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Stewardship Letter 2019 - 2020

Stewardship Letter 2019-2020

Greetings! Grace and Peace to you in the name of Christ our Lord.

As we enter the beautiful autumn season, we also enter the season in which we conduct our annual pledge campaign.

A parishioner once complained that Christianity is one continual request to give, give, give. His pastor replied: “Thank you sir, for the finest definition of Christianity I have ever heard. That’s the way it all began. God gave. In fact, God gave God’s only Son. In addition, God’s Son gave. Jesus gave His life on the cross that we may have life. His disciples gave. They left their homes and businesses to devote themselves full-time to Christ as proclaimers of the Good News. All but one of the twelve disciples literally gave his life for Christ.

I guess that the parishioner was right. Christianity is about giving. It’s about giving with purpose, and stewardship is the purposeful use and conservation of all of God’s gifts. Stewardship is not just a material practice, it is a spiritual practice.

Unfortunately, to some, stewardship boils down to nothing more than filling out a pledge card once a year. Many of us have moved away from the spiritual aspect of giving.

Christian giving is based in the belief that each person lives in Christ, and is nurtured by the church. The church teaches that “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Caring for the poor and the distressed, visiting the sick and the helpless, being a light to those who live in darkness; these are the guiding principles of church stewardship.

We at St. Andrews UMC are faithfully following God’s call toward life-changing mission and ministry. We continue to enhance our existing programs at the church, so that they connect with the emerging needs of our community. We have done much to share the bright light of Christ in Lacey. There is no other way to say it, YOUR GIFTS make all of our ministries possible! Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.

God continues to open new doors for us as we continue to boldly proclaim new life in Christ through vibrant worship, authentic hospitality, and beloved community. With your prayers and continued involvement, we will walk in faith through the new days to come. We celebrate our strengths only because of your generosity.

October 6th marks the beginning of our church pledge campaign, and we will dedicate our pledges on October 27th when we will come together in one worship service at 10:00 am. If you haven’t already, you will receive a letter asking that you once again, prayerfully consider making a generous and meaningful commitment to the work of our church.

We offer thanks for our congregation and the mission and ministries of this church, as we serve the Risen Christ. May we continue to move forward in faith, reaching out as the heart, hands and feet of Jesus.

In Mission and Ministry with you,

Pastor Denise

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