Stewardship Message Week One
As we approach the Advent Season, let us come together and be grateful for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon Saint Andrew’s Church throughout the past year. Our Parish has continued to grow and prosper, both spiritually and physically, as a result of an engaged and committed community that has come together to proclaim the Good News of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
As Wardens, we are thankful for the dedicated staff of Saint Andrew’s Church, without which, this church family could not move forward effectively. We are also indebted to the devoted volunteer members of our many ministries, people who have come together to give countless hours of service to carry forward the plans and programs of Saint Andrew’s Church.
If we pause for a moment and reflect on these collective blessings, one is reminded of the necessity of continued stewardship support for Saint Andrew’s Church. The gifts of time, talent, and treasure enable us to serve not only the needs of our congregation, but the community at large as well. At this time of year, we must come together to plan, develop, administer, and deliver a budget to continue our mission and to operate the Church successfully and prudently for the next year. Dedicated participation from our members is the key to the fulfillment of our ministries.
This year, the Stewardship Committee has made some changes in the campaign. Beginning Sunday, October 5th, and continuing until Sunday, November 9th, you will hear inspirational stories of personal witness from parishioners, all of whom have been touched by the ministries of Saint Andrew’s Church. In addition to the stories of witness and this letter, you will receive a letter and e-mail from our Vestry. And finally, you will receive a letter from our Stewardship Chair, Mark Miller at the end of the campaign.
If you are not active in parish life, we ask that you please consider joining a parish organization or volunteering your time or talents at our next parish event. If you currently do not pledge, we ask that you prayerfully consider doing so. If you already pledge, please carefully and prayerfully consider if you can afford more. Every pledge is gratefully received and every dollar is carefully spent. Our church has ministered faithfully to the Mount Holly area for more than 270 years, not because members have given out of a sense duty, obligation or guilt. Today, we remain strong and vibrant because generations of members have come together to generously support the mission and vision of Saint Andrew’s Church.
We ask that you please review and complete the enclosed pledge card and either deposit it in the offering plate or return it to the Parish Office as soon as possible. Early receipt of pledge cards allows us to plan more effectively for next year. Again, thank you for your past support of time, talent, and treasure and we hope you give prayerful consideration to your 2015 pledge.
With grateful hearts, your Wardens,
Pat Jackson Chris Miller
Pledge Card – 2015 My Financial Commitment to God