You can also find this newsletter on the web at www.HolyCrossRedmond.org/GrowingHomeNewsletter/2015-11/.
Table of Contents
Calendar of Events
January 24, 2016
Edited by Barb Fraley
Technical assistance by Chris Fraley
Sacrifice and Generosity: Giving and Growing in Faith
When we think about our giving to the church, have you ever noticed how easy it can be to think we can’t possibly do any more than we’re already doing? But when we take the time to be still with God, we realize how much He has given us—all of our time, all of our talents, and all of our financial resource.
Before any of us can make a good decision about our true ability to support the Growing Home campaign, we need to look inside ourselves. We need to pray, and then we need to listen for God’s guidance. What is God calling us to do? How would God have us respond in discipleship and commitment to the ministry of Holy Cross?
Do you remember the first time you walked through the doors of our church? Do you remember experiencing the inspirational beauty of the sanctuary? Do you recall being welcomed with warm Christian fellowship? Were you struck by the love demonstrated for God and one another in worship? Each of us is truly blessed in so many ways by the ministries of our church, and we are grateful to Jesus Christ for the joy of living in His love and grace, and for the opportunity to worship and grow in faith in such a wonderful community.
Growing Home is our campaign for both our annual operating (a 1-year pledge) and capital fund needs (a 3-year pledge above and beyond our regular offering). Confident in God’s assurance to provide for us, each of us is encouraged to make financial pledges – to both our annual operating and capital funds – that will challenge us to grow in faith and reliance on God. Armed with hope and faith, we are asked to stretch ourselves in our giving over the three-year period above and beyond our regular gifts to the church.
As you consider how God has blessed you in your life and through the ministry of our church, please consider with joy what you can do for Holy Cross. We can do all things in Him who strengthens us. With all of us working together, we will indeed fulfill our mission!
Financial Goals for our Growing Home Capital Campaign
Celebration: $750,000 – Pays off our building debt, provides start-up funding for a Youth Minister, pays for finishes on our building and creates a Future Maintenance Fund.
Challenge: $650,000 – Pays off our building debt, provides start-up funding for a Youth Minister, and pays for finishes on our building.
Cornerstone: $500,000 – Pays off our building debt and provides start-up funding for a Youth Minister.
Making Your Commitment
In a few days, you will receive your Commitment Card for next year’s annual stewardship pledge and the Growing Home campaign. Please fill it out and bring it with you to church on Commitment Sunday, December 6th. If you are unable to attend Holy Cross that day, you may mail your card to the church office, or place it in the offering plate during worship between now and then.
Starting the day after Commitment Sunday, volunteers will make “Commitment Visits” with those households from whom we did not receive a commitment card. The purpose of these visits is to help collect the commitment cards (who hasn’t forgotten or misplaced a card before?), as we would like to have an accurate total from the campaign by Celebration Sunday, January 24th. Note that the volunteers will not see your commitment card; they are simply friendly faces who are facilitating the return of commitment cards to Holy Cross.
Food for Thought
The Shrewd Money Manager – Luke 16:1-13
Jesus told his disciples: “There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg—I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. He asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ ‘Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. The manager told him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.’ Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Do Not Give Money to God!
Can you imagine the confusion on the faces people when they hear that? Do not give money to God? But that is what we are told Sunday after Sunday. “All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee.”
Why give money to God? What is God going to do with it? God doesn’t have a bank account, a savings account, or a 401k. God doesn’t have a mortgage to pay, kids in college, or elderly parents to care for. So do not give your money to God.
That is what we are talking about here at Holy Cross this fall. Instead of putting the emphasis on our giving, we are emphasizing our doing. Instead of focusing on funding the budget, we are asked to fund God’s work. We are asked to transform our money into ministry. We are asked to use our money, not give it.
From giving to using
We are not giving our money to God. After all, the young rich man was not told to sell all and give the money to God; he was told to sell all and give the money to the poor. That’s transforming money into ministry.
So at Holy Cross, we talk about funding ministry. We talk about doing God’s work. We talk about each of our ministry areas and exciting successes in each. We talk about how our money can transform our ministries in the next year.
At Holy Cross, we are partnering with God, using the money that God has given us to enable God’s vision for a more perfect world – a world where we worship, care for each other, learn, and reach out to those less fortunate.
Compiled and edited by David Hutchinson from an original article by Sandra Swan. Used with permission.
Sandra Swan is the director of resource development for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, NC.
Advance Commitment Event
A special event will be held for those parishioners who wish to start the momentum by making their commitments to the Growing Home campaign in advance of Commitment Sunday (December 6).
Join us for wine and hors d’oeuvres on Saturday, November 21st, at 7 p.m., at the Alexandria Nicole Cellars at Hollywood Schoolhouse in Woodinville. Contact Sherri and David Nichols for more information.
Planned Gift Opportunities
To make an estate gift to your church, a bequest in your will is a good plan. Other plans are available and, under given circumstances, could be better. Among these are outright gifts, gift annuities, charitable trusts, revocable trusts, and life estate agreements.
For samples of these helpful tools or for more information, please contact David or Robyn Hutchinson, your co-directors of Planned Giving at Holy Cross.
They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. (Psalm 145:7)
Holy Cross Episcopal Church cordially invites you to a banquet and children’s party celebrating Growing Home on Saturday evening, December 5th at Holy Cross.
Gather at 5 p.m.
Dinner served at 6 p.m.
The banquet will include a program of speakers, a great meal, and wonderful fellowship.
Please let us know you are coming: banquet@HolyCrossRedmond.org (or call Lynn Ray’s cell) by November 22nd
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