Our Annual Stewardship Pledge Drive is winding down, and we are pleased with the results. We hope you agree that it feels really good to give what you know is generous for you – so that you feel it a little bit!
Giving in Gratitude is a spiritual practice that we strive to live here at Foothills. We now have 380 pledging households for the 2016-17 church year. And we have 35 new pledgers this year – that’s great!
This year’s pledge drive is up about $40,000 over last year. Since we haven’t emphasized money so much in the past, the last several years we’ve tried to educate the congregation about how important it is for all of us to share our resources to help maintain and grow all of the wonderful programs and activities at Foothills. We’re attempting to make talking about money not so taboo anymore. 77% of our income comes from your pledges – that is our reality. We are the church.
Most congregants responded well to the Stewardship Team’s request to increase their pledge this year. As our Treasurer said at the May 1st Budget Hearing, our church really needs an increased pledge income every year, since our expenses also go up.
If you’ve ever wondered what kinds of pledges we receive, here’s a snapshot:
- 15 households pledge between $6,060 and $18,250
- 34 households pledge from $3,060 to $6,000
- 66 households pledge from $1,560 to $3,000
- The remaining pledges range from $20 to $1500 per year
- 202 households increased their pledge this year. Thank you!
- Our average pledge is $1,607. Our median is $960.
To make our church and its exciting and life-changing programs sustainable, we need to responsibly support them. Looking ahead, can you see your family increasing your pledging level? Look especially at the categories of giving above – can you get on a path towards moving into the next higher level? Just a few additional pledgers moving from level 4 to level 3, or level 3 to level 2, would make a huge difference in what we are able to do and offer as we seek to fulfill our mission.
We ask you to thoughtfully consider what it would take to increase your commitment to Foothills. Our staff and lay leaders – and all of us- have worked so hard to make this such a warm and vibrant community. It is our congregation, and it is up to us to ensure its vibrant future. Let us continue transforming – together.
Thank You – Kay Williams, Stewardship Chair