PASTORAL HOUSING CAMPAIGN
Dear Members and Friends of Saratoga Federated Church:
Thank you for the many responses to our campaign. As of the December 2, deadline, we heard from 93 families and received pledges totaling $320,551. Since then this number has grown to 101 families and $342,474. While this amount did not meet our primary goal of $1,188,000 to enable SFC to purchase the Gilliam’s share of the co-owned home (including paying off the remainder of the mortgage), this $337,444 is a substantial increase to our overall pastoral housing fund. These funds will certainly help SFC provide housing support to our next Lead Pastor. We are still in need of more funds for pastoral housing and any donations will be gladly accepted.
Equally valuable was the feedback we received from many of you who did not pledge. For many it was a matter of your current financial situation, and for others it was concern about some aspect of our plan. We appreciate each and every comment we received, and the encouraging spirit in which they were presented.
Because SFC did not raise the full $1,188,000, SFC and the Gilliams will now sell the house. SFC will put our share of the proceeds into the pastoral housing fund.
Thank you for your support of this church in so many ways. As mentioned by the Search team in their update, your continued engagement and participation in the life of our church makes a critical contribution to our search process. Maintaining the health of our church is a key component in attracting top level talent. Please continue to pray for the Search Committee’s efforts, the pastoral staff and Elders as well as Sunday school teachers and other volunteers who pour their lives into helping others.
If you have any questions about this campaign, please contact one of the Elders or the Foundation. A link to their contact info is shown in the upper left of this page. If you wish to donate to our Pastoral Housing Fund that is still available and still appreciated.
The Elders: David Akers, Kelly Blough, Dan Byrne, Julie Cabrales, Barb Clark, Corky Davis, Nick Kepler, Joe Madden, Brian Penzel and Kathy Storton
The Foundation: Carl Agers, John Crawford, Terry Johnson, Ann Nash and Darlene Wood