"We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul..." Hebrews 6:19
Stewardship Campaign 2021
from our rector
We step into this campaign guided by the scripture passage found in the Letter to the Hebrews (6:19), “We have this hope, an anchor for the soul.”
First, please know that our Stewardship Team is encouraging us to participate in this year’s campaign through an electronic format, especially due to COVID-19.
You will, or have received in the mail your personalized pledged information from Dillon Manly as well as an email from a fellow member and friend at Trinity that will include a link to an online pledge form. When you fill out your pledge online our Financial Assistant, Dillon Manly will receive your information confidentially. Your response goes only to her. And, when you participate online you will not be included in the house-to-house campaign that will begin in October. This year, more than ever, participating online will ensure a safe and secure interaction for all.
I know our Wardens will be in touch with you as well about Trinity’s financial health. Recently, we recorded a Sunday Forum that outlined our finances in detail. You can find that session below, as well as on our Adult Formation page. It is thorough and informative.
In 24 years of priesthood there has never been a situation such as this in congregational life. The Wardens, Vestry, and I are in the position of wanting first and foremost to acknowledge how challenging these times are for us all, and for some this includes financial challenges. Yet, we also have the responsibility to be fully transparent and honest about our financial life for 2021.
Now, more than ever, it is vital for us all to maintain, if not increase, our financial giving. We so desperately want to be able to maintain the calling of God as God’s agents of love, grace and justice in our city and beyond. We so desperately want to be able to, at the least, maintain all of our outreach ministries, worship life, and formation life. We are working hard to reduce and/or eliminate every extraneous expense for 2021 as we have done for 2020.
Individual giving remains strong at Trinity. It is a blessing. Yet, in 2021 we are in danger of losing nearly $200,000 of funding from building use and parking lot income as well as from our endowment. This is truly a critical time. It is nearly impossible to make up this type of loss without adjustments to our staffing.
Still, we have hope. We know that God’s dream for us is to lead the way in our church, in our families, in our city and beyond with the truth that even in the deepest valleys of life God is present, walking with us, lifting us up and sometimes carrying us into a new day. We believe that God is at work building a new creation.
Thank you for all you do not merely for Trinity Church but even more for God in your daily walk of life. Many blessings to you and yours.