I pledge my love.
I pledge allegiance.
I pledge an oath to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
But why? Why pledge?
A pledge is, of course, a commitment, a promise, a serious undertaking. Nobel prize-winning economist Thomas Schelling wrote that we pledge in order to make it more difficult for our future selves to give up on our goals. It’s a psychological strategy for sticking to it.
So, we are in the season of stewardship at Snowmass Chapel and our pledge campaign is underway. Stewardship is the congregation’s way of asking those who participate in the life of the Chapel – whether in small ways or large — to participate as they are able in its financial life as well. When we do, we make possible SO MUCH. Things like:
You can click on any of the items above to read about the impact being made. In addition, we have increased our attendance at the Chapel through online worship and have connected with people all over the globe who might otherwise not have a community. This gives us the unique opportunity to expand our reach in sharing the good news and God’s love. It has been an incredibly challenging time, but an incredibly rich and inspired one.
One thing is for sure: in the midst of the pandemic, the people of Snowmass Chapel have SHOWN UP. I could not be more proud of the way this community has just wrapped its arms around each other, and has reached out to embrace anyone in need.
So…why pledge? Pledge because you care enough to help the Chapel continue this work. You are committed already – it shows! By participating in the life of the Chapel you are part of God’s amazing work in the world, and your 2020-21 pledge ensures that work will continue in the year ahead. We won’t give up on our goals, and we hope you won’t either.
You are what makes Snowmass Chapel the loving, welcoming, high-impact church it is. With your stewardship, and God’s continued guidance and wisdom at the helm, we are making a real difference in the lives of the most vulnerable, and in bringing the good news to a hurting world.
Please consider making a pledge to make all we do possible – if you have never done so, we’d be happy to talk with you about it more; simply give our office a call. You can find more information here, and we are asking that all pledges please be mailed in or completed online by Sept. 30th so that we can plan for our 2021 budget.
And above all, we ask for your prayers for the continued work of Snowmass Chapel, and for your safety and well-being in this challenging time. We love you!
The variety of wildlife that shows up on our Chapel grounds is delightful, entertaining, and educating. Throughout the year, you are likely to encounter bears, deer, mice, dogs, cats, foxes, coyotes, an assortment of birds, and of course a plethora of squirrels. When we celebrate the blessing of the animals, other creatures like horses, snakes, crabs, snails, and hedgehogs also tend to show up.
The animals that inhabit this part of the Rocky Mountains and Snowmass Village are a welcome distraction that remind me there is always another world and varying perspectives of things happening at any given moment.
Over the last several weeks, I’ve been enthralled by a small squirrel. He or she is a typical looking squirrel. Grayish in color with a big bushy tail. What anyone coming to the Chapel grounds has noticed is that there is an increasingly large pile of pine cones near the Chapel entry doors. Day by day the number of pine cones grows by the dozens. If you sit or stand around long enough, you quickly will discover the identity of the culprit, a squirrel.
For a few moments, the squirrel scurries away. Several minutes later he or she returns, dropping a pine cone adding to the pile. This continues hours on end. The commitment to this task is impressive. I assume he or she is preparing for a long lasting food supply and the coming winter.
As we move into the fall season along with the daily and week to week uncertainty facing us all, the actions of our squirrel friend have prompted me to ponder and to ask some questions of myself.
Questions such as, “Where am I investing most of my energy? Am I collecting thoughts, feelings and ideas worth holding onto or letting go? Is the effort I am putting forth useful for something that truly matters or that will make a difference down the road?
We all make preparations for a variety of things. What am I preparing for? What groundwork am I laying out? When life is bumpy and challenging like a cold winter season, will I have the right foundations in place for resilience to occur? (similar to Jesus’ story of building a house on sand or rock, i.e., Matthew 7:24-27). Am I intentional and organized enough in my daily life? Am I aware of why I do what I do?”
As I think about our campus squirrel, I once again realize how much we can learn by simply stopping, listening, looking, and pondering nature, God’s creation, and all it has to teach us. God’s love, guidance, and wisdom often comes to us through God’s tangible created world, a world very much worth paying attention to.
I invite us all as we move into the month of September to spend time outside, in a spirit of quiet and prayer, and see what our ever present God might have to say to us at this time in our lives. The rhythms of God’s created order is incredibly instructive to each of us, especially when so much seems out of sorts. Visible expressions of Jesus’ words and God’s love and grace surround us. Look and see.
PS – I wonder if our Chapel squirrel is going nuts for Jesus? Sorry, I could not resist.