Stewardship is a year round commitment, a response of thanksgiving for the many blessings that God has bestowed on us.
“Let us with gladness present the offerings and oblationsof our life and labor to the Lord.”
September 30, 2019
Dear St. Christopher’s Church family,
As we approach the stewardship season, your stewardship committee has recently met a few times. I shared with them at one of our meetings that I was contemplating starting this letter out with something like, “The stewardship season is upon us – you know the deal….” What a short and simple letter this would be!
But then we realized, in our more “level-headed” thinking, that as fun and funny as that may be, we should take the more serious route and spend more time reflecting and discussing what this stewardship season should prayerfully be about. Especially for those who are new to our parish family….
This year’s stewardship theme, “Shining Our Light” (suggested by the Diocese) is an exciting one! That theme, taken from the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, speaks to us as individuals and as a community of faith.
Individually, each of us is called to make sure we are letting God’s light shine through our work, our friendships, our service and our giving. We are called to be light bearers. It is a powerful calling!
As a faith community, St. Christopher’s must shine the light of Christ through our worship and welcoming, through pastoral care and in ministry to the wider community. How we use our time, talents, and treasure determines how brightly we are shining our light.
Pastor Mary Ann recently asked us “to accept the challenge to stretch and grow, into our Individual purpose, and into the mission of our church.”
At St. Christopher’s, it is easy to see the various and many ways members of our church family keep their light shining brightly. Some of us make sure the snacks at our coffee hour are delicious and abundant. Others participate in our worship either by singing in the choir or assisting in the service. Still others prepare the worship space with flowers or altar vestments. And the list goes on and on. Many of us also represent our church by participating in various community service programs around Oxford.
During this pledge drive, each of us is asked to make a generous financial pledge for the coming year. We are equally as grateful to each person for offering their gifts of time, talent, and skills to support and enrich our community of faith.
On Sunday, October 27th, during our worship service, we will all be invited to bring our pledge cards forward during the Offertory. We look forward to this time of individually offering our outward commitment, and collectively gathering those commitments from our community of faith.
These commitments will then be blessed just before the Eucharist. We will pray for each of you, and we ask that you each prayerfully consider how you will respond to this year’s stewardship season.
I hope you’ll join me as we work together to shine our light in church, in our community and in our lives. On behalf of the Vestry, thank you for your commitment to God’s light shining through your generosity. I’m grateful you are part of our St. Christopher’s church family – we are a blessing to one another!
And so with that, I will close and now say, “The stewardship season is upon us — you know the deal….”
Sandy Wolfe, Stewardship Chair