Pledging? Taking Stock, Making Plans
By Richard Fuller, Fran Martinson & Tami Swiggum
Community Development & Fundraising Committee
Looking at art in our building during the September art fair got us noticing what a lovely building we have. We have a lovely community too, strong, and large by Quaker standards. Oh yes, there are problems, some of them chronic, like not enough people to serve on committees, but a lovely community, none-the-less.
Which brings us to the topic of taking some time this fall to think about pledging some of your treasure to TCFM in 2015.
We mean “treasure” in the biblical sense, as in
I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
Isaiah 45:3, New International Version
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6:21, English Standard Version
So we’re talking about more than money. We’re also talking about emotional investment, and hours of service.
The TCFM Finance committee is preparing a budget for next year and this is as good a time as any for each of us to take stock. As good a time as any to ask:
- How important is the TCFM community to me?
Over the last year,
- What have I gained from it?
- What have those close to me gained from it?
- What have I/we offered to it?
- In the year ahead, is it “steady as she goes” or
- Like it or not, I need to be cutting back, giving less to TCFM and more to other aspects of my life? Or…
- Do I want to offer more of my treasures, or different ones?
The Community Development and Fundraising committee asks you to think on these things. To take some time for a special process humans go through, from time to time. A clarifying and strengthening of resolve.
And we’d like to hear from you. We are not doing a mailing to TCFM’s mailing list, but we know that for some people making a written declaration really focuses the mind in a beneficial way. We don’t have a form for you fill out but we do have envelopes on the little table next to the donation slot. We’d like to see your scribbled note, or your formal resolve if this speaks to your condition. Please take an envelope, mull on the question:
What do you intend to offer to Twin Cities Friends Meeting in the year ahead?
And see what happens.