2017 Annual Appeal
Our baptism calls us to embody Christ’s love in everything we do—including in and through our giving. This month I invite you to reflect on how you embody that love, how you let your light shine—and how your giving supports this light in the city.
The legacy left—in the form of invested funds—by those who have come before us sustains the building and operations of Fourth Church.
But it is our giving that funds the actual ongoing mission and ministry. It is our giving that enables us to continue living out the call to let our light shine in the city.
October 2016 letter to the congregation
Why is it important to make a pledge commitment for 2017?
Pledging makes it possible for Fourth Church to discern what commitments to make for the year ahead; it provides church leadership with an understanding of the resources that can be available for those commitments.
Fourth Church asks all new and ongoing members for pledges of time, talent, and treasure. There is an expectation that all members will participate with a pledge that is meaningful and manageable in their current financial situation.
Why does my gift matter?
Pledged commitments directly determine what it is possible for us to do through mission and service, education and discipleship, and worship and music: more than 40 percent of Fourth Church’s annual revenue and nearly 20 percent of Chicago Lights’ annual revenue come from pledged commitments.
At the same time, pledging is about more than what we can do. It is also about who we are: making a commitment and giving annually to the church is one of the ways we express what it means to be disciples and a part of this faith community. By being generous in our financial giving, we express our gratitude for what God is doing in our own lives and in the world.
For more information about the Annual Appeal, contact Andrea Miller,
Associate Director of Development (312.640.2576).
It is not too late to make a pledge for 2016!
To download a 2016 pledge form, click here.