October 1, 2023

Dear Members and Friends:

This year reminds us that financial support, in the form of a pledge to the operating budget is vital to carry out the church's work. Whether we gather for worship inside our building or online, we continue to be the body of Christ through our ministries, our witness, and our care for one another.

Besides the bricks and mortar are the church employees; Pastor Dave, the music leaders, the custodial staff, etc. The cost of the church staff is a significant part of the church budget. Galatians 6:6 says "Nevertheless, one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor." Your pledge supports the ministry provided by these personnel.

We cannot know what lies ahead of us, but we remain confident in the assurance of God's abiding and steadfast love. Because of your generous and faithful gifts, our church can keep doing what love requires of us by nurturing life-giving, joyful ministries both inside and outside our church walls.

We encourage all members of our congregation to make an annual financial pledge. Some members tithe, committing ten percent of their income to the work and missions of our church. Others give proportionally by committing a certain percentage. Still, others give as they are able.

What is most important is that everyone supports in the form of a financial pledge. We ask that you prayerfully consider how you might contribute.

We, your Board of Trustees, ask each of you to prayerfully consider making a commitment to helping these needs, be it as the rich young man in Matthew 19, or Zacchaeus in Luke 19, or in whatever your situation may be. Increasing your pledge by any amount will help cover cost increases. It may be difficult, in the current financial climate, for you to do this and we certainly understand that decision.

There is a pledge form on the reverse of this letter. Please cut it out and use it to make your pledge to your Church for 2023. It may be placed in the collection containers at church or mailed to our Church Collector, Cindy Moore, in care of the church.

Thank you so very much for your past generosity, your active participation in church affairs and your attendance, whether it is in person or virtual.

Yours in Faith,

Board of Trustees

Susan Bleckman, Chair; Glenn McLaughlin, Secretary; Gloria O'Connor-Biron, Christopher Ward; Marilyn Thyng; Ex-Officio members: David Stasiak, Pastor; Vicki Watson, Treasurer; Kevin Kenndey, Assistant Treasurer.