Stewards of the Future

West Raleigh has a strong legacy of ministry at the corner of Hillsborough, Horne and Vanderbilt Streets.  It is the congregation’s pledged giving that funds the vast majority of the ongoing ministry and mission of West Raleigh Presbyterian Church.  

 

Dear Members & Friends of West Raleigh,

Each year at this time, we renew our commitments of time, talent and money to West Raleigh Presbyterian Church.  In preparation for this year’s pledging season theme, Stewards of the Future, the Stewardship Team asked three questions of members and friends –

  • What do you think West Raleigh will be like in the year 2100?
  • What do you want West Raleigh to be doing now to make for a better future?
  • What should West Raleigh plant and tend now to nurture the kingdom of God in that future?

Stewards of the Future 2.0We have been inspired by the response.

Our collective vision for West Raleigh is concrete, creative and community-focused.  It is a vision for a community grounded in worship, nurtured by Christian Formation and one that recognizes our call to grow in depth with additional opportunities for small groups and in breadth as we practice radical hospitality.  This collective vision includes updates to the building – things like adding showers and laundry facilities and more support for the BeeLoved Community Garden – all driven by our mission to reach out to the campus, community and beyond.  You can hear for yourself the hope, the vision and the enthusiasm expressed in Stewards of the Future, a video that will be released tomorrow. 

West Raleigh has a strong legacy of ministry at the corner of Hillsborough, Horne and Vanderbilt Streets.  In fact, it is that legacy, in the form of bequests that allowed us to complete renovations of the courtyard and add the columbarium in 2018, and investment income and restricted funds continue to support the annual budget.  However, it is the congregation’s pledged giving that funds the vast majority of the ongoing ministry and mission of West Raleigh Presbyterian Church. Seventy percent of this year’s operating budget is funded by pledged giving.  In 2018 the congregation completed our pledge by 101%.  It is clear that West Raleigh continues to have a vision, a call and a commitment to God’s work at the corner of Hillsborough, Horne and Vanderbilt Streets.           

Because of your faithful stewardship, the Body of Christ is called to worship each Sunday with a vibrant music program.  Because of your commitment, people are fed, sheltered, and visited.  Because of your deep desire to think critically and live faithfully, our faith formation program continues to plant seeds that will surely bear fruit.  Because of your commitment to campus ministry, West Raleigh remains the largest contributor to Presbyterian Campus Ministry Raleigh.

As you reflect on your own resources of money, time and talent in preparation to make your 2020 pledge to the church, I encourage you to consider an incremental increase in your pledge.  Consider your own responses to the questions above.  What do you think West Raleigh will be like in 90 years? What or who do you want us to tend now in order to be part of God’s unfolding vision for the world?  How will you be a steward of the future?  For it is into this vision that we lean, confident that God has work for us to do; hope for us to carry; witness for us to bear; and light for us to shine.  I remain grateful that this is a call and commitment that we claim together.

In Christ,

Katherine 

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