From the first day until now. Who would have thought that almost all of 2020 was going to be spent with our buildings closed and unable to gather in person or to receive the Eucharist? Who could have foreseen a year like this? Certainly not me.
And yet in the midst of all this isolation, disruption, division, and uncertainty Holy Trinity Parish has not wavered in its sharing of the gospel, “…from the first day until now.” It has not been easy. All of us have hd to learn new ways of worshipping, serving, praying, singing, organizing, fellowshipping, and caring for one another. And by God’s grace we have done it.
We are not done with this time of separation but we are starting to see some new ways forward and so it seemed natural that this year’s fall pledge campaign them would be “Keep the Faith.” We have come this far together by faith. We didn’t know how to do so many of the things that now we do daily. We didn’t know if Holy Trinity was going to be able to carry on. We didn’t know so much. And yet you have Kept the Faith.
God’s goodness and love have been proclaimed. God’s care for those in need has been demonstrated. Our love for one another has been reinforced. And…our bills have been paid, our staff has been paid and supported as they learned to work remotely. Our commitments have been met. Because you, Holy Trinity Parish, have Kept the Faith.
We are asking you now to consider making a financial pledge for 2021. We don’t know what the next year is going to look like. We don’t know when or if things will be “back to normal.” What we do know is that we have Kept the Faith this far and we can continue to do so by God’s grace.
All financial giving to the parish is important, but pledging allows the vestry to plan our year and is a sign of your commitment to our life together. Some of us meet or exceed the biblical tithe of giving 10% of our income to the church. Others are working toward that goal. Others still are just learning the freedom that comes from regular sacrificial giving. Wherever you are on your faith journey and in building healthy relationships with your finances, I hope you will consider making or increasing you pledge to this parish.
A pledge card is enclosed. You can pledge on our website, through your Realm Connect account (log in, click on "giving" in the left hand column, click on "pledge" at the top, select the 2021 campaign and fill out the information), or mail in the pledge card.
May God bless and keep you,