Sunday, February 19, 2017
Feb 18, 2017
“Lord, how good it is for us to be here...” is the Scripture passage from Matthew 17 that welcomes you as you enter into our worship space. The next image you see poised on the brick wall above our altar is the Transfigured Christ with outstretched arms and open hands. As true Disciples of Christ, this serves as a visual reminder that we are His hands here on earth.
Today we introduce to all parishioners the We Are the Hands of Christ Stewardship Renewal initiative. Later this week you will receive my personal invitation to you to be part of this important, multi-year endeavor and thankfully welcome you to serve, pray and participate as part of our parish community.
I ask that you open your hearts to this new initiative and also let you know how important you are to the future of our parish. We recognize your generosity in the past, and now ask that you pray and reflect on considering a financial response on two levels:
First, by committing to an average monthly increase to your regular contribution. We need this to continue the excellence of our programs and to keep pace with the growing expenses for health care, insurance and other operational costs.
Second, on behalf of your Finance and Pastoral Councils and Building and Grounds Committee, I am also asking you to make a commitment to assist in covering nearly $500,000 in identified structural repair and replacement projects. Among these include the commitment we have made to replace the HVAC system in our church, a new church roof, major repairs to the Parish Life Center roof and new carpeting in the PLC. Details of what you are being asked to commit to is outlined in the letter you will receive this week.
Please take a moment to prayerfully consider both, an increase to your average regular offering and make a commitment to our Building Restoration Fund. Please complete the card that will accompany my letter and return it by mail in the envelope provided or place it in the collection basket at Mass. Or, you may choose to respond online by clicking on the We Are the Hands of Christ icon here on our website home page.
I encourage you to consider the option of giving through our Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) program. Please indicate your preference by checking the box on the response card or by contacting the Parish Office. EFT giving ensures your gifts can benefit our parish on those occasions when your schedule may cause you to attend Mass at a location away from The Church of the Transfiguration.
As you consider our We Are the Hands of Christ financial initiatives and have questions, please feel free to contact me or any member of the Finance or Pastoral Councils.
Later this spring we will be asking you to consider your commitment of Time and Talent to the second phase of the We Are the Hands of Christ initiative. Our goal is to improve our outreach and parish activities and create greater awareness in our surrounding communities by becoming an even more vibrant faith community.
For it to be truly “good for us to be here” we have to be working “out there” as a parish.
Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,