As I write, it is voting day. I will be glad for the commercials and phone calls to end. I understand. People running for office want to get that one last chance to change your mind or get you out to vote. This may sound crazy but it is better than a military coup. It’s the sounds of the democratic process. I have another sound bite for you.
This article is MY last chance to make an appeal to you. You may have heard them all your life or this could be one of the first times you have experienced it. I am asking for your financial support. There is no need to sugar coat it. You know what I am talking about. Like public radio we have to make our appeals to support another year of ministry. You can stop reading now like changing the station on the radio. I have done it too. But hear me out. Please.
This year is very important to our congregation. The quality of children’s and youth ministry and other ministries are at risk. Our giving this year has fallen short. To make next year work, we have frozen any staff or programming increases except for medical insurance. The other piece that has to fall in place is increased giving over last year. That is how we balance a budget.
I am well aware this may fall on deaf ears nevertheless; it needs to be said before you make that pledge this Sunday. We need to make hard decisions about our future if giving does not improve. This is not to scare you. Its purpose is to inform you. You may not be able to make an increase and I will not love you less. But if the church council has to make changes we would hope that you would not love us less.
In fact, in the book of Habakkuk when all of life for the people of Israel seemed completely devastated, the prophet announced that the people will survive by faith in God. Their faith and God’s grace spared the people and they endure to this day.
I have faith in God. God’s kingdom will endure until the end of time. Whether our congregation is the same next year as it is this year is up to us. If you are wondering if your financial gift matters, it does. The ministry that we do together ranks high amongst other caring and nurturing Lutheran churches in the south. I am lucky to be your pastor. I enjoy serving you. I am asking from the bottom of my heart in behalf of God who makes everything we have and own possible. Please give and give generously.
Praise God from whom all Blessing Flow.
In His Service,