2011 stewardship letter

Dear Church members and friends:

Why do you give to your church?

We each have different motivations and capacities for giving, and every gift and pledge is gratefully received. Your stewardship committee’s one hope is that your support for our ministries comes from a profound sense of gratitude and joy for all you receive through your relationship with God and the members of our church.

That’s why we’ve chosen “Count yourself blessed” as our stewardship theme this year. We are blessed. We share a strong faith with each other. We celebrate the joyful events in each other’s lives and comfort each other in times of trial and sorrow. We welcome everyone and anyone to join us, and we change the lives of people in our community – people who may never set foot in our church – simply because they have no one else to turn to, and we are here, and we count ourselves blessed.

Our church has ministered faithfully for more than 275 years – not because members have given year after year out of duty, obligation, guilt or fear. Such motivations can’t sustain an institution for nearly three centuries. No, our church is still here, still strong and vibrant, because generations and generations of members have counted themselves blessed and have therefore supported its mission with generous gifts of gratitude and joy. Now it’s up to us.

In worship, fellowship, study and faith-sharing groups, service opportunities and more, we’re growing as an extended family. Your generous gift will continue to build the web of caring and community for all. As you “count yourself blessed,” please consider increasing your pledge for 2012 and beyond.

Consecration Sunday is October 23rd. Please plan now to worship at 8:30 or 10:00 a.m. Over the next few weeks you’ll be hearing from the stewardship committee and some special, deeply personal messages from members of our church family who feel blessed to be among us. Please use this time to reflect on the many ways you can count yourself blessed and then give gratefully, generously, and joyfully in support of our ministries in 2012.

Thank you, from your stewardship committee – Bill Campbell, Betsy Keiter, Ted O’Meara, Jerry Reynolds and John McCall

PS – you can make your pledge online at http://fccucc.org/about/2012-pledge-form/

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