Fall 2011 — Gracious Giving
Mark your calendars for our annual Harvest Luncheon on Sunday, October 9th after the 10:15 a.m. service. The vestry will provide ham from Eggers’ Meats for the main dish. For the potluck, the congregation is asked to please bring the following: those with last names starting with A-G bring hot dishes, H-M bring desserts, and N-Z bring salads. Everyone is invited to attend.
Watch for more about this in the next few months. We want to talk more about why and how we give rather than what we do with it (as in Steward-ship). We will give examples of the various ways we give and the gifts we receive back from our grateful giving. God’s peace and love from the “Grateful Giving” (2-G) team. Tom Pitzer, Finance Chair
Stewardship describes how we manage and use the bounteous gifts that God has given us in service of the Gospel and for the sake of the world. St. Stephen’s, in its individual members and as a community, has been richly blessed with many gifts. Read what one of our individual members said on October 31, 2010. Stewardship by John Lloyd.
In order to aid in our planning, each member of St. Stephen’s is invited to make a pledge of a regular contribution to the church for the year. For many people, making a pledge is an opportunity to reflect on our stewardship, of the good and proper use of our financial gifts, and to offer thanks for the abundant blessings God has given us.
It is therefore expected that every Christian will wish to give a significant portion of his or her time, talent, and funds to God’s work through God’s Church. Such giving is a sacramental act, a real self-offering to the Body of Christ, and a significant element in our corporate eucharistic worship each Sunday.
Participation in the Life of the Church
We also expect that all members will participate actively in the life of the parish, by giving their time and their talents to support the ministries of the church. Each person possess unique gifts, and as we share our gifts with each other in ministry, we build up the church and affirm the importance of our life together in God. Our offerings of time and talent are, therefore, an essential part of the Christian life and of our place as members of Christ’s Body, as well as a natural outgrowth of our love for God and for one another.
Our time can be dedicated to committee and guild work, music ministry, Christian education, parish calling, or serving in a variety of ways. Our special talents are needed to support our programs and events, maintain the beauty of our church building and grounds, provide pastoral help and support, and support the general operations of the church. When invested, our talents reap returns manyfold.
Our Stewardship Program
The Stewardship team educates parish members about the task of being Christian stewards, including their uses of time, talent and treasure. The team coordinates the annual pledge campaign beginning in September of each year and running through November, to educate and invite people to support the ministry of St. Stephen’s financially.
On a regular basis, we also work to identify parish members’ talents and interests for various ministries, programs, and activities in the church. We then use this information to provide opportunities for service in the Church and the world.
For more information on our stewardship program, please contact the church office at (509) 448-2255, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. They will help you to get in touch with the Stewardship chair, Rodger Lake, 624-2210 or by email Rodger Lake (email@example.com)