“LOPC is a big church, with so much going on, and there is something for everybody!”
“We have a great staff and lay leaders who are always there when the community needs them.”
“There just doesn’t seem to be anything we can’t accomplish when we set our minds to it!”
“When the need is clear, LOPC is a congregation that responds!”

Dear Friends,

The above statements are certainly things we hear said about LOPC on a regular basis, and in my 18 years of service to this congregation I have found no reason to doubt them! I’m taking this opportunity to invite you to be part of a special May stewardship emphasis, “All Together.” The theme is drawn from the book of Acts, where we are told:

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.”

The earliest Christians, still reeling from the events of Holy Week, were huddled together in fear. And then the Spirit descended upon them, and everything changed. They were filled with a new vision of how the world could change and a new kind of community was formed where:

“All who believed were together and had all things in common.”

From that day to this, the church has held a common ministry of service and love in which we all share and support – it truly does belong to us “All Together.”

That spirit of Pentecost is what drives our ministry, and it frames the matter at hand. Simply put, over the past 10 years our annual giving has remained strong but it has been largely flat. Due to the constant presence of inflation and rising costs, our gifts to support this ministry have lost about $400,000 in value. We’ve responded by cutting costs, restricting growth in some ministries, and, most regrettably, not adjusting staff salaries to keep them competitive and fair. Our “All Together” emphasis is about one thing – raising up resources to recover the financial strength that has eroded over time. We can do this!

Here’s what I’d like you to do:

  • Pray – This is God’s work, not ours, and the church doesn’t have needs so much as meet needs.
  • Read – In this brochure you’ll find some important information and perspective on LOPC.
  • Reflect – What gifts is God calling forth from you? This isn’t about money, it’s about stewardship.
  • Respond – On Pentecost, June 4th, return a commitment card that reflects your means and heart.

We are taking the unusual step of lifting this up to our church family mid-year because your LOPC leadership team believes firmly that through prayer, thought, heart and action, we can “All Together” make the difference!

Peter

Learn how you can help make a difference in the All Together brochure to the right and see what your help means to specific ministry efforts through the videos below.

Year at a Glance

Getting personal…

Graphically speaking…

So what can we do?

What will recovering ground lost to inflation and rising costs allow us to do?

How much should I give?

Scriptures for thought…

Budget & Bagels: Q & A on the LOPC Budget Trends & Trajectories