Annual Fund – Spring 2021

“We are part of what happens everywhere after

Jesus rises from the dead.”

“And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere…” (Mk. 16:20). The Gospel of Mark brings the story of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead to a close by pointing us forward to what happens afterward. The good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection is taken out into the world by the disciples, and is proclaimed to the ends of the earth. The message is one of new, transformed, and eternal life for all who believe. What happens after Jesus rises from the dead takes centuries to unfold, and is still unfolding today.

The verse from Mark’s Gospel connects the Diocese of Tennessee to those early days. We are part of what happens after Jesus rises from the dead. We’re not the whole story, of course, but our life springs from the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The life of our diocese is animated by the Holy Spirit who breathes new life into the church. We are called to manifest the power of Jesus’ new life, and to proclaim the good news of what God has done in Christ.

Now is the time for us to make a difference in what happens afterwards. In the aftermath of a challenging pandemic, we are conscious of many blessings, not the least of which is the fellowship we share in Christ. We have a renewed sense of God’s call to us, and the difference the church makes in people’s lives. We have a renewed sense of the power of Jesus’ resurrection, and the way in which we can proclaim the message.

Please join with me in making a gift to “Faithful and Focused,” our Annual Fund. It is a gift that goes beyond the boundaries of a single parish but has an effect across Middle Tennessee. Our “Faithful and Focused” Annual Fund makes possible the work we do as a community of faith in fourteen churches in nine different counties in our Diocese, as well as one university chaplaincy, one university, and two schools in the Diocese. It also supports work in the wider community, and beyond the Diocese of Tennessee. I am grateful for your support of our diocese.

I am thankful for your encouragement in this ministry we share together. You remain in my prayers, and I ask in turn your prayers for our community of faith.

+ The Rt. Rev’d John Bauerschmidt, Bishop of Tennessee

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