October 20, 2016
Dear People of the Advocate,
It is time again for the usual and necessary request to each and all for a financial pledge to the Advocate’s operating budget for the year ahead.
The Advocate’s operating expenses include maintaining the chapel and house, liturgical supplies, audit and accounting services, fellowship, Christian formation, and much more than we’ll attempt to cover here. The operating budget is also how we compensate our piano accompanists, our very part-time administrative assistant, our kids’ Christian education coordinator, our childcare providers, and Lisa, our vicar. (Nathan, our priest associate, is modestly paid by the Diocese.) We are fortunate to have many others volunteer their time and efforts to ensuring the Advocate is a wonderful place to be. And, as it has been since our launch, 10% of pledged and plate offering is given to those in need and to organizations that help those in need, through our Advocate Tithe.
It may seem we were just asking for your financial gifts, and we were—thanks to you all, we’ll be able to secure a generous matching donation and reduce the Advocate’s $180,000 debt by $80,000. Achieving this milestone is significant, and we’re grateful. But we’re also aware that this is one milestone on a long journey. We still have much more work to do by 2018 to raise the remaining funds to hit the $300,000 target for our Strength to Strength Campaign that seeks to retire our debt and make the house accessible and welcoming.
But while making progress on our multiyear Strength to Strength Campaign is important, just as critical is the need to make sure we continue to bring in enough each year for our operating expenses. Beyond maintaining what we currently do and provide, there ajre many opportunities to expand (e.g., through increased administrative support or additional kids’ Christian ed offerings to better support a range of ages), and we would love for 2017 pledges to allow us to plan for growth.
We need as many households as possible to pledge their financial support to the Advocate’s 2017 operating budget. Unanticipated donations in the basket on Sunday are helpful, but pledges are the foundation of our budget—they provide the basis for our decisions about what we can afford for salaries, stipends, and other expenses. The Advocate operating budget, like our liturgy, is truly the work of the people.
Know that your pledge makes a difference. A pledge form is available at church and online.
We ask that you make your pledge for the 2017 operating budget by the Sunday before Thanksgiving. November 20. We will celebrate God’s abundance with thanksgiving on that day.
The Advocate Vestry
Celisa Steele, senior warden (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Denisé Dews, junior warden (email@example.com)
David Pass (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coleen Cunningham (email@example.com)
David McInnes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Shannon Gigliotti (email@example.com)
Molly Sutphen, treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org)