church. Will you be our proverbial Valentine and pray abut joining our financial support team on this day of love?”
And then the three options on the back couldn’t be clearer. “Yes. No. Or (call me) maybe?” #hollaatmygirlcarlyraejepsen (I actually don’t like Carly Rae Jepsen. I have no idea why her stupid song got to be so popular)
Forget those tired and long shpiels about “how your ministry is so effective,” and “how you’re expanding the kingdom of God,” and what your “vision” is for your ministry and “why you should join our financial support team.” BOR-ING!!! And overdone!!
I mean, look how happy the missions coordinator is with his card! He loves it! And I can guarantee you that he will NEVER forget our faces! EVER.
So there you have it, folks! How to ask your church to prayerfully consider joining your financial support team…on Valentine’s Day. It’s foolproof! And for a small suggested donation of $50/month, you too can have your very own church missions board Valentine’s Day card! (Hahaha, just kidding…unless..you’re serious…then maybe I’m serious too…nonono, yeah of course not…yeah, I was totally joking around with you…unless you aren’t joking around…then I’m not either…)
Thanks for reading! I hope this was entertaining for you all and helps you in your fundraising efforts, should you ever have a missions meeting on Valentine’s Day. RJ and I sure had fun!
Happy Valentine’s Day! :)
[Disclaimer: Yes, we really did have a meeting with our missions coordinator today, and yes, we really did give him the card. We shared a good laugh over it, and he seemed to really appreciate the gesture. This might go without saying, but before you attempt something like this, get a feel for your church environment. Are they laid back and would they share a good laugh over this? Or are they more conservative and would get offended by such a casual gesture? I don’t want to get anyone in trouble here!]