I’ve got three important items to to bring to your attention today:
First, a little while ago, Paul Ehling, St. Luke’s ministry intern, asked me if he could share some poetry on the Lifelines during Advent. It sounds like a great idea to me and so, rather than write my own long piece this week, I’m highlighting his. Paul’s note and the poem he found for this week are below. I hope you find them meaningful and that you’ll keep your eye out for more in the weeks to come.
I also want to highlight an invitation from the bishop to meet with parents and others who care for children. This Sunday at 4:00 p.m., Bishop Craig is hosting a Zoom gathering for anybody who cares for children to talk about that experience with him, connect with others in small groups, and hear more about ECMN’s support for work with youth.
Finally, we’re working to prepare St. Luke’s budget for 2021. As you know, covid has thrown a huge wrench into the way church usually operates and disrupted many of our customary ways of generating income. The response to our pledge drive has been very positive and quite generous. I want to express my gratitude for everyone who has responded. Thank you! The Finance Committee has also been working hard to find savings wherever we can. Despite that generosity and hard work, the pandemic’s disruption means that we’re still short of our hoped-for total for 2021 by about $50,000. There are two ways you can help:
- If you haven’t already responded to our pledge drive, please do so. Of course, I hope you’ll support St. Luke’s with a pledge. But even if you can’t, it’s helpful to hear back from you.
- Please consider making a year-end gift to St. Luke’s. These are challenging times for member-supported organizations and our beloved church is no exception. Any additional contribution you’re able to make will be much appreciated and will help to sustain our ministry in the years to come.
Whether you’re able to support St. Luke’s financially or not, please know that I’m grateful for your presence in and connection to this community. If there’s anything I can do to be of support or encouragement to you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Yours in Christ,Justin