2014 Stewardship & 2014 - 2016 Capital Campaign - A Message from Mike Flint, Arlen & Judy Christenson
As of Wednesday, December 4, we have received 406 three-year capital pledges totaling $3,214,439 and 533 one-year ministry/general
fund pledges totaling $1,290,954.96. Of the 533 households who
have pledged, this represents a net increase of $86,741.96. And there
are almost 350 households who have historically pledged but have not
yet returned their pledged cards for 2014. If you have returned your pledges, THANK YOU for making a
difference! If you have not yet returned your pledges, we encourage you to respond as soon as feasible. Together we will move into the
future, telling and living the story of Jesus with joy and boldness.
Sincerely, Mike Flint, Arlen & Judy Christenson - The Bethel Idea Co-chairs
2014 Stewardship & 2014 - 2016 Capital Campaign - Pledge Card Info
Thanks to all who have already provided financial commitments for 2014 Stewardship and 2014 - 2016 Capital Campaign.
Pledge cards may be mailed to: Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI 53703.
Your estimates of giving cards may also be placed in offering plates during Saturday evening or Sunday morning worship services. If you need another commitment card, they are available below. (We request that you include your envelope number if you are not able to use a data filled card that was mailed to you.)
Simply Giving® Form - Bethel Member Enrollment and Authorization Form
2014 Commitment Weekend
Excerpt from October 30, 2013 Bethelite
During the worship services of November 16 and 17 the entire Bethel community will have the joy and opportunity of making their pledges and financial commitments for BOTH the 2014 Ministry Plan and to The Bethel Idea: God's Plan in Our Time capital campaign.
During the week of November 10 a packet of information will be mailed to the congregation that contains the discernment, aspirations and dreams of hundreds of Bethel leaders. I ask you to make time to carefully, and prayerfully read through the various information and inspirational pieces in that packet.
The birth of The Bethel Idea did not begin in 2008 or 2009 when the specifics of today's plan began to emerge. It was 1966 when Bethel purchased the final piece of property so that it owned the entire city block. From that time on, and for the next 40+ years dreams for how mission and ministry could expand and flourish at this site have germinated. What we have before us today is the prayerful discernment of God's future path for Bethel, along with the realization of dreams over the past decades.
In the packet of information and inspiration to help prepare for Commitment Weekend there will be an information brochure about The Bethel Idea. There will also be a Creative Giving Guide as well as information about the 2014 Ministry Plan. The financial support of the Ministry Plan provides the funding for the 2014 operating budget. All pledges and gifts to the capital campaign are in addition to the offerings and tithes that support the Ministry Plan.
Everyone will receive TWO personalized pledge cards, one for the 2014 Operating Budget and the other for The Bethel Idea: God's Plan in Our Time capital campaign. The Operating Budget pledge card is a one year commitment. The capital campaign pledge card is for the duration of the three years
of the capital campaign.
The congregation is asked to bring BOTH pledge cards to worship on the weekend of November 16 and 17. At every worship service time will be allotted for all to come forward and place their commitments in baskets near the altar. The simple act of walking these gifts to the altar is symbolic of offering our whole lives to Jesus.
The challenge before us is great, but the Bible reminds us that with God all things are possible. As one of your pastors I cannot urge you strongly enough to prayerfully consider your financial commitment to the 2014 Ministry Plan which support the operating budget, and for The Bethel Idea: God's Plan in Our Time capital campaign. It is not overstating the case that the pledges we together make will impact the missional reach of Bethel for decades to come.
Let me leave you with a word of Scripture I have quoted before during this campaign, from I Chronicles 28:20, "Be strong and courageous and get to work. Don't be frightened by the size of the task for the Lord my God is with you. He will not forsake you. He will see to it that everything is finished correctly."
2014 Capital Campaign Kick-Off
Excerpt from September 11, 2013 Bethelite
In a little more than a week our long awaited capital campaign, The Bethel Idea: God's Plan in Our Time will kick-off. But in fact, many Bethel members have been hard at work on the capital campaign for months and months. Teams of volunteers have been recruited. Some will be making phone calls, others visits and others involved in planning. Special worship services are planned for the weekends of September 21/22, October 26/27 and November 16/17. A banquet has been planned for YOU and you can choose to attend either on Sunday, October 6 or Monday, October 7. And, the campaign culminates with Commitment Weekend on November 16/17 when we all will have the privilege to present two commitment cards; one for the general fund operating budget of Bethel, and the second for the capital campaign. But, before we arrive at Commitment Weekend, the community of Bethel will spend a focused time of prayer and reflection as we continue to seek God's guidance.
The capital campaign theme, The Bethel Idea: God's Plan in Our Time is a simple reminder that everything that we do
as a community is God focused. We worship God. We pray to
God. We give thanks to God and we present ourselves, as St. Paul says, "a living sacrifice" to God. While we firmly believe
the impetus and dream of The Bethel Idea is from God, it is our time and our turn to live into God's plan and vision for
Bethel. The faithful forebears of our Bethel Community have paved the way for us and now it is our time to prepare for
the generations who will follow us.
You will soon receive the first official communication piece from the capital campaign team, and that is a Daily Devotional. This 65 day devotional has been written by Bethel members and contains moving stories of faith and inspiration. I would ask you to commit yourself from today until November 17 to read daily from the devotional. It has been said more than once that a congregation can only move
forward while on its knees, so it is true now that we will only move
forward through prayer. Let us
commit together to make this fall 2013 a season of devotion and prayer.
So far I have asked you to pray and read the daily devotion that will be mailed to you. I have two more things I would ask of you. So item
number three is to read carefully the materials that will be sent to
you. The Bethel leadership wants
you to be informed about not only The Bethel Idea but about all of the daily ministries that abound
at Bethel. Please read thoroughly
the Bethelite and special mailings that will come to you. And finally, request number four is to say "Thank You" to the many people who are working faithfully
on behalf of our congregation. Space does not allow me to
list the four pages of volunteers, but when you receive a phone call, or a note, thank those who serve.
May God's light continue to guide our path.
Simply Giving® Form
Please also see the Simply Giving program information below.
Gifts to Bethel
There are many ways to make year-round gifts to support Bethel.
• Gifts of cash support ministry today and eliminate or reduce income tax on up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income.
• Gifts of appreciated stock, bonds, or mutual funds can be deductible at full market value for up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income and allow you to bypass capital gains tax.
• Gifts from your IRA: Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) are mandatory for IRA owners who are 70½ or older. Charitable deductions can be taken for the same amount as the gift. Continuing in 2011 is the provision for direct charitable contributions not counting toward your minimum distribution.
• Life income agreements such as charitable gift annuities and charitable trusts can provide income for life and then support your favorite ministry. They can be funded in a variety of ways and may provide an annuity payment greater than the income your assets are currently producing.
• Bequests allow you to make a significant gift to ministry without reducing your current income. A distribution agreement or memorial endowment fund, funded through a bequest, provides choices and flexibility on how your gift is used and named.
Simply Giving® Program
Simply Giving® is a reliable, safe way to move your stewardship plan into action. It allows you to share your gifts through planned giving and activates your generosity into ongoing stewardship. Because your gift is given consistently, you will not need to play "catch-up" at year-end or worry about forgotten checkbooks or missed Sunday offerings.
But you're not the only one that benefits. Our congregation benefits from steady, more predictable revenues throughout the year, more efficient bookkeeping and greater confidence in meeting our financial commitments.
Simply Giving is an automated giving program designed to help you conveniently and consistently contribute to our congregation. Through Simply Giving, your gifts are made through a pre-authorized withdrawal from your bank account. You determine the frequency of your automatic gift—weekly, semi-monthly or monthly—the option is yours. Your gift is deposited into Bethel's bank account on the same day it is withdrawn from your account—at no cost to you.
Please consider this increasingly popular method of church support.
Give With Thrivent Choice
Thank you to those of you who direct Thrivent Choice Dollars to Bethel and its related ministries. Please note that recurring direction of these dollars is no longer an option. Help support what matters most to you by directing Choice Dollars. To learn more and/or direct Choice Dollars, go to thrivent.com/choice or call (800) THRIVENT.