Time, Talent, and Treasure – this old adage, rooted in scripture, came to me as I was reflecting on this past year in the life of our church. What an abundance of riches we have in the time and talent of each of you in our church community. This time and talent enables us to live out our mission to nurture love of God and love of neighbor in the world.
I also was reminded of the treasure we provide in the way of financial support that makes our diverse and enriching activities possible. As we approach our annual stewardship season, which runs from November 3 to November 24 this year, it is worth taking a moment to consider a few of the highlights from the past year:
- Our Third Annual Summer Documentary & Discussion Series, which attracted over 140 attendees, who donated almost $1,000 to designated organizations;
- The Youth Mission Trip, in which eight of our young people and four chaperones traveled to Puerto Rico to help rebuild a hurricane-flattened town;
- Our Annual Children’s Sunday – who can forget the Magic Sunday School Bus? – and Christmas pageant, one of the most joyful programs of the year;
- A music program second to none, which this year included a successful concert to benefit the Asylum Seeker Assistance Project (ASAP) and an “Everyone Can Sing” Sunday. On tap yet this year is Pumpkin Fest on October 26 and Misa Criolla, a folk mass based on the music of Hispanic America, on December 8;
- Our regular Lenten and Advent retreats, expanded into quarterly spiritual retreats, providing time for both contemplation and connection;
- Ongoing support for organizations that address homelessness, LGBTQ issues, racial justice, and elder care;
- Active Bible Study, FaithLife, and Poetry groups that provide opportunities for us to focus on topics particularly important to us;
- And more.
As your Stewardship Team reflected on these and many other activities, we decided on the theme “Reaching In, Reaching Out” because it seemed to represent the way all of this nurtures us and provides ways for us to take action in the world.
You will soon receive a mailing from your Stewardship Team about our 2020 Stewardship Campaign that includes a colorful piece that shows how your generous support makes possible the life and work of our church. The packet also will include a letter detailing this year’s pledge goal of $261,500; a pledge card; answers to questions you might have about the stewardship process; your own contribution history to date this year; and, as a special treat, an original poem that you won’t want to miss.
We hope you will carefully review the stewardship material and think about the financial contribution you can make in 2020. Then, complete and return your pledge card by Sunday, November 24, when we will have our blessing of the pledges during our Sunday morning service. You can set up your pledge payments online on our church website, www.cpcchurch.org, but we still need for you to return a pledge card (there will be a physical one and an electronic one), so we have a record of the amount so we can better plan for 2020 – another year filled with highlights that will enrich us all.
With thanks for the time, talent, and treasure you provide to Cleveland Park Church.
Peace and Joy,
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pumpkin Fest, 10/26—Join us at 4 pm for some mystical music and merriment! There will be Halloween organ music, portions from Poe’s The Raven, selections from Phantom of the Opera, and games/treats (and childcare) for kids. You’re encouraged to bring canned goods for donation to St. Paul’s Food Pantry.
FaithLife, 10/27—We meet from 5:30-7 pm to discuss the Calvinist doctrine of “total depravity.” In short, can we choose to be “good?” For this month’s short reading, email Dan Sack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Stewardship Campaign Begins, 11/3—This year’s theme is Reaching In, Reaching Out, and our pledge goal is $261,500. Remember, a stewardship pledge is different from a capital campaign pledge: the former funds our annual operating budget, the latter funds major capital expenses such as infrastructure, accessibility, energy efficiency, and special mission. Both are necessary!
2nd Century Campaign: Mission & Social Action, 11/3—Join us after worship for a conversation about options for the mission and social action component of our Second Century Campaign. Questions? Lisa Jenkins at email@example.com.
Friendship Walks, 11/9—Join our team for the Walk to End Homelessness at 10 am on the National Mall. Go to Friendship Walks 2019and click “Join a Team.” We are “Cleveland Park Church.” You can donate whether or not you walk! For more information: Bruce Grimes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanksgiving Gift Cards, thru 11/17—You can support the families of Shaw Community Center by purchasing a $25 grocery gift card (Giant, Safeway, or Trader Joe’s) to supplement their Thanksgiving Food Baskets and allow them to purchase their own ingredients for this special meal. Please bring gift cards to church by Sunday, November 17th.Questions? Email Ashley at email@example.com.
Friendship Place Winter Warmth Drive, thru 11/24—We’re collecting gently used coats, gloves, scarves, hats, and blankets (along with new socks and long underwear) for individuals in need. L-XXL sizes preferred. Donations received through Sunday, Nov 24.
Art Exhibit and Charity Auction for Joseph’s House, 11/16— Please join us from 5-7 pm for an Art Benefit featuring Donald Clarke, Wesley Meacombs, and other local artists. The Silent Auction will raise funds for Joseph’s House (hospice care for those experiencing homelessness), and we’ll enjoy a wine and cheese reception accompanied by live music. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Century Campaign Presentation and Discussion, 11/17—Our Board of Trustees will present a comprehensive overview of current options for some of the proposed projects. Please bring your questions and openness to change!
Save a Life! 11/24—Join us after worship for a training on bleeding control techniques led by a licensed professional. From everyday accidents to acts of public violence, injuries causing uncontrolled blood loss can take a life in minutes. Please spread the word, register, and Save a Life!