October 12, 2020
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Re: Faith Forward – The St. Luke’s Cathedral 2020 Stewardship Campaign
This is an anxious time in the life of the world, the country, and the church. The world is ravaged by a pandemic, economic hardship, and political authoritarianism. The country suffers from outbreaks of violence as it grapples with extending full Constitutional rights to all Americans. And during all this, churches are trying to stay open, stay connected, stay relevant, and grow.
This year’s Stewardship Campaign directly addresses these issues. St. Luke’s is staying open, staying connected, staying relevant, and staying meaningful to peoples’ lives. Our mission and ministries continue and the Cathedral remains a beacon of hope for the St. Luke’s family, our community, and the world. But to continue to do so, we must have the necessary resources.
Despite pandemic-driven cost-cutting, the Cathedral’s expenses remain high, while its revenues are adversely impacted by the pandemic. Our financial goal for pledges for 2021 is $430,000, the minimum we’ll need to balance the 2021 budget, close to the amount pledged for 2020, and consistent with the indications of support many made in the Parish Survey in August. If people can pledge for 2021 what they pledged for 2020 (or more, because many respondents to the Survey said they could increase their pledge), and St. Luke continues to grow, we should be fine. This year’s theme, Faith Forward, reflects our mission and our determination.
We understand that these are challenging times and that making a pledge is truly moving forward in faith. Please carefully consider your pledge to St. Luke’s. And please, increase your pledge if you can. Remember, we give in thanksgiving for all that God has given us.
Many of you have questions, seeking guidance, and looking for stability and reassurance. We have tried to anticipate some of these questions, and the answers provided by several members of our parish family are in the attached Frequently Asked Questions.
Please complete the enclosed Pledge Card and return it to the Cathedral before All Saints Day, Sunday, November 1. If you come to church; bring your pledge card. If you can’t come to church, mail your pledge in the enclosed self-addressed, stamped envelope to P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101.
Sam Allen, Senior Warden
Claire Hammen, Junior Warden
Frequently Asked Questions
Fill out your pledge card online:
2021 PLEDGE CARD- ONLINE
To download your pledge card and mail to St. Luke’s office:
2021 PLEDGE CARD – TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE