Dear Friends of LOPC,
What a year this has been! It has been said that “Life is what happens to us while we are busy making other plans,” and 2020 will be remembered as a year that proved the point. Looking back to the start of the year, who of us could have imagined the dramatic, sudden change thrust upon us due to the pandemic, followed by the protests over the killing of George Floyd and the eruption of wildfires in our parched state. It has all seemed, at times, as overwhelming as one of the storms recently battering the Gulf Coast.
In the face of these storms, though, we take comfort and solace that we are not alone, and God has promised not to remove the storms in life but to make us stronger so that we might bear them with courage and hope. Armed with that certainty, your church staff and leadership turned on a dime when everything shut down in order to deliver our ministry in dramatic new ways and rise to the needs in our community. We are reaching, loving, serving, encouraging, and supporting more people than ever, and as this storm continues, we do even more!
I want you to know that the fuel which drives all our work is the gift of time, talent, and treasure that you offer in faith to keep us moving forward in service. Thank you for the gifts you have contributed, in whatever ways you have chosen, to the up-building of our ministry and mission. I commend this brochure to you as a tool to familiarize yourself more fully with our work, prayerfully consider your pledge for this coming year, and remember your church family in prayer. On November 1, Giving Sunday, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., your pastors and members of the Stewardship Team will be in the LOPC parking lot receiving pledge commitments if you would like to drive over and drop off your card. You may also mail it in to the church or give online at lopc.org.
Thank you, again, for the gift that you are to our community, and remember that together, with God’s help, we are stronger than the storms!
Factors to Consider When Giving
REFLECT on the gifts God has entrusted you with, and for which you are grateful. This is a powerful exercise to do with a spouse or family!
IDENTIFY the charitable causes that you plan on supporting this coming year, and rank them according to how important they are to you and your family.
ESTIMATE family income for the coming year and then write down the percentage of that amount you want to deploy to the church and other charities.
PRAY over it, asking, “God, is this what you want me (us) to give this coming year?”
COMPLETE the pledge card and know how much your gift is appreciated, and will be put to good use through LOPC!
How do I pledge?
Download, print, and fill out your pledge card, and, hopefully, bring to worship with you on November 4. If you cannot make it that day, please feel free to mail it to the church at your convenience, or drop it by the front desk in the Ministry Center!
How do I pay my pledge?
You can elect to pay by check, cash, credit card, ACH debits, and even stock transfers. When and how you pay is up to you – whatever best suits your circumstance. If you need to adjust your pledge during the year for any reason, contact Lidia Jesionek, the LOPC Accountant, at (925) 283-8722, x229, or lidia@LOPC.org.
When do I send in my pledge payments?
You can choose to pledge a certain amount for the year and pay your pledge every week, once a month, or quarterly. You also have the option of paying the full amount at any time.
What if I’m not ready to pledge right now?
As always, how, when and what you choose to give through LOPC is up to you, your family and God! All we ask is that you consider making whatever commitment you can now, since that helps us put together a workable and fiscally prudent budget for the coming year. You can always raise or lower it at your discretion.
Will I receive pledge envelopes?
If you indicate on your pledge card, we’ll order up a set of envelopes you can use to make your gifts.