I am truly grateful to all of you who generously share your time, talents, and treasure for the betterment of our parish community! Members help the church to fulfill its mission by giving generous support – time, money, prayers, and personal service according to their circumstances.
There are many materials distributed on the subject of stewardship, but the message is simple. What has God entrusted to each of us, and how are we stewarding what has been placed in our care?
During the fall worship services, members of our parish community have shared with you their personal journey as stewards of God’s gifts. We are all aware of the very limited resources which are available to us as individuals. Sometimes we have to struggle to make ends meet. The same is true for our parish. Yet to accomplish the mission of the church, to continue the work of Jesus, is a vocation each of us accepted in Baptism, and to which we recommit ourselves each time we come forward to receive Holy Communion. Through stewardship we are asked to reexamine our priorities and determine if they are reflective of our commitment.
On November 6, 2016, we had our Stewardship Commitment Sunday, an opportunity for us to prayerfully reflect on God’s generosity and to recommit to nurturing and sharing the gifts we have received. If our parish is to be effective both in the near and distant future, we need a grateful and generous sharing of time, talent, and material resources from all our parishioners.
I pray that God will inspire each of us to open our minds and hearts to the call of stewardship so we can continue to build the Body of Christ and bring God’s love and compassion to all. Please either mail your pledge card to the church office, or place it in the offertory plate on any fall Sunday. If you are in need of a pledge card they are available on the stained-glass window sills in Church or contact Maureen. Thank you for prayerfully considering how you will support the mission of St. John’s in 2017.
Yours in Christ,