Ingathering of 2016 Pledges was Sunday, October 25, 2015. We reached about one-fourth of our objective.
Thoughts from the Stewardship Commission – October 18, 2015
Hopefully, every family has received and has enjoyed the loaf of bread that was delivered in the last two weeks to every family in the parish. During August, our sermons revolved around the importance of bread in scripture and symbolically, in our lives. Bread is an integral part of the Sacraments, which are an outward and visible gift of an inward and spiritual grace. Two Sundays ago, we also had an Outreach Fair and recorded what “We are grateful for . . .” How has God’s grace touched each of us?
With these thoughts in mind, the Stewardship Commission asks for you to prayerfully consider your pledge for 2016, record it on your pledge card and return it at Ingathering Sunday on October 25th. As evidence of our financial commitment to St. Michaels, The Church’s leadership wanted to share our 2016 Stewardship Statement below.
2016 Stewardship Statement
The Vestry, Clergy, Stewardship, and Finance Commissions of St. Michael’s have approved this statement.
WE BELIEVE we are created in the image of a generous, loving and self-giving God.
All that we are, all that we have and all that we need comes from God.
God calls us to be generous and loving.
We are called to celebrate God’s blessings by giving joyfully.
WE COMMIT TO:
Giving to God the first portion of our time, talent, money and all our resources—not merely the leftovers.
Nurturing an ever-deepening spiritual relationship with God.
We will share our resources by:
Giving 10% (Tithing), or
Working intentionally toward a full Tithe, or
Giving in a sacrificial way.
WE INVITE YOU TO:
Open your heart to experience the joy of giving.
Dare to imagine a stronger connection with God that manifests itself in a growing ministry to and for one another and the world.
Join the Vestry, Clergy, Stewardship and Finance Commissions of St. Michael’s by supporting this statement.
Stewardship, Sunday September 27, 2015: I’m grateful for …
Each of us finds the special things that draw us into communion with our fellow parishioners. What is it you are grateful for at St. Michael’s? Your Sisters group, your Sunday school class, the music, Stephen Ministers or one of the many other things that makes St. Michael’s a special place to worship.
This Sunday, September 27 you will be able to note the reason or reasons you are grateful for the ministries of St. Michael’s. You will find the cards inserted in the Sunday Trumpet. Fill your card out and place it in the offering plate or leave it on the table in the entryway. We will post all of your thoughts in the entryway where you will be able to see all of the ministries that make a difference in the lives of our members.
Many of our recent Gospel readings have been about Jesus giving us bread as a sign of our abundant life in him. A boy sacrificially offered Jesus’ disciple Andrew five loaves and two fish. Jesus made it enough to feed 5,000 with leftovers.
Starting this Sunday St. Michael’s volunteers will be delivering a loaf of bread along with a cover letter and pledge card to every household in the church family. If you were not home for the delivery, check your front door. With about 250 households this is no small undertaking over the next two weeks! Talk with God about how God is calling you to sacrificially support the mission of St. Michael’s, fill out your pledge card accordingly and return it to St. Michael’s. When we give our time, talent, and treasure to God sacrificially, God can do great things. –Ki Allen and Becky Brindley