Annual Pledge Campaign: More Than Enough
"And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces." - Luke 9:16-17, NRSV
A Message from Doug Fry
2023 Stewardship Campaign Chair
Dear Holy Cross,
Leading the annual campaign is never easy, but it has its rewards. One of those is to witness the power of how your gifts fund the mission and ministry of our church in the community. Because of you, we can share our message of love with many, and this is the greatest gift!
We have been focusing on Works, Wisdom, and Wealth as we enter our annual campaign this year, and it falls on me to talk about Wealth. Each household has had a different financial experience during the pandemic, and this year’s turbulent market and inflation have been rough on all of us. Even so, I am inspired by how you made and continue to make your financial gifts to sustain our ministry.
Our campaign theme is More Than Enough, and it comes from the end of Luke’s version of the feeding of the five thousand. Responding to Jesus’ call, the gathered crowd turns their pockets inside out, shakes out their blankets, and rummages through their parcels to find enough to care for the community's needs. And what do they realize? That by the miracle of faith and the action of Love, there was more than enough, an abundance of leftovers!
Our stewardship campaign is like that ancient story: each of us contributing what we can provides enough – enough to fund our operations and an abundance more to take care of our neighbors and plan for the future. Every gift is a miracle, a chance to change the world. And every gift is Love, the kind of love that protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres, as St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians.
Thank you. Thank you for all that you do for the Church and the world. Today I am asking you to consider what you will pledge to our community in the coming year to sustain our ministry and to serve our neighbors. Every gift of wealth, works, and wisdom goes toward our ministry and mission, and yours is essential to us. I ask that you pray with us as we launch our annual gathering of gifts and gratitude, and consider how you will contribute your gift of wealth.
In the spirit of love,
Offer Your 2023 Pledge Today!
We use our Realm platform to manage our pledges and giving. This keeps your pledge private and also links your contributions throughout the year to your pledge. It makes it easy for you to monitor your giving progress and allows us to create end-of-year reports for your taxes.
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If you are a member of our church but are not on Realm, please contact the church office at (910)799-6347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.