Stewardship Campaign – The Dinner Was Great!
By Elizabeth Wisenbaker
Posted September 20, 2013
Over 140 Christ Church members came out Sunday, Sept. 15th to Mathis City Auditorium to celebrate “We love Christ Church” Stewardship Dinner. The dinner was catered by Stanley and Sue Cox and guests enjoyed chicken marsala, brown rice, seasonal vegetable medley, garden salad, whole grain roll and choice of lemon whip or chocolate pie. Church members enjoyed social time with beer and wine. At check-in, members were given their 2013 pledge information and name tags. Tables were decorated with beautiful floral centerpieces donated and arranged by Sue Cox and Gloria Boyette, Christ church member. A Christ Church slide presentation created by Julia and Julius Ariail was shown during the evening, highlighting events over the years at Christ Church. The individual images used in this slideshow are now available as an online photo album here.
Elizabeth Wisenbaker, Stewardship Chairperson, welcomed everyone to the dinner and introduced the Rev. Joye Cantrell who gave the blessing. After enjoying the delicious meal, the first speakers of the evening were introduced – Katie Wisenbaker and Andrew Greneker, Senior EYC members. They both spoke about how Christ Church has influenced their lives and how important the youth activities are.
Our Senior Warden, David Sandbach, welcomed everyone and spoke about the Stewardship campaign and encouraged everyone to “Step Up” their pledge for 2014. Pledge cards were on each table for everyone to fill out and place in baskets at doors on their way out.
The Rev. Tar Drazdowski introduced our Keynote speaker, The Rev. Canon Frank Logue. Canon Logue started his presentation with a little bit of magic before addressing the importance of supporting your church financially. He noted that while Christ Church has been known as an active congregation that has shown the capacity to produce many leaders in both our church and our community, we currently rank near the bottom in average giving within our diocese – and our diocese compares poorly with other diocese in terms of average giving. However, he went on to encourage us to give, not because of budgets or charts, but because we can and should find joy in providing support to the church we believe in.
The evening ended with guitar music provided by Merrill Guice and David Schert along with members of the High School EYC leading everyone in the song “Weave”.
Amy Creasy in the church office supplied us with the following statistical information following our dinner. The total number of pledge cards turned in Sunday night was 56 for a total dollar amount of $222,502.00. And of the 56 pledge cards, there were 16 new pledges totaling $14,190.00 plus there were 5 pledges that had been non-pledged givers converting to pledged giving. Of the remaining 35 pledge cards, only one pledge stayed the same with the other 34 pledges increasing a total of $51,380.00.