Loving Our Neighbours
2018 Annual Giving Program

 

Our worship is filled with scripture, song, and story about God’s generosity and our response — loving our neighbours. In our worship we regularly say what we believe  in A New Creed. We believe that we are  called as individuals, families, congregations, and a denomination to follow in the way of Jesus to bring about a world of justice and peace.  
 
Over the coming weeks we will focus on how we love our neighbours by supporting God’s mission. We will share more stories about why we give; how our generosity makes a difference here at Islington United Church; how we have an impact on the community around us; and how, through the Mission & Service of the United Church, we respond to this call nationally and globally.
 
We will have worship and learning opportunities for all ages. Also, we will invite you to join us in giving an intentional and meaningful pledge of your gifts to this ministry. It is going to be an inspiring experience. Listen for your own call, and please respond with generosity!
 

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Why I Give - Carole Bennett

Why I Give
Carole Bennett

Islington United has been my church home for 67 years – part of all the truly important times of my life. The church – you – are my family.
 
While I wasn’t baptized here, I was confirmed in my faith here by Stewart East; I was married here by Bob Trimble; my son Marc was baptized by Bob and confirmed by Mark Aitchison.
 
As a child, you gave me a place to learn about God and Jesus and the Christian life in Sunday school. When I was a teenager you offered Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT) where my group leader, the late Marg Lindsay, taught and modelled how to serve and the joy of doing it!
 
You gave me a place to sing – in Junior Choir with Elsie Shaw and Vera Mottershead and the teenage girls’ Vesper Choir with Ken Harrison and Roger Black.
 
You walked with me through the death of a dear friend in my twenties and through my divorce in my thirties; you provided a place for me and other single mothers and our children to meet and support one another. We’ve now been together for almost 35 years.
 
You comforted my family and me when my dear dad passed away 23 years ago and through my mother’s decline and death last year.
 
You have provided countless opportunities for me to grow in my faith – inspiring worship with thoughtful reflections and thrilling music, my personal epiphany in the Week of Guided Prayer, challenging Lenten and Bible studies, introduction to Christian writers and modern Christian thought.
And, of course, just being part of this welcoming community as we journey together.
 
For all these reasons and many, many more I support this church financially. I give a percentage of my pension income to support all the ministries of this church – many that have touched my life; but others that have not.

I want Islington United to be here today and tomorrow: for you and for others, like it’s been here for me, and for the people here now and the people yet to come.


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David Allen with James & Josie

Everyone Welcomed

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Why I Give - Andrew Pollock

Everyone Welcomed

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Why I Give - Ryan Richardson

Why I Give
Ryan Richardson

As a third-generation member of Islington United Church, I feel very connected to this community of faith.  My grandparents first became members of Islington in 1958 which marked the start of a long and rich relationship between this church and my family.  I personally feel a great sense of comfort and peace at Islington. Even as my family moved west to Burlington, we continued to commute to Islington because of the sense of extended family that we had developed with our community of faith here.  
 
As a child, I remember being very proud to carry a quarter or two to Sunday school.  I would excitedly wait for Jack Schofield, the Sunday school superintendent, to come around and collect it to be added with the offering from all of the adults upstairs.  Even at a young age, I understood that my small contribution was adding to the greater good of the church – helping our congregation to carry out God’s work.  To quote Rev. Maya’s sermon from last week, “That was then, and this is now!” Although times have changed and it’s now my own money going in the plate, I still feel that same sense of pride knowing that Islington continues to be a pillar in our community, doing great work to enrich our lives and the lives of those around us.
 

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Why I Give - Debbie Jamison

Why I Give
Debbie Jamison

I give because I love God and I love this church.  Giving means that I share my abundance that comes  from God.

I came to Islington in the mid-late 70’s and this church  and the people that God has allowed me to meet here  has helped me grow and understand my faith more fully. I give because this is my community and my church family that God has provided to me and it is important to share in other ways as well.
 
I continue to give because IUC welcomes the outcast and the marginalized, the poor and the lonely and those trying to find a place to belong. But for the Grace of God and Him alone, I could be any one of them. I find it so interesting to hear someone else’s story and how their journey to this place began. - Debbie Jamison

 

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Why We Give - May and Ben Hutzel

Why We Give
May and Ben Hutzel


Why do we give?  We give generously to Islington United because our faith home is vitally important to us.  Initially, we were drawn to IUC because it was warm and inviting and we wanted to provide a Church home for our child to grow up in. Little did we know at that time, that Islington United would become a treasured home away from home for all three of us! As we learned more and more about God and His amazing grace and as we experienced God’s love through the people and ministries of IUC, we felt compelled to want to give back – both financially and through service.  In a world so often full of disturbing headlines and news casts, we had found a safe place that lifts our spirits, feeds our souls and gives us hope. Over the past 25 years, we have developed great confidence that our givings are used wisely and well to maintain our Church building and to sustain all of our various ministries. We are also happy that our pledge is used to help people in need in our community as well as those in need world-wide through the Mission & Services Fund. In the past couple of years, we have also been proud of the drive at IUC to become an Affirming Congregation with an even more specific Mission Statement of welcome and intention towards marginalized groups and individuals. We firmly believe that this is role-modelling Christ’s greatest command to ‘love one another’.  It really feels good to know that we are making a difference in this world through our contributions to IUC.  We also wholeheartedly agree with St. Francis - ‘for it is in giving that we receive’.  May & Ben Hutzel

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Why We Give

Everyone

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Called to Be the Church

Everyone

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Annual Giving Program

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Annual Giving Program
 
As a faith community the members of Islington United Church have responded to the call to be the church through a variety of ministries that are having a profound impact on those in need. Below is a breakdown of the resources required to deliver them:
 
Worship & Music: $333,300
Each week our lives are enriched through meaningful worship. Our ministers, music minister and choirs prepare and lead us in Sunday worship, as well as in special worship services throughout the year.
 
Faith Formation: $233,800
Children, youth and adults benefit from educational opportunities our church provides on what it means to be people of God in the world.
 
Pastoral Care: $210,600
Our ministers and many volunteers care for members of our congregation and community in times of sorrow and celebration. Hospitality is important too!
 
Social Justice & Outreach: $198,100
Our long tradition of supporting the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada allows us to participate in God’s work across Canada and around the world. In addition, we have our own local projects such as food programs, refugee sponsorship and more.
 
Details about the scope and impact of our ministries are included in the package mailed to you this past week.


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How Will You Respond?

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Prayerfully Consider How You Will Respond
 
God gives us the gift of the Spirit – a Spirit who travels  with us. When we begin to open ourselves  to more and more of God’s gifts, we see a way – a way to follow, a way  to live, a way to give. As the way becomes clearer, we are offered the gift of the Holy Spirit as our companion, guide and strength.

The children of Israel were guided through the wilderness even when they believed they were lost and forgotten by God. Most of us have never experienced a similar cloud or pillar of fire, nor have we discovered a specific road map for where God wants us to go, how God wants us to live, or how much God wants us to give. Many of us have known, however, those frequent, sometimes irritating, nudges that are God’s way of asking us to pay attention.

Stewardship is about paying attention to God, to ourselves, and in turn demonstrating our gratitude by helping and loving our neighbours. We know God gives us a life of abundance. As we seek ways to respond to God’s abundant gifts, we will discover a generosity that will surprise and delight us!


Prayerfully consider how you will respond to our current Loving Your Neighbours annual giving program. Please submit your written estimate of givings for 2019 by November 25, 2018. We extend our heartfelt thanks for your support.

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