HOPES FOR THE HOUSE

2022 Stewardship Campaign

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in God, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~ Romans 15:13

For several years, Burke Presbyterian Church has been on a journey marked by unprecedented change. It began with a commitment to expand our church building—and a subsequent massive building project—and went on to include changes in pastoral leadership and a global pandemic.

The last eighteen months have been challenging. We have suffered compound tragedies as a nation. Many of us have experienced deep, personal grief. We acknowledge and call out these losses. Yet in the midst of dark days, we, the people of God, know that we are called to spread hope.

C.S. Lewis wrote that “Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.” We have hope that things will get better. We have hope that God will be with us during turbulent times. We have hope in eternal life, and that can give us the strength to face today.

This year, we first want to acknowledge where we have been and what has happened to us. Then, we invite the members and friends of Burke Presbyterian Church to look with hope towards the future. God has plans for us and for the great works of ministry we can achieve as a community of faith. Hope endures.

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The 2022 Stewardship Campaign includes two ways to share our hopes: a Rainbow of Hope and a Hopes for Healing Journal.

Rainbow of Hope

After a storm passes, a rainbow lifts our spirits. A rainbow is a symbol of hope, inspiration, promise, good fortune, and wishes coming true. It is a symbol of God’s promise to us—to be with us, to care for us, to love us. We might forget that promise, but God doesn’t. Our world might change, but God’s promise remains steadfast. Every time we see a rainbow, we are reminded of God’s promise. It gives us hope.

When you make a pledge to the Hopes for the House Campaign, you will be invited to contribute several words for our Rainbow of Hope. (Check it out on a wall near the church office!) Your words of hope for 2022, as well as your name (or your family’s name), will be written on a small rainbow that will be added to the large BPC Rainbow of Hope. The BPC Rainbow of Hope will give us a way to bear witness to our collective Hopes for the House.

Hopes for Healing Journal

It is important to acknowledge the difficult situations we have faced, personally and collectively, over the past 18 months. When you make a pledge to the Hopes for the House Campaign, you can dedicate your pledge to a person, an event, or a loss you wish to honor or share, similar to making an Easter flower dedication. You can also upload a photo. These dedications will be compiled into a digital Hopes for Healing journal, which will be available to the congregation in early 2022.

The Hopes for Healing journal will help us come together in prayer. It can be a way to share our sorrow, acknowledge our losses, and lift each other up.

The Ariale Family lost a dear and beloved cousin to COVID this year, and we dedicate our 2022 pledge to the life and memory of Debra Pedicini. Debbie was a light to all who knew her. She is missed and will never be forgotten.

5% Challenge

Rebuilding in-person events and getting back to pre-COVID activities will take energy, imagination, and resources. Our proposed budget for 2022 includes a 5% challenge to the congregation. We ask you to prayerfully consider increasing your 2021 pledge by at least 5% to help BPC achieve our goals and objectives for 2022.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the proposed budget, please reach out to Stewardship Elder John Ariale at johnariale@gmail.com. If you would like a paper copy of the stewardship materials on this website, please contact the church office at office@burkepreschurch.org.

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