Annual Giving 2021
Doing What Love Requires
Beginning last March, our lives changed in extraordinary ways. Social distancing requirements and stay-at-home orders altered how and where we were able to work, eat, gather, serve and worship. Our physical building closed, but clergy and parishioners at St. Luke’s stepped forward to assure that the vital work of ministry continued. Through Zoom worship, collection of food and cleaning supplies, mask making and distribution, and weekly Children’s Church, we responded in both word and action, to the question “What does love require of us?”
This year’s Annual Giving theme, Doing What Love Requires, reminds us that our financial support, in the form of a pledge to the Operating Budget of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, is an essential component of our ability to carry out the work that is important to the parish. Whether we gather for worship inside our building, in our parking lot, or online, we continue to be the body of Christ through our ministries, our witness, and our care for one another.
Regardless of what lies ahead, we remain confident in the assurance of God’s abiding and steadfast love. The leadership of St. Luke’s has been humbled and awestruck by the faithful generosity of this community during this time of being unable to gather in person. Our income has followed the same patterns as recent years, and we cannot put into words how thankful we are to serve such a steadfast community. Because of your generous and faithful gifts, our church is able to keep doing what love requires of us by nurturing life-giving, joyful ministries both inside and outside our parish walls.
We understand that we live in uncertain times and for some of you financial circumstances may have changed. For those of you experiencing financial stress, we agree with Bishop Mariann in her sermon on October 25th when she said, “Your church community is here for you and I don’t want you to give another thought to giving a financial pledge when life for you is so hard… and we want to know how we can support you.” Many of us on Vestry were also moved when Bishop Mariann asked those who have been less financially affected by the pandemic, “Could you give, not just for your household but for someone else’s?” This helped us feel the power of being part of a community in these trying times.
The Vestry and Finance Committee are forecasting a three percent increase in operating expenses for 2021. We ask that you prayerfully consider financially supporting the mission and ministry of St. Luke’s in a way that makes sense given your specific and current realities.
Please click here to fill in the amount you will share for 2021.
Letting us know in advance what you plan to give helps us wisely and strategically set a budget for the upcoming year. Your offering helps St. Luke’s continue to do “what love requires” us to do, by sharing God’s love with even more people and making a positive difference in the lives of everyone in our parish community and beyond. We ask that you complete the online 2021 giving form by December 1, 2020. The Vestry needs to create a budget for 2021 in December and that will be guided by your financial support.
If you have any questions, or would like to further discuss how St. Luke’s can support you during this time, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jessica, Mike Bernier (Sr. Warden), or Cliff Johnson (Jr. Warden).
The Wardens of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
Mike Bernier, Sr. Warden
Cliff Johnson, Jr. Warden