Every Member Canvass
As the Stewardship Council gathered earlier this past summer to prayerfully discuss the theme for this year’s Every Member Canvass (EMC), the council unanimously selected the passage from Isaiah. The conversation around the table was one of hope on the horizon, excitement for a closer return to pre-pandemic normal, and deep gratitude for the Cathedral community. “Here I am. Send me,” perfectly echoed the feelings of the council in five simple words.
The prophet Isaiah offers himself to God without hesitation on a new adventure in his ministry, and so too does Christ Church move into the next five years. The themes of the “Rooted in Christ; Built on Christ” vision action plan offer both a filter and a rudder with which to guide our mission and ministry as it enters the next phase of a journey as critical as any in its 182-year history.
Even through a challenging year, our community of faith has found innovative ways to carry on being a vibrant expression of God’s love for the world. Yet doing this good work requires an investment of both spiritual and financial gifts. Our calling and vision here at the corner of Texas and Fannin are worthy of extraordinary commitment. It is vitally important that each and every Cathedral parishioner support the ministry of Christ Church with a stewardship pledge.
The Every Member Canvass (EMC) allows us to pledge our support for the Cathedral's work each year. Pledging is easy and can be done online. There are multiple options for payment as well.
The vestry anticipates that we will need $3.46 million in parishioner pledges to fund the Cathedral budget fully and responsibly for 2022.
Transparently, several Cathedral revenue streams have been dramatically reduced by COVID-related circumstances beyond our control, including income from our parking garage, Treebeards restaurant, and our preschool; the impact on the annual Cathedral budget is substantial. This will require that an even greater percentage of our annual operating fund come from parishioner contributions just to maintain current budget levels.
November 14 is Loyalty Sunday, the day by which we hope to have all pledges returned. On that day, during each service we'll say a special blessing for the pledges we have received.