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2019 Stewardship Letter

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied graces.” 1 Peter 4:10

Dear Bethel Community, 

Over the last few weeks the Financial Resource Team has made an effort to share how Bethel has stewarded your 2018 gifts “to serve one another.” We sent you a brochure and produced a slide presentation, which loops through the monitors in the Emmaus Room—both highlighting Bethel’s five Ministry Teams and their missions.  The hope of stewardship is to change lives, whether it is a song that inspires, a visiting hand that touches, or a sack of much needed groceries. We were able to do all this because you entrusted a portion of your gifts to Bethel. Thank you. 

Below is a budgetary allocation of how Bethel stewards your gifts:

Funding by Sources (numbers are approximate, based on total year-end 2018 forecast):

Ministry                        Operating     Designated                       Total
Team                              Budget             Gifts          Grants      Funding

Worshiping                        94%                  5%               1%       $683,300
Community                        99%                  0%               1%         618,600
Life Long Learning            62%                  8%              30%        311,900
Nurturing                           93%                  3%                4%        276,200
Serving (incl. Missions)    74%                 22%               4%         480,300

                                    Total 2018 forecasted expenses      $ 2,370,300

Operating Budget. Annual pledges and worship offerings form the base of Bethel’s budget, which sustains our infrastructure and supports all of Bethel’s ministries. Without a strong Operating Budget, Bethel’s programs are vulnerable.

Designated gifts, restricted to specific ministries, support a number of Bethel programs and allows us to extend ministries out into the community. The Food Pantry, open Monday – Saturday, serves over 70 families each week, nearly 4,000 annually. Our weekly half-hour Service of the Word telecast reaches tens of thousands in the greater Madison viewing area, and is supported entirely by designated gifts.   

Grants. Each year a percentage of earned income from Bethel’s long-established Endowment Foundation is granted to many of Bethel programs and ministries. Youth mission trips, a dynamic Sunday School program, improvements to Bethel’s physical plant, and unexpected needs are just a sampling of what’s made possible by Foundation support.   

We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care. Please take time to prayerfully reflect on how you wish to respond to God’s abundance, and complete the enclosed 2019 Estimate of Giving card and bring it with you to worship the weekend of November 10 and 11. Thank you.

The Financial Resources Team
Paul Aspinwall, Sigrid Knuti, Ron Opelt, Jan Primus, Greg Smith, Anna Spiekerman and Laura Vogal

Jesus said, “The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to everlasting life.”  John 4:14b


The Bethel website lists the various ways you may make gifts to support Bethel. In addition to cash, checks, or stock gifts, we again offer several methods of Online (electronic) Giving. Another option is Text to Give

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