Everything you do after you say, “I believe.”
Thank you for being a part of Trinity Cathedral. It is amazing to walk through the Cathedral, especially on a Sunday, and see the results of the generosity of our members come to life. Inspirational worship, uplifting preaching, richly talented musicians and thought provoking discussions provide a road for our faith journey. Even in times of trouble, the people of Trinity are busy praying for those in need, feeding the hungry and providing solutions leading to social justice, peace and the rebuilding of Greater Cleveland.
Everything you do enables all of us to live more fully into our mission:
To proclaim in word and action God’s justice, love and mercy for all creation.
A priority for Trinity Cathedral is to plan wisely for the future. Our Stewardship Campaign is a key part of that plan, and it depends on your financial support. This is the time to prayerfully consider all that you can do to help Trinity Cathedral fulfill its mission.
The most reliable and important funding comes from you our members. The budget to operate Trinity Cathedral’s current programming and facilities is over $2 million. While funding requests are made of the community, corporations and foundations, 25% comes from member pledges and contributions. The remainder of the budget is funded by a draw from Trinity’s endowment fund. With interest rates down, the available funds from the endowment are not at the level of past years and that fact challenges all of us to financially support Trinity.
Please consider making a generous pledge to help fund Trinity’s mission, ministry and witness. We are grateful for everything you do and invite you to make a financial commitment. Remember, no matter how often you attend, you are an important member and Trinity will be there for you. We hope you will be there for Trinity. As you pray about what your pledge will be, consider:
- Calculate your giving as a percentage of your annual income. Tithing is a practice many people find meaningful, an offering of 10% of your income.
- If tithing is not right for you at this time pray for what is right for you. The average for all pledges, children and adults in 2012 was $1,879.
- Be sure to ask your employer (or former employer if you are retired) if they have a matching gift program.
We hope you will make a promise to support the work of Trinity Cathedral and we believe that it will strengthen your relationship with God. As God has given us everything, sharing what we have with others is vital to our spiritual journey. And, as you walk through our sacred spaces of the Cathedral, you will know that your gift does make a difference and touches every single person who experiences the reach of Trinity Cathedral.
Please pray and pledge for God’s work within the Trinity faith community.
David R. Posteraro
How your 2013 Pledge builds a future for Trinity Cathedral’s mission:
- Trinity Cathedral – the Cathedral for the Diocese of Ohio, where more than 70 active ministries combine with inspirational preaching, teaching and radical hospitality to form a vibrant church community. At Trinity, all are welcome – no exceptions!
- Trinity Commons – an unmatched center in Cleveland where over 40,000 gather each year to discuss the needs of the day and plan for Cleveland’s future. Trinity Commons provides affordable space for meetings and conferences for more than 140 organizations.
- Music and Art – Music from Cleveland’s finest musicians, presenting 27 free Brownbag Concerts on Wednesdays at Noon, two evening concerts – one in November and one at Easter, The Medieval Feasts January 25-26 and special events like Mozart by Candlelight on November 16th.
- Neighborhood Programs – Blessings In A Backpack, A Place At The Table, The Urban Farm and Marion-Sterling School Partnership - the members and friends of Trinity Cathedral continue to meet unfilled needs by serving over 10,000 meals to hungry children and adults with nutritious lunches on Sunday afternoons in Cathedral Hall. Blessings In A Backpack provides students from Marion-Sterling the supplies to make over 16,000 meals on weekends when children are not at school and would not have enough food to eat. Much of the food provided comes from the Urban Farm at E35th and Cedar, run with the leadership of Trinity members and community volunteers.
- Episcopal Service Corps – talented and idealistic college grads from around the country engaging in life-changing work at Cleveland non-profit organizations. Launched in 2011, We are working to attract young talent to Cleveland.
- Greater Cleveland Congregations – a non-partisan coalition of faith communities and organizations in Cuyahoga County, working together to build power for social justice on the issues of Education, Jobs, Health Care, Criminal Justice and Food Accessibility. Trinity provides leadership through members and clergy to work at resolving these critical issues facing our region.