April 2019 – From Your President

Modified on: April 1, 2019

Dear Members and Friends,

April will be an energetic month as we prepare to support the 4th annual Spartanburg Earth Day Festival which will take place on May 4. Please step forward for volunteer opportunities as we continue to build this regionally important event.

And take advantage of our new-this-year Countdown to Earth Day speaker series, to be held at the public library at 7 PM on Tuesday evenings of April 16, 23, and 30. Bring your kids for the April 23 event to see Prof. Jon Storm’s presentation on Nature In your Backyard. See posters at church for details.

We had a very successful Pledge Drive in February. When the results were tallied we had pledged $223,300 of our $225,000 goal for next fiscal year, over 99% to target, and ~$12,000 greater than our pledge level at the same time last year. This increase lets us continue fair compensation for our paid staff as we accommodate increases in membership and RE enrollment, expand our social justice work, and continue to pay off our mortgage.

This does not reflect approximately $12,000 we donated directly to social causes last year through our Share-The-Plate program. Nor does it reflect many hundreds of hours put in each year by volunteers to perform our ministries, keep our facility attractive and operational, and support administrative functions; through this volunteer work, we build community, and keep our costs down.

In love and peace, Fred Stoll

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