Fall is here! I love the season of fall. It is my favorite time of year. There is just something about it. The weather is turning cooler, the air seems fresher, football is on TV, the Cardinals are in postseason, and pumpkins are showing up all over town (including my front porch). I am reminded of the passage from Ecclesiastes 3…
“There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens: a time for giving birth and a time for dying, a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted, a time for killing and a time for healing, a time for tearing down and a time for building up, a time for crying and a time for laughing… a time for keeping and a time for throwing away, a time for tearing and a time for repairing, a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking, a time for loving and a time for hating, a time for war and a time for peace.”
The author reminds us that each new season brings with it new responsibilities. As a congregation, fall is a time to sharpen our understandings about our God-given mission and purpose and to intentionally take steps to move toward accomplishing God’s mission in our community. Fall is also the time to begin planning how we will together financially contribute to successfully achieving the mission together.
I have begun meeting with the Finance Committee, and they are going to be working diligently over the next few months to come up with the 2015 budget and a long-term financial strategy to help us achieve the mission. Todd Oetting (chair of the Finance Committee) has begun this process by sending out letters to all of the ministry leaders about preparing the budget for this year. The budget should be ready to approve by mid-January this year.
If you are a member of this church, I invite you to fill out a pledge card this year. By pledging what you plan to give, you will assist the Finance Committee in constructing a balanced budget. I invite you to give prayerful consideration to your pledge and how it will support the ministries of this church. We will consecrate our pledges during worship on our commitment weekend October 18-19th in all services. The Finance Committee and I would also like to invite you to attend a financial town hall meeting on Thursday, October 16th at 6pm. This will be an opportunity to ask any question regarding the financial realities of the church and also to hear a vision of what we might accomplish together if we meet our financial goals.