The Covid-19 Pandemic has been hard on all of us. Navigating safety protocols, offering worship, ministry and missional efforts in multiple formats has stressed our church staff and leadership. We have learned to be creative & flexible, literally making decisions on a week-by-week basis. We’ve had to experiment with new approaches and schedules.
All of this has led us to decide upon a unique approach to this year’s Generosity Campaign. We are keeping things simple. We believe it is hard for people to make long range financial decisions in our current environment. Therefore, we are not asking you to make a pledge for 2022. Instead, we want to focus on finishing 2021 strong and concentrating our efforts on caring for families with children.
We have experienced along with most churches a reluctance to return to large gatherings. Carey Nieuwhof says the average church has seen their re-opened attendance come in at 36% of previous levels. Noblesville First has done much better than that with our Traditional Worship but have experienced this national trend with our younger families.
On November 14 and 21, we will begin taking estimates of increased giving (donations over & above your usual giving) for the remainder of the year. Noblesville First traditionally receives 25% of its annual giving the last month of the year and 13% the last week of the year. In 2020, $385,000 was contributed the last quarter of year and we believe increasing our giving by 10% to $425,000 will help us finish 2021 strong and offer the Seeds of Hope to offer the creative ministry necessary as we come out of this Pandemic.
In addition, we are asking for your prayers to assist us in contacting personally between 75-100 families in the church to learn how we can best meet their spiritual needs. Church staff and key leaders will work to complete this effort by the end of the year.
Please prayerfully consider making a pledge to the Seeds of Hope campaign. Turn in a pledge card on or before November 21 ... during worship, to the church office, or click the button below to make an pledge online.
We are grateful for the congregation’s faithful giving throughout this challenging year. So much has been accomplished and we look forward to a bright 2022.
On behalf of the Noblesville First Generosity Team,
Lead Pastor Jerry Rairdon
Steve Baker, Chair
Emma St. Dennis