Stewardship – boundless giving
Stewardship is defined as “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” In Psalm 24:1 we are told, “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.” We Christians are stewards of all of God’s creation; its places, its people, its things – all of it.
In this enlivening community that we call Church, we have an opportunity to receive God’s love, generosity and abundance and offer up our own generosity to serve God and the community. Our giving throughout the year serves as the underpinning of our faith and supports our vision of serving the people within our church and the community around us. Giving is a tangible expression of our thanks for receiving God’s bounty, and affirms our role as stewards who give our time and our resources to faithfully manage all that is in our care.
Our pledge campaign provides us with an opportunity to commit a portion of our earnings to God and to St. Martin-in-the-Fields for 2019. This year’s theme, “Boundless Giving,” is meant to challenge our normal consideration of generosity, and asks you to think beyond what your typical limits are. We ask you to reflect on God’s generous gifts and on the meaning that membership in our church brings to your lives and to our community. Imagine if we didn’t limit ourselves to normal, regular-old generosity! What if it was boundless? How much more impact could we have together in this community?
With this in mind, we are specifically asking everyone to raise their pledge by 10% for the upcoming year. There are several reasons for this:
- Our diocesan assessment (dues to the diocese) went up to $80,000 annually.
- We would like to expand the choir program and hire a choir director and organist in order to enhance our worship program.
- Our insurance premiums for property and medical insurance for employees went up.
- We are exploring ways to expand our outreach to those in need.
- At this time, the vestry has not decided on staff raises for 2019; that decision will be made in late December.
Our campaign goal for the year is to reach 140 pledge units. Our total pledge goal is $450,000.
Together, we are the Church, and together, we do the work that God has given us to do. Think of giving with no limits, no boundaries, no fears or concerns – that’s boundless giving. Christ calls us to be his people in the world in this place. He calls us to give with our hands and hearts wide open. Will you prayerfully consider boundless giving as you make a financial pledge for 2019?
May God’s peace & blessings be with you always,
Keen Haynes, Stewardship Chair
Linda Snow Senior Warden
The Rev. Scot McComas, Rector
Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor.
Make a pledge
Please prayerfully consider the kind of pledge you can make to St. Martin’s. You can download a pledge card or pledge online here.
Please pick up your pledge packet at church; we will mail remaining packets on October 22.
Stewardship ingathering and potluck luncheon on November 4
We will celebrate our pledge ingathering on that November first Sunday with a potluck meal after the 10:30 service. Click below to get the details of what to bring; please come and share fellowship, food, and the bounty of our lives.