This November we will begin our Stewardship Campaign for 2020 – Inspired to Meet Human Need. Everything that Lewinsville does can be seen through the lens of “loving and serving God by responding to human need,” whether that be our mission work with the poor, the worship life of the congregation, our small group ministry, or our Christian education programs.
All of these ministries require your support to make them happen. If you are already making a pledge commitment to the mission of Lewinsville, we are very grateful and hope that you will continue your strong support. If you have not made a pledge commitment to the church in the past, we would invite you to consider doing so now. We need your support as we seek to respond to human need.
MESSAGES ABOUT STEWARDSHIP 2020:
Q & A about Per Capita
At last year’s Annual Congregational Meeting, the question came up: “What is the “per capita” payment? And what is it used for?”
The “per capita” is an important feature of membership in the Presbyterian Church (USA), which supports the administrative functioning of our denomination. The following information is provided by our presbytery:
The “per capita” contribution is the designated dollar amount that is asked of each member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) as a yearly voluntary contribution. The per capita contributions remind us of the “connectional nature” of the Presbyterian Church (USA). We at Lewinsville are connected with the National Capital Presbytery (NCP), the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic, and the General Assembly. Per capita payments keep the governing bodies of the PC(USA) in operation. Per capita is used to pay for the essential administrative operation of the presbytery, the synod, and the General Assembly.
The 2020 Per Capita amount is $42.63 per member.
Per capita giving is distinguished from “Mission Giving” in that it is operational money needed to keep the three governing bodies of our church functional.
We are greatly appreciative when members of Lewinsville pay their per capita portion. You may make your check for $42.63 out (per member in your family) to “Lewinsville Presbyterian Church,” and write “per capita” in the memo line. If you have any questions, please reach out to Pastor Scott or Mary Frase, chair of Finance.
DOWNLOAD the 2020 Pledge Card
Place pledge card in the collection plate
or mail to Lewinsville Presbyterian Church,
1724 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22101
LETTER FROM PASTOR SCOTT ABOUT STEWARDSHIP
Dear friends at Lewinsville,
The Annual Stewardship Campaign is always an opportunity for us to reflect on the themes of gratitude, generosity, and responsiveness to the grace of God. God has bestowed blessings after blessings upon us: the gifts of family, church, community, country, air, food, water, beauty, love, hope, faith. Even the things that we think of as challenges – struggles, conflicts, hardships – can, by God’s grace, become blessings for us, as we grow and change and learn through them.
This year’s Stewardship Theme is “Inspired to Meet Human Need.” While perhaps a bit unconventional for a Stewardship Theme, these words resonate strongly with the recently-developed WHY statement for Lewinsville: Lewinsville Presbyterian exists to love and serve God by responding to human need.
Everything that we do here at Lewinsville – whether supporting the local food pantry, low-cost housing or assisted living in McLean, sending youth and adults out on the Summer Mission Project to build homes for the less fortunate, or revitalizing our own music and Christian education programs – is done in order to respond to some facet of human need. Some of the needs are physical (hunger and housing), some are spiritual and emotional (loneliness, despair, self-centeredness), but all are real needs of people.
The church’s response to these human needs depends on our stewardship, our financial support of the church’s ministries. Your generosity to the church makes possible the many ways that Lewinsville responds to human need.
If you have any questions about the church’s stewardship ministry, please feel free to reach out to me. I would love to talk with you about it.
Many blessings for your journey,