Dear members and friends,
It's no coincidence that the year ends with the Christmas season – a season characterized by a journey completed, new life, and God's love incarnate. Our 55th year was a journey for America's Christian Credit Union and with the New Year bringing new challenges, we give God all the glory and honor for the blessings He has given us and follow faithfully where he leads us in 2014.
One of the challenges ACCU faced in 2013 was a complete computer conversion allowing for faster, more efficient processing. With months of preparation and an incredible staff, the conversion went smoothly. Among other enhanced services, Remote Deposit Capture for home and mobile was introduced. Join those who bank from anywhere starting today.
2013 was a landmark year for our Adoption Loan Program. In June, the National Council for Adoption presented ACCU with the Friend of Adoption award. Shortly after in September, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption announced that ACCU was fourth for small business for the 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in the United States. November was National Adoption Month and we launched it with Orphan Sunday on November 3 by raising awareness for foster care and adoption. On November 23, the Mayor of Glendora presented us with an official proclamation recognizing ACCU for defending the cause of the fatherless and funding over 900 adoptions. It is an honor to be a part of completing families and to see the work of God's hand on our mission.
In an effort to provide more value to our members, we've incorporated a variety of new member benefits including car buying discounts and services. One of our valued partners, Christian Care Ministries, provides an alternative to health insurance rooted in Christian values. Click here to learn more about our other member benefits.
We concluded this year with a campaign encouraging our members to do all they can with their finances and take advantage of our entire selection of financial solutions. We believe that "Stewardship in Action" happens when God's resources are being used to their fullest potential. We can do that by earning more, saving more, and growing more for the Kingdom of God. We asked our staff to take on growing more for the Kingdom of God with a ministry and community service initiative. Over the three months of the campaign our staff gave 258 hours back to the community.
While our staff was encouraged to give back to their communities, ACCU wanted to give back to our own community and encourage our members and neighbors to participate through the Holiday Basket Program by the Glendora Community Coordinating Council. With cash and food donations, the program served over 250 families in need through Shepherd's Pantry.
We are delighted about the work God has done at America's Christian Credit Union and cannot comprehend the great work he will continue in 2014. As we partner together, may our journey be one of faithfulness and joy as we walk with God into a new year.
Mendell L. Thompson