I begin this monthly epistle with some
thoughts for reflection from, “Life Is an
Advent Season” CONNECTIONS, 11-
28-93 "Life is a constant Advent season: we are
continually waiting to become, to discover, to complete,
to fulfill. Hope, struggle, fear, expectation and
fulfillment are all part of our Advent experience.”
The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole
as we know it can and should be. But the coming of
Christ and his presence among us—as one of us—
give us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter
the darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears
and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned.
May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfillment into the Advent of our
I also want to share some Good News!! The congregation
has received an anonymous $100,000 Matching
Gift Challenge to reduce the principal on our
mortgage. We are seeking individuals and couples
who will give a leadership gift toward this wonderful
opportunity. The Planned Giving and Endowment
Board is working on a debt reduction strategy. It will
be in two phases. Phase one will involve a onetime
leadership gift (to be matched) along with a
three-year pledge to continue paying down on our
monthly mortgage obligation. Phase two will be a
congregational phase (February-April) to include an
invitation to all remaining members to consider a
three-year pledge toward our monthly mortgage obligation.
We have already received our first leadership
gift of $5,000, which will be matched immediately,
thus reducing our principal by $10,000. We have this
tremendous opportunity to reduce our debt principal
by $200,000 in a very short period of time once we
reach our Match Goal. Please give prayerful consideration
toward providing a leadership gift toward this
Generous Match Opportunity.
Contact either Pastor Craig or Gary Powers, chair of the Planned Giving Endowment with more questions or information regarding your leadership gift. More details to follow in the weeks ahead.
We are blessed for the journey, yes, with the help of God.
Craig M. Corbin