Monday, October 13, 2018
Dear Friends in Christ,
On Sunday, October 14th, we officially launched our 2019 stewardship campaign, requesting your annual pledge commitment to the Church. Our theme this year is from Luke 6:38: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.
We believe that Jesus means graciousness and generosity when he refers to “a good measure” in this passage. He charges us with sharing the good measure we have received from God, thus magnifying his grace through our generosity to others.
Our task is formidable: Our 2019 goal is to raise $1.5 million toward our $2.8 million budget. Because of the generosity and stewardship of previous generations, we enjoy the good measure of a well-managed endowment that covers capital expenses. This means your entire gift goes to support worship, programs and outreach.
We are especially pleased to report, with gratitude, that every member of our Consistory has already made a 2019 pledge.
We’ve prepared a giving brochure and a reply envelope, which were mailed to the congregation and can also be found in the pew racks and the sanctuary. The brochure is intended to give you a sense of the breadth and depth of all that we undertake as a Church family. The pie charts break out percentage sources of income, and percentages of total spending for the Church’s councils. (Note: the percentages indicated reflect the 2018 budget.) In these times of great change in our world, sharing your blessings – especially monetary gifts – can provide an anchor of solace, service, community, Christian discipleship, ethical inquiry, education and worship in Bronxville and well beyond. But we need your support to make this anchor strong.
We are excited by Matt Waterstone’s joyful acceptance of the call to be our new Senior Minister, and are thrilled to welcome him, Sarah, Willem and Bram to our church family. We hope that you will step out further in faith with your pledge, in celebration of the Waterstone family’s arrival, and in gratitude for all the ways that our clergy and staff have blessed us as a church family during this time of transition. Every pledge, regardless of size, is sharing the blessings we have received.
Thank you for all that you’ve done, and what you will do to spread Christ’s love in good measure throughout our community and world.
With blessings and gratitude,
Sophia Primps Jim Hoch
Stewardship Co-Chair Stewardship Co-Chair
To make a donation or commit to an annual gift, contact Alan Zanzno at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about stewardship, feel free to contact our Stewardship Co-Chairs, Jim Hoch and Phia Primps, through the church office.