A Stewardship Update from the Rector

“Faith-Filled Generosity” is our theme for this year’s stewardship campaign. I need not remind you of the disruptions, losses, and anxieties that this year has brought to our communities, for we are all still living with the impacts. I can say, however, that although the coronavirus pandemic has tested our resolve, it has not tested our faith. We are stronger, more resilient, and more connected than we have ever been as a Church and as a community of neighbors. Thank you for doing your part in your homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, families, and here in our church.

Our stewardship and our mission this year have been focused on service. Together we have learned new skills (like online services) and new ways to worship (like our weeknight compline services).  Everyone has discovered, developed and used their gifts to serve God and one another.

Thanks to everyone for continuing your pledge.   The ways you have supported the church and each other are inspiring and hopeful. Our generosity is energized by our faith and how we are led into relationship with each other as we share our gifts,  This is what we mean by “Faith-Filled Generosity.”

How will you discover and use the gifts you have been given to help our church this year? How will you hear the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people, and respond with generosity? As I look at each family, each individual in our community, I realize that we are the stewards of God’s manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have received.

 

I appreciate the words of Paul which we read on September 27th from Philippians 2:1-3.                            “If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. “

 

This year, we will be sending you a packet with your pledge card and an appeal. I invite you to receive this with grace and prayer as you consider how you will share with God and God’s Church from what you have received.

 

In the spirit of generosity and love,

 

 

Fr. Bob Saik

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