2022 Giving Goal

Your Gifts Matter

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Dear Westwood Church family:
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I invite you to consider joining me in setting a financial Giving Goal to the church for 2022.
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Our church has long counted on the faithful, consistent generosity of the congregation in order to sustain our ministries, facilities and programs; I am incredibly proud of Westwood Church’s living witness for grace, love and justice, and pleased to be able to support and lead in this community. One of the reasons I choose to give to the church is as an investment in holy work that I value.
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Today, though, I wanted to share about a different reason: because financial giving is an important spiritual discipline. I believe that the practice of generosity is transformative. Giving of our financial resources, at a level that is meaningful to our circumstances, can change our relationship to money; it helps us remember that, before and after it is ours, everything we have is God’s. In choosing to designate a portion of what we have as a pledge of giving in the year ahead, we can open up a deeper relationship between our values and our personal budgets.
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For some in our community, this discipline has long been a part of how you practice your faith–whether by turning in a Giving Goal card, arranging automatic online giving, or otherwise practicing regular giving. For others, this is a new and different way to approach charitable giving.
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This invitation to make a pledge of giving for the coming year has roots in the ancient Jewish practice of tithing, through which people contributed a tenth of their harvest. Our Christian scriptures add more insight about the holy and transformative power of giving, including descriptions of joyful generosity among Christian communities and toward the poor, as in 2 Corinthians 9. You are free to choose how to set your Giving Goal, as you consider how to use and share your resources faithfully.
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Your Giving Goal makes a difference for what we are able to do in ministry together. It helps us set a budget as we plan for the year ahead. It also expresses your value for our community, as it supports the plans we make together as a congregation. It is a tangible way to invest in our ministry, and a practical way to grow an even more generous heart.
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I invite you to consider whether this is a time when you are ready to make a financial commitment that deepens your practice of generosity in the coming year. You can use the enclosed pledge card, returning it by mail or by bringing it to church. You can submit a pledge or sign up for online giving at www.westwoodumc.org/giving.
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We hope you will read more about our church ministries and budget, as well. In coming weeks, we will share additional invitations for giving at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and in support of our current 2021 budget, too. These are all meaningful ways to practice generosity.
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Thank you for your part in our congregation, and for your willingness to consider a pledge of financial support for 2022.
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Grace and peace,
Rev. Molly Vetter
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