The COVID-19 pandemic closed our church campus for most of 2020 and half of 2021. It kept us struggling to maintain our identity as a church.
To fight the isolation many of us felt, some among us delivered meals, cards and friendly prayers for our homebound church kin. We learned new skills like videoconferencing so small groups could challenge the sense of disconnection that sometimes crept into our hearts. We also joined with one another and our neighboring community in new ways to help meet the needs of families and individuals facing hardships from the impact COVID-19 has had on jobs, housing, and health. We support each other by looking to be disciples of Jesus Christ in the world.
God has blessed us with resilience as a church because we found ways to preserve the unity we cherish.
Debate lives among us, too. Even as we love one another, we have had to choose how to grow as a church in the last year or so. After animated examination of Methodist tradition and personal introspection, we overwhelmingly chose to identify ourselves as a Reconciling Church. We believe our differences and acceptance of everyone for who they are bind us together in community.
The church’s work has always relied on your gifts and generous support as a big-hearted congregation. After the difficulties we have endured these past fifteen months, we need your financial support more than ever. Livestreaming video requires equipment, for example, and certain remodeling tasks keep us safer while on the church campus.
Thank you for making a pledge for 2022. You will all be hearing more about how to pledge and the impact your pledge can make in the coming weeks via online communications, email, church mailings and a few surprise videos from this committee. We have included a pledge card with this mailing, and look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you all for your ongoing support, Your Stewardship Team 2022:
Catharine Baker J
Pastor Kim Risedorph
Pastor Mantu Joshi