October 9, 2022
Dear Ridgewood friends,
This year, our October Worship series is exploring what it means to be “A Generous Church.” Generosity is evident in our spirit, in our vision, in our hearts, and in our church as a whole. Generosity, I believe, is driven by a mission and a purpose. It is a desire to bring God’s generous goodness, acceptance, and grace to a world desperately in need of such all-encompassing love.
I have long been taught that if you want to see a church’s priorities, take a look at their budget. The reality is that some churches are barely making ends meet. Some churches don’t have membership with deep pockets or monumental endowments to sustain them. But the most generous churches I’ve ever known are not the biggest, or wealthiest, churches. Generosity, then, must mean something more than dollars. Generosity is a commitment of self.
In Fall 2022, you may have noticed our pledge card looked a little bit different than years past. There are a few reasons for this:
Generosity is not solely a financial concept.
The church does not grow financially if it does not take risks and grow relationally with one another and the world.
The Church is historically good at following up on financial commitments. We want to equally encourage commitment to other areas of generosity.
When you turn in your 2023 pledge card, the bottom section (financial commitment) will be removed and only seen by our Financial Secretary, Betty Lehr. Your commitments to other ministries will be shared among the Pastor, staff, and pertinent ministry area leaders.
Above, you’ll see some of the visioning our Ministry Group leadership has done for the year ahead. It doesn’t include all that could be, but may serve as a starting point. I hope you’ll read these dreams in their entirety, and pray about how you may join with Ridgewood in continuing and growing our ministry as a Generous Church.
Please pray over this pledge card during the next few weeks and bring it to church on October 23. You do not have to be a member to pledge for 2023; but if you have been considering membership, what better day to commit to the mission and purpose of Ridgewood through membership than Commitment Sunday? If you’d like to talk about this, please reach out to me, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need your financial commitment to make these dreams reality; equally, we need your commitment to continue to grow as individuals, and to reach out so others may know the good news that God loves them generously. I am dreaming generously, envisioning a growing church who is on the move to love God and love people deeply and generously.
I hope you’ll join me and commit to “A Generous Vision” in 2023!
Grace & Peace,