Strong Heritage, Strong Future

You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last…” - John 15:16a

May 13, 2019

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

For 150 years, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church has been committed to proclaiming the gospel and nurturing faith in the lives of the people who worship here, in the Virginia Synod, and in the community around us. Our capital appeal theme, Strong Heritage, Strong Future, is a reminder of that strong past and of the promise that the Holy Spirit will be continuing to impact lives through us for generations to come.

As part of this appeal, we are replacing a significant part of our pipe organ which can no longer be repaired, installing new heat and AC for the nave and Fellowship Hall, making repairs to the nave floor, resealing & striping the parking lot, and supporting youth ministry in the Virginia Synod. These things will enable us to “bear fruit that will last” in the lives of our congregation, community, and synod for years to come.

This is a significant undertaking for our congregation. The goal of our appeal is to raise $330,000. This includes $100,000 for the air conditioner and boiler upgrades and other improvements to our worship space; $200,000 for the pipe organ upgrades; and $30,000—a tithe of the appeal total—as a gift to the Virginia Synod youth ministry appeal called, “Forwarding Faith.”

Please prayerfully consider how God is calling you to respond to this appeal. The Bible teaches proportionate giving. Although we cannot all give an equal amount, we can all give generously of the gifts God has given us. All gifts are important, from the smallest to the largest.

We will consecrate our pledges during our 10 AM worship service on Sunday, June 2. You are encouraged to bring your estimate of giving with you that day to place on the altar (we'll have extras available at church). If you are unable to worship with us that day, please mail your estimate of giving card to the church office.  We will celebrate the conclusion of the appeal on the Day of Pentecost, Sunday, June 9, during our 10 AM worship service.

Thank you for the many ways you have been a part of bearing lasting fruit at St. Mark’s in years past and for your continued generosity to ensure that we bear fruit that will last for years to come!

In Peace,

Mitch House

Church Council President

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