As followers of Jesus, we believe that God has called us to work together to make North Kildonan United Church “an accepting Christian community, dedicated to living, sharing and teaching the word of God.” We have lived out this vision in many ways over the last year. Because you have generously given of yourselves — your time, your commitment, your vision, your leadership, your talents, your gifts — we have been able to help one another grow in faith, and make a material difference in the world around us.
We recall the faithful work, witness and generosity over the past year of our United Church Women (UCW), our Sunday School, our Youth group, our Men’s Group, our young adults through Evolving Horizons, our various leadership teams, our Board and Committee members, our “fund-raisers” and all those who have contributed to one of our various outreach ministries through support of such things as the Canadian Food Grains Bank, the West Broadway Community Ministry, the Healthy Breakfast program at Princess Margaret School, our Prayer Shawl Ministry, and the Mission and Service Fund, as we know that we have been able to make a genuine difference in the world.
Because of your financial gifts, not only were we able to honour our existing ministry obligations, we were able to complete a significant refurbishment of the sanctuary and carry out the much needed repairs and improvements to our drainage system, caused by flood damage earlier this year. We were also able to support several new ministry initiatives without a negative impact on our many ongoing outreach projects.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity in helping us to realize our mission as disciples of Christ in the past, and to ask for your assistance in helping us to plan how we will continue to live out our mission in the coming year.
In order to more accurately assess our ability to fulfill the various ministries which we intend to carry out, we need to have some sense not only of the human resources but also the financial resources which you will be able to make available to us. At this time, we are asking you to indicate to us the level of financial support which you are able to offer during the coming year.
We estimate that we will require approximately $139,436 to fulfill our commitments in 2011 — a 1.83% decrease compared to our 2009 budget. A pledge card was included in the Stewardship Campaign envelope that was distributed to all members at the beginning of October. We ask that you fill it out as soon as possible and return it to the church.