Dear People of St. Peter’s,
“Bold” is the first word in our parish vision used to describe the people of St. Peter’s. Calling our parish bold is neither aspirational nor boastful. St. Peter’s has a long legacy of boldness: establishing Charlotte’s first hospitals, nurturing the area’s first orphanage, sending out missions to bring the good news of salvation to those on the margins of life, using parish buildings to feed and host the homeless, and marching to proclaim our support for equality and justice for all.
Our history has been one of boldness. Our congregation is a bold vision of the world we want to see, rather than the one that we see too often. And now, we need to make a pledge to support out present and our future.
The bold strokes through which St. Peter’s changed itself and the face of Charlotte had a cost. The generations who came before us met it, and St. Peter’s and Charlotte are better because they did. The hospitality that cares for so many still has a cost. The music and liturgy though which so many souls are fed have a cost. The formation programs through which so many, young and old, have been led to a closer walk with God, these have costs. There is so much more that we all value. You name it. It costs time; it costs dedication. And, more often than not, it costs money.
But, as always with our church and our God, there is good news. We, the people of St. Peter’s, have more than is necessary to meet these needs, and, by God’s grace, now is our time to stand in the shoes of the women and men who have affected so much change for the better.
What should we do? Fix firmly in our minds that God asks us to put ourselves and all we have at God’s service: no more, but no less. Then ask, how much is it possible to give? If each member of the parish who does not now pledge made a pledge of fifty dollars, we could easily see a better future. If every household now pledging found a way to increase their pledge by a tenth, we could look forward to a year of abundance in all we do, the like of which no parishioner has ever seen.
If you have not pledged, please consider making a pledge this year. If you have pledged, please prayerfully consider increasing your pledge for 2019. The 2019 Annual Fund is underway, with over $290,000 committed towards our goal of $1,200,000. You can make your pledge now, in advance of Commitment Sunday, November 4. Each pledge gift will offer support of parish worship, in-reach and outreach initiatives, formation programs for all ages, music, staff and clergy, operations and administration, and the care of our sacred facilities in Center City Charlotte. To learn more about annual giving and to offer your pledge for 2019 visit www.st-peters.org/pledge or return the enclosed pledge card. With Gratitude, The 2019 Annual Fund Committee