The Campaign for the Fourth Century has been designed by and for the people of Bruton Parish, that we may each give as we are able, and effectively support both the present and future church.
Announcement to the congregation
Sunday, October 16, 2016
October means it's fall and fall means it's time to pledge our financial support to Bruton Parish for the coming year. An envelope full of information has been mailed to everyone. The pledges we make for 2017 take on extra importance: they will help us reach our total goal for the Campaign for the Fourth Century. My main message today is this: I ask you in the coming days to spend time with the materials you've received -- to read and re-read, think and discuss, and when you are ready, pledge as generously as you are able. Thank you to all who have, and thank you to all who will. Watch for our mid-week progress reports. The countdown is on! I'm excited to reach the end and hope you are too. Thank you!
A Word From the Rector
In many ways, the 300th anniversary has been filled with a spirit of gratitude and hope. The Campaign for the Fourth Century is an outgrowth of these feelings. We are called to embrace a challenge; my prayer is that we are generous and responsive in our time, as others were before us.
This is a comprehensive campaign in progress until December 31, 2016. Its steering committee, vestry and clergy are working jointly to achieve our goal of $8,000,000. The Campaign encompasses two years of annual giving pledges (2016 and 2017) and promotes our planned giving program in support of the Bruton Parish Church Foundation, Inc. The capital project of the Campaign is raising needed funds for a new pipe organ and associated work on the interior of the church.
Objective 1 — increase the annual operating budget significantly, to levels that can support greater outreach to those in need and ongoing investment in the care and maintenance of the church and other buildings. This is a need identified eight or more years ago and now a priority of the Campaign.
Objective 2 — a new congregational organ. It is hard to imagine coming to church without service music and hymns accompanied by a pipe organ. Yet our current organ is failing. Fortunately a highly regarded American builder has designed a new organ for our space, to perpetuate and enhance spiritual life and music for parishioners and our community. On March 7, 2016, Bruton Parish and Dobson Pipe Organ Builders jointly announced the commissioning of a new pipe organ. The 96th commission for the firm, the organ will be built in the Dobson shop in Lake City, Iowa.
To read an article written by Rebecca Davy, Bruton's Music Director & Organist, which was published in the Summer 2016 issue of The Bruton Fount, click the link below:
To read the announcement of the organ commissioning, click the link below:
To read two Special Editions of the Chronicle about the Pipe Organ, click the links below:
Realizing the objectives above will strengthen Bruton Parish today and ensure it remains a flourishing place tomorrow. Thank you.
Objective 3 — grow the Bruton Parish Church Foundation. By means of the Campaign we wish to promote and enhance our planned giving program. As the assets of the Foundation grow, so too
can annual disbursements supporting Bruton’s mission and ministry. The 1715 Society is growing as it welcomes a new group of members: those who have provided for the Foundation in their estate plan and are participating in the Campaign in this fashion.
For more information and to read past issues of Campaign News (starting with the most recent) click the links below:
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The Campaign Committee
Marty Easton, Chair
Rev'd Chris Epperson, Rector