Thank you to all who have responded to our Stewardship Appeal for 2017! However, as of today, we remain short of our goal and we have yet to hear from about 30 church members. We ask for your prayerful consideration and reply before December 18th when we will be making budget decisions that will affect our church program for the coming year. In gratitude – your Westminster Stewardship Committee
|Westminster Pledge/Plate information as of: 11/30/2016
2016 Annual Budget Year to Date % of Budgeted
|At the same time last year:
2015 Annual Budget Year to Date % of Budgeted
|Hunger Offering $726.85|
Thank You to the many church members who have already returned their pledge cards for the 2017 budget. As of November 28th, we have a total of $870,112 pledged from 214 of our members/families. The average pledge has been increased by 6% over last year’s amount.
We still hope to receive pledges from some of our new members and from over 42 of our members/ families who pledged last year. While we are most grateful for the support we have received to date, we are still short of our Stewardship Drive goal by $84,000 and will need to adopt a budget and modify our program plans for next year in early December based upon the pledges we have received by that time.
In the event that you have not made your pledge yet, there is still time! You may mail your pledge card to the church or place it in the offering plate during our worship services, or you may send your pledge to Steve Brown, our Financial Administrator, in a confidential e-mail at , or you may pledge on-line by going to the church website, www.westminsterva.org , and click on the “Giving” tab.
Thank you for your prayerful considerations and commitments for the coming year.
Lee Lewis and Steve Sherman
Stewardship & Budget
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!
Minute for Mission
It was easy for me to decide to provide this Moment for Mission as it relates to Stewardship. When I think of stewardship I first reflect upon the things for which I am grateful. Specifically, I think of the things that this church community has provided me and my family. After some reflection I find that I view that gratitude in three principle areas.
First, it relates to what the church has provided me individually. This church has provided me the space to grow on my spiritual journey at a pace and in a manner that works for me. I grew up in this church but I have not always been an active member of the church nor a regular attendee. However, this church has always accepted me wherever I was in my journey. I have always felt welcome when I was within these walls. I hope you have experienced that same acceptance.
I think specifically of the youth in the church and I hope you too have experienced that acceptance. When I was young in this church I had many doubts and questions. I hope the youth in the church today feel it is safe to express their questions and doubts. I know at times I have been scared to express my doubts. I have learned after these many years that this is a safe and welcoming space regardless. I still have various doubts and questions and I know that I will be loved and supported regardless. That acceptance of me on my journey is something that is deeply meaningful to me and something for which I am grateful.
The second area that I reflect upon is how we are as a community. We are a community that cares and loves each other. I am deeply grateful for the support and the love that this church has provided my children. The church members who have cared for my children are an example of love and concern. Through their actions they teach an important lesson I want my children to learn. I appreciate and I’m deeply grateful for the love they give and show my children.
Also, as Ken referred to in his sermon last week, there are times in which we need help. There are times in which we need to light a beacon and ask for help. I know that this church will respond to that call if I or my family lights that beacon. I hope you know that I will respond to your call if you like that beacon. This community is here for me and for my family. That is deeply meaningful to me and something for which I am grateful.
And finally, we are not an insular community that just cares about our own. We respond to the call to share love and concern for others beyond our walls. We seek to extend ourselves in our local community and throughout the world. In the areas of justice, hunger, poverty, housing; the list goes on, this church is active in the world and has a commitment to sharing it’s time talent and resources with others. We seek to make real the call to serve others. This too is important to me and something for which I am grateful
These are just some of the things I reflect upon as I think of stewardship at this time of pledging. I hope you’ll reflect upon that what you are grateful for at this time as well.
Thank you – David Saunier