As we begin our annual Stewardship appeal, we would like to first say thank you. Last year, as a Parish Finance Council, we challenged our community to meet a goal of $800,000 in offertory giving. We are pleased to announce that together, we met that goal and raised more than $821,000. This is the highest offertory in more than five years, and we are deeply grateful for your generosity. By meeting last year’s goal, our parish has been able to begin to address a few of the projects, programs and capital improvements that have been deferred for many years. For example, over the summer, a great deal of work was done to address campus maintenance, including cement work near our entrances, tree trimming and servicing, landscape replacement and improvements, and the near completion of the renovation of our historic stained glass windows.
We also have begun to address some of the many recommendations outlined in our Parish Strategic Plan. We are seeking to hire a part-time Volunteer Coordinator who will assist with the management of existing and development of new ministries. This position has been needed for many years as our ministries have struggled with staffing and organization. In response to requests from our members with hearing difficulty, we recently purchased equipment to better transmit sound and identified individual listening devices that will make our masses accessible to everyone. These are just some of the capital and program improvements that are critical to the continued growth of our community and would not have been possible without the recent increase in offertory.
Looking forward, our parish leadership has identified a number of priorities, including:
- renewing our investment in our adult and children’s Faith Formation program;
- enhancing the Sunday experience for all parishioners;
- launching a new text and email communications vehicle, as well as other strategies to better inform our membership;
- creating a Children’s Stewardship program and other youth-focused events at masses to better engage children in the liturgy; and
- developing a comprehensive plan for the cosmetic renovation of our Church.
To do this, we are asking for your generosity in helping us to achieve this year’s stewardship goal of a 5% increase in offertory. This will bring our annual offertory giving to approximately $863,000.
If you have not done so lately, please review your commitment and prayerfully consider an increase that will help our community achieve this goal. We also encourage all of our members to consider signing up for online giving through WeShare. This is an easy way to assure that your giving is consistent and our budget is maintained, even when your travel and commitments may sometimes take you away from Good Shepherd on weekends.
We will again chart our progress monthly in the bulletin, as well as on the poster boards in the back of Church. We believe this will allow all of us to remain informed and invested in the stewardship of our parish. If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact any one of us.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. James E Fox The Good Shepherd Parish Finance Council
Pastor Jared Briant Chris Peters Peter Van Dusen Will Abbott Pam Morin
Mark Strawbridge Patty Cisle Napier Susie Warta Annette Aguilar