October 16, 2016
Thank you for your generosity and outstanding response to last year's Annual Giving Campaign. Last year, we invited you to Be Here at St. Francis, to take part in Sunday services, and to find an opportunity to share your talents in outreach, education, or any of the other ministries. You responded with increased participation in our renewed Youth ministry, as new Sunday School teachers, with a new Bible study, and in fellowship activities. You also responded with new pledges and the first increase in pledged amounts in four years.
Today, we kick off the Giving Campaign for 2017. As you consider your pledge for 2017, we ask that you review the handout in this packet that illustrates where the St. Francis operating funds come from and how the church spends that money. If you have any questions about either pie chart, please contact any member of the Giving Committee.
On Sunday, 28 August, our Rector announced that St. Francis would have a theme for this program year: Mindfulness. What does it mean? In short, it means being aware of the moment in which one lives. Your experience of life is based on what you pay attention to. That which you pay attention to grows. For Christians, mindfulness is a way for us to encounter and understand God.
Before you complete the pledge form, please take a moment to be mindful, to visualize what your pledge can do and the possibilities you enable, and what St. Francis means to you, your family, and all those whose lives we touch.
Over the next few weeks, we hope you will accept the Giving Committee's invitation to attend a Neighborhood Get-together to meet the Rev. David Lucey, as well as to meet fellow parishioners, and contribute to the discussion on the direction of St. Francis. (Sign up for a convenient gathering via the church website, http://stfrancisgreatfalls.com/, or on the sign-up board at church.) We also invite you to attend the Adult Forum on October 30 to hear from the St. Francis Treasurer about the budget.
And we invite you to make a commitment to St. Francis by pledging. Your pledge, pooled with those of your fellow parishioners, funds the many ministries of St. Francis. We know that you will prayerfully consider your pledge for 2017. On Sunday, November 13, bring your completed Pledge Form to church and join your fellow Franciscans as we celebrate Pledge Sunday.
Yours in Christ,
The St. Francis Giving Committee (David Black, Rick Entsminger, Janet Gralley, Sang Joshua Kim, Rick Larson, Leslie Siegmund, and Kristi Yarnall)
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