Canvass 2015

Posted: 11/12/2014

Reality, Spirituality, Community

As the Vestry and Parish approach the year 2015, it is once again time to think about your support of the work of Church of the Holy Comforter in this faith community and in the world. Pledge Sunday is November 2, 2014. We ask you to prayerfully consider the following themes and the information that you will be receiving over the course of the next month.

REALITY:

  • Our parish is a $1.3 million business --or $3,700 a day to keep our doors open
  • With about 300 pledging units, that equates to $4,500 per pledge
  • Most of our budget comes from your pledges
  • Our dedicated staff did not receive any salary increase last year
  • Like many organizations, a majority of our income comes from a much smaller group
  • The Vestry asks for your pledge in order to budget for 2015 and be good stewards
  • There is no admission charge for virtually all that goes on here
  • In the recent past due to economic conditions, pledge income has been static

SPIRITUALITY:

  • As individuals, God has richly blessed us
  • As a faith community, we are similarly blessed
  • Stewardship is part of our faith journey
  • Our pledge represents both thanksgiving and a tangible commitment to Christ and the work of His church
  • Stewardship helps us look outward beyond ourselves to supporting others
  • "Giving back" is part of our own journey of faith

COMMUNITY:

  • Our support of the parish allows us to sustain and grow our community
  • Vital and vibrant programs such as our Church School are supported by pledges
  • Numerous ministries, outreach opportunities and fellowship abound in this place
  • The community is here for all of us in times of stress or milestones or in the ordinary
  • Pledge Sunday is an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to our community

As we approach Pledge Sunday, we ask you to consider the above themes and to prayerfully consider your commitment to this special place. We also ask you to review additional materials that will be sent to you in the coming days. The reality is we need 100% participation and we need your support for 2015. We also hope that this will be an experience that will expand and enhance the spiritual aspect of giving as we renew our commitment to this community. Prayerfully reflect on all that God has given us as you consider your 2015 pledge.