Fall Pledge Campaign for 2021

“Every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven
is like a householder who brings out of their treasure
what is new and what is old.” [Matthew 13:52]

Being Church in a Time of Pandemic

WHY WE PLEDGE TO CHRIST CHURCH

Holly and Demorie Joseph

Truman Coggins

Phyllis Gill

MOTHER JANET’S CAMPAIGN LETTER

Beloved in Christ,

We’re nine months and counting into a devastating pandemic. The ongoing physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and economic suffering is immense. The weight of the world’s sorrow is crushing.

We’ve suffered the loss of our comfortable expectations of the future and had to re-imagine everything in our lives from the most important to the most ordinary. How do we make music, work from home, keep a business going, get medical care, spend time with friends, go to school, go to the store, go for a walk? How do we keep ourselves and our neighbor safe? How do we keep going? All this while the crises of climate change, the effects of systemic racism, the rise of white supremacist rhetoric and violence, and the threat to our democracy add to our uncertainty and fear.

How do we do church?

This is a critical question for this time – not just for us but for the sake of the world in which we live. We’ve been baptized into an essential vocation: participating in the self-giving of Christ for the sake of the world. When has speaking and enacting the gospel of justice and peace been more important than now? When has proclaiming the hope and the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven coming on earth been more important than now?

Our Mission Statement

We are an accepting Episcopal parish
renewing its people as disciples of Jesus Christ
through worship, prayer, music, the visual arts, formation,
service, and acts of justice and peace.

Our mission has one ultimate goal – to form us, equip us and send us to live our essential vocation in the world. The pandemic has required us to find new ways to fulfill that mission: to continue in new forms the timeless traditions we treasure. And it challenges us to bring forward from this difficult time new learnings, new traditions of worship, prayer, inclusion, outreach, connection, and support for one another that will serve us far beyond these days – become new treasure for a new future.

Our Treasure

You: your holy lives of sharing, seeking, serving, working, helping, loving, learning; your many gifts and how you offer them in the world; your passion for Christ, your commitment to Christ Church, your willing exploration of new ways of worship and community life. You are essential.

Our staff: their courage and inventiveness in meeting and answering the challenges of this year. They’ve helped us not only to survive but to thrive. They are essential to our being able to function as church and make the most of whatever 2021 may bring.

Our buildings: essential, even though we can’t gather in them now, can’t worship, learn, socialize, work in them now, can’t offer their hospitality to Tacoma neighbors and organizations now. Our pledges now assure their upkeep and improvement so they’ll be ready for us when we return.  

Our tradition: the way Anglican Christians have prayed, worshipped and served across the centuries and our own beloved local practices across the church year.

Would You Ever Have Imagined?

Sunday Worship Videos, a Household Worship Booklet for every Sunday, Zoom Coffee Hours, Adult Formation, Sunday School, Wednesday evening Conversation and Compline, Choir Zooms, Morning Prayer, Lectio Divina, Taizé Prayer, Interest Groups, Ministry Team Meetings, Blessing of the Animals – and who knows what else? Is it possible we’re being trained to be the renewed Church of the future?

In this Fall Pledge Campaign, I ask you to join me in pledging toward that future. Our proclamation of the gospel, our growth in the Christian faith and life, our work for justice and peace, our compassionate service to the poor have never been more urgently needed than in this time of unprecedented suffering and challenge. Our pledges assure that Christ Church will continue to thrive, grow and serve in 2021.

Our Vestry Pledges for 2021

Our twelve Vestry members have already pledged as a sign of their commitment to our future and as encouragement for you to join them. Please pledge as soon as you can and as generously as you are able. We hope for all pledges to be in and counted by All Saints’ Day, November 1, when we’ll give thanks for them as we renew our baptismal vows and enjoy an all-parish coffee hour.

How to pledge online:

Online Pledge CardEmailPhysical Mail
Send an email to Shannon Farley at shannon@christchurchtacoma.org with the following information:

  • Your name(s)
  • Your street address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • Your 2021 annual pledge amount
  • How you plan to pay it (weekly, monthly, quarterly, or one annual payment)

Send a letter to the church office (310 N. K St. Tacoma, WA 98403) with the following information:

  • Your name(s)
  • Your street address
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address
  • Your 2021 annual pledge amount
  • How you plan to pay it (weekly, monthly, quarterly, or one annual payment)

I, too, have made my pledge. I practice a tithe, 10% of my income. I’ve worked toward this gradually over the years and am glad to be able to do it. When each of us does what we can, together we’re all that is needed.

Thank you for your generous gifts of prayer, hard work, service and financial resources that have seen us through 2020.

Please be safe and well, wear a mask, limit gatherings, practice physical distancing, help one another, get a flu shot and remember – although our buildings are closed, we, Christ Church, are alive and continuing in service to Christ and the world.

Blessings,

Questions? Email me (janet@christchurchtacoma),
Sr. Warden Dennis Johnson (dennisjohnson@harbornet.com),
or Stewardship Chair Brianne Knudson (BrianneKnudson@gmailcom).

 

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