Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future!

By on October 31, 2014 in Stewardship, Worship

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Small congregations have great incentive to live within their means and pass balanced budgets. But while our numbers look simple on paper, the narrative behind financial stewardship at Zion is rich with stories of generosity and courage. People give in all kinds of ways and for all kinds of reasons, always trusting that God can do beautiful things when they work together.

We are honest about what we can afford and prioritize well.

Every gift makes a very practical, human impact.

People are generous through Zion because they know it transforms more than one congregation – it affects a whole neighborhood and the wider Body of Christ.


This fall we’re dreaming and scheming beyond the annual budget, familiar ministries, and new experiments. Zion is taking a fresh look at the worship space we share – its theology, its hospitality, its flexibility, and its potential. Join us in Celebrating the Past and Embracing the Future!

Please join this exciting capital mission by making a pledge toward our capital goal of $40,000. We ask that you complete your pledge by Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015. The funds raised will be supported by seed money in Zion’s Endowment Fund, a bountiful memorial match, and encouragement from a local grant organization. What you give will be multiplied by the generous commitment of others!

Celebrating the Past means being good stewards of the stained glass windows. Several are in need of repair and new storm windows to keep them safe from the elements. These repairs will help them be much brighter, more energy efficient, and low maintenance for decades to come!

Embracing the Future means imagining the possibilities in our worship space. We’re beginning conversation about chairs, pews, carpet, and a movable altar. This conversation excites many because it means honest contemplation about why we do what we do and why we don’t do what we don’t do. Our architecture and space say a lot about how we encounter God and welcome each other. Let’s dream together!


An anonymous donor offered a matching challenge on Pledge Sunday. If we could have $3,000 in the plates that first day, the donor would match it with another $3,000. Many of you responded with enthusiasm – his challenge was met by $12,400 that day and almost $10,000 in additional pledges! We are well on our way – may God continue to give this conversation and community energy for Celebrating the Past and Embracing the Future!


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