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From Our Hill

FOH August 29, 2014        Click here for full issue

Dear Friends,

     A few times a year, I think it is helpful to shine a spotlight on issues around church finances and stewardship in this space.  At this moment as we turn the corner from summertime into a new school year and full slate of church activities, it seems natural to offer a check-in.
     To get right down to it, the bottom line is that through July 2014, Calvary has a deficit of $47,461.20.  Not ideal, of course, although at this time last year we had a deficit of $72,444.65.  This is an improvement.  We’ve had some strong months of giving and some slow months of giving.  We have been fortunate to have enough reserves in the bank account to navigate deficits when they come along.  But, I certainly never want to take those reserves for granted.  Our Finance Committee is very diligent about watching income and outgo; the staff is careful and conservative about spending.  As we approach the final quarter of 2014, I’d simply invite everyone to be intentional about supporting the ministry of Jesus Christ through Calvary UMC.  If you made an estimate of giving for 2014 and need a reminder about that or about your progress on a capital campaign pledge, feel free to call Melinda Grigsby, our financial manager, and she will be glad to get any information you need.  The ways we enable ministry through the giving of tithes and offerings are some of the most tangible expressions of our faith.
     With that in mind, it will only be a few weeks from now that Calvary begins our stewardship emphasis for 2015.  This year Consecration Sunday will be October 19; this is when the congregation is invited to consider making an “Estimate of Giving” for the coming year.  Our Stewardship Committee has been meeting, brainstorming, and considering how we can faithfully look at stewardship in a holistic way.  Our theme this year will be “Letting Your Light Shine at Calvary” and springs from Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:15-16, where he urges his hearers to “…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”  I am looking forward to exploring all the ways our light does shine and can shine for God’s glory as Christ’s people in this time and place.
     Each day, I am grateful for the privilege of serving as Calvary’s senior pastor.  I am grateful to be following the way of discipleship with you.  Thank you for all the ways you help Calvary’s ministries come to life.  Thank you for enabling our congregation to be a witness to the love of Jesus Christ on Hillsboro Pike and far beyond.
God’s Peace,
Pastor Bryan Brooks