2018 Pledge Appeal Message
October 19, 2017
Dear Northminster Member,
Each year on the last Sunday in October, Presbyterians celebrate the tradition that grounds their faith on the day we call Reformation Sunday. This year, October 29th is of particular significance, as Presbyterians will celebrate the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany on October 31, 1517.
Key themes of the Reformation include, among others: 1) the Sovereignty of God over all aspects of our lives; 2) the priesthood of all believers; and 3) God’s free grace in Jesus Christ and our grateful response to it. So what does that mean in terms of stewardship? God’s sovereignty calls us to first acknowledge that everything we have comes from God. We also understand that Jesus, by taking on human form, reveals the depth of God’s generosity toward humankind. Throughout His life, Jesus showed us what this generosity looks like translated into human action and transformation. As believers, our challenge is to find a way of living and giving generously as a true and grateful reflection of God’s generosity. We, as Christians, are reminded that when it comes to stewardship and giving generously, we can use an acronym, TRIO — The Responsibility Is Ours! This is the theme of our 2018 Stewardship Campaign.
The Stewardship Committee chose this theme because we feel strongly about each member’s individual responsibility to support Northminster as a physical place of worship, provide for all of its wonderful programming throughout the year, and to continue funding all of the many mission projects in our local community and beyond as we assist others who are less fortunate. If we can achieve our goal of 100% participation during this year’s campaign, we will be even stronger as a community of faith and, in doing so, realize God’s vision of a social order that provides for the needs of all.
Enclosed with this letter is a “narrative budget,” outlining our plans for how our money will be spent if the challenge budget is fully funded, and a mission summary, highlighting some of Northminster’s many mission partnerships. This budget does assume an increase in pledge support over 2017, but a smaller percentage increase than in 2017. We ask that you take time to read it carefully, and hope that you will find something that inspires you to consider giving at least 4% more than your current pledge. As you know, Northminster is its members and we continue to grow and thrive solely because of member support as 88% of our revenue comes from pledges. In the end, in order to remain a strong and viable growing church, The Responsibility Is Ours!
We have enclosed a pledge card and return envelope for your convenience. To aid in our planning, we ask that you turn it in as soon as possible. All pledges received in advance will be combined with those received on Commitment Sunday, November 12th, when we will dedicate our financial and time commitments as a united congregation. Please contact a member of the Stewardship Committee with any questions you may have. Thank you for your consideration.