2017 Stewardship Commission
Joanna Wragg, chair; Susan McClean, Jim & Barbara Howard, Lee & Ron Westrom, Dick Cregar, (Gail Goggin consulting)
As we approach the end of this year and look toward the next, I want to thank you for your generosity and leadership in support for the many ministries of St. Mary’s. This year’s successes would not have been possible without you, and we want to bring you up to date on the plans for Stewardship 2017.
As you know, “Stewardship” encompasses the giving of Time, Talent and Treasure for the growth of God’s Kingdom. For next year, one goal at St. Mary’s is to fully include all of our members—whether they are here year-round, half-year, or primarily during the winter months. For this reason, the annual Stewardship Program for 2017 will take place in February of 2017. That is why you have not received a Pledge Card yet, as you usually do in November.
Whatever your current giving habits, please continue or increase them without interruption! It is crucial to maintain the financial stability of the parish during our transition to a winter Pledge Drive. The traditional weekly giving envelopes will be available in December as usual for use beginning Jan 1.
The new Stewardship Schedule
Ministry Fair in the Parish Life Center, show-casing parish activities and providing the opportunity to ask questions and to join a ministry. The Ministry Fair celebrates the Stewardship of Time & Talent.
Stewardship Weekend with Guest Preacher Rev. Catie Greene, distribution of Pledge Cards and complimentary luncheon for everyone after the 10 a.m. service. The Pledge process celebrates the Stewardship of Treasure. We are asked to prayerfully consider where St. Mary’s is among our priorities and to indicate accordingly what our support is likely to be for 2017.
Return Pledge Cards to St. Mary’s. Cards will be blessed at the 10 a.m. service on Feb. 25.
It’s that simple; a different and more-inclusive schedule, but the same principle of committing our Time, Talent and Treasure to the church where our heart is.
Thank you for your attention. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Yours in Christ,
2017 Stewardship Chair