"Nurturing our Church Home" Stewardship Campaign for 2015

Dear Spring Glen Church Family and Friends,

Home .  It’s a simple word, but it conjures up many images and feelings.  Having a place to come home to is essential to our well-being.  It is a physical space that protects us and requires our time and energy to maintain.  But it is more than the building itself -- it is the place we can be ourselves, rest and re-charge.  We aspire for it to be a place full of love, warmth, and support. 

The church is also our home -- a sacred home that we share with our extended family of fellow seekers and believers.  It’s the place where we learn to live as God intended; where we extend hospitality to friends and strangers; where we gain strength and encouragement for life’s challenges; and where we share life’s joys.  

The Bible talks about the church as the dwelling place of the Lord -- His home, here on Earth, built out of all of us as members of God’s family. 

“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.” Ephesians:2:19 - 22 ESV

As we enter into this year’s stewardship campaign, we are reminded of the importance of nurturing our church home.  As members of God’s family, we all have a responsibility to nurture the church through our gifts of time, talent, and treasure.  For it is only with our continued efforts that we can ensure that Spring Glen Church is a home that offers opportunities for fellowship, growth, music, education, and reflection. 

During the coming weeks, we ask you to prayerfully reflect on what Spring Glen Church means to you.  Consider the ways in which you feel “at home” here, and how you have been nurtured.  As you think about your financial commitment to Spring Glen Church for 2015, the Stewardship Committee is asking you to pledge generously and sacrificially, increasing your pledge if possible.  Trustees expect that while the budget will have similar disbursements to the previous year, there will be additional expenses associated with calling a new Senior Pastor; overall, the proposed budget will require a 10% increase in pledged income.  Church leaders believe this is an increase that we are capable of achieving and one which would empower a very meaningful year of ministry in 2015.

Please bring your completed pledge card to worship with you on Sunday, November 16, when we will collect them together as a symbol of how we can nurture our church home. If you are not able to join us in person that morning, we ask that you return your card to the church office in advance of that date.

Together in Christ,

The Spring Glen Church Stewardship Committee

Ray Andrewsen, Doug Hawthorne, Nick Healy, Jennifer Heath, Debby Jagielow, and Ellen Schowalter