“Lord, How good it is for us to be here...” is the Scripture passage from Matthew 17 that welcomes you as you enter into our worship space. The next image you see poised on the brick wall above our altar is the Transfigured Christ with outstretched arms and open hands. As true Disciples of Christ, this serves as a visual reminder that we are His hands here on earth.
I am pleased to introduce to all parishioners of The Church of the Transfiguration to our We Are the Hands of Christ Stewardship Renewal initiative. I would like to personally invite you to be part of this important multi-year endeavor and welcome you to serve, pray and participate as part of our parish community.
First, under our Stewardship Renewal initiative, we ask that you to commit to an increase to your regular contribution. We need this to continue the excellence of our programs and to keep pace with increased expense for health care, insurance and other operational costs.
Second, on behalf of your Finance and Pastoral Councils and Building and Grounds Committee, I am also asking you to make a commitment to assist in covering nearly $500,000 in identified structural repair and replacement projects. Among these include the commitment we have made to replace the HVAC system in our church and future needs for a new church roof, major repairs to the Parish Life Center roof, and new carpeting in the PLC.
Please take a moment to prayerfully consider an increase to your average regular offering and make a commitment to our Building Restoration Fund. You can respond right on this website by clicking on the ‘Respond’ tab above. I encourage you to consider the option of giving through envelopes or our Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) program. EFT giving ensures your gifts can benefit our parish on those occasions when your schedule may cause you to attend Mass at a location away from The Church of the Transfiguration.
As you consider our We Are the Hands of Christ financial initiatives and have questions, please feel free to contact me or any member of the Finance or Pastoral Councils.
Later this spring we will be asking you to consider your commitment of Time and Talent to the second phase of the We Are the Hands of Christ initiative. Our goal is to improve our outreach and parish activities and create greater awareness in our surrounding communities by becoming an even more vibrant faith community. For it to be truly “good for us to be here” we have to be working “out there”.
In peace and courage,
Rev. Michael J. Bausch
“Let everyone that comes be received as Christ”, Rule of St. Benedict