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Our United Campaign

posted Oct 27, 2016, 8:19 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 8:19 AM ]

United Campaign
One God – One Mission – One Gift
2017 Stewardship Appeal [Ministry & Capital Combined]

One God
By grace we are saved through our faith in Jesus Christ. Grace gives us power to respond in faith with God’s love.

One Mission
To be "Engaged By God in a Living Faith; at Church, at Home, and in the World.”

Thanks to our members' generous gifts of time, talents, and financial resources through the years, our ministry and facilities have expanded to become a cornerstone of our community. They are what allow us to “be church” for those around us and for each of us in particular.

One Gift
This year we invite you to UNITE your gifts for our one mission. We are combining our capital improvements into our regular budget and stepping away from special building appeals. When you give financially to our United Campaign, you are making a one-year promise to support all the needs of our congregation. If our members simply continued their combined contributions, what they contribute annually to the church with a third of what they pledged to the last capital appeal, we would have more than enough to cover all of our expenses. Rather than think of these as separate gifts, UNITE them and we will grow as a church.

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United Campaign
One God – One Mission – One Gift

One Goal: 1.06 Million

“United” we grow! 

Our congregation has continuously given generously to the needs of our ministry and our building. In 2017 we are asking members to combine their giving. While a budget over a million dollars might seem out of reach, we have already done it! Amazingly the combined income of our General Giving and Capital Appeal Drives from 2014 – 2016 has been 1.05 million or more each year. If we can remain “United” in One God, One Mission, and One Gift, we will continue to move forward in faith!

2017 Financial Needs for Ministry

Ministry support is the life-blood of the church. Everything we do is geared to help people be “Engaged by God at Home, at Church, and in the World.” This portion of our budget is the day-to-day lifeblood that flows through and brings sustenance to the whole body of Christ. This includes things like worship and education expenses, staff salaries and insurance, as well as publications and utilities. This year we are including line items for core outreach ministries like Global Mission, Latino Ministry, and our Health and Wellness program. 

$910,000 of our Goal will be for our 2017 Ministry Support.

2017 Capital Improvement Needs - Parking Lot & the Fellowship Hall

First impressions make a big impact on visitors and prospective members. The vitality of our ministry is often judged in the first 30 seconds someone steps on our property. Cracked and crumbling pavement is also a walking hazard for members and guests. This is a project we can no longer put off. In addition our Fellowship Hall carpeting and divider wall are in a similar state for needing to be replaced so we can continue to offer a warm and hospitable environment for ministry to flourish. Each of these is an issue of hospitality and safety.

$150,000 of our goal will go towards our 2017 Capital Needs.

Please prayerfully consider how you might respond to our 2017 United Campaign:

  • Are you able to combine a third of what you were contributing towards the Capital Campaign with your regular giving?
  • Is this a time when you could increase what you are sharing with God’s work here?
  • If you have not set a number on what you might contribute to the church in the past, could this be the time to take a healthy step in your dedication to God’s call to be a good steward of all you have and make a pledge?

As we continue to be Engaged by God in a Living Faith at home, at church, and in the world, we invite you to join us.

Click here to make an online pledge.