Stewardship Appeal 2012
Growing in joy, responding in gratitude
Each year at this time we pause to reflect on our life at St. Paul’s and consider how we might participate, with our time, talent and treasure, in the continuing work to which God calls us.
We have much to be joyful about. While many houses of worship are shrinking, we continue to grow in the number of people gathered on Sunday morning, in our many programs and in our lives of faith. Long-term parishioners are trying on new ministries, and newcomers are drawn deeper into the life of our community. Joy and growth bubble up all around us.
While many things at St. Paul’s are changing, one thing remains the same: food! As we grow, so too does coffee hour, and attendance at our annual auction, Lenten suppers and pot luck dinners. Sunday school is growing by leaps and bounds, and young people are engaged in the worship as acolytes, lectors, musicians, and on altar guild. Adult education brings together diverse parishioners to deepen our knowledge of scripture, and the way we can bring the lessons of Jesus into our lives today. And, as we always have, we continue to reach outside, with our commitment to the food pantry, our new mission in Honduras, our Be an Angel Christmas shopping project, and our ongoing participation in the Walk for Hunger.
For the past few years, the success of our Stewardship Appeals has allowed us to live into a healthier budget and rely less on the endowment. Now it is time to take the next step. We must respond to our growth by providing the infrastructure and financial support to make sure that these programs continue to grow and thrive. To make that happen, we are asking you to make an offering of your time, your talent and your treasure.
In a couple of weeks, you will receive a pledge card and a list of angel opportunities identified by those who oversee the ministries at St. Paul’s. We hope you’ll find something new that you will try as an offering. Pledging time, talent and treasure to our community of faith is about more than keeping the church open. It’s about continuing our work and moving us one step closer to bringing about the Kingdom of God in the here and now. We are blessed to have the community of St. Paul’s in which to grow deeper in joy. We look forward to discovering what is possible when we respond in gratitude.
Steve Morrissey Darragh Griffin Madeleine Taylor
Edward Jacobson Jean Moses Laura Rutherford