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Stewardship Campaign 2022
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
What an interesting 20 months we have had here at St. Simon’s. We entered 2020 excited about the year ahead, and everything changed when Covid arrived that March. We were not quite sure what stopping in person worship would mean for us or how long it would last. We took advantage of the good technology that already existed at our Cathedral of St. Philip and at the National Cathedral and worshiped with our brothers and sisters in the larger Episcopal church.
Soon we were mastering Zoom and returning to worship with our own community. Noisy Narthex, Morning Prayer and Coffee hour with St. Simon’s mugs became our new way of being together. Next came videotaped services, then live-streamed and in-person services. Through a generous gift, and from memorial funds, we purchased necessary audiovisual equipment to videotape and broadcast our services on YouTube.
We have tried to be good stewards here at St. Simon’s during this time. We applied for and received a PPP loan for payroll, and the loan was forgiven. We appealed our Diocesan Assessment and our appeal was granted. We delayed hiring needed personnel to keep our expenses in check.
Last fall, because life was already in turmoil, our stewardship efforts were restrained. We asked you to “stay the course” and pledge what you had the year before which would have totaled $193,603. For all sorts of reasons, our pledged amount for 2021 was $160,904. We managed. However, we managed without a paid parish administrator or a bookkeeper. Volunteers and existing staff picked up the slack.
As we move into 2022, we want to do more than just “manage.” St. Simon’s needs to thrive. It is time to break from pandemic lethargy and reignite an upward trajectory in our community. Our goal for 2022 is $205,000 in pledges –which is in line with where we were headed pre pandemic. It is an ambitious goal for sure, but why wouldn’t we be ambitious for the Kingdom?
This added funding will allow us to continue growing our communications abilities and allow our staffing to be consistent a parish of our size. It will put money in the budget for adult education. It will also allow us to improve our commitments to our young people and their formation. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to add a part-time children and youth minister to focus on the young people we have in our midst and those we hope to attract?
First and foremost, please pledge. It matters to your spiritual life and to our communal life. We hope that you will say, “I’m ‘all in’ at St. Simon’s” for 2022 and let that commitment show forth in your pledge. You may pledge below - you may fill out the online pledge form or you may print out a card and return it to the church. Please submit your pledge card by Friday, November 19. We will celebrate our in-gathering of pledges Thanksgiving week on Sunday, November 21.
Thank you for being a part of our St. Simon’s Community. God has good things in store for us. Keep the faith.