Pledge for 2023
It’s time for stewardship and pledging once again. This year’s campaign will be decidedly low-key. Last year’s program resulted in fewer than expected pledges and, ultimately, less giving. We don’t know why, but please read on.
First, thank you to those who pledged for 2022 and to those who faithfully give to Epiphany, pledge or no pledge. It is because of you that Epiphany exists and supports a worshipping community doing God’s work in the world.
We are asking that you consider, or reconsider, your financial giving to Epiphany. This should be a prayerful decision between you and God. Please don’t consider this a chore; it is an opportunity to reflect on your God-given abundance and God’s intent for your use of this abundance.
All we ask is that you let us know what that answer is, even if it’s a commitment to pray each day for our ministries. It is important for the vestry to plan how to do God’s work at Epiphany and outside our doors in 2023. Without some indication of what to expect, it is very difficult for Epiphany to plan on living in the abundance received.
We know you want to know the numbers for this year. We had pledges of $66,000. We expect to receive about $120,000 in giving this year. Our expenses will be about $177,000, resulting in an expected deficit of $57,000.
Obviously, deficits of this amount are not sustainable.
Our budget for 2022 was $198,000 so spending is much lower than expected. Outreach is the big loser when expenses exceed giving. While it’s the most important of our ministries, we can’t share what we don’t have.
We hope that this year’s financial situation isn’t the new norm for Epiphany and is, rather, an anomaly. We certainly hope the latter is true.
Please Pray. Please Pledge. Please Give.