Letter from Interim Senior Pastor Steve Schibsted
December 19, 2018
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." –Luke 12:34
I have served as your interim pastor with great joy these past eighteen months. My tenure has not been without its challenges. We have tackled some tough issues, worked hard and made great strides toward becoming a thriving congregation once again. At our last Session meeting, our elders and staff shared what we are most thankful for as we looked back on the life of our church in 2018. It was a wonderful time of remembering God’s faithfulness and generosity. Our Session members expressed thankfulness for the many ways the ministries of this church transformed lives this year. I expressed gratitude for the commitment and hard work of so many who have given time and energy to help rebuild our church. Remembering all the good that has happened in 2018 reaffirmed that a new spirit and momentum is present at First Pres. We are not where we were. I am confident that God is doing a new thing and good years are ahead.
In order to continue this momentum, we have one more challenge to meet before year’s end. In order to meet the 2018 budget target and start 2019 strong, we have to close a gap of $1,079,000. We have done this in years past and believe we can do it once again. It will take all of us giving what we can to help our church remain financially healthy. Every gift, of every size, matters.
Please join me in praying for our church. I also encourage you to fulfill the financial pledge you made for 2018. In addition, will you prayerfully consider giving a special year-end gift?
There are many ways to give:
Thank you for being such a wonderful congregation. Together and by God’s grace we can continue the forward movement we have experienced this past year. Thank you, too, for your continued faithful and generous giving.
With gratitude in being your pastor,