“God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
Dear SOTH Family -
We have much to celebrate in this season of transition with all the possibilities God has in store for us…just around the corner, up ahead of us a short time and distance from where we are now! Between now and the end of this year, we will also be fully in the annual season of celebrating Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas -- important time to reflect on God’s faithfulness to us individually and to our community of faith here at Shepherd of the Hill.
Your Session elders are extremely grateful for your generous support of the program and ministry this year. Even as we’ve experienced transition in leadership of our children, youth and family programs, and now as we enter a longer pastor transition, Shepherd of the Hill remains a constant presence in our community to serve God by serving others and growing in our faith.
We ask you to pledge your financial support for SOTH’s program and ministry in 2018. Our annual operating budget of approximately $275,000 includes support for mission, worship, education, fellowship, as well as the staff and facilities to make it all work. Since costs increase slightly every year, we hope you will prayerfully consider sustaining or increasing your pledge.
Many of you also made separate pledges for construction loan payments over the past two years. The building improvements have contributed wonderfully to support our mission, fellowship, education, and worship life. We also need you to renew commitments to the loan fund (or make a new one) for the next three years. It’s important that we keep this financial obligation separate from our operating budget so our building supports, and does not detract from, our program and ministry.
We know you have been exceptionally generous in support of your church throughout the years and we will continue to trust in God’s sufficiency as we begin our next chapter together.
We encourage you to respond by November 19th when we will receive pledges in worship with gratitude and joy. You may mail the enclosed pledge card to the church office, bring it to worship on any Sunday in November, or simply email Ken Emly (SOTHtreasr@comcast.net).
Don Bennett, Administration Committee Elder