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St. Paul’s is a community like no other. The vibrancy and fellowship that exist here rely on each parishioner’s time, talents, and treasure. This Stewardship Season, we are inviting you to consider making a formal pledge as an outward and visible sign of your support and participation in the life and ministry of St. Paul’s.

Pledging, regardless of the amount, strengthens the ability of St. Paul’s to plan and fund the variety of ministries we offer and make thoughtful decisions regarding its many priorities.  The act of pledging also binds us together as members of our shared faith community.

This year as we head into the 2014 pledge campaign we will take our theme directly from the Gospels.  Matthew 6:21 states “For where your treasureis, there your heart willbe also.”  At St. Paul’s, we know this to be true.  Each time we risk offering just a bit more of ourselves – our time, our talent, our treasure – we find our relationship with God deepened, our faith renewed, and our community strengthened.

As a member of the St. Paul’s community, you have already taken this risk, and we hope you have seen your commitment to St. Paul’s and our shared ministry bear much fruit in the past year. 

Our Sunday School is bursting at the seams, with classes now meeting in the chapel and Lichtenberger Room, as we have run out of space in our classrooms downstairs. 

Our outreach ministries continue to reach more people, including children in the B-SAFE summer camp program, Ecclesia Ministries outreach to the un-housed, the Walk for Hunger, the Food Pantry, our monthly Mission Sundays, and the dozens of organizations we support through Ministry Outside the Parish (10% of our annual budget is given to small nonprofits around the globe through this ministry).

Our Adult Formation and worship continue to nourish us spiritually with forums, a Lenten House Church Series, Scripture Group, and even a recent field trip to see the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Together, with God’s help, we achieved a great deal.  Your participation in the life of the parish and your generosity of time and talent and treasure made all this possible. 

We continue to have big dreams at St. Paul’s.  We know there is more work to be done, and with the shared resources of our community, we can continue to grow, not just in numbers but also in our ability to respond to the work God calls us to do.

In considering Stewardship we often understand treasure to be monetary.  However, if we accept and believe that everything we have is a direct gift from God, our treasure is not just money, it is also the talents and the time we have been given.  

This year your monetary treasure is needed just as much as it has been in the past.  But we are also asking you to consider giving more of the other treasures you have; your time and your talent.  Is there a ministry you’d like to try, or an offering in which you’d like to participate?  We want to encourage you to give it a try. The Ministry Fair on November 3rd is a great chance to know more and dive deeper.

Can you imagine what we could accomplish together if this year we all gave 10% more -- not just of our monetary treasure but also of our other God-given treasures?  Imagine what a new and greater role we as a community could take in being the body of Christ in the world. 

We’d like you to think about10% more, not just to provide more resources for the ministries of St. Paul’s, but also so that each of us is drawn ever deeper into this beloved community.

Maybe 10% is too much.  Life is busy, resources can be scarce.  Maybe 10% isn’t enough.  But whatever you decide, know of our gratitude for your continued commitment to build up the Body of Christ through St. Paul’s.

And whatever you are able to pledge of your time, your talent, and your treasure, please keep St. Paul’s in your prayers, that we might grow deeper into the very heart of God.

Thank you for your prayerful attention.  Where will your heart lead your God-given gifts in 2014? 

 

Abundant Blessings,

Stephen Morrissey, Chair                                 The Rev. Jeffrey W. Mello, Rector

Stewardship Committee

 

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