The Philadelphia Church of God, in its quest to imitate Herbert Armstrong in all things, decided that Gerald Flurry needed his own private jet so that he did not have to sit on public jets next to unwashed or germ-laden commoners. An appeal was sent out to the PCG faithful to help him raise money to buy his family their own luxury private jet. Church members held garage sales, bake sales, sold fruit, cashed in retirement programs and took loans on houses and business. The coffers of PCG filled up.
Now, Gerald Flurry has to face the harsh reality of having to pay for this boondoggle. All of those trips to England, Irish dance competitions, and to a select number of church areas soon started draining the coffers of God's most important work ever created in human history, as the mighty PCG boldly proclaims the Stone of Herb as the salvation seat for all humanity.
Directives have gone out from the holy city of Edmond to the faithful that they need to step up to the plate and keep Gerry's plane in the air. They are to hold more garage sales, bake sales and to engage in any fundraising activity they can get involved in.
Illinois and Wisconsin Members Sell Concessions to Support Aircraft Fund
ILLINOIS—An average of 17 Philadelphia Church of God members from northern Illinois and from Wisconsin worked together at three separate evening events in January and February selling concessions at the Sears Centre Arena under the direction of Associate Pastor Eric Anderson and Chicago deacon Jim Privratsky Sr.
The first event was a sell-out country music concert that took place the night of January 20. By the end of the show, 18 PCG volunteers had brought in a record-breaking sales commission of $3,080, plus $813 in cash tips.
At the second event, 15 PCG volunteers raised $1,158 during a Monster Truck Nationals show the night of January 27.
On the night of February 3, 18 PCG volunteers raised $2,463 working a third event—a Professional Championship Bull Riders competition.
The combined profit from the three events amounted to $7,515. The funds will be added to the northeast region’s annual summer speedways and fall fruit sale proceeds and sent to headquarters in early 2019 to support the Church’s aircraft fund.
Wisconsin member Ben Tryba added, “This fundraiser was a great opportunity to spend time working with the brethren from Chicago.”
PCG members are being urged to take part-time jobs to help pay for Gerald Flurry’s jet – which he hasn’t used for ‘the work’ since his public appearance campaigns in January (Los Angeles) and February (Houston).
“God blesses us in many ways, and He asks for so little in return … tithes, holy day offerings and funds for building, airplane and other projects …
There are more than 100 Philadelphia Church of God congregations spread across the globe. Most of these congregations have few members … Even small congregations can make a big contribution through fundraising…
Chief financial officer Andrew Locher said that the Church received $200,000 in fundraiser donations in 2017…
So what are some practical fundraisers you can become involved in? Here are some ideas you can suggest to your local minister. One of the most profitable ways to earn money is to work concessions at sporting venues, which are always looking for people to staff their food and drink stands …
When I was serving as a minister in Michigan, we had a bake sale where one chocolate cake auctioned for $150!