AN INVITATION TO RESPOND

Stewardship 2022

Dear Ones,

I hope you are well and blessed and seeing God’s mercy. It is an exciting time here at Grace and it’s a blessing to be able to serve alongside you. As I write this letter, it is encouraging to see all the Lord has done this last year!

I am so grateful for the ways that we have partnered within the church, within the community and around the world to “make disciples by equipping people to make Jesus visible in their lives.”

Here’s a glimpse of what God is doing in and through Grace:
• Hosting VBS again, post-COVID, for all our church family and friends
• Seizing new opportunities God has presented at Paul Revere Middle School and Walnut Bend Elementary for these young students who need so much
• Blessing the teachers at these schools with support through Bless The Teacher, school supply drives and re-launching the mentoring programs
• Partnering with Texas Relief Warriors on delivering Hurricane Ida Relief
• Steadfastly committing to our global partners and missionaries throughout a pandemic
• Launching Disciple Groups to equip disciples to make disciples
• Adding an EPIC discipleship curriculum that is transforming the lives of some of the participants in addition to our Sunday age and stage classes
• Growing Student Ministries and looking ahead, with 2022 summer mission trips already planned
• Expanding women’s Bible studies for all stages with growing numbers
• Experiencing the community of worship with new Grace Worship Nights and potluck dinners
• Ongoing development of our long-term Six Initiatives first presented in early 2021.

As our session prayerfully plans for the ministry year ahead, we hope you too will intentionally consider how God is calling you to step out in faith with us. As we look at the stewardship of God’s resources, we know it is reflected in how we use our time, talent and treasure. We ask you to go before the Lord to see if He is calling you to give of your time
in a different way, to serve in a different way and to contribute financially in a different way. As we invest together, prayerfully consider giving for the first time or increasing your giving by at least one percentage point of your income. If we each did that every year, we could do more of the ministry God has called us to do. God is doing wonderful things here and lives are being changed. Your investment in Grace is making that possible.

To give the Session a sufficient amount of time to pray and plan prior to 2022, please make your estimate of giving by Sunday, November 14. Enclosed is a pledge card, which can be dropped or mailed to the church at any time, or as part of the worship service on November 14. You may also pledge online at gpch.com/stewardship.Thank you in advance for your generous faithfulness and investment in this church.

I am so excited to celebrate how God will bless your generosity in the year ahead.

In His Grip,
Dr. Julia Leeth

Every person shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you. —Deuteronomy 16:17

There are 3 Ways to Pledge:

1

Commit Pledge In Worship

Commit your pledge in worship on Sunday, November 14
2

Mail Your Pledge Card

Mail your pledge card to the church prior to November 14
3

Make A Pledge Online

Make your pledge online anytime by clicking link below
Online Pledge
There are multiple ways to fulfill your commitment to Grace:
  • You may place cash or check payable to Grace Presbyterian Church into the offering plate or send it by mail.
  • Use the Grace website “Give Online” tab at the bottom to make a recurring or onetime credit/debit card or electronic check payment.
  • Set up Grace as a payee through your online banking institution to make scheduled donations that fit your timing and your budget.

Remember to please specify how your gift should be distributed between the operating budget, READY capital campaign, and/or another designated purpose.

Download Pledge Card

Grace Strategic Initiatives.

  1. Worship Evolution—Because we want Jesus to be visible in our worship, we’re evolving our approach to a more formative time of worship.
  2. Equipping Hour—We believe in transformational discipleship, so we’re enriching the Equipping Hour with a series of practical discipleship trainings, adding new courses each semester.
  3. Discipleship Groups—Because discipleship is most effective around a smaller table, we’re forming new groups of 3 to 5 people. Our elders are already engaged in a pilot program of this approach.
  4. Alpha Small Groups—We’re also called to make Jesus visible outside our walls, which is why we’re preparing to launch new Alpha small groups, as our staff attends the Alpha conference for inspiration and strategy.
  5. Neighborhood Groups—Because we’re called to make Jesus visible across our city, we are developing a new neighborhood-based model of discipleship, which will launch later this year.
  6. Serve our Neighbors—And we’re called to make Jesus visible to our brothers and sisters here in Houston and around the world, which is why we’ll continue to lock arms with Friends of Westchase here in West Houston and our Global Mission Partners around the world.

Why is Stewardship Important?

The Grace annual budget is a compilation of the estimates of your giving. A stewardship campaign is important for our session because it enables them to make decisions about which ministries and programs may be funded, maintained, and grown throughout the coming year. While giving to Grace throughout the year without an advanced commitment is fully appreciated, it doesn’t provide the session with the information needed to plan and budget for what lies ahead.

Sometimes life happens, like an unplanned major expense or a job change. When life brings change–positive or negative– it’s fine to change your commitment during the year.

 

Deep Roots, Deep Love.

You’ve seen these words since the September launch as the title of the current sermon series on Romans. Yet when thinking about stewardship these words are just as apt. We see the roots in the legacy of our past, the foundation of a church built through Christ, and the growth potential deep roots can produce. Deep roots allow the deep love of Christ to flourish within us and enable us to pass it on through discipling and caring for others.

Your commitment allows the roots to grow deeper and the love of Christ to empower the people of Grace.

Take a Look at our 2021 Budget:

The pie chart below represents session approval of how our budget is divided based on our church strategy.

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