Stewardship: Opportunity

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I am Helen Anthony and I am this years Stewardship Chair. I am so excited to kick off our 2019 Stewardship Campaign today!

In the past two years we as a church have had a lot of new Opportunities come our way. We have been able to be open for various marches to offer hospitality, rest, and restrooms to our neighbors and visitors. We were a designated safe space during the recent rally, open to those of vulnerable populations. And our biggest Opportunity yet, the Downtown Day Services Center in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement District. We are so lucky to have a space and congregation that is welcoming and open to all, not just here in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings, but also Thursday nights for Community Club tutoring, Wednesday nights for 7-2-9, early on Sundays for the Radcliff Room homeless ministry, and all throughout the week to our various renters and anyone who needs a space to sit and cool down.

One of our goals this year is 100% congregation participation and I am so excited to say that we are off to a great start with 85% participation from our board members! I hope that this will encourage you, to prayerfully consider how you can participate in this years Stewardship Campaign. You can pledge this year using a pledge card, if you need an extra you can find them at the entrances to the sanctuary or the front desk. This year you can also make a pledge online through our new online pledge form.

We know you have many worthy requests for your money and time, and our church with its international missions and local needs, needs your gifts more than ever this year. You know all the good our church is able to do. Help us not just maintain, but grow these programs and the gifts that we share with our community. I hope you will join me in increasing your pledge this year, so that we can continue saying yes to the new Opportunities that come our way.

Thank you

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Adult Education

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From Kristin Ford, Christian Education Chair

Our Adult Education classes are one of the many ways we weave faith formation and Christian education into the life of our church and one of the things I always think about when we make our stewardship pledge each fall.  Being able to learn and grow in faith together in such rich ways is one of the many things Matt and I love about this church.

And our Sunday school classes for adults really run the gamut, from intersections of theology and politics to church history to art and culture to raising justice-seeking kids.  And sometimes our classes are also a great way to dive deeper into a program or ministry of The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.

So, if you’re part of something hear that’s near and dear to your heart and you think an Adult Education class might be a good way to share and invite others to participate or learn more, let us know!  You could bring an expert from your group, a member or participant, or even yourself to our classes on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.

Our Adult Christian Education program is a great place to connect with members of the congregation in an even more substantive way than through a bulletin announcement or Moment for Mission.

231853FF-61B5-4261-8956-BCB63CDDB92AIf you’re starting a new ministry or part of a longstanding one, work with an amazing organization, or came across a talented scholar who you think we should hear from, let us know!  Just talk to me or Paul Dornan. From there, a member of our committee will be in touch to find our more and schedule the class.

We look forward to broadening the pool of classes we offer and showcasing even more of what’s happening across our congregation and community.

And if you’re interested in joining our small group of Adult Ed Coordinators to plan next year’s classes, we’d love to have you — I can share more info!

Shared Sunday, July 22