Dear Valued Member,
We are midway into the year and I am found with a grateful heart at the impact America’s Christian Credit Union has been able to make with our members, community and the Nazarene denomination.
On April 21st, we hosted our 59th Annual Meeting at the Glendora, CA office to celebrate God’s faithfulness and blessing as we looked at the year in review. Local members, employees and board directors gathered in tradition and carved time out to acknowledge the outstanding staff who serve the mission and members in the most Christ-like way. And for the year of 2016, we named Ms. Ruby Broadhurst as our Most Valuable Person for her remarkable dedication to living out our mission to Reach, Serve and Teach.
In May we rallied our local community to honor servicemen and women by various events throughout our Patriot Week activities. From special ceremonies, award recognitions and fundraising, we were able to recognize our local heroes as well as make a $700 donation to the American Legion Patriot Guard Riders – Chapter 835. We raised funds through a myriad of efforts: proceeds from a “Patriot Week” Term Share Certificate, restaurant fundraiser and employee contributions.
This year marked the meeting of the Church of the Nazarene General Assembly Conference in Indianapolis, IN. A once every four years opportunity, the staff of ACCU headed out to the Midwest to commune with our founding membership denomination. Nazarenes from around the world gathered to take part in the Church’s conference that held Bible quizzes, workshops and church business meetings. However, during the free time between events, the conference boasted a bountiful exhibit hall for organizations who strongly associate with the Nazarene church. In our stay with the conference, we made some meaningful connections, reconnected with our nationwide members and told the story of ACCU’s heart to empower, equip and engage our membership to impact the Kingdom.
The last issue of the Common Bond unveiled a host of new opportunities for ACCU to serve the Christian student who is facing the constraints of financing their education. Now, we have four student lending products to service members wherever they find themselves in their educational pursuits. June concluded with a scholarship contest that gathered 250+ inquiries and manifested in 100 applications for the chance to earn one of four scholarships offered in 2017. Applicants gathered official school documentation, completed the contest application and submitted a short video that allowed them the platform to convey their heart and God-given calling to empower, equip and engage their communities. You can view the 2017 winners’ videos here.
At the halfway mark in the year, I am humbled to reflect on the work of the credit union, and its never-ceasing nature. We believe the work of caring for our 122,000+ membership doesn’t start and stop with the duties of a financial institution, especially when we have chosen to be a Kingdom building partner alongside each one of you. Our quest to impact the communities around us to bring about cultural impact will never end, so we “press onward…” as our brother in the faith, Paul instructs us, “to win the prize for which God has called (us) heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14). Thank you for trusting ACCU with your finances, we look forward to more reaching, serving and teaching before the year is up. We make a difference together.