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Only $25,000 to Meet the Goal

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Monday, March 27, 2017

 

Pushing to the Finish Line!

God provided the ASA with two surprise grants: one directly from John Templeton Foundation and another one for STEAM (Science & Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries) from Fuller Theological Seminary and John Templeton Foundation. Both bolster our efforts in reaching students and young adults in our local chapters campaign. 


We are rejoicing in the Lord, giving thanks to God for his manifold blessings on our shared ministry.

Executive Director, Leslie Wickman, and I just returned from productive days in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers, Florida, and we will soon be spending time in Houston and Dallas, Texas, meeting and interacting with new and existing members within the ASA community. We have witnessed many transformed lives because of the work of the ASA.

Now we’re in the final week of our fiscal year, with approximately $25,000 left to raise by March 31, 2017. The ASA is a member-led and member-funded ministry and we rely on charitable contributions from our faithful members to fund 42% of our operating budget. To keep up the strong momentum, would you please consider an additional or first-time gift or pledge now?

Here are some ways to donate:
Check: ASA, 218 Boston Street, Suite 208, Topsfield, MA 01983
Credit Card: Click Here
Stock: Click Here

Your generous donation to the ASA will undoubtedly lead to significant life and ministry transformation; we hear personal testimonies to that effect on a regular basis. Thank you very much for your friendship and partnership!

With much gratitude,

Vicki L. Best
Director of Operations and Development
American Scientific Affiliation
218 Boston Street
Suite 208
Topsfield, MA  01983

Phone: 978.807.5189

Email: vicki@asa3.org

 

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High Altitude News from Vicki Best

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Monday, September 26, 2016

 

Greetings from 36,000 feet in the air! I’m currently in route from Boston to Los Angeles to meet Leslie and attend the STEAM conference on Catalina Island. It feels like just yesterday that I was making the same trip—only then I was traveling to attend the annual meeting at Azusa Pacific University (APU). Much activity has taken place on the ASA front since then, and I want to share with you some exciting and important developments.

1.  75th Anniversary Annual Meeting- We have just wrapped up a spectacular annual meeting at APU with a record attendance of 290, including 22 VIPs (40+ year members) and 57 students. We have received a lot of encouraging feedback, including “It was the best conference ever!” In addition to celebrating 75 years of God’s faithfulness, it was a special time of connecting and networking with fellow Christians in the sciences. If you have not yet done so, please check out the audio/video recordings of the excellent plenaries and break-out sessions here.

2.  STEAM Grant Award - Thanks to a STEAM (Science & Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries) grant from the John Templeton Foundation and Fuller Theological Seminary, Leslie and I are traveling around the country as part of our “local chapters campaign” to provide encouragement to existing chapters and to help launch new ones to further extend the work and mission of the ASA. If you are interested in partnering with us to start a new chapter in your area, please contact us directly. We look forward to seeing many of you in our travels.

3.  Two New ASA Local Chapters - We have just returned from a fabulous trip to Phoenix, Arizona, to help launch two new local chapters. With the leadership of ASA members, Ben Sanders and Daisy Savarirajan, we now have a local chapter at Arizona State University and one at Grand Canyon University. We are thrilled with this new development!

4.  75th Anniversary Dinner at Wheaton College - As we continue to celebrate ASA’s 75th anniversary in 2016, ASA is hosting another 75th anniversary dinner onTuesday, October 11, at Wheaton College under the leadership of Stephen Moshier and Ray Lewis. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening of highlighting ASA’s past, present, and future. If you live in the Chicago vicinity or plan to be in the area, we’d love to have you as our guests for this special, complimentary evening. We are also envisioning the event as a way to introduce and engage new people in the ASA, so please feel free to invite your friends, family, colleagues, pastors. Hereis a link to the invitation and registration form. 

5. 
NorCal Events in November- Leslie and I plan to be in the Bay Area of Northern California during the week of November 14 and have several special events in process. Please stay tuned for specific dates and details in the coming days. If you live in that area, we'd be delighted to connect with you then and hope that you can attend one or more of these meetings.

6.  Capital Campaign Update-  It was two years ago that ASA took a bold and strategic step by purchasing two office condominiums—picking up stakes after 33 years in Ipswich and making the move to neighboring Topsfield. This investment positions the organization for long-term financial stability by significantly reducing annual occupancy costs (by 75%) and building equity for the future. Simultaneously, we publicly launched a $150,000 capital campaign. To date, we have received $120,000 in gifts (leaving only $30,000 left to fundraise), and for that, we are most grateful. If you are interested in helping us reach our goal, you can make a gift here.

7.  ASA 2017: Annual Meeting in Colorado- Plans are already in full swing for our next annual meeting at Colorado School of Mines in beautiful Golden, Colorado. Please save the dates of July 28-31, 2017, and check out all the action-packed, important details here.

I believe these are exciting days for the ASA! God's hand of provision and blessing is clearly at work on many levels. We are so grateful for all of you partnering with us; giving of your time, talents and treasure on a regular basis.

We always enjoy hearing from you so please feel free to drop us a line at any time.

Until next time,

Vicki L. Best
Director of Operations and Development
American Scientific Affiliation
218 Boston Street
Suite 208
Topsfield, MA  01983
978.807.5189


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April 2016 News From Vicki Best

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Thursday, April 21, 2016

        

Greetings from the ASA headquarters!

Spring time in New England is always a glorious time of year.  This week has been especially beautiful particularly in light of the Boston Marathon that took place this past Monday. Being a runner myself, I always love watching the 26.2 mile race and hearing the Boston Strong stories of hope, inspiration and victory. Similarly in the Christian faith, spring is a season when God brings new beginnings, fresh starts and expanded boundaries for us to grow in. It's a time of catapulted faith, fresh hope, new courage and rekindled passion.

As we have just concluded another fiscal year and a season in the life of ASA, I'd like to bring you a couple of important updates.

Giving At A Glance - For The Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2016
I'm delighted to report the great news that we ended our fiscal year on a strong note - exceeding our annual fund goal by $9,585 and our capital campaign goal by $9,919 (see chart below). And we only need another $30,000 in gifts to fully fund our capital campaign. Thank you so very much for the generous and active participation of many faithful and dedicated members. We are truly grateful for your Christlike stewardship and God's provision!

                   Annual Fund         Capital Campaign
Budget              155,000              40,000
Actual               164,585              49,919
Difference        +   9,585            + 9,919

Farewell Reception for Randy Isaac and Meet and Greet for Leslie Wickman
We enjoyed a fabulous evening at the Ken Olsen Science Center at Gordon College on Friday, April 8 with 55+ guests in attendance including the ASA Executive Council who were in town for their semi-annual meeting. A special thanks to the many of you who contributed heart-felt tributes to Randy's memory book - that, YES, we managed to keep a surprise! You can check out the live-stream of the speeches and the wonderful photo collage at this link or directly from the ASA homepage

75th Anniversary Annual Meeting at Azusa Pacific University
Stay tuned for the registration roll out in the next few days. We hope to see you there!

As we enter the spring season and a new chapter in the life of ASA, I look forward with anticipation to the great things God has in store. This year in 2016, ASA is celebrating it's 75th anniversary - three quarters of a century of God's faithfulness. I'm fully confident and believe that God will continue His faithfulness to ASA and it's important ministry for the next 75 years.

Sincerely in Christ,

Vicki

Vicki L. Best
Director of Operations and Development
American Scientific Affiliation
218 Boston Street
Suite 208
Topsfield, MA  01983
978.807.5189

 

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March 2016 News from Vicki Best

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Sunday, March 27, 2016

 

Randy, Leslie, and I have just returned from a productive and stimulating trip to southern California. The purpose of our trip was twofold: (1) annual meeting planning and promotion and (2) networking and connecting with as many ASA members as possible.  In addition to visiting three college campuses (Azusa Pacific University (APU), Westmont College, and California Baptist University), we had individual meetings with several ASA folks and hosted three local chapter gatherings. It was a wonderful opportunity to interact and fellowship with close to 100 like-minded Christians involved in the sciences who share a desire to engage in the faith and science dialogue.

I came back to Boston very encouraged and excited about the important mission of the ASA, that of being a network of Christians in the sciences. God is clearly at work in our midst and we are delighted to be celebrating 75 years of His faithfulness in 2016. Excitement is building for the 75th anniversary annual meeting at APU this July. We've already heard from many who are planning to attend so you will not want to miss this very special celebration event. Please join us if you are able!

As Randy's tenure and our fiscal year are quickly coming to a close, we are pressing hard to the finish line in order to meet our annual fund goals. Thanks to the many of you who have generously given of your time, talent, and treasure this year and over many years. If you have not yet made a gift or are in a position to help again, would you prayerfully consider doing so by March 31? We would be most grateful and appreciative.

Finally, please join us for the livestream event on Friday, April 8 at Gordon College - Randy's farewell and Leslie's welcome reception.

It's Friday but Sunday's coming….May you enjoy a glorious Easter!

Vicki

Vicki L. Best
Director of Business Development
American Scientific Affiliation
218 Boston Street
Suite 208

Topsfield, MA  01983

978.807.5189 


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