A Special Update from Pastor Tim
Beloved Partners in Mission and Friends of Saint Matthew:
This is my last opportunity to give you an update and to thank you for faithful support of the ministry at Saint Matthew before my season of service as your interim pastor concludes. What a joy it has been to do
ministry with you over the past two years! You will forever have a special place in my heart.
I know that the process has had some unexpected twists and turns and has taken longer than any of us expected, but there is much good news to share about where things stand today and there is a bright future ahead,
by the grace of God, for Saint Matthew.
Now seven months into a year in which we have found ourselves learning to do ministry in new ways due to a global pandemic (as I have often quipped: “building the plane while flying it”), I am happy to report that Saint Matthew is currently in a very stable financial position and ministry is thriving.
This is due to several factors:
- First and foremost, your faithfulness and generosity in maintaining your financial support for the ministry. Thank you and God bless you for this!
- Careful stewardship of funds and creative ministry leadership by the Congregation Council and staff
- The Paycheck Protection Program loan which you approved
- Some generous giving toward special projects
- Generous gifts to the Foundation from the estates of long-time Partners in Mission (These for the Foundation’s specific purposes, not the general budget.)
That said, now is not the time to lean back, but to lean in! The whole point of the Council’s faithful stewardship of the congregation’s financial life during the interim season was to position the congregation to be able to take leaps of faith to expand your ministry when the new Lead Pastor arrives. You are ready for new dreams and opportunities as God brings them your way.
We are currently experiencing a bit of a summer slump so I want to encourage you, one last time, to continue to be faithful in your giving, which is easier to do if you set up recurring gifts through your bank, Simply Giving (contact Paula
to set up Simply Giving), or online
You have the capacity to help Saint Matthew soar!
Another critically important update I am delighted to share with you is the work the Congregation Council and staff has done to strategically upgrade the audio, visual, and recording technology on campus. It better supports the worship content being created today, and will allow you to have a much more robust digital presence as a congregation after you have returned to in-person worship. Much of the cost of this project has been underwritten by a generous financial gift from a congregational benefactor.
You have a wonderful and faithful staff that has been hard at work to keep ministry as vibrant as possible under challenging circumstances. It has been a delight to work with them. Please continue to thank them and support their ministry in your midst.
The Congregation Council is engaged more than ever in working with pastoral leadership to set the vision and direction of the congregation for the future. Pray for them and encourage them to lead boldly.
Finally, let me say that I could not be more excited about Pastor Rustin and his family coming to join with you for the next season of life and ministry at Saint Matthew. I will joyfully follow God’s work in this wonderful faith community in the years ahead.
Thank you for the sacred privilege of serving as your Interim Pastor.
May God bless and keep you always,
Tim Philips, Interim Pastor