A Call to Stewardship, 2020
Dear Resurrection Episcopal Church Family and Friends,
Thank you for your generosity and giving that sustains our Resurrection church community and ministry. We are blessed to be a church where people are, in the words of our mission, “restored... to unity with God and each other in Christ.” We praise God each week, and our lives are enriched and others’ lives changed for the better because of it. As we look to 2020, I am pleased to say that approximately 90% of what you pledge to give in 2020 will go into a church “rainy day fund,” creating healthy cash reserves and more margin for life’s unexpected surprises. Please let me explain how and why...
I don’t have 20/20 vision, but I do have perfect hindsight. In hindsight, our church should have replenished its’ rainy day fund this year. We made a lot of repairs last year, including re-roofing part of the church. These actions depleted our reserves, and we planned to gradually build them back up over time. This year, however, our school tenant whom we depend on heavily, has defaulted several times. Their delayed payments have left us struggling at times with cash flow and payroll. Hindsight is always perfect. Fortunately, though, we don’t live in the past.
As we look ahead to 2020, we aim to do better and have “20/20 foresight.” The Bishop’s Committee has set a rainy day fund as our top church financial priority. This fund will give us healthy cash reserves and thus more margin to manage life’s unexpected surprises such as what we’ve encountered this year.
Please join me in pledging your financial support to Resurrection for 2020. I am pledging two times the amount that I am giving in 2019 because I believe in our ministry together. I believe that our church’s best days are yet to come. I hope you will join me in pledging, too, so that the Bishop’s Committee can budget appropriately for next year.
My appeal to you is practical and spiritual. Give to what you love and want to see grow. Personally speaking, I have found that in my own life, when I give of what I have been given, I am more grateful for that which I have and for the life with which I am blessed. It is indeed true what Jesus says: “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” I invite you to live that with me this coming year through giving to your church. Thank you for your generosity to help us grow our ministry together.
With God’s love,Fr. Nathan
"In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35.