WE ARE grateful to each and every one of you who participated in our 2022 pledge campaign. Many of you increased your pledge this year—thank you. Our church has changed and grown a lot during this pandemic: bringing worship and Christian formation into your homes, moving committees and connection online, living out important traditions in new ways, meeting the increased love & justice needs exacerbated by the pandemic, helping staff work from home and upgrading our building safety. And now, we are emerging into another time of change as we offer hybrid connections and both online and in-person worship. All this has increased the cost of being church: our 2022 budget is over $100,000 bigger than 2021.
The budget passed at November’s congregational meeting included $1,285,000 in pledges. We are so close—but we are currently $45,000 short of that goal. Today we are asking you to consider a one-time gift to the operating budget, or an increase of your 2022 pledge, to help us bridge the gap and allow us to live out all the dreams we have for this upcoming year. If we don’t meet this goal, the Church Council is charged with identifying additional cuts to the 2022 budget at their January meeting. The budget committee recommendation has identified staff Cost of Living Adjustments as the first thing that be cut. Given the high cost of living in Seattle, and current rates of inflation, we hope our members can meet this need and preserve the church staff COLA in 2022. Thank you for your prayerful consideration! You can make a gift online, mail a check to the church, or drop off your check on Sundays or during weekly office hours.