2022 Stewardship Campaign
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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ
St James, our patron writes in his epistle that “Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above…”. It is that time of year when we must consider our gifts to the parish.
Every pledge campaign begins with Gratitude, and that is how I want to begin my message to you this year. I am inspired by your generosity – by the grand acts that you have accomplished this year, by the single acts of love and kindness, and by the unseen work done in the service of God and our church community. Thank you, I cannot say it enough.
Our pledge campaign this year focuses on our gifts; not just on the things we wrap with paper and bows, and not the things we put in envelopes or give from our bank accounts, but all of the gifts that we give throughout the year. We often talk about the three-legged stool of Time, Talent, and Treasure when we discuss our gifts, without really focusing on the power of each of those elements. I am grateful and aware of the ways in which you have given all three.
Time, they say, is the greatest gift because it is a gift that we can’t replace. When we give of our treasure or our talent, they come from renewable streams, to some extent. But time, once given, can’t be taken back, reclaimed. This is why I am inspired by the ways that so many of you give of your time to our parish community. Whether these gifts of time are measured in hours spent participating in a ministry, participating in our services, or volunteering in the community, or in minutes spent on the phone or in person reaching out to each other, taking care of each other, our parish community is generous with its time!
Our talents, the blessings with which we are endowed by our Creator, are even more beautiful when they are freely given, as I have seen you do so often in our life together. Talents are a double gift – by Grace you have received them, by Grace and you generously share them.
Our treasure too is so apparent. Every dollar that we raise has a face behind it, a story, a purpose, a mission! We use our financial gifts to serve God, to care for each other, and to show our love for our neighbors. What greater gift can there be? I am grateful for how each of you supports our ministry in our community.
If you are ever in doubt about the impact of your giving, look about you. Whether you have seen your church family through a screen this year or in pews as we have been allowed, every person you see is part of the story of your giving. As you consider making your gift or your intention to give this year, I ask that you also consider how you have been impacted, and how you will impact this church and our neighbors. What is the story of your gift, how will it unfold? How will your blessing be a blessing to others? This is the spirit behind our theme of Every Perfect Gift.
With gratitude for all the gifts you are, I come before you to ask for your gifts—gifts that will help us continue our mission of witnessing to Jesus and to his gospel in our community.
The button below this video will take you to the online pledge form. It is very similar to last year.
We have recently activated a way for you to make your contributions automatically through our envelope program. If you are interested in having your pledge deducted directly from your checking or savings account, please check the box on the pledge form and we will call you to guide you setting it up.
Thank you so much for your time, your talent, your treasure, and your kind attention.
Peace to you and blessings.
A New Pledge Payment Option for 2022
If you pay some or all of your bills online, you may be interested in making your pledge payments the same way. We have arranged with myEoffering to do just that.
How It Works
In the little tutorial below, I'll show you how easy it is to schedule your pledge or other payments.
It's FAST, EASY and SECURE
If you decide to use myEoffering, make your pledge first.