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An Urgent Message from Your Treasurer

We cannot move forward into our new year and continue to progress our missions without your support during this time of Stewardship. Moreover, we will be operating in a deficit in December, so please find it in your heart to contribute what you are able to help the Tri-Parish Community Church end 2019 financially stable.

What does stewardship mean? Stewardship means taking care of something. I feel that Stewardship for us is living up to our Mission statement:

The Mission of the Tri-Parish Community Church is service to God by working together to alleviate suffering and foster hope, love, and the word of Jesus Christ among our families and neighbors, here and throughout the world.

How have we done that this year?

This past year we reached out to all the residents of the communities of Gilbertville, Hardwick, and New Braintree through a donor-sponsored post card mailing highlighting the services that the Tri-Parish provides and participates in; the Deacon’s Fund for fuel and other emergency assistance, the Mustard Seed Soup Kitchen, the Gilbertville/Hardwick Food Pantry which provides redeemable coupons to the Hardwick Farmers Market, and weekly Bible Study.  In addition, members and friends of the Tri-Parish made re-usable tote bags and filled them with donated toiletries, hand-made hats and PICC line covers, Bibles, game books, pens, and other comfort items and delivered about 20 bags to the Oncology Department of Mary Lane Hospital for distribution to patients undergoing cancer treatment.  We have also begun holding free Fellowship dinners at the New Braintree Church, welcoming family, friends, and neighbors to join in a good meal and great conversation.  We are planning a Mission Tree for Advent to be decorated with member-donated mittens, hats, and scarves which will be donated to the needy before Christmas, and last but certainly not least, every Sunday, we have provided the means for worship as a congregation.

I think this was a good effort for a small congregation.  I also know that all that we did this past year would not have happened without the existence of this body of caring people – the Tri-Parish Community Church.  This, our very existence as a group of two or more gathered together, and our ability to continue forward in the new year, depends upon all of us to be good stewards of our congregation. Please help us to do just that!

Thank you,

Jennifer Pollard, Treasurer

November 20, 2019

Stewardship

Sunday, November 17,2019

After church about 20 people gathered for coffee and to discuss where we are headed without a resident pastor. There was a great talk given by our treasurer on the Tri-parish financial state of affairs. Printouts were handed out of the monthly expenses detailed under income, interest, and expenses along with a printout of the annual budget. Showing anticipated, actual and estimated year-end income and expenses, we could see how we arrived at our present financial situation.

The difference between the anticipated loose collection plate offerings and the actual year to date was way, way down .

I think it is important to point out to members and friends that in the past it has not been made clear to them how much their pledge might be, relative to the total budget.

For example: Donation per person

If 30 people gave $1666.67 annually or $32.05 weekly, we would take in $50,000 which is our budget with a part time minister.

50 people—-yr $1,000.——or $19.23 a wk =-$50,000.

100 people gave $500. a yr, —or $9.62 a wk.=-$50,000

We send out 200 monthly Heralds (newsletters). We do not get 200 pledge units. Now I appreciate that lots of us are on a fixed income so with this above information, what can you afford? You see that a small amount makes a difference.

We are entering a new phase in our Tri-parish life. We are moving forward with a new view. We have Pastor Ken Winters lined up to give communion on the first Sunday in January and inspiring lay speakers the rest of January. Ret. Naval chaplain, Pastor Winters gave us a wonderful service this summer. He is a one man band with his playing and singing and giving a stirring sermon.

Plan to start your and our new year with us on Sundays. Get into the habit of giving our Heavenly Father 45 minutes a week and visiting with a nice group of welcoming , friendly, folks afterward for coffee and conversation.

Solomon and Edison

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance. Sol. 21: 8. One can substitute diligent with persistent. Edison said, “Most of life’s failures were those who didn’t realize how close they were to success.” Cal Coolidge said, “Press on, Nothing can take the place of persistence.”

Persistence and determination alone are overwhelmingly powerful.

God promised to give Joshua the city of Jericho if he took his troops and marched around the city walls once, every day, for seven days. And on the seventh day to march around seven times and on the seventh time blow the trumpets as loud as can be. And of course you know the story, the walls came tumbling down. Imagine if Joshua, after the sixth time, said “I don’t even see a hairline fracture in the wall.” and gave up.

So let go of past failures and successes. The past ended last night. Travel in the direction you are looking.

Our Church is unique. Our people are generous, loving and deeply caring Christians. You can see that, just by example. We earnestly want the best for people. If I were new in town and looking for a church community I would check out the Tri Parish Church and I would stay. I would be looking for a place I could grow in Spirit with the freedom to express my ways to give praise to our Heavenly Father. I know because I did.

D of AP

Where do we go from here?

Oct 23: Well, the meeting was held and about 17 people came. Some find this whole scene very emotional from frustrating to stressful to terribly sad. As I see it, we need to organize some committees to meet to plan where we go in the new year- without a resident pastor. We have November and December to pull our sox up and get organized. This is Stewardship season and coincidentally this time when we find out if we have enough $$ support for anything. What do you want to do? Throw out the old laws and bylaws and start anew? Rework the existing ones? Now is the time for all to support the Church. Not just for baptisms and weddings and funerals but for all the long time members, the older members who don’t want to go to another place to worship with people from a different community. They supported this Church in the past and now we need to support it for them, for continuity.

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Oct 23: Well, the meeting was held and about 17 people came. Some find this whole scene very emotional from frustrating to stressful to terribly sad. As I see it, we need to organize some committees to meet to plan where we go in the new year- without a resident pastor. We have November and December to pull our sox up and get organized. This is Stewardship season and coincidentally this time when we find out if we have enough $$ support for anything. What do you want to do? Throw out the old laws and bylaws and start anew? Rework the existing ones? Now is the time for all to support the Church. Not just for baptisms and weddings and funerals but for all the long time members, the older members who don’t want to go to another place to worship with people from a different community. They supported this Church in the past and now we need to support it for them, for continuity.

Dear People of the TriParish Community Church.  You are encouraged to come to the meeting on Sunday Oct 20 at the Hardwick Universalist Church after the service following a brief time for coffee and conversation, roughly 11:30.

We do not have enough money to pay Pastor Deb after December.   

We do not have enough money to pay Pastor Deb after December.   

As of this writing we are lacking a Sunday School teacher, a treasurer and a full time organist.  Help us by giving money and time to get us back on our feet and thrive.  Too many churches are going under. Let us not add to the statistics. Surely amongst three towns we can pull our socks up.

Also, we need committee chairs for Worship, Music, a Phone Tree Coordinator, deacons, ushers, and coffee hour volunteers.

So we encourage you to attend this meeting and mention this to others who have been to our Church who hope to see us continue and hopefully with a minister who will provide service for the times when we rejoice and when we weep.  Think about getting in the habit of coming to church on Sunday and chat afterwards over coffee.

Signed, Daughter of Apostle Paul  

You are welcome to comment., we need dialogue.