Chag Pesach samech, Ramadan Kareem, and a blessed Good Friday,
It’s so wonderful to wake up to birds chirping again! Even though it’s a little chilly, I refuse to close my window again so I can feel the nice spring breeze and let my cat pretend that she’s a powerful hunter, going to get all the birds, squirrels and rabbits that run by! I hope you are finding time to enjoy this weather also!
I have been out with a respiratory bug for about a week now and I’m slowly getting some of my energy back. For those of you who have sent me email, I look forward to responding as I’m able to. We have several staff who are dealing with bugs of some sort right now, so you may get a slower response than you’re used to. Thank you for your patience!
Because I have been out, I don’t have a week 1 stewardship update for you yet, but I have watched as more pledge forms have been submitted online. Thank you! We have stewardship packets ready for pick up this Sunday, and we’ll be mailing out any that haven’t been picked up next week. We are so grateful for your generosity!
I have seen some of your responses to the Board’s listening sessions about what you’re hoping for in the next couple of years. I’m so excited by the big dreams and goals we have for this amazing community! It is important to note that those big dreams and goals also require financial commitments above what we currently have. As was shared at the mid-year meeting, we need to significantly increase our revenue in order to meet the needs that we have and what you have expressed you want. Our stewardship goal is to raise pledges 13%, getting us about half way to the budget that we need in order to live our values both inside and outside our community. If you haven’t submitted your pledge form yet, you can either wait until you get the packet either in person on Sunday in the mail, or fill out our online pledge form now. And, please remember, you are an important and valuable part of this community, no matter your ability to financially contribute.
I hope you find time to celebrate Passover, Ramadan, Easter, the coming of Spring, or whatever it is you celebrate this week. I look forward to seeing you for our Bread Communion on Sunday.
Rev. Kelli McNeal
Minister of Congregational Life
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