Pledge to Reflect the Love of God!
2013 Annual Appeal
As faithful followers of Christ and active citizens of
in which we live, we are called to share
our financial blessings for the greater good.
Our generosity is not simply giving, but giving back.
“Let us live lives of gratitude, fulfilling our call to love and serve—
to reflect the love of the God who is our sure foundation,
in ages past and years to come.”
in a September 16 letter to the congregation
Join Us for Commitment Sunday! October 28, 2012
. . . and in Reflecting on How We Reflect the Love of God
“We want to see people engaged . . .”
Calum MacLeod in “Hazardous Healing”
“Restrain that Giver!" by K.C. Ptomey Jr.
“Join me in counting our blessings . . .”
A September 16 letter from Calum MacLeod
“. . . committing to the ongoing mission and ministry in this place”
A September 19 letter from Calum MacLeod
“Count your blessings. That simple exercise will provoke generosity. Step outside into this beautiful fall morning. Take a deep breath, feel the cool breeze and the warm sunshine on your face. That’ll do it. Look into the faces of your children and grandchildren. Take the hand of your spouse or partner and savor the joy of shared life and love. That’ll do it.
Walk through this building. Bask in the beauty of this sanctuary. That’ll do it. Think of the babies you have baptized here, the weddings you’ve celebrated,
the services of Witness to the Resurrection in which you have given thanks that God in Christ has conquered death. That’ll do it. Think of the ways in which you have been challenged and inspired, comforted and uplifted, by the sermons that you have heard from this pulpit. That’ll do it. Remember all the times you’ve gathered here at the Lord’s Table and found yourself nourished with the Bread of Life. That’ll do it.
Stand in the middle of your wonderful new Gratz Center and envision the fellowship this space will engender. Think of the ministries this building will house, think of the lives you will touch and transform, particularly the children who fill your halls every weekday. That’ll do it. Rejoice in your many ministries to this city and the privilege that is yours to be part of a congregation that is truly a light in the city. That’ll do it!
Ponder the deep satisfaction that comes from being part of a congregation in which people care for one another and for God’s children of all ages to whom you reach out
beyond these four walls with ministries too many to number. That’ll do it!
Consider how generous God has been to you and to this congregation
and your generosity will overflow in a reflection of God’s love.”
—K.C. Ptomey Jr. in “Restrain That Giver!”
“We want to see people engaged in giving as a real part of their commitment to Christian discipleship and to being a part of this community and supporting all the many missions and ministries that we undertake here.”
—Calum MacLeod in “Hazardous Healing”
2013 Annual Appeal for
Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights
For more information about the Annual Appeal, contact Andrea Miller,
Associate Director of Development (312.640.2576).