Dear Members of St. Matthew’s and St. Joseph’s Church,
During the next two months we will be engaged in one of the vital aspects of our life together as a parish family: prayer, reflection, and discussion related to Christian stewardship. All that we do will culminate on the second Sunday in Advent, December 6, which will also be our Consecration Sunday.
As we begin, the members of the Stewardship Committee would like to have you reflect on the way the Episcopal Church sees stewardship. Gratitude, Responsibility, and Giving are the attitudes and actions that the church encourages in us. Why? It is because we continually receive from God, and this is our way of saying thank you to him. It is also our way of supporting each other as brothers and sisters in the faith.
In addition to reflections on your 2016 stewardship goals, please continue to meet your 2015 commitment of time, prayer, Bible study and giving to our parish. We need your support in any way you are able to help us to meet ongoing needs.
The Stewardship Committee encourages you to take time over the coming weeks to explore the meaning of stewardship in the Episcopal Church. The church’s official stewardship webpage is very useful (http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/stewardship). You will also find Linda Ryan’s “Speaking to the Soul: A Good Steward” on the Episcopal Café website to be quite inspirational (http://www.episcopalcafe.com/speaking-to-the-soul-being-a-…/). Both will help us as we move towards Consecration Sunday—filled with gratitude to God, ready to take on new responsibilities in our parish life, and eager to give with thankful hearts.
May the Peace of Christ be with us all,
Claude F. Jacobs
Stewardship Committee Chairperson