Dear church family,
In the nine months serving here as your pastor, I’ve been blessed to watch our church thrive. Worship attendance is up 10% from this time a year ago! There are palpable signs that the Spirit of God is working among us, getting us ready to launch into new and exciting ministry. Your Session and leadership teams are feeling the prompting of the Spirit and have proposed that we raise the giving budget by a modest 4% for 2019. This is the first budget increase our church leadership has asked for in over 15 years!
First Pres has returned to the basics for our budgeting process for calendar year 2019. The Session and its Teams have already completed a preliminary budget for next year. Hopefully you have had a chance to review that narrative budget, which is now posted on our website. The Finance Team has done a marvelous job in quantifying the expense side of the budget process. Now it is our turn to help our lay leadership understand what to budget on the revenue side.
You should have already received your Estimate of Giving card (by mail) that we are asking you to complete so we can strategically budget for next year’s ministry. We are not asking for a “pledge” per se; rather, we are asking you for an estimate of your giving for next year. If everyone gave such an estimate of their giving, we could possibly grow our ministry impact even deeper and wider than we now imagine!
Our stewardship theme this year is, “Charting Our Course for 2019!” I continue to be humbled by the generosity you displayed in getting through the end of 2017; without a senior pastor at the helm, you knew the importance of what God is trying to accomplish through FPC. Frankly, it is one of the reasons I became your Pastor; I saw a community of people banding together to make the church work and thrive! Please complete and return your Estimate of Giving card by mail, or you may drop it in the offering plate on Sunday morning. Join me in charting a wonderful new course for 2019!
Patrick H. Wrisley
Help chart the course for ministry by completing a 2019 Estimate of Giving card so that First Pres can be the hands, feet, and presence of Christ in our community and beyond.
We are loved.
We are called to love.
We are called to care.
We are called to share.
Help chart the course for ministry by completing a 2019 Estimate of Giving card so that First Pres can be the hands, feet, and presence of Christ in our community and beyond. It is more than a pledge; it is an act of faith.