Dear First Congregational Friend,
It is almost April and time to think about our collective opportunity to Grow Together as a church community as we begin our 2023-2024 Stewardship campaign. First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor has been rooted in faith, family and friends since 1847 and the impact on our faith community has been truly spiritual. As we look to our commitments of time and treasure to our beloved church, we ask you to reflect and consider the impact First Congregational has had on you and your family.
As my wife Colleen and I have reflected in our over 30 years at First Congregational, we feel blessed to be a part of such a diverse and supportive faith community that has impacted us personally. First Congregational has also had a major impact on our three adult children, Andy, Kelly and John, who grew up in our church and were shaped by its people and ministry.
Our new fiscal year begins July 1st and the church is experiencing many of the same challenges we are all facing – trying to do more with less. Our Trustees continue to be excellent stewards of our financial resources and even with prudent budgeting, our operational needs continue to grow.
The Trustees have set an ambitious goal of $578,000 to be raised during this campaign, a 6% increase from last year. We encourage everyone to at least match or possibly increase your current pledge amount so we can achieve this goal. If on the other hand, the pandemic or circumstances have affected your ability to pledge, we understand and support you and welcome any contributions of your time and talent. Enclosed you will find both a time and talent form and a pledge card. Please complete and then return both forms to the church by April 30th. Both forms are also available for submission on the FCC website.