Reach out – make a commitment for 2016
Dear friends in Christ,
Fall is a welcome time of change in Texas. Slowly but surely we see the end of the hot weather and the return of cool nights, warm days and some welcome rain. Those changes are exciting all on their own, and there is added excitement at St. Martin-in-the-Fields as well. We continue to welcome new people and families each week. Our youth programs are full of children of all ages. We have an increasing number of programs for adults. And our school! Enrollment at St. Martin’s Episcopal School is three times what it was just a year ago! You can feel the excitement!
St. Martin’s mission statement reads, “Our mission is to be Christ’s heart, hands and feet to our neighbors no matter where they are on their journey of faith.” This clear call to outreach continues to be the central theme for St. Martin’s. We want to live our mission statement. We want to live the life together that Christ has called us to live. We want to reach out to our neighbors both near and far and show them the love of Christ through our actions. We want to be a part of something larger.
We know what we want to do, so the question is, “How do we do it?” What will it take to enhance the ministries and programs we have at St. Martin’s? You may ask yourself, “How can I help?” God has entrusted all of us with a combination of time, talent and treasure. It is our responsibility to be good stewards of these gifts. Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to our care. This season we ask you to prayerfully consider sharing some of your time, talent and treasure with St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Together we can reach out and represent Christ to our neighbors.
Over the next several weekends we will be talking about what a commitment from you will mean to St. Martin’s. We will talk about how we plan to use the gifts you offer. We will talk about how everyone can contribute and we will talk about what we, the people of St. Martin’s, want to achieve and how to fulfill those goals.
Finally, we will bring it all together on Commitment Sunday, November 1, to bless the commitments we will have made and talk about the future. These are exciting times. We can do so much more if we all come together and give what we can. Come and join us as we reach out and are part of something larger than ourselves.
God’s peace and blessings be with you,
Stewardship Chair, Vestry Member
The Rev. Scot McComas
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