Stewardship is Changing for 2018
Churches all over are seeing the need to rethink ministries of generosity. We too! We want to shape a year-round message: faithful, gentle, challenging, and excited about the chance God is giving us to change the world. So we’re trying something new this year! Learn about it on this page!
A Fall of Special Giving, 2017
We’re encouraging you to give generously to the ministry this fall—to support mission, to maintain and improve our campus, to fund growing ministries.
› If you haven’t given in 2017, now’s your chance!
› If you’ve given, and can give more, we can show you how and tell you why!
› If you pledged and have met your pledge (thanks!), you can consider a
special gift to a specific need or to our general ministries.
A January of Commitment, 2018
Rather than asking you to commit to next year’s giving in November, we’re going to hold our regular commitment drive in January!
› More of the Pinnacle family is back in town.
› We're past the holidays, with 2018 on the mind!
› Materials will be mailed in early January.
› Our pastor will preach the Stewardship sermon on January 21
› And our annual “Commitment Sunday” for 2018 will be January 28
Pledged vs Non-Pledged Giving
Why the change?
Well . . .
Reason One: Like many congregations, the gap between pledged giving and our ministry plan is sizeable. 28% of our budget comes from gifts that aren’t pledged during the traditional pledge drive—every year. And as many give in special ways at the end of the year, we want to use the fall to focus on those who love Pinnacle and give in these new ways: special giving that isn’t pledged ahead of time, designated giving to specific needs, and generous end-of-year giving.
Reason Two: So many of our committed friends at Pinnacle are with us in the winter months. Many don’t return until November, December, or even after Christmas. We want to include all in our time of committing to this ministry. We think the work we do is that important and that exciting. We want to have as many of our Pinnacle family here when we tell you how honored we are to ask you to give! So January it is!
Can you still pledge in the fall? Can you still give now for the next year?
Yes . . . and yes. We’ll have “estimates of giving” cards for you in the narthex of both the Chapel and the Sanctuary beginning in November. You may also pledge for 2018 online, beginning in November. Make your commitment when the Spirit moves.
Consider these opportunities this fall:
- “Mind the gap” fund: Give a special gift to put us over the top of that 28% of our budget that comes from giving that isn’t pledged ahead of time. We count on you.
- “Stop the leak” fund: Our nearly 30-year-old irrigation system is leaking! We spend too much on wasted water, when we’d rather spend on mission. We spend more repairing when it’s piecemeal. It’s well overdue for replacement, but at a cost that the budget can’t support. $30,000 will allow us to replace the system, and save expense in the long run!
- “Light the World” fund: $20,000 for new LED lighting on our campus will be a gift that will keep on giving, as it will pay for itself in 18 months, after which we’ll be spending less each year on electricity. Can you help with this initial investment for long-term saving?
- “Cook the Soup!” fund: We are making good on a commitment made in 2012 to meet the dreams of families, cooks, and gathering-minded folks for a church kitchen. We’re moving forward with a full kitchen in the Fellowship Hall. Imagine what that will allow us to do for fellowship, mission, and community outreach. And it will be more environmentally responsible than how we do hospitality now. With nearly $175,000 given, special gifts of another $100,000 will get us underway.
All member information is carefully handled to ensure confidentiality. Upon request, members may receive personalized offering envelopes containing individual identification information to ensure accuracy.
Financial commitments may be updated at anytime by contacting Lea Reinke, Business Administrator at 480.585.9448 ext. 206.