Pastor’s Note: Last Sunday marked Stewardship Sunday. We thank each member of this congregation for your generosity, even as we ask for your continued support for the coming year.
As I preached the Sunday before, even though we often wish church to be a restaurant, it’s really always a potluck supper — we accomplish as much as we put together.
On Stewardship Sunday, we also began to talk about how to do church in a new situation after the pandemic. Remember the congregational survey we completed earlier this fall? (Suzanne wrote a summary of what we reported together.) On Sunday at church, we talked about what’s most important about our ministry, and how to make sure we continue to be Old First in changing circumstances. Expect to hear more from that discussion soon.
Finally, below is the Stewardship Letter from Beth Davis. In the text, you will find the link for the online Stewardship Pledge Commitment Card.
Please make your commitment: it makes planning for next year easier for our leaders. And I think it’s important for your spiritual growth too.
I pray you all have a blessed Thanksgiving,
Dear Members and Friends of Old First,
I hope you are well and in high spirits. As the end of 2023 approaches, it is a season of reflection and gratitude for the blessings we have received. It is also a time for us to come together as a community to support our church. We all know that life has thrown us some curveballs over the past year, and we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs. But what remains constant is our faith, our fellowship, and our commitment to making Old First a vibrant and welcoming place for everyone.
As we look ahead to 2024, we want to renew our commitment to our church and its mission. It’s time for our annual stewardship campaign, where we come together to make sure our ministry can continue to be an occasion of love, spiritual growth, and community outreach.
Recently in worship, members have been speaking about why church has remained central to them and why they continue to prioritize their participation. As you think about this upcoming year and your commitment of resources, I encourage you to prayerfully reflect, “why church matters so much to me, and how can I participate in supporting our church community?” During worship on Stewardship Sunday, November 19th, we will ask everyone to share their reflections in small groups.
Here are some ways you can participate in this upcoming year’s stewardship campaign:
Pledge: Consider making a financial pledge for the year, which can be paid in installments or as a one-time donation. Your pledge amount can be whatever you are comfortable with, and every contribution is greatly appreciated.
Time and Talent: We recognize that not everyone can contribute financially. If that’s the case, we also value your time and talents. Whether it’s volunteering for church activities, sharing your skills, or supporting our programs, your involvement is invaluable.
Spread the Word: Please share the message of our stewardship campaign with your friends and family who may be interested in supporting our church’s mission. Word of mouth is a powerful tool for growing our community.
To make your pledge for 2024, please use this link. There will be paper pledge cards available in the sanctuary on and after November 19 (Stewardship Sunday). We understand that these are uncertain times, and we are deeply grateful for the support you can provide.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Old First. I feel blessed to have you as a part of my church family.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your pledge or involvement further, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-627-4203.
May the spirit of generosity and togetherness shine through our community during this stewardship season.
With immense gratitude,