How Will You Serve?
The last month has been truly amazing. In our services and newsletters, impassioned members of our congregation have testified to Westminster’s commitment to welcoming our immigrant neighbors, the considerable support our Benevolence Committee grants to local and international social justice work, the impact of our Christian Education program on our youth, and the multitude of ways our buildings and grounds serve not only our own congregation, but fill the needs of the greater community in which we live. On Reformation Sunday, we had a door in our sanctuary (a door!) which now stands in our gathering space studded with some of our best aspirations. Finally, last week, we celebrated the communion of All Saints and dedicated our pledges in a what is always a powerful moment of offering.
Your pledges are the financial commitments that make our creative, compassionate, and vibrant church home possible. One hundred percent of Session Members have submitted their pledges for 2018, but in this busy fall season there remain those of us who have not yet done so. If you are in that number, would you please take a moment to pledge now on our church website (HERE), or to drop your form in the mail? Your response will be very helpful to the members of Session who must seek to balance our 2018 budget.
Judy Dunscomb, on behalf of the Stewardship Committee
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Our Stewardship Season will begin this Sunday October 15, with a special sermon from Ken asking each of us to consider; ‘How will I serve?’. Over the course of the next several weeks members of our congregation will share with you the ways the Westminster Church has engaged their faith and helped them to live out the great commission to love our neighbors as ourselves. We will hear about social justice work in our community, about the funding Westminster donates to local and international non-profits, about what our youth are learning and doing, and about what it takes to maintain our Sanctuary and Church buildings in shape to serve our congregation, and many needs of the greater community around us. All of this is leading to November 5th, when church members will ceremonially dedicate our pledges for the coming year. Among turning leaves, and spooky pumpkins, our congregation will contemplate together the blessings God has bestowed upon us, and discern how we will use the money and gifts that we have each been given to serve one another in love.
We look forward to spending this season with you.
–Judy Dunscomb on behalf of the Stewardship Committee
During the weeks of the annual Stewardship Campaign, we highlight a number of the missions and programs that exemplify Westminster’s Christian influence on the world around us. As heart-warming as those achievements are, we should also reflect on the necessity, if not importance, of expenditures to maintain the physical base where we gather in worship, participate in classes of spiritual formation, organize support of our many outreach ministries and join together in fellowship.
We have a valuable resource in our buildings and grounds which we have received through the grace and generosity of those who have preceded us in this place. We are the caretakers of it for those who follow us.
- Utilities are expensive even though we install high efficiency equipment whenever we replace and despite implementing “smart” thermostats with set-back temperatures when spaces are not in use.
- Our buildings are sizable and deserve diligent though frugal care. We perform a considerable amount of maintenance with our staff rather than relying upon more costly outside contractors.
- Printing worship bulletins, maintaining website communication and other technology for an active congregation, and providing supplies and support materials for many programs and events enables us to more fully experience the church’s spiritual gifts to us.
Thank you for recognizing the importance of these administrative costs which are necessary to enable the programs and missions we hold so dear. Your financial stewardship of these is appreciated!