New Providence Presbyterian Church - Maryville, TN
Thursday, June 20, 2019
New Providence
Presbyterian Church
703 West Broadway Avenue
Maryville, TN 37801
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“Growing in Faith Together” is an easy concept to grasp, especially at this time of year. The Bradford pear trees outside my window are fully leafed-out, and the dogwood is about to explode. Signs of growth are all around us.
Growth matters here at New Providence as well – not just the kind of growth demonstrated in bigger budgets or more members, although neither of those are bad things. But I hope that we are always growing in faith, and in our ability to help shape our corner of the world to look more like the Kingdom of God.
“Growing in Faith Together” is the theme for our stewardship emphasis this year. We are just getting that underway, but I want to put this pledge card in your hands now so that you have plenty of time to think and pray about how you can participate in our growth together in 2018-19.
Over the past few weeks, you have received a postcard showing New Providence “by the numbers,” as well as information in the April New Prov Press showing the “stairsteps” of our giving. That indicates how many individuals or families have contributed at each level in this past year. Wherever you are on that chart, would you consider stepping up to the next level for the coming fiscal year? I intend to do so, and hope you will too.
Our 2018-2019 budget is still a work in progress, but I think it’s fair to assume that it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.4 million dollars. It is an ambitious goal, but New Providence has a long history of rising to meet such challenges.
I hope you’ll remember all of that as you fill out your pledge card for the coming year. “Growing in Faith Together” means that we all have something to contribute. Every pledge matters. Every person matters. Every gift matters.
As a change this year, we are (at this time) asking only for financial commitments. Later in the summer and early fall, you’ll be asked to think about what commitment of your time and your skills you are able to offer to our ministry together.
When you have made a decision about your financial commitment, please share that information with the NPPC office on the enclosed card. We have designated April 29th as Generosity Sunday, and you are asked to bring this card with you on that day. If you are unable to be present on the 29th, you can mail the card to the church office or pledge electronically at the link at the top of the page. There is also a giving calculator to help you see what a step up might look like.
In his first letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul wrote: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” As we plant and water the seeds of faith, I am grateful for the promise that this is God’s work, and we are simply laborers in God’s field. And I am glad that we get to do that together.
It is a joy to be the church with you!
Emily J. Anderson, Pastor
Two additional items of note:
Per Capita
Each year, every Presbyterian congregation pays a “per capita apportionment” for each of its members. This covers the administrative costs of the larger denomination at presbytery, synod, and General Assembly levels. This year, that per capita amount comes to approximately $60 per person, or approximately $72,000 for the entire NPPC membership. If you are able to pay your own per capita apportionment for the coming year, you may make an additional contribution (over and above your pledge) for that amount. By doing so, you free up budget dollars for outreach, operations, and programs. Please check the box on your commitment card if you intend to participate, so we can anticipate contributions and plan accordingly.
Building Fund
December 2017 marked the official end of our third Capital Campaign. Since 2011, we have paid off over half of our initial $3 million dollar loan. As of this month, the current balance on the mortgage is $1.375 million. Thank you for your generosity! Our loan interest rate is fixed until March 2020. Given the Federal Reserve’s recent and anticipated rate hikes, it is obviously in our best interest to pay off most or all of the remaining balance before that time.
Although we are not currently in a campaign, we still have a ways to go. We continue to receive gifts to the building fund through new members, memorial contributions, and members continuing to give beyond their original pledges. Because of these gifts, we have not had to fund our mortgage payment out of our operating budget. 
Your gifts to our Building Fund assure that the church will continue to allocate its resources to ministry, not interest payments. Thank you, again, for what you have given, and please prayerfully consider making a pledge this year to continue that important work.