A Message from Your Stewardship Committee:
“You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price.”1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Many of you responded generously to our “Joyful Giving” appeal during last year’s Advent campaign and increased your regular giving for 2021. Once again, thank you. At that time, some asked about the need for a special “one-time” gift as the 2020 year-end approached. As you will have seen from our recent Financial Forum and Annual Vestry meetings, the combination of support from the Anglican Diocese of Toronto and government programs for most of 2020 resulted in a modest surplus. However, you will have also seen that we currently expect a significant operating deficit in 2021 and also have an ambitious capital program to ensure that CCDP’s facilities are maintained in accordance with health and safety standards so that we may return to an even more beautiful, inclusive and safe space post-covid.
Your ministry, administrative and management teams are actively working to bring about a better financial result AND complete our capital projects. We have wonderful news that could make this task much easier. We have received a generous offer from David and Joan Moore to give up to $100,000 to match donations from other parishioners. If we fully meet this wonderful Moore Family Challenge we will:
- eliminate the 2021 operating deficit ensuring our wonderful ministries will continue during covid and beyond,
- ensure much needed physical improvements and maintenance get done, and
- ensure our Investment Fund is not depleted and can contribute to CCDP operations over the long term.
So, NOW is the time to help with significant one-time gifts over and above our continuing regular giving; we are effectively getting a 100% return on our investment through the Moore’s amazing and generous offer!
Your Stewardship Committee is targeting a short campaign to raise the $100,000 in one-time donations from parishioners which, together with the Moore’s match, will provide sufficient funds to achieve all these objectives. Further, 100% of the members of your Stewardship Committee will themselves be giving as part of this campaign.
During this Lenten season and with Holy Week approaching, we know we cannot hope to match the sacrifice that God made to purchase and sustain us. We CAN hope to sustain and prosper our corner of his Church at CCDP. Please consider a generous, sacrificial one-time gift in the next few weeks in the certain knowledge of the joys of Eastertide to come.*
*Please mail or drop off a personal cheque (or a pledge letter if you would like to spread your special gift over the year) to the church or use our new e-transfer facility to make your gift to CCDP. In either case, please make a note that the gift relates to the “Moore Family Challenge”.