From the Minister

Dear ones,

“People’s people are generous people” is something I say nearly every Sunday, but it is especially true in March.

March means stewardship season at People’s Church. This is the time when church leaders start to make plans for the coming church year and we seek to raise the funds necessary to fund church programs for the coming year. About ¾ of our church budget comes from your pledges.

This year, we are trying something we haven’t done as part of our stewardship campaigns in at least 10 years – small group gatherings. In March, we will host a series of ‘grateful gatherings’ at the church, in the homes of People’s people, and on Zoom. In these gatherings, you will have the chance to connect with other People’s Church folks, reflect on why the church matters to you, learn more about our church budget and finances and have any questions answered, and think about what generosity might be possible for you in the coming year.

Even if you are one of those people who already know exactly what you plan to pledge, I invite you to come to one of these meetings. I’ve co led several grateful gatherings over the past few weeks among stewardship and board leaders and each one has been inspiring. You all inspire me with your stories about how our community has mattered in your life.

If you are ready to sign up for a gathering please click here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054BA9AC22A13-48130429-grateful or sign up in church beginning on March 3. If you don’t see a time that works for you, check back again soon. We are still adding a few grateful gatherings to the calendar. If you’re in a chalice circle, please check with your leader about your March program. About half the chalice circles are becoming grateful gatherings for March.

I will be facilitating many of these grateful gatherings, along with members of the board, finance committee, and stewardship committee. We’re excited to connect with you and talk about People’s Church, generosity, gratitude, and money.

Take good care,

Rachel