2016 Pledge Appeal Message
October 5, 2016
Dear Northminster Member,
We’d like to kick-off our Stewardship Campaign for 2016 with a big “Thank You” for your response to last year’s campaign. Facing difficult financial challenges, Northminster asked the congregation to step up to meet those challenges and you did. More people pledged and most increased their pledges.
We still face financial challenges and probably always will. But for this year’s campaign we look ahead with a sense of excitement and opportunity. We have a new Senior Pastor and the church is vibrant with a renewed energy, alive with activity, ministry and mission. We are indeed “Growing in Faith, Rooted in Love.” It’s fitting, then, that we ask that as you prayerfully consider your 2016 pledge, you reflect on these passages from Scripture:
Blessed are those…whose trust is in the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life. Proverbs 11:30a.
The Tree of Life is an apt metaphor–like a tree, Northminster offers a spiritual dwelling and a nurturing place for those who call it home and who seek its shelter in difficult times, strong roots for our personal and collective faith, and seeds of hope for the future for many. Like a tree, Northminster also needs care and support to thrive–it requires us to be good stewards. We are asking that all members pledge for 2016, and we are also asking that you consider at least a 5% increase from your current pledge.
We appreciate the challenge in balancing competing demands for charitable dollars as many worthwhile organizations seek your support. It is important that the Northminster family make supporting our church’s ministries a top priority, for two reasons: First, while obviously a personal decision, we believe that as our spiritual home—where we are fed and inspired for service as individuals, families and a community—Northminster provides something other organizations cannot. Second, unlike other organizations with multiple sources of funding, Northminster exists only by its members’ support. Upwards of 85% of our revenue come from member pledges. Our goal is 100% participation. It is our church and our community, and we are asking everyone to support our church by pledging.
We have enclosed a pledge card and return envelope. Please contact any member of the Stewardship Committee with any questions about pledging. Your pledge will help keep Northminster a vibrant, growing, caring church, with a proud past and an exciting future – Growing in Faith, Rooted in Love.
Thank you for your consideration.
Northminster Stewardship Committee
Joseph Doyle, Kent Geibel, Leslie Lehner, Drew Lum and Molly McDowell