2021 Stewardship Campaign
Hi, God’s Beloved.
What a year it’s been! From local wildfires to a national election to this global pandemic, we’ve lived in an abundance of uncertainty over the past several months. I’ve never been more thankful that we love and serve a God who calls out from burning bushes, gives and disrupts the authority of rulers, and knows the destruction plagues wreak. Throughout the course of human history, God has been FAITHFUL to us, come what may.
You’re receiving this mailing because we consider you part of the life of faith we share. While I desperately miss looking out on your sea of smiling faces during Sunday morning worship and working shoulder-to-shoulder with you on a Habitat for Humanity build and stirring up sparkling grape juice for us to toast during The Table at the FoCo Cafe, I have relished text messages with photos of you worshipping with your kids on the couch and gathering with you bundled up with hoods and face masks pulled tight to worship on the church lawn. I have learned from you through our variety of online classes. I have been humbled by the work our Open & Affirming Discernment Team has continued to do, drawing the circle wide even when we’re so spread out. I have been awed by the progress we’ve made on the Next Big Thing for our land because our potential partners are as committed as ever to their missions, just as we are to ours. Despite all that has challenged us this year, I feel HOPEFUL because of the ways you’ve continued to engage your faith.
The cards, calls, and prayers that we’ve offered for one another have crisscrossed town, phone lines, and internet fiber. The dinners we’ve served, the nights we’ve slept on cots, the masks we’ve sewed, the school lunches we’ve provided, the anti-racism work we’ve done, the garden-fresh produce we’ve transformed into nutritious lunches, the foster, adoptive, and kinship families we’ve supported—all of it points to a LOVING God who cares deeply about a hurting world.
Through it all, you have been abundantly generous. Your FAITHFUL contributions have been so consistent that we’ve not once fretted over how we’d live into the ministry to which God has called us—planned and unexpected. Instead, we’ve been free to just do it—and we can’t say thank you enough.
The enclosed narrative budget illustrates the value of our financial contributions. We’ve included some first-hand accounts—including one from 5-year old Jackson!—of how we’re Loving God. Serving others. Changing lives. I’m proud that our 2021 proposed budget includes an increase in giving to Disciples Mission Fund and to our local outreach, given the needs that have emerged during this pandemic. Although we cannot know for sure what the future will bring, I invite you to join me in prayerfully considering how you will include Heart of the Rockies in your giving commitments for 2021, trusting our Faithful, Hopeful, Loving God.
Ben and I have committed to giving away 10% of our income every year. We know that every dollar we give to the church multiplies any impact we could have on our own thanks to all the ways we see you living out your faith. This year, because some of our plans have fallen through due to the pandemic, we have chosen some additional ways to give that reflect our values. Even though it doesn’t take the place of all we’d hoped to experience, it has been an added source of joy for us in an otherwise dreary time. Thanks, God.
In love and hope,
Melissa St. Clair, Pastor
“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13