Year-end Reality Check
The stewardship program has wound up, pledges are in, and we’ve started our budgeting for 2017. But, “Houston … we have a problem!”
At our parish visioning conversations in October we identified two trends: (1) people are happy overall with the direction St. Stephen’s is moving, including the quality of our congregational life, and our outreach to the city, and beyond; (2) people want more of the same, expanding our youth programs by adding to our pastoral staff, and engaging with the wider community even more intentionally by re-fitting some of our space.
The problem is, our actual givings—including the pledges we have just received—tell us that we should be doing less, not more! In fact, barring a miracle between now and Christmas, we are likely to enter 2017 with a deficit of somewhere between $12,000 and $25,000, effectively removing new staff and building upgrades from the table!
The rector and wardens are asking all parishioners to reconsider their financial support of this “lively and diverse midtown congregation”. Specifically, they are asking:
- If you are not doing so already, please consider stabilizing our cash flow by giving by way of pre-authorized debit.
- If you have not pledged, please do so. Let us know your intentions.
- If you have already pledged, please revisit the amount and consider at least another 5% increase.
- Or give us a whopper of a one-time gift, helping us climb out of debt and into the exciting possibilities of the New Year.
Will you help?