Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pledging for Accessibility

Now that St. Barnabas has overwhelmingly decided to carry on with its plans for accessibility,  I felt that the issue of pledging toward this project should be addressed.  From the outset I should outline the fact that all pledges are anonymous and that all contributions will be held in the strictest confidence.  Indeed, your contributions will be handled with the same level of confidentiality as our regular Sunday givings.  It is extremely important to both Parish Council and the Building Team that the parish's understanding be very clear on this issue.

While pledge totals will be made available for obvious reasons individual pledges and contributions will never be exposed.  The pledge totals help keep everyone abreast of just how far along we are at attaining some of the goals needed to move the project forward.  However, the meeting of those milestones is a parish wide accomplishment and will be recognized as such as we move toward our ultimate goal of completion of our accessibility project.

Whether deposited on the collection plate on Sunday mornings or dropped off in the Building Team mailbox (just outside the Parish office) handling all pledges as highly confidential is very important to me; previous experience has taught me that by seeing this undertaking as our church's collective response to present and future needs a pledge is best understood as a gift towards our collective future as a church - regardless of the pledge's source or its size.  I truly believe that "we live and move and have our being in God" and this manner of handling pledges and contributions helps reinforce and remind us of our collective reliance on, and response to God, without any untoward distractions.  If you have any questions about pledging please feel free to contact me at any of the coordinates found on our website.



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