Two Reminders for SCRC Members & Friends
CHILDREN IN WORSHIP BEGINS!
The first reminder is that we have begun our Children in Worship program again. It’s an opportunity for kids, 3yr-2nd grade, to hear the Bible stories in their own language and use their imagination. We are following social distance guidelines, washing hands, and doing our best to keep the kids safe. Older children are welcome to participate as helpers.
2021 GIVING APPEAL
We know that times have been tough for a lot of individuals and organizations. Like congregations and non-profits around the world, SCRC saw a dip in donations in 2020. So, we want to make a special request to ask you to consider a regular donation to the church if you are able. You can read the request letter here and download a pledge card to print here (please bring it with you to worship and place it in the offering plate).
To the members and supporters of St. Croix Reformed Church,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
COVID-19 has impacted the lives of everyone in the world both in terms of daily living and in issues related to health. Closer to home our schools have been closed, daycare is challenging, businesses are struggling, and our social interactions are structured in ways we never before imagined.
Houses of Faith including churches, temples, and synagogues are not exempt from being challenged. On-line services have become the norm and faith leaders are finding they must find creative ways to reach and serve their congregations. In addition, our church is finding that financial support is waning. In 2020, we experienced a $20,000 shortfall
Giving Appeal: We are hearing that this decline of 30% is not new to churches on island. However, it is not sustainable. With that, the Consistory of St. Croix Reformed Church is appealing to our congregation to be certain to give at least what you had given in years past, and if we might ask, to possibly add 15 to 20 percent to that amount in the year 2021. That increase would cover the $20,000 shortfall we experienced in 2020, and for that we would be very grateful!
Pledging: We are also asking that you consider pledging. Meaning that you identify the amount you plan to give in the year 2021, and in whatever increments you chose, ensure that the church receives that amount. By pledging we, the Consistory, can better plan our goals for the year, and attach the appropriate financial support. A pledge would also be very much appreciated. Simply let Pastor Peter know your intent.
Each year since Pastor Peter has been with us, he’s reminded us that followers of Jesus commit to giving for three reasons: for God, for others, for ourselves. We give as a sign of our trust in God’s promise to “give us this day our daily bread.” We give for the sake of others because, as the prophet Isaiah said, “if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.” Finally, and most often neglected, we give for ourselves in order to preserve a place where we can gather in the presence of the Lord who will restore to us the joy of salvation and sustain in us a willing spirit.
We are extremely blessed to have a very nice facility and sanctuary located on a beautiful piece of property. That, along with pastoral leadership which has proven to be compassionate and of high quality in providing an understanding of Christianity, we know we have the resources to continue our lives in Christian faith. We thank you in advance for your assistance and may be contacting you to answer any questions or concerns.
In Christian Love and Peace,
Pastor Peter – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Huston – email@example.com
Annette Updyke – firstname.lastname@example.org
Willette Lewis email@example.com
Monica Rhule – firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Bailey – email@example.com
Brad Ebersole – firstname.lastname@example.org