Memorial’s 2019 Stewardship Campaign: Becoming the Beloved Community
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Presenting Memorial Episcopal Church’s 2018 Stewardship Campaign
Community. Worship. Reconciliation.
Taking stock of 2018 while also looking forward to 2019, we are excited about how far Memorial Church has come:
Since 2016 we have:
• Increased our regular attendance by a third.
• Re-vitalized our music and worship on Sunday mornings to include new voices and styles.
• Radically expanded our offerings for children and families.
• Grown a Justice Centered Ministry that has tackled some of the biggest challenges in Baltimore: including Bail Reform, Voter registration, housing segregation, environmental racism and education inequality.
• Continued to embrace our commitment to social change and confronting inequality in our Church and in the world.
• Directly confronted our parish’s long history of segregation and racism.
• AND Committed ourselves to a long term effort to dismantle historic racism in our parish and neighborhood, and embrace a new model of church that is racially, economically, and socially diverse
This week the vestry gathered to set out some goals for the next year. As we begin to develop our 2019 budget, your Church leaders felt it important to prayerfully consider where we have come and where Jesus is calling us to go, and so we meditated on Psalm 96:
O sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.
After careful reflection, we see there is a clear call to evangelism for Memorial. We know that Memorial is one of the best kept-secrets in Baltimore, and we don’t think it should be a secret any longer. So in 2019 we want to center our budget on “singing our new song” to the neighborhoods around us and to all of our friends and neighbors in our own community. We hope to be able to put significant resources towards growing our parish in the new year with an evangelism strategy focused on three core strengths of Memorial: Community, Worship and Reconciliation.
Community: Memorial is a place for Children of God of all ages. We hope that our worship, our formation and our mission in the community surprises and delights all those who take part. When you come into the Memorial community you leave behind whatever you were ‘out there’ and become nothing more or less than a Child of God. At Memorial we do things together. And it shows!
Worship: Memorial is a parish that invests in high quality music, liturgy and preaching. Sunday mornings are the center of our common life and an opportunity to lay down the burdens and worries we carry with us during the week and connect directly to God and to each other. Our church building has many uses - but on Sunday mornings it is your sanctuary.
Reconciliation: We all mess up. We all fall short, of our own expectations and God’s. As Memorial has dug deeper into our own history of racism, we have recognized not only a need for real racial reconciliation but a broader need for healing and reconciliation in all of our lives.
In October and November we will explore together Memorial’s collective commitment to "Become the Beloved Community" in 2019. Join us on Oct 28th and Nov 11th for an in-depth conversation following the 10:30 am service.
We cannot do this without you. To become the “Beloved Community” we all visualize, we need the support of all of our members. I hope you will consider making a pledge for the first time if you are new to Memorial, increasing your pledge as you are able, or making a one-time gift to support our continuing efforts if you are one of Memorial’s many friends and admirers.
The official 2019 Stewardship mailing will arrive in your mailbox or inbox during the week of October 29, 2018. Between now and then, we thank you in advance for carefully and prayerfully considering the level of your commitment to Memorial for 2019.
Yours in Christ,
The Officers and Vestry of Memorial Church