We have things we want to do with that money—important, life-saving, world-changing, child-shaping, hope-making things. For example, the DRE search committee and I are about to finalize and distribute our job posting for a part-time DRE and also for a part-time RE Assistant. We’re taking a big gamble that all of us together are going to come through with the money we need to provide our new employees the fair compensation they deserve for their vital work.
Did you notice that the group of new members we celebrated on March 25th included six sets of parents with young children, a total of eight children just entering our program? This past Saturday, I dedicated 3-month-old Elijah Keith Jack as his 4 year-old brother Bentley looked on with the rest of their extended family. Bentley and his parents spent some time with us a few weeks ago. Samantha was impressed that Bentley later remembered and applied that morning’s circle worship lesson about loss and hope. I hope the Jack family will also choose to settle in with us. We probably aspire to nothing more important in our congregational life than helping our children to calibrate their own moral and ethical compass and employ its guidance as they navigate a world that, increasingly, doesn’t seem to have a such a compass at all.
Friends, we need an average pledge of $1900. If you can, please prune your expenditures to help us get there. If you can’t right now, creep on steadily towards that goal. If you can afford more, take a deep breath and cover someone among us who is less financially secure.
Together, we can do this.