Dear Valued Member,

Harvest blessings to you and your family! It’s always a wonder how quickly we find ourselves squarely in this fall season of changing leaves, cooler weather and giving thanks.

While there has been a lot happening around us these past few months, we give thanks for the secure anchor the Lord has been for us. The writer of Hebrews reminds us of “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast.” We hope because we know the Lord has called us into the work of Christian financial stewardship. And in this calling, we have a firm sense of identity and the commitments we are to have to our members and the community around us. As we roll into October, we are overjoyed by God’s kindness that has provided for another abundant quarter, and are eager to share updates on a few special items that stemmed from our God-given commitments.

Continuing our work in Christian higher education, we closed out the summer with two key Southern California strategic partners, Azusa Pacific University and Point Loma Nazarene University. As each university welcomed freshman and transfer students, we were on campus to serve the financial needs of young people getting settled into a new place. The comfort of a values-aligned, convenient and supportive financial institution was felt by the parents who were dropping off their student to start a new life chapter. Additionally, we were able to make a grant to Nazarene Theological Seminary, which continues the sacred work of equipping and sending out pastors into the world through the mission of their Center for Pastoral Leadership. Specifically, the money has been designated to equip pastors with financial literacy, continued learning opportunities and mentoring channels. As we continue to forge new paths with various entities in Christian higher education, we are prayerful and hopeful of what great work the Lord is to do in the lives of young leaders who are thirsty to “grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord.”

Early last month, we received news of the Equifax data breach and its widespread effect upon 143 million Americans. While troubled at the news, we quickly jumped at the chance to live out, in a tangible way, our commitment to helping members stay financially strong and secure. Communications were sent out to reassure members of the high security measures our staff, follows, day in and day out, to care for the sensitive data you entrust to us. Additionally, pathways to resources produced by the Federal Trade Commission and our financial literacy program were quickly distributed via email and social media. I am consistently impressed by the Information Security team’s dedication to ensuring the highest level of security and standards used to care for your information and safeguard your privacy. By committing to such rigorous practices of security since the beginning, we have been able to stand firm and provide relief to our members when needed most.  To learn more about how we care for your information, scroll down to the “Security Bonds” section below.

Continuing in our commitment to the work of adoption, we are already preparing for the November celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month. Over the years, we have had the privilege of standing with over 1,600 families as they journey to complete their families through adoption. Since launching our adoption ministry in 2009, we have met caring Christians like the Boxx family (featured in this Common Bond issue), who felt the Lord call them to step into the Kingdom work of Christian adoption and, in obedience, live out the love we all experience as chosen children of God. This commitment runs deep organizationally. We have taken steps to become an adoption-friendly workplace, and were recognized by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption as #6 on their list of best adoption-friendly workplaces nationwide in the small business category.  While the commitment to adoption work runs deep, filling the hearts and lives of many staff members, the commitment and impact of one ACCU executive merits particular attention and praise. We are honored to announce that our Vice President of Development, Fawn Imboden, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council for Adoption, a premier nationwide organization whose mission is to promote adoption through education, research, and advocacy.  Would you join us in prayer as we seek to walk out James 1:27 so that every child would be enveloped by God’s love through adoption?

As a member-owned entity, we celebrate all of these wonderful advancements and meaningful engagement with you, our valued member. It is your trust and loyalty that makes it possible. Without your partnership, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to team up with members like the Boxx family or universities like Azusa Pacific. Thank you for choosing to bank with America’s Christian Credit Union and use your influence for exponential good -- locally, around the country, and across the globe -- to glorify Christ’s name.

With every blessing,

Mendell L. Thompson