2019 Pledge Appeal Message

October 17, 2018

Dear Northminster Member,

… what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8)

How do we respond, both individually and collectively, to show our gratitude and appreciation for the blessings that we have been given? In Micah, the Lord provides an answer for the people of Israel and that answer is the same for us today. These requirements are simple but they are not easy. To do justice is a call to action and it demands courage, energy, and perseverance. There are people within our membership, people in our local community, people across of country, and people throughout the world who have been denied justice and we are called by our faith to come to their aid. To love kindness is a call to reflection and it demands empathy, authenticity, and vulnerability. To see past bitter divisiveness and a fear of the other is a true challenge. To be kind is not the same as being nice, but even being nice is often difficult. To walk humbly with our God is a call to practice. That walk is personal and one may walk alone with God at times. But we also walk along with our brothers and sisters. We stride together with the faithful presently at Northminster but we also march through time with members past and members yet to join. We stride with other Presbyterians, with the wider Christian church, and with other faith traditions.

The Stewardship Committee chose the theme, “What does the Lord require of you?” because the passage from Micah spoke deeply to us about what it means to live a Christian life. The passage instructs us how to share our time, talents, and treasures. To do justice requires generous resources from the membership to feed the hungry and to house the homeless. To love kindness takes grateful giving from the all members to welcome others and to comfort each other. To walk humbly with our God means significant resources from our congregation will be allocated to provide inspiring programming in a safe and inspiring place to worship. Our challenge is to find a way of charitably doing what is required as a true and grateful reflection of God’s abundance. 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 wider community that provides for the needs of all.

Enclosed with this letter is a “narrative budget” that demonstrates the various ways our money will be spent if the challenge budget is fully funded, and a mission summary that highlights some of Northminster’s many mission partnerships. This budget does assume an increase in pledge support over 2018, but a smaller percentage increase than those requested in 2016, 2017, or 2018. We ask that you take time to read everything carefully, and hope that you will find something that inspires you to consider giving at least 3 percent more than your current pledge. As you may know, more than 87% of our revenue comes from pledges and we are reliant on those tithes and offerings to continue our good work and to maintain our facilities and our fellowship. In order to remain a strong and viable growing church, we must strive to do what the Lord requires of us.

We have enclosed a pledge slip 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 11th, 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.

Northminster Stewardship Committee
Bruce Caughran and Ben Buettell