Friday, October 27, 2017

Dear Friends,
This year our Stewardship Committee has decided to follow the Consecration Sunday stewardship program once again. We have listened to your comments following last year’s effort and have adjusted as necessary for this coming year.  I thank our committee, and new chairperson, Tena Achen, for their work on this important aspect of our life  together as a parish.  We are happy to announce that The Rev. David Snyder, rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Holly, will be our guest leader this year.

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills.  Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

Our congregation’s stewardship committee and vestry has, once again, selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education this year.

This program is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of  discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

During our 8 & 10 am  Eucharists on Consecration Sunday, November 19, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world.

Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card will do so                voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday, November 19. We especially urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The  procedure will be done in such a way that no one will feel personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out an Estimate of Giving card. During both the 8 & 10 am services, our guest leader will offer a brief period of instruction and inspirational homily, after which our members may make their commitments as a confidential act of worship.  Online pledging will still be available for those who prefer to make their pledge in this way or cannot attend that Sunday.

Over the next few weeks we will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through our Consecration Sunday team and vestry members.  Our team will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit each of us to attend our Consecration Sunday Eucharist on November 19, which will be followed up with a Celebration Luncheon after the 10 am service.  Please look for your invitation and RSVP card in the mail soon.

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in this year’s Consecration Sunday events.  Your commitment to St. David’s and always generous response to our yearly stewardship program is greatly appreciated. 

God’s blessings, Karin+