Dear Members and Friends,
For many of us, 2021 can be thought of as the year that things almost, but not quite, got back to normal. Around us, we see our communities slowly, and unevenly, reopening. We are able to return to many of the aspects of our normal routine, yet things are different, and the world seems like a more fearful place than it used to be. Did I remember my mask? My child’s cough – what does it mean? Can I go into this neighborhood, or will I face abuse because of the color of my skin?
If nothing else, these times have forced us to look hard at what constitutes “normal,” and to distinguish between what’s essential to our lives, and what isn’t; what things to keep and what things to let go. Yet the one thing that we can hold on to with assurance is the fact that we are loved. God created each one of us in the knowledge that we would live through these days, and we can be still knowing that His hand is always on us, that He has not let go of us, and that He never will.
The Body of Christ is still there for you, and our church continues to minister. In-person worship has resumed and is livestreamed for those unable to attend. Our fellowship groups have restarted some in-person meetings, and some have found unexpected blessings during this time. Opportunities to serve and bless others are all around us, if perhaps not in the form that we have been accustomed to.
For 2021 we pray that you will see the presence of God in your life, and that you will be able to restore and deepen your ties to the ATLPC family. As Thanksgiving and Advent approach, please consider attending our in-person worship if you have not already begun doing so. And we pray that, as God has blessed you this year, you will continue to help support the church financially as you have done in the past.
On behalf of Session and the Stewardship Committee, we ask that you prayerfully consider how God is calling you to support both funds. You can place the card in the Joash Chest during our Thanksgiving worship on November 21, send it to ATLPC by mail, or drop it off in the church mail slot (on the Commonwealth entrance). Alternatively, you can pledge online by filling out our Google Form at www.atlpc.org/stewardship2021/.
As of September 30 of this year, by God’s grace and through your generosity, our general fund is very close to being deficit-free, giving us hope that we can end 2021 with a surplus. On the other hand, our Ten Bricks by 2030 fund, used to finance the acquisition of our church property from PCUSA, is running somewhat behind, having received $56,500 year-to-date. This leaves $43,500 to be made up by year’s end so we can lay our second “brick,” our $100,000 annual payment to PCUSA.
截至今年9月30日，靠上帝的恩典和你們的慷慨奉獻，我們的普通基金已經非常接近無赤字，我們有希望在2021年結束時能有盈餘。另一方面，我們的 “2030年的 “十塊磚 基金”，–用於支付從PCUSA購買我們的教會物業，有些落後，今年迄今為止已經收到56,500美元。 這使得我們需要在年底前補足43,500美元，以便我們能夠鋪設我們的第二塊 “磚”，即每年向PCUSA支付100,000美元。