First Pres Annual Fund
“…let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us”
Your financial gifts to First Pres enable our church to fulfill its ministry and mission goals here in our community and far beyond.
With your gifts, First Pres has been able to provide assistance to housing insecure persons in our community through our Mathew 25 program. We’ve also opened some of our apartments to our county’s voucher housing program. And we’ve continued to work with Habitat for Humanity. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to feed the hungry through our ongoing Wednesday lunch program here at the church. We’ve donated time, food, and money to the West Chester Food Cupboard. We’ve continued to support Meals on Wheels. And we’re also providing dinners to those in need at Safe Harbor.
We have accomplished much during a time that has been challenging, to say the least. We’ve endured a world-wide pandemic with all the anguish that accompanied it. We’ve progressed through a period of transition between senior pastors, explored who we are and what we stand for as a congregation, and learned through a survey and several congregation conversations that we are firmly committed to continuing and expanding our important ministries and missions.
We’re now focusing on the coming year and a bright, new chapter in the life of First Pres. In order to realize all of the possibilities of that bright future, we need to face and overcome another challenge.
We’ve heard from the congregation during the past several Annual Meetings that we have a strong, talented group of individuals who make up our staff here at First Pres and that their work is very much appreciated. We’ve also heard repeated requests to increase their compensation. We agree wholeheartedly, especially in this time of increased inflation.
In order to more adequately compensate our staff and continue to fund our ministries and missions, we’re relying on a robust and successful Annual Fund / Stewardship drive for the coming year. We’re hoping you will pledge now for 2023 and if possible, increase your pledge.