“Growing The Church” Sing for the Lord
You may make your 2019 Stewardship pledge online:
Mark Layne shared a message during service on how your pledges will improve our mission work and support our youth.
As you think about your part in the stewardship of our church for the upcoming 2019 year, I would like to remind you of all the good you help do through our churches mission efforts. As I compiled the list below the pride in the compassion my church puts forth to help others is over whelming.
Adult and Youth Mission Trips helped victims of natural disasters and those less fortunate. From leading the youth mission trip to Puerto Rico I feel such pride in the youth that stepped up to complete so much while we were there but also in the over whelming support you as a congregation showed with your time, talent and treasure to make that a success.
The Woodstock Bible Church for B.R.E.A.D. Ministry, providing food and a meal to local families in need.
The Carpentersville Food Pantry, providing food to local families in need.
The Feed My Starving Children, providing food internationally to families in need.
The CROP Hunger Walk, providing food and more locally, nationally and internationally to families in need.
The Sunny Hill School, providing in school healthy snacks for kids whose families can’t afford them.
The Christopher House, providing shelter to abused Mothers and their children.
Support for blankets and coats for the Homeless in Chicagoland
The Home of the Sparrow, providing Hope, Opportunity and Support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
The Joyful Hands Habitat for Humanity, providing the opportunity for lower income families to own a home with a hand up with financing after commitment is proven through sweet equity.
Thank you for your continued support and compassion.
Yours in Christ,
David Nelson, discussed how pledges will support our outreach to those who cannot attend services
Good morning. I am David Nelson. I am a little puzzled by any open seats when the subject is as riveting as A/V needs but I want to convince you that that investment in this area is an important priority for our current members, our former members and our members to be. I also want to make you aware that a lot is being done in this area by many people but often out of view.
I am one of the Elders responsible for Communications and Outreach. Our goal is to take those actions that will make our church more visible, accessible and present to all. We have made considerable strides in several areas in the past year:
- Website Rebuild
Regarding the website, great work had been done by people that had brought us the previous website. But we also saw that that there was much more that we wanted to put in the website and we saw the need to keep pace in a changing world. As an example, I would ask you to look at websites of churches in our area. The website takes on new importance because I believe it is often the first point of contact for people looking for a church.
We rebuilt the website this year and I am pleased with the results. But we will be focused on constantly improving, adding content and making us important to all those interested in this church. This is an ongoing job. We monitor how people use our website and seek to find areas where we can do better. This will require some investments.
Turning to Audio/Video, the issue is that the video and sound quality is not as good as it can be. We want to expand our audio/visual capabilities to make sure that we show the message that is preached at the PCB, the beauty of our church, and the excellence of our music program in the best light possible.
I think you can all see the cameras we have in place. Again, people did great work in putting this in place. However, the technology has improved and I believe we must stay current. We now upload our videos of church services and this alone costs almost $3,000 per year. I believe this is invaluable. The reason is that we reach members and non-members located in this area and elsewhere. We also reach those members who prefer to sit in the parlor or who cannot attend on a particular Sunday. At this time we can stream church services to their laptop, tablet or smart phone.
At this time we have received proposals for the first phase of AV improvements we would like to make from three companies that we found based on our knowledge and contacts at Willow Creek. We foresee the cost as being between $10,000 and $15,000. The result will be much higher quality sound and video which means a higher quality service being seen by all.
We also are in the early stages of planning for a second phase of A/V improvements that will enhance the experience during our services. This would involve improvements in the Sanctuary and elsewhere.
I must give a thank you to two members whose dedication has been crucial to our current A/V operations. Joy Martinez has been regularly recording our services and streaming them live and for future viewing. Dave Helminiak has been manning the sound boards to ensure recording of our services. Kim Keper has been maintaining our website. Finally, members like Lukass Franklin and Curt Moore have given us valuable advice and assistance. Thank you.
I want to emphasize that our outreach and communications efforts are ongoing and done with awareness of the technology available. At the same time all we undertake is done from the standpoint of scalability, that is, what we install now can be built upon if we see the need going forward.
A final thought on stewardship. I am sure that many of you know about the tax-free implications of pledging and giving. Two thoughts come to mind (and I have used them): (1) gifting appreciated stock and (2) gifting distributions from IRAs (not 401(k)s)
A final reminder: we are doing Trunk or Treat this Halloween. We will have a signup sheet in Fellowship Hall for those who will plan to bring a (car) trunk so we can get a count. Regardless, we welcome everyone who comes our way on Halloween next to Heads Up Boutique in downtown Barrington. From a kid’s perspective this is a location with a very high ratio of candy per linear foot.
Bill Springer discussed how pledges will support our new associate pastor position and outreach to younger members.
Good morning! Carolyn and I have been members of our Church for 40 years. Our children learned to love God here and we have grown in our faith through the help of our Church community.
In late 2017, after the departure of our Associate Pastor Kate Kelly, the session formed a committee to study the staffing needs of our Church. I served on that committee along with Floy Shaeffer, Owen Heath, Jodie Harmsen, and Pastor Joe.
This morning, I want to talk to you about the recommendation of that committee to hire an Associate Pastor and why this is important to you as members of the Church. Although the process to accomplish this will take some time, the investment to make it happen is in the proposed 2019 budget and we believe is vital to the growth and sustenance of our Church.
Let me take you through the process that led us to our recommendation. Our analysis included reviewing data from both our Church and from other churches of our size in geographical areas with similar demographics. What we found is really a confirmation of what we already knew! Our active, engaged congregation is a senior one. The demographic data by age grouping for our church over the last two years is enlightening!
While our total membership decreased by 15%, those younger than 65 decreased by 21%! The only segment showing an increase were members 65 and older! Up by 28%! It is obvious that we must do a better job of attracting and maintaining younger adults and families.
How do we do this?
Our recommendation is to hire an Associate Pastor to who can focus on the needs of and to nurture these younger adults and families to sustain our beloved Church!
This effort will include reaching out to the community and to the younger families who are already members, to help our Church to be more relevant and important to them as they manage their lives and difficult schedules, to include God and Church in their lives. We want to welcome these young families to be part of our congregation….to worship with us, to teach their children to love God, and to be part of our community of faith, service and mission.
Our recommendation for an Associate Pastor looks to the future of our Church as one with a growing, sustainable, demographically balanced congregation, which has active adult participation within and outside the Church. We are blessed to have a senior pastor with extraordinary energy, commitment and vision. However, our recommendation for an Associate Pastor recognizes that our desire for growth and financial stability call for an Associate Pastor who is specifically charged with devoting their time and energy to those areas which are essential to achieving those goals.
Lastly it is very important to keep in mind that we can only do this if each member pledges and supports the Church. The effort to secure and retain an associate pastor has costs in excess of our normal budget and we need to be able to pay these costs in order to take this important step in growing the church.
We pray for your support. Thank you, Bill Springer
Jack Ellis spoke during the service on the importance of pledging and how pledging supports the music of our Church.
Michael explained to you the hopes we have for making our church the place we all want it to be- a thriving focus for worship, fellowship and mission. I want to speak about one of the aspects of worship that is personal for me – music.
There are many ways we worship our God: we read, we listen, we pray – individually or together – to name a few. Music has been an important part of worship services since early times. I feel so blessed that our church has continued that tradition in such a strong way. We have the privilege of hearing and interpreting composers from early days, such as Bach and Telemann, down to the present – artists who had the inspiration of God’s love in their hearts.
We also have the great fortune of having Kirsten Hedegaard as our Music Director. Kirsten is a rare talent, and we all are blessed to have her clear commitment to God as she leads our music ministry. Kirsten recognizes the importance of coordinating our music with the weekly scripture and Joe’s message. She inspires the adult choirs – and bells – and perhaps equally said, she insists that the adult choirs give their best efforts; and she provides the guidance to allow that to happen. She is a wonderful teacher to those of our youth who have had the great good fortune to participate in her youth choirs. Through her initiative she has created the “Music on the Hill” (– or in the parlor, or in the Pastor’s house –) programs. That is what we as a church strive for – open doors and a community presence. And her network of professional musicians is valuable in augmenting the regular choral offerings, with soloists and instrumentalists and special music, making our worship service so very meaningful and fulfilling.
If you were to believe in miracles, I might offer that the conversion of a pedestrian voice such as mine into a contributing choir member might be one. I believe I speak for the choirs and I hope for you as well when I say that music has become an intimate part of my worship experience. For that I say, ‘thank you, Kirsten.’
Likewise, Rich Leasure is a gift to behold, performing faithfully, discretely and seamlessly at the organ or piano, supporting the choir and Kirsten, selecting the hymns we sing and making beautiful music. Thank you too, Richard.
We have to pay for the tunes we enjoy on our iPods and other electronic media. But the music we enjoy here weekly is not free either. The total cost of our music program this year will be more than eighty thousand dollars. To sustain this rare gift in 2019 will require at least that much. Please consider the value of our church’s music program to you when determining the benefits of belonging to our great church membership, and in setting your pledge for 2019 and the future. Diminishing our current music program due to lack of financial support is to me personally a chilling thought. I pray we won’t let that happen. Thank you.
Jack Ellis October 7, 2018