2021 Commitment

“A family of faith Called to Grow in the love of Christ, Share that Good News, and Serve the world.”

Thankful!

Dear Church Family,

Philippians 1:3-4 says, “I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”   Paul’s prayer for the church in Philippi mimics my own prayer for all of you.  In this time of separation I am even more thankful for each of you.  Paul felt the same way as he writes this letter to the church from prison, a place of separation.  Yet in the midst of his own trials, which ultimately lead to his death, he is thankful. 

Thankfulness is not just something we experience when we celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday; it’s a trait of all Christians who understand the enormity of God’s grace and love for the Church and for each of us individually.  Even in the midst of these challenging times of COVID-19 we still have so much to be thankful to God for.  We are thankful for one another; for the ability to maintain connection through technology.  We are thankful for God’s provision; for the ways he provides for our daily needs, and for our health.  We are especially thankful for God’s love; for his pursuance of us and for the grace, mercy, and salvation that are free gifts that we do not deserve. 

Sunday, October 4, 11, & 18, we will be reading several passages of scripture that speak to these three areas of thankfulness.  These passages remind us that God has blessed us beyond measure, and that we have so much to be thankful for.  There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a trying year for everyone.  No one anticipated a global pandemic, an economic downturn, and the drastic changes that have shaped our daily lives.  Yet even in the midst of our challenges, we put our hope and trust in God to continue to pour out his mercy, love, and grace as we continue to be the church in new and creative ways.

As we approach this season of stewardship and look toward 2021, we are doing things differently this year.  Rather than asking committees to put together an “ask budget” as we have done in the past, we are asking each of you to prayerfully consider how you can contribute to ongoing work of God’s church at FPC.  We are not asking to increase the church budget next year because many have been impacted by the downturn of the economy.  Instead, we ask you to prayerfully reflect on God’s faithfulness and call in your life.  What are you thankful to God for, and how can you respond in gratitude? 

I invite you to give thanks to God by participating in the privilege of giving of your time, talent, and treasure to support the mission of God’s work in and through FPC Boone.  In our giving we are led by the power of the Holy Spirit as witnesses of Christ’s grace, showing our thankfulness as we use our collective resources to share his good news in our community and all over the world.  Brothers and sisters in Christ, I challenge you to consider how you can contribute to God’s work in 2021 in two specific ways:

  1. To make a commitment to serve God with your time, and talents, and
  2. To make a pledge to give of your financial resources, so that our operating budget may continue to support the mission of the church.
 
Below you will find a link for a printable version of the 2021 pledge card.  Prayerfully consider how God is leading you to respond for 2021.  You may submit your pledge card by mail to:  First Presbyterian Church, 131 Big Valley Street, Boone, NC 28607. You may also make your pledge online using the PLEDGE button below.  Our Finance and Stewardship Committee kindly asks that you submit your pledges by Thursday, October 22 so that they may plan ahead and work with the Session to adopt a budget for next year.  May we show our gratitude to God in the ways that we give of ourselves together! 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jeff

 
Called to GROW, SHARE, SERVE!