Our capital campaign is now underway. We want to extend our thanks to those of you who participated in campaign receptions, have engaged in conversations with me and other leaders about this exciting initiative, and those of you who have already submitted your pledges for this three year process of gathering support for our building renovation and expansion. Your support and prayers are a tremendous source of encouragement and as we move forward in faith.
"Grounded in Faith, Growing In Service" is both the theme for our capital campaign and how we are growing to understand ourselves as a faith community. This campaign is a process that seeks to involve the whole congregation in a focused time of inspiration and reflection on who God is calling us to be as a congregation as well as who God is calling us to be in our daily lives. This process is about more than enlarging and renovating our facilities. It is about our mission as God's people to build a loving and caring church who will serve for and with this surrounding community for generations to come. It is also about honoring the commitment of those who have provided for our church through the years while ensuring a bright future for the people and mission of St. Andrew's Church.
Pledge cards will be in abundance as we gather for our Reformation Sunday celebration. A box will be available to submit those pledges on Sunday and that box will remain in the narthex for a couple more weeks for those of you who need time for prayer and discernment with family as you determine your level of commitment.
We need the support of the entire congregation to ensure the success of this project. Prayerfully consider what you can donate to this cause, what you might be able to sacrifice in your lifestyle (snacks, extra coffee, eating out, where you watch movies, what type of vacation) to increase your gift. Finally ask yourself, what are your deepest wishes and desires for the future of St. Andrew's as we extend Christ's presence and promises to our community and world? Come join us to make this vision possible and give thanks for God's many blessings in our lives.
Grace and peace,