Tiffany Repecki of Cape Coral Daily Breeze recently reported that a church in Cape Coral
is using $1.28 million from their holiday donations to fund various local initiatives. During the church’s Sunday services, the Cape Christian Fellowship announced it had collected more than $1 million in Christmas offerings. According to the report of Repecki, the church had asked its parishioners to give their “biggest Christmas gift to God.”In total, regular attendees of the church donated $280,475. However, an anonymous donor agreed to match every dollar with $10 – up to $1 million. Rev. Brett Furlong, the executive pastor at Cape Christian Fellowship said in a statement, “I think our church really fell in love with our initiatives,” He added “As a staff, we were completely amazed.”
The initial goal of the church was to raise $50,000. Moreover, the pre-school and elementary children alone raised $1,200 for donation. According to Furlong, the church provided them with boxes to collect donations. “It was a whole lot of nickels and dimes and quarters,” said the executive pastor.
The Cape Coral couple who anonymously donated more than $1 million had been members of Cape Christian Fellowship for some time now. Furlong said, “They didn’t do it for recognition. They don’t want anything named after them.” He added, “They wanted to see these initiatives happen.”
The collected money will be used to fund the completion of Fellowship Park and a new health clinic for the working uninsured and underinsured. The said fund will also be used to open of a second campus for Cape Christian Fellowship in northeast Cape Coral.
Furthermore, the collected funds will also be used to expand Fam Jam, which is an interactive family night organized every month, along with the building of churches in Haiti as part of an outreach.
Just last year, the Cape Christian Fellowship church broke ground on phase one of Fellowship Park, which was expected to house playgrounds, sports and multi-purpose fields, parking, a pavilion, a cafe and an amphitheater. Furlong said that with this new donation, the development project will compete phase two and phase three.
Phase two includes 3,000-plus square feet of play area and two large playgrounds with a splash pad, restrooms, pavilions and an outdoor cafe. Phase three, on the other hand, involves the sports and multi-purpose fields and the amphitheater.