Helpful Things: Effective Fundraising Through Midweek Meals
By Katie Hill
“Thank God for Lent. I love Lent. Just love it. You should love Lent, too! Get excited about it. Be joyful. For in Lent, God takes our eyes off us and our sins and puts them on Jesus. Jesus is headed to the Cross to suffer and die for all our evil. Come, let us fix eyes on Him.” - Rev. George Borghardt
Scores of Lutheran churches will soon be entering into the season of Lent, prayerfully and thoughtfully, but also with anticipation because it means midweek Lenten services and meals. These can be times of sweet fellowship as they encourage a church to come together and focus on Jesus Christ and Him crucified, echoing Rev. Borghardt’s sentiment.
It’s also the perfect time for your youth to step in to both serve and fundraise in one of the most natural yet effective ways. Whether or not this is already an established part of your youth group routine, our events executive, Crysten Sanchez, has had plenty of midweek meal logistics experience that she would like to share with you. Any of the tips she provides can be tweaked and molded to be the right fit for your particular congregation.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind
- We're approaching Lent now but these tips can apply to any midweek meal your church plans.
- This is a team effort, so encourage ALL of your youth to participate, whether or not they are participating in whatever it is you are fundraising for (e.g., an HT summer conference).
- Make sure the students and any parents who are willing to assist show up early, allowing for plenty of time to set up and prepare.
- Typically, parents of the youth and/or other members of the congregation provide the meals, but the youth will be the face of the meal, serving the food and cleaning up.
- The fundraising part most often comes in the form of a free will offering but you are welcome to be as creative as you’d like.
- It’s okay to keep it simple (such as soup dinners), but careful planning and attention to details will ensure your congregation enjoys these times to the fullest.
Some Resources Just for You
We’d love to see photos and read reports about your own midweek meal adventures on myHT, our social media community. If you haven’t already joined myHT, check us out! Not only can you connect with like-minded Lutherans from around the world, you can also experience mutual encouragement with others youth leaders as they serve in their vocations.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
You can get additional fundraising tips from our Fundraising Essentials for You article!
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