Sunday, November 6, 2011

Stewardship Talk by our Rector's Warden, Doug Sanderson: Nov. 6th 2011

It has been a number of years since St Margaret’s has had a stewardship campaign. The church has been, and remains strong financially. So what has changed, why a pledge drive this year?

At the annual meeting at the beginning of the year a motion was passed to build an addition to the church to accommodate additional program space as well as improved office space.  The need for this additional space is most evident when we look at the Sunday school program.  Some children are using the space at the bottom of the stairs because there is no other space for them. Our Spaghetti church was intended to reach out to the surrounding community however it has been operating at capacity since it started while only serving our own church.

St Margaret’s has been fortunate to have been named as a beneficiary by some past parishioners and as a result we have over $300,000 toward the expansion. We will, however, need to raise more money to pay for the required items on the wish list our building committee has developed. How much is required cannot be determined until we have a design concept in place. Once we have a budget for the project we will be looking for grants to help in this process.

The building committee need to know to what extent they can count on you to help pay for this expansion.  Your pledge for the future building fund must not be at the expense of your pledge for the operating budget. Please remember the cost of operating the church goes up every year.

Please prayerfully consider your response. Your pledge forms should be completed by November 20th and e-mailed back to the church, dropped in the collection plate or left in the suggestion box on the table in the entrance. There will also be extra forms on the table.

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