Stewardship of Church and Community
Stewardship is a time to reaffirm your trust in this church community to continue doing good for each other, in the community and in the world. For three weeks in October, we will hear from Pastors Greg, Lori and others about the importance of keeping the church fiscally sound and what it will take to keep it that way.
This is an important time as we look forward to the health of all of those things.
Be present in worship on these three Sundays and then present your pledge card for 2019 on October 28.
October 14 - True Riches
October 21 - The First Commandement
October 28 - From Poverty to Abundance
Foothills is a large church and runs a large number of ministries. They can be viewed all over this website under the Get Connected tab. We seek to reach the community with our open hearts, minds and doors. Our spiritual goals must be met with equal financial goals. Read more on what stewardship means in this letter from Pastor Greg.
He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, a rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
Dear Foothills Family,
This poem, entitled “Outwitted” by Edwin Markham, describes the theology that we endeavor to live here at Foothills. We are guided by the example of Jesus Christ to draw the circle of love farther and wider through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Here are just a few of the ways we are doing that:
- We are serving the needs of our brothers and sisters in El Cajon through our ministries at Good Shepherd Ministry Center. These services include feeding the hungry through our Bethlehem Food Pantry, providing clothing through the Shepherd’s Closet, housing the homeless through the Interfaith Shelter Network, and welcoming a refugee family through the Safe Harbors program.
- A team of youth, young adults, and adults built a home for a family in Ensenada, Mexico this summer through YUGO Ministries.
- We partnered with 150 students at Monte Vista High School to package 27,600 meals to feed the hungry in Cambodia through Rise Against Hunger.
These ministries and all the others we are doing every day are made possible by your support. Our $1.2 million annual budget provides to fund these ministries. While some income is raised through other sources, most of our support comes from pledges. To meet our current needs, our goal for pledged giving in 2019 is $750,000.
Pledging is an important spiritual discipline. By committing to support your church, you are making a commitment to your faith as well. Your generosity is what makes our ministry possible by drawing our circle of love wider and wider. I encourage you to prayerfully consider increasing your pledge from last year or making a new pledge in 2019 if you have not done so previously.
A pledge card and return envelope are included for your convenience. Please complete the pledge card and bring it to worship on Pledge Sunday, October 28th or return it by mail using the return envelope.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Greg Batson