I want to thank those of you who either pledged or contributed to this past year's Stewardship Appeal. We have an outstanding record of yearly support for Huguenot Church and this past year was no different.
Our Stewardship goal for 2015 is $600,000. As of this past Friday, we have received 41pledges totaling $210,000 or an average pledge of $5000. This represents about 1/3 of the expected pledges so we have more work to do to reach our congregation. Thanks to those of you, including many of Session and Deacon Leaders, who have shown your early and generous support and to those of you who are pledging today. Our Session pledges to you to demonstrate good stewardship of the many gifts from our congregation.
Why is ongoing stewardship so important for our church? It is more than the need to pay our bills. - "money is energy." And how we invest it represents the things that we value – our children, our shared, spiritual joy in worship and music, and the outreach to communities we chose to support.
Huguenot Church continues to be a shining beacon of hope and spiritual inspiration. Examples abound - such as the queue of Pelham residents at our library entrance to deliver food for over 500 families in need at Thanksgiving, Pelham's relief efforts to support our neighbors post Superstorm Sandy, tremendous outpouring of member support for a new organ, Christian education for children and adults, uplifting worship and music services, and our many members who in their daily lives create beauty and serve as instruments of change. You should be proud to be a congregation member of such a wonderful, active Church.
So today we ask you to pledge your support. Pledging is an act of joy. It allows you to express your thanks, not just for Huguenot Church and all we do but for all of God's glory.
Thank you again for all your efforts and contributions over the years. On behalf of the Stewardship Committee our best wishes to you all for a wonderful Christmas season.
Online Pledge form