November 20, 2018
On Sunday, November 11, as a faith community we received new persons in covenant with us and we said together: We covenant with one another to seek and to respond to the Word and the will of God. We propose to walk together in God’s ways, made known and to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the Church to witness to the Good News of God made known to us in Jesus Christ and to strive for truth, for justice, and for peace. As did our fore-bearers, we depend upon the Holy Spirit to lead and to empower us. We pray for the coming of God’s peace, and we look with faith to the triumph of righteousness and life.
We share these words with conviction whenever a new person chooses to unite with us and we renew who we know ourselves to be as beloved community. Our covenant holds us in care with one another, and it connects us in common mission. Who we are as a faith community demands something of me. It calls for me to engage in a different way. I not only come and participate to receive something, I come to give. My relationship in covenant with each person of the congregation is about our common direction and the call of God to our purpose: Growing people of faith who participate in God’s work in the world.
These two things move me to action. How I connect to our covenant and our purpose lead me to next steps of engaging in support of that to which I’m committed with you. And so, I make a pledge to contribute to support the work we do financially. I make a pledge to participate beyond my job of what’s required, and do things that further who we are in community together. I make a pledge so that additional funds can be used in ministry efforts beyond Plymouth Church, which long ago made the decision to have 25% of our pledged income received be used in mission and justice work. In 2017, that amount was $187,500! In 2018, it decreased to $176,250 and is again projected to decrease in 2019 to around $167,000. These decreases are due directly to amounts pledged. So, I urge you to make your pledge and fulfill your pledge.
Thank you to the 139 family units who have already pledged time, talent and treasure for 2019. If you have not yet done so, please turn in your 2019 Financial Pledge Card as well as your Time and Talent Card by the end of November, or as soon as possible. Please use the following website links to see the list of Time and Talent volunteer opportunities and then share your selections through the second link for you to indicate your personal choices for volunteering which will connect to Simple Church. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Steve Davis or Brandon Burns in the Church Office for assistance. Please stop by the Welcome Desk in the first floor lobby area if you need additional materials on Sunday morning.
With the end of November here, our aim is to present a first budget for 2019 to the congregation in mid December. We need your participation to help us make determinations of what is possible for us together. We trust God always, and we ask you to do your part by celebrating who we are as a congregation, as people in covenant with God and each other, to be and grow an increasingly diverse faithful community at Plymouth Church UCC.
Yours in covenant, Rev. Steven Davis, Executive Minister