This coming Sunday marks All Saints Church’s 6th Anniversary. It is also All Saints Sunday as well as Pledge Sunday.
Please do not forget to bring back you completed your pledge cards that you were sent in the mail. Prayerfully consider how the Spirit is calling you and your household to give of your time. talents, and treasure in 2012. These pledges determine our financial budget for the coming year as well as give direction to our ministries as a church. If you are new or did not receive one we will have extras available at church on Sunday. We will be bringing them forward as an act of worship as we approach the chancel for communion.
Walker gave a stewardship testimony this past Sunday. I wrestled his notes from him so I could share it with you if you missed it:
“Stewardship is a hard topic, and there are many jokes dedicated to the topic. When I was growing up, one from our church went like this…
What do you do when it is NPR Fall Giving time? Hide in the closet
What do you do when the parish stewardship campaign starts? Lock the closet door
Seriously though, Stewardship is important. Yes, it is partially about finances, but much more importantly Stewardship is about enabling our common mission. Stewardship is answering the question… What can I do to help the church achieve its mission?
As Anglicans, there is the 3-legged stool of scripture, reason, and tradition. Similarly there is the 3-legged stool of stewardship our time, our talent and our treasure. All three are important to the church. One leg, without the others make for a wobbly mess.
Time. When I was a first out of college, I had no money. What money I had went to Sarah. I did not have time either, but we found ways to squeeze out time and gave our excess to our parish by volunteering. We helped lead an alpha course, we helped with some community projects our parrish was working on in charlotte.. We gave what God made available to us and helped the church meet a part of its mission. More importantly, even as the church was blessed, the experience tangibly blessed Sarah and me as well.
Talent. My mom is a great cook. I stand here today as evidence of that fact. Cooking for the church is a great joy for her. She orchestrates parish dinners, she makes special meals to be auctioned at fundraisers, she procures donations of specialty food from various sources, and she bakes homemade bread to be used at communion. The Lord has blessed her with a great skill. She takes what God has made available to her and used it to help the church meet a part of its mission. And as the church was blessed, my mom is tangibly blessed as well.
Treasure. I’ve been out of school for awhile now, and don’t live on top raamen anymore. I’ve been able to build a career. Hard work has helped, but it is the Lord who has blessed me with skills and opportunities to succeed. The result of that success, my treasure, really isn’t mine to own. It isn’t easy to share, and at times it is hard on cash flow. But at the end of the day, that Lord has helped enable my success, and put me in a position to help the church meet its mission.
Takeaway. Just as there are many saints, there are many seasons of life, and there are many ways to give. As individuals, sometimes we can give time, sometimes we give talent, sometimes we give treasure, and sometimes we give all three. As a church, we collectively balance each other out and give the 3-legged stool a strong foundation. I hope you’ll give thought and prayer to how you can give your time, talent and treasure and help enable All Saints and its mission.”
Thank you for sharing Walker!
May the peace of Christ be with you,
thomas kortus +