All things come of thee O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee.” 1 Chronicles 29:14
Dear Fellow Parishioners:
Have you seen Father Nick’s stewardship video? If not, stop right now, pull it up on your computer, and watch it. It is so reflective of what our parish has become during our first year under his dynamic leadership!
In preparation for composing this letter, I reread the letter I wrote to you last fall. Nick and Leandra has just taken up residence in the rectory, and I requested that everyone consider a pledge increase to provide our new minister with funds to begin to implement his vision for Christ Episcopal Church. A slight increase in pledges allowed the Vestry to approve a budget that almost balanced, but the ripples of support have, over the course of 2017, transformed into a tidal wave of generosity that has allowed us to make desperately needed repairs to the church. Additionally, inspired by father Nick’s enthusiasm, volunteers have come “out of the woodwork” to commit time and talent to lead new programs. We have grown so much in the past twelve months!
So it is with confidence that I say to you that your 2018 pledge will make a demonstrable difference in the life of the church. Just consider what great strides we have made in 2017, and imagine what is possible in 2018!
Your Vestry asks that everyone consider a pledge increase of 10% for 2018. If our membership can find it in their hearts to make such a commitment, we can certainly present a balanced budget for the coming year, even with our expanded program offerings.
In a few weeks, I will send an update with some hard numbers. In the meantime, please return to the church the accompanying pledge card. Feel free to mail it to the office or drop it in the collection plate on Sunday. In order to set a reasonable accurate budget for next year, the Vestry needs to hear from everyone by the annual meeting, which will be held on Pledge Ingathering Sunday on November 19.
Please give your 2018 pledge to Christ Episcopal Church serious and prayerful consideration. If you have been generous in the past without making a pledge, we ask that you consider making one to help the Vestry get a true handle on income for 2018. We look forward to hearing from you!
2018 Stewardship Chair
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Food Lion: Purchase a grocery card at church on Sunday or in the office during the week and use it to pay for your purchases. They are available in denominations of $25, $50, and $100, $200 and $300.
Kroger: Link your Kroger Plus card to the church. Go to the Kroger website, register your card by account number, enter Christ Church’s NPO number 82143 in the search field, click search, select the church and then click on enroll. Then all you have to do is shop. The rest is automatic.
You may give online, safely and securely, through your PayPal account or with any major credit card.
A convenient way to support the ministry of Christ Church is to schedule your monthly pledge via the online bill pay services of your local bank. This is the electronic equivalent of writing a check. It’s fast, direct, and saves trees. The contact details you need for setting up the church as a bill pay account are:
Christ Episcopal Church
311 East Church Street
Martinsville VA 24112
We welcome your remembrances, gifts, and honorariums and will follow your instructions for such including specific tangible gifts, monetary gifts, flowers or other items for special occasions or holy days. More substantial contributions should be coordinated with the senior warden who will work with you to honor and remember your family and loved ones.
Please remember Christ Episcopal Church in your will. The church welcomes bequests and charitable giving through wills and trusts. Gifts may be mailed to: Christ Episcopal Church, 311 East Church Street, Martinsville, VA 24112.
July 17, 2017
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Christ Church is very alive and full of spirit!! We are so very blessed for all that we have, especially Father Nick and Leandra. We know that they had a wonderful vacation and are so happy they are home safely.
Our next vestry meeting is July 19th, and we will review the first six (6) months of 2017.
Pledges received to date are about what we received the first 6 months of last year. Plate offerings, other receipts and unpledged gifts for operating, are well over budget. We hope that this trend will continue!
Expenses are in line as budgeted, which means that the “faith” budget that was prayerfully adopted will be a deficit, of over $20,000. We continue to pray for more income.
However, our church property, an asset which must be maintained, is in need of urgent repairs.
The west (left) stained glass window and outside masonry issues both must be addressed to avoid further degradation and to prevent water from coming into a room off of the undercroft. Estimated cost is $18,000, but thankfully we were able to obtain a grant from the Patterson Foundation for $9,000. Repairs are underway and we are very grateful for the generous members who have made donations toward this. More is needed!
The condensation from the duct system above the ceiling in the sanctuary has caused damage to the wood in several places and continues to leak onto pews. Thankfully, the problem is not with the roof. Estimated cost to wrap the duct system, which includes removing a large part of the ceiling for access, and replace the damaged wood is between $10,000-$15,000. Delaying this repair will only result in more damage.
The columns in the Parish House are in need of repair with estimated cost to be approximately $4,000.
We are a very generous church, and we continuously respond to needs when presented!
Let us, with grateful hearts, show our love and support, as together we are able to find the needed funds. Please note “Special Projects” on your donation.
Lewis Pitzer, Senior Warden
Carol Deaton, Junior Warden
Hank Long, Chairman of Finance Committee
Tommy Hudgins, Chairman of Stewardship
Sue Rosser, Treasurer
Father Nick Hull
By far the best way to support the ministry of Christ Church is to pledge your yearly giving in advance. This allows us to plan our annual budget and programs more effectively and responsibly. Pledge cards are available in the church office and pews, and are distributed every Fall during our pledge campaign. Once you’ve filled it out, simply mail it to the church office at the address above or drop it in the collection plate.
The stewardship letter, from Chairman Tommy Hudgins, for 2017 embodies the spirit of the church and giving.
October 6, 2016
Dear Fellow Parishioner:
It’s October, and in Episcopal churches all over the country, parishioners are hearing the annual call for pledges. In that respect, we at Christ Episcopal Church are no different.
In other respects, we are very different indeed. During the past fifteen months of supply ministry and programs directed almost fully by volunteers, we have shown that we are an active, caring community eager to participate in many opportunities to worship and serve. We have resurrected the rectory through gifts of time, talent and treasure. And, thanks to the hard work of our search committee, we now welcome a dynamic new rector and his wife to occupy it and lead us into new ministry.
We need to make sure Father Nick will have sufficient resources to maintain our program and to lead us into any new and exciting areas to which the Holy Spirit might lead us. To accomplish that, we are hoping to increase pledged income by at least 15% in 2017.
How does our church serve you? Surely, it is the center of your worship and spiritual development. It provides opportunities for you to help others. CEC gives many of us the chance to experience valued fellowship. We may take advantage of these in varying degrees, but our parish offers us all the chance to become better people.
What do I think I can afford to pledge for 2017? That’s the wrong question. The question we all should be asking ourselves is “What do I want to give in 2017?” Just this once, cast aside your “inner accountant” and let your heart make the call. Give the church what you want, and the rest takes care of itself. Please join me in increasing my pledge for 2017.
In a few weeks, I will send an update with some hard numbers. In the meantime, please return to the church the accompanying pledge card. Feel free to mail it to the office or drop it in the collection plate on Sunday. In order to set a reasonably accurate budget for next year, the Vestry needs to hear from everyone by the annual meeting in mid-November.
2017 Stewardship Chair
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite II