"Together for Joy" Pledge Campaign
Greetings, grace, and peace!
Who in the world would ever have guessed we’d have a year like the one we’ve just been through? Who in the world would have guessed that St. Francis in the Foothills would have come through it so beautifully and with such creativity? We hope you’ll join us in expressing thanks for our lay leadership, especially Lana Holstein, June Webb-Vignery and Art Evans who worked so hard this year. And what about Pastor Jim? Nobody worked harder than he did: worship online, pastoral care at a distance, Zoom meetings, online classes, and speaking out for justice. No church is more blessed in their lay and pastoral leadership than ours!
And as every organization you’re a part of has already said to you, your financial support means more now than ever to keep this flexibility, creativity, and faithfulness alive and thriving in the year to come. Stewardship Sundays will take place In November and December this year. On those days, we will seek to meet the challenges before us by gathering up our 2021 pledges electronically and through the mail.
Before then, we hope you will think about your own situation and reflect on how generous you can be in investing in our future. We may not be singing together in the same physical space for some time to come – and so we have to find new ways of singing, “new songs” to sing, new forms of praise, thanks and delight - new ways of being the church, of being God’s people.
Now more than ever, we need to reach out and lift each other up. Now more than ever, we need to find new ways to be “together for joy.” Now more than ever, we need to be the church! The church was made for times such as these: not times of ease and tranquility, but times of difficulty and struggle.
We don't know when we will be able to gather again for Sunday services and to celebrate with live music in our celebration center. We don't know when, but we do know that It will happen and to make that happen, we must be ready. Part of being ready Is having generous gift commitments that we can count on to bring back furloughed staff and ensure safe resumption of activities where we gather.
Consequently, all of us, as a community, ask each other to share our treasure and invest in our mission as a church. Now more than ever, your generosity can and will make an enormous difference. In a time of difficulty and despair for so many, we are a community of light and hope. In a time of injustice and struggle, we are a community of love and justice. In a time of silence and isolation, we are and can be a community of new songs and new ways of singing, new ways of being together for joy.
For all that we’ve already accomplished together during this challenging season, for all that we will accomplish together in the future, thank God and thank YOU. See you soon on Zoom - and until then, let us be together for joy!
Your Stewardship Team – Sue Gemoets, David Osollo, Peggy Schlosser, Paula Van Ness
and June Webb-Vignery