This Week – Dec 1, 2013
By now, many if not most of you have received my letter about Commitment Sunday, December 8. On the commitment card are two blocks, one for a pledge to the ministries of this church for next year, and the other for a “Building Fund.” For the last few years many have generously given not just to the general budget of our church, but also to our Legal Fund. This year we decided that we really must begin saving for a new building-home-property, even though God hasn’t yet led us to it. We all know that when you buy a house most often you make a sizeable down payment, and then borrow to pay the rest. It would be wonderful to have enough in reserves to purchase the new property free and clear when God leads us to it and we are ready to buy. But at this point we think it’s simply prudent for all of us to begin contributing as we can to a fund that will accumulate, so that we are better equipped to proceed at least with a down payment when the time comes. When we buy property, please be assured that The Falls Church Anglican will own the property.
Now what about the Legal Fund? We are still completing payment for legal fees related to litigation in the Virginia court system, and so we are very grateful for those who are completing their current legal fund pledges and those who can continue to help us with this. It will not be long now until we know if the U.S. Supreme Court is going to review our case. If they do, we will then have to decide on a strategy for raising additional funds. That might include seeking support outside our church from those who support the cause of religious liberty. Please pray for the Court as it considers our petition over the next several weeks.
In the meantime, we have decided to focus on the building fund and to make that our priority. I ask that you consider both a generous gift at Christmas for that purpose and a pledge for 2014.
In the family,
The Rev. Dr. John W. Yates II
Rector, The Falls Church Anglican