Dear Friends and Members,
This year’s Pledge campaign is about 20/20 vision. Roger retires at the end of March. We know in our heads that this kind of change is inevitable, but our hearts may be unsettled. We will miss him. We know it’s not easy to find an excellent minister whom we grow to like and love, nor is it easy to let him go. However, I am confident that we will do both.
Our congregation is robust. We are loaded with talent and time and treasure. Florida is a destination state, and our church is an oasis for progressive, free-thinking people who arrive in Sarasota. Roger is ready to retire. He is leaving at the end of March on his own terms at the pinnacle of his career. The stars have truly aligned for all of us.
Our Board has adopted a clear Ministerial Transition plan that will provide stability now and that will attract a highly qualified Interim Minister, and in two years, a Settled Minister. We have a great deal to offer, and we will attract very talented ministers. All that is needed is our continued commitment.
February 23rd is Pledge Sunday. Bring your pledge card. Roger will lead both services, and together we will consider the future of our church. If you are unable to attend that day, please send your pledge to the church office.
February 23rd will be a thoughtful, heartfelt and important service. I hope you won’t miss it.
Chair, Stewardship Committee
P.S. Watch for videos coming to you by email on Feb. 12, Feb 15, Feb 17, Feb 19 and Feb. 22. Enjoy!
Your 2020 Stewardship Committee:
Ward Pallotta, Chair
Roberta Druif, Staff
Rev. Budd Friend-
NEED A PLEDGE CARD? Click on 2020_pledge_card below, then CTRL-P to print it. Or visit the Stewardship table on Sundays, or stop by the church office.
LOOKING FOR EASY or TAX-EFFECTIVE WAYS to support your church? Stop by the church office for a brochure or print it here. Click on giving_flyer_2020.