Over the fifteen years of being the pastor at Southport United Methodist Church, I have never shared any personal projects in which I am involved. I am going to make an exception to that in my September pastoral letter.
I am presently training to participate in a 10 K race. For those of you who regularly participate in half or full marathons you might wonder why a 10 K race takes any preparation. Just let it suffice to say that if I didn’t train for this race I am sure I wouldn’t make it. However, the race itself is not really the point. I am participating in this race to raise money for the organization Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is one of the main organizations that promotes research regarding the condition of autism. This organization also actively funds the quest for a cure and provides support for individuals and families who are dealing with the issue of autism.
Many of you probably know that my wife has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis for the past twelve years. You might wonder why I am not participating in an activity that benefits victims of MS. Susan and I have both decided that we do not want her malady to become our one focus. We want to participate in projects that help people who suffer from other medical problems.
Additionally, I have personally witnessed individuals and families who have been affected by autism. I know this presents incredible challenges, and I never cease to be amazed by the courage and perseverance displayed by individuals and families who are dealing with autism. Since I have witnessed the need, I have become personally compelled to do what I can to help.
So, on Friday, January 6, I will participate in a 10 K race to benefit Autism Speaks. I have set a goal of raising $1500 for this organization. I want to invite each of you to support my efforts on behalf of this organization. If you would be willing to pledge a contribution toward my goal, you can fill out the form below or you can sign up on a pledge list at the church. If you want to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the amount you want to pledge that is fine as well. When I receive your pledges I will contact you and let you know how you can remit your pledge to Autism Speaks.
Thanks so much for your support.
In Christ’s Abundant Love,
I will pledge $________________ toward Pastor Mark’s running of a 10 K race on January 6 2017.
This pledge will go toward support of the Autism Speaks organization.
Please return to Pastor Mark and he will share how you can remit your pledge to the Autism Speaks organization.