To Fellow Members of Saint Stephen’s:
Everyone who attends Saint Stephen's recognizes the strength of the Spirit inside our parish. From this inner strength, the Spirit leads us outside, spreading our faith into nearby neighborhoods, the city, and even globally. Saint Stephen's is a welcoming, inclusive congregation, centered in liturgy and focused on formation and discipleship. We do this using our unique gifts, talents, and skills. For some, this is through active participation; for others it is through financial support. For most it is a combination of the two.
Our theme for this year is "Joy is in the Journey". From my own experience, just when I think I have completed one of life's journey, a speed bump or detour will always seem to upset my "well thought out plan". My prayers and underlying faith has always enabled me to prevail but I could not have done it alone. My trust in God and what I have discovered, and will continue to discover, as a member of Saint Stephen's will always be the cornerstone of my spiritual foundation. As such, as a member of this parish, I have learned to enjoy God's grace and not fear the unknown, disappointments, and suffering that we will all endure. To, in fact, take joy in the journey.
Autumn is upon us once again and we are asked to review our commitment to Saint Stephen's. To consider what we can do to support Christ's call to our Church. I hope that every member of the parish will pledge and become a faithful steward to support the mission of our Church.
On behalf of the Stewardship Committee of this Church, I ask that you prayerfully examine what you are giving to the Church. I encourage you to pledge an amount that reflects your own desire to serve and worship God. Above all else, I encourage everyone to turn in a pledge card. As Paul instructed the Corinthians, each one of us should give what we have decided in our hearts to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion.
As the vast majority of Saint Stephen's funding occurs through individual pledges, your pledge is both an act of generosity and an investment in the Church and its vision. Furthermore, your pledge will greatly help the Vestry in developing an accurate budget for the 2017 fiscal year.
Please take some time to ponder the evidence of the Spirit in your life, and in our communal life as a parish, as you consider what Saint Stephen's means to you. Please pray thoughtfully about your pledge to sustain our work together.
Stewardship Committee Chairman