We would like to report that over the course of the summer we are sending out five proposals to charitable foundations describing the history of our church, the architectural merit of our buildings, and requesting help in our effort to match the generous grant we are promised by the state. We send off these proposals not knowing whether the foundations will find our restoration project compelling, but we are hopeful and prayerful. Ideally, much of the remaining needed money will come from outside sources, allowing us to focus on generous weekly giving in support of the internal and outreach ministries of our congregation and pastors.
At the same time, we respectfully ask that you, too, give attention to the Preservation Project. For many of us who did pledge, 2009 marks the third year of our giving schedule. We hope that you will complete your contribution. To those who have pledged more recently, we hope you will continue faithfully to contribute. If you have not pledged, please consider helping us to have full participation in “holding up” these noble buildings. Restoring and preserving these buildings will allow us, and future generations, to witness in this new/old place.
On June 28 , Pastor Susan preached on a passage th in the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. Chapter 8, verses 7-15 follow a passage about the Macedonians, who are very poor but whom Paul describes as having a wealth of generosity. In verses 7-15, he implores the members of the church at Corinth likewise to demonstrate this kind of spirit of giving. Have a look at this inspiring passage, which can be a firm foundation for any of us who seek an understanding of the connection between our faith and our giving.